Currently reading: 2020 Suzuki Ignis: rugged city car on sale from £13,999
Subtly restyled supermini gains a new CVT gearbox and revamped hybrid powertrain for 2020
Felix Page Autocar writer
2 mins read
11 August 2020

Suzuki’s quirky Ignis city car has undergone a mid-life facelift, gaining subtle design tweaks and a new mild hybrid powertrain option, and is now available to order from £13,999. 

Three trim levels are available: entry-level SZ3 comes equipped as standard with air-conditioning, DAB radio with Bluetooth connectivity, LED headlights, electric front windows and rear privacy glass; mid-range SZ-T which is available from £15,499 and adds a rear-view camera, individually adjustable rear seats, 16in alloy wheels, widened wheel arches and smartphone compatibility; and top-rung SZ5 from £16,499, which brings sat nav, keyless entry, rear electric windows and a range of safety features including lane departure warning and 'weaving alert'. 

The Fiat 500 rival, launched in 2016, retains its boxy overall silhouette, flared wheel arches and compact footprint, but gains a new five-spoke front grille that brings it into line with the Jimny SUV, along with chunkier front and rear bumpers with silver-painted inserts. 

Suzuki’s 1.2-litre mild-hybrid Dualjet four-cylinder engine, available with an optional CVT gearbox for the first time, now features an uprated injection system, piston cooling jets and a variable displacement oil pump for improved acceleration and efficiency. With a power output of 82bhp and 79lb ft of torque, the new powertrain takes the supermini from 0-62mph in 12.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 103mph. 

Additionally, the hybrid system’s battery capacity has also been expanded from 3Ah to 10Ah, further enhancing fuel efficiency. The Ignis is now capable of 55.7mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and emits 114g/km of CO2 when specified with the manual gearbox. 

Permanent four-wheel drive is available as an option on SZ5 cars with a manual gearbox. As with the recently updated Swift hatchback, it can divert additional torque to the rear axle when needed, and gains new functions for the Ignis including Hill Descent Control and Grip Control. So equipped, the Ignis is capable of 51.7mpg ang emits 123g/km of CO2.


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The car’s interior is largely unchanged, but a redesigned instrument panel and new colour options differentiate the latest Ignis from the outgoing variant. 

Suzuki plans to sell 6000 units of the updated Ignis in its first full year on sale in the UK, following the recent axing of the Jimny compact SUV from its now-exclusively hybridised line-up. The iconic 4x4 could re-join the range as a two-seat commercial vehicle in order to comply with emissions legislation. 

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3 March 2020

Best looking supermini-mini in my book, nothing comes close.  As to piston cooling jets is this the system Suzuki used to put on their bikes i.e. oil cooled pistons?

3 March 2020

I like the Ignis, and improvement of the already nippy / economical non-turbo 1.2 engine is something to be welcomed too.

I just think that it's a shame Suzuki don't offer a longer warranty as their cars seem to be reliable enough for them to consider it - customers like to be reassured that their very complex cars have some kind of cover for more than 3 years, especially when you consider the huge amount they cost now!

3 March 2020
Every time I see one of these on the roads, I smile. It's such a good looking car, it has so much charm. Thank fully the update has done nothing to diminish that

3 March 2020

The minor styling tweaks improve the looks of the Ignis, plus the option of a 4WD makes the Ignis quite a compelling choice

3 March 2020

The minor styling tweaks improve the looks of the Ignis, plus the option of a 4WD makes the Ignis quite a compelling choice

11 August 2020

The Ignis is such a great looking car, it's desirable, distinctive and fun looking, everything a city car should be. This is how a city car should look like VW, unlike your sleep-inducing and dull Up! The Ignis deserves much more success, more so when it's excellent reliability makes the VW's look utterly appalling. 

11 August 2020

Once again, no information on the hybrid batter (other than its Ah capacity) or power of the electric motor.

If the Ignis has a 48 volt system, then a 10Ah battery would mean a decent (for a mild hybrid) 480 Wh capacity. But if it's a 12 volt system, then the capacity would be a pathetic 120 Wh which means that it is not much more than a starter / generator, with little energy recovery or torque boost. 

It would also be useful to know which models are available with a hybrid option and the cost of this. 


11 August 2020

This is what the defender should've been

11 August 2020

I find it difficult to understand Suzuki; it does not seem to have heard of economy of scale, which I would have thought was crucial when its range is focused at the cheaper and smaller end of the market.  Why go to all the trouble of producing a CVT when it already had a 6 speed torque converter auto in the Swift, which I believe to be very good?  It's the same principle with the Jimny - why did Suzuki bother doing a few tweaks to that old nail of an engine when it had far better ones available,  ones which would probably have enabled it to continue selling the Jimny in the UK just when demand was sky high?  Talk about missing a trick.

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