Ignis SZ5 1.2 Dualjet SHVS AllGrip
you want to stand out then you
really should get behind the wheel
of an Ignis. With its downright cool
SUV-style and city-friendly footprint
you wont find anything else as big
on personality for the money...
THE IGNIS'S FUNKY CHARACTER comes from cleverly combining city-car telltales
(tallish frame and compact wheel-at-each-corner stance) with SUV cues (clamshell
bonnet, brawny 'stretched' wheelarches with protective black liners and jacked-up
ground clearance), capped by a greenhouse terminating in a steeply raked hatchback
with a pert cut-off tail. Idiosyncratic detailing includes kicked-up rear door
styling and a bold, chrome-embellished, black grille incorporating horseshoe-shaped
LED running lights.
Plus the price is nice. Very nice. The entry model comes in at around £12K and
even the frugal hybridised all-wheel drive model will give you change from £16K.
As usual with Suzuki, there's also plenty of kit thrown in, which all adds up
to a lot of car for your money.
one and only engine on offer is a four-cylinder 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol-drinker
with the option of some fuel- and emissions-reducing mild hybrid technology
known as SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki).
puts out 88bhp backed
up by 88lb ft of torque.
While that might not
the Ignis has a hidden
trump card to play
a light kerbweight.
The proof of the pudding
is, as they say, in the
eating. Or, in the Igniss
case, the driving.
And its definitely keen to
please: the 1.2 four-pot
has a rev-me nature and
is more than happy to
This compact and lightweight hybrid unit adds just 6.2kg to the overall kerbweight
and incorporates an Integrated Starter Generator that functions as both generator
and starter motor. Belt driven, the ISG assists the engine during pull-aways
and acceleration and also generates electricity through regenerative braking
(a compact high-performance lithium-ion battery sited under the front passenger
seat stores harvested energy). And it all works splendidly despite being
equipped with 4WD, over the course of a pretty punishing eight days 'our' Ignis
returned a very worthy 55.2mpg.
As far as having just the single engine choice goes, it's not a problem. The
four-pot Dualjet puts out 88bhp backed up by 88lb ft of torque. While that might
not sound earth-shaking the Ignis has a hidden trump card to play a light
kerbweight. The proof of the pudding is, as they say, in the eating. Or, in
the Ignis's case, the driving. And it's definitely keen to please: the 1.2 four-pot
has a 'rev-me' nature and is more than happy to be worked the 0-62mph
time comes up in an enthusiastic 11.5 seconds (but feels quicker).
And thanks to the well-stacked set of ratios in the five-speeder manual 'box
combined and a slick cog-swapping action, keeping the Dualjet in its sweet spot
is a joy. In town that makes for a keen and zippy drive. At higher speeds, motorways
are cruised well enough to make this little hottie something you'll be happy
to slip away with for the weekend.
Reviewers often use the clichéd 'Tardis' analogy when describing some car interiors
but when it comes to the Ignis this is no exaggeration Suzuki has managed
to carve out an impressive amount of space within the compact 3.7-metre bodyshell.
Inside it feels amazingly spacious the high roofline helps and
there's hat-wearing headroom and enough shoulder- and leg-room to keep six-footers
also rather chic, with more pizzazz than many far more costly crossovers. A
two-tone black-and-white treatment for the dash and doors with metallic gold
retro-style door pulls and matching lower centre console, along with carbon-fibre-effect
air vents, jazzes it up even more. The central infotainment touchscreen is set
prominently in the dash making it easy to take-in at a glance. You sit commandingly
high and visibility to all points of the compass from behind the wheel is excellent,
and together with its 1.7m width makes threading through tight gaps a breeze
so, none of that 'breathing in' when fighting your way through city traffic
or zipping along country lanes.
often use the
clichéd Tardis analogy
when describing some
car interiors but when it
comes to the Ignis this
is no exaggeration
Suzuki has managed to
carve out an impressive
amount of space within
the compact 3.7-metre
Inside it feels amazingly
spacious the high
roofline helps and
headroom and enough
shoulder- and leg-room
to keep six-footers
helps, too, that you're sitting in a supportive, well-shaped chair with effective
bolstering that's not so trackday hard that you can't easily get out. The smart
fabric upholstery makes a pleasant change from the usual leather; better still,
it's warm in the winter but won't burn you after the car's been sitting in the
sun all day during the summer. More good news: the seats remained comfortable
even on hundred-plus-mile trips. Occupants don't go short of in-cabin storage
either, with siamesed dual-use cupholders, a practical high-sided open central
tray, an accommodating split-level glovebox, and bottle-holding door bins.
Comms the undisputed hub of any car these days whatever it's size or
status are up to speed with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment/navigation
system complemented by Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for hooking up your smartphone,
as well as for granting access to Google Maps and Google Search. The SatNav
is particularly easy to use with both voice and finger input, 3D mapping, easy-to-distinguish
landmarks, clear street names, and spoken directions you can trust supported
by graphic prompts on motorways and tricksy roundabouts. There's also voice
control for the media and phone.
The instrument binnacle is fuss-free and the wide range of driver information
is easy to take in on the move. The panel gives prominence to the central speedo
(posted speed limits are shown on the active mapping); to its left is a multi-mode
driver information display. A DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and USB and
Aux ports take good care of your 'sounds' needs.
doesn't stint on kit and the top-spec SZ5 has plenty of it highlights
include Keyless Entry and Go with a Start/Stop engine button, dual-zone automatic
climate control with pollen filter, reversing camera with rear parking sensors,
rear privacy glass, cruise control and speed limiter, four electric windows,
power-operated door mirrors, rear privacy glass, and metallic black alloy wheels.
feel safe in an Ignis because not just because it has a five-star EuroNCAP safety
rating but because it has autonomous emergency braking that will apply the brakes
if you don't respond quickly to an impending collision warning. It also has
a full complement of airbags and useful stuff such as the speed limit displayed
on the mapping that turns red if you accidentally go faster. There's also an
electronic stability program, and lane departure warning, hill hold control,
LED headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights, auto lights, tyre
pressure monitoring, and height-adjustable front seatbelts. And not forgetting
the AllGrip four-mode four-wheel drive system.
is renowned for
its compact-car know-
how and 4x4 expertise,
and in the Ignis they
beautifully. The Ignis
is also light (the heaviest SZ5 AllGrip weighs-
in at a mere 920kg).
Combine that with its
and nicely weighted
steering along with
brakes with bite and
the Ignis proves to be
satisfyingly agile and
especially around town
where the Dualjet four-
pot is always game...
given its compact footprint, things are pretty hunky-dory in the back too. Access
is good the doors open to almost ninety degrees so getting in and out
is easy. Passengers sit higher by about six inches than those up front and enjoy
fine views out, plus there's enough foot and legroom to go around legally
it's just two in the back as there are only two seatbelts, but then few compact
crossover buyers will be expecting a Noah's Ark.
The backrests are split 50:50 with adjustable recline which makes a big difference;
even more appreciated are the individually sliding rear seats which can each
be moved fore/aft through just over six inches to maximise either rear legroom
or boot capacity. Full-grown adults will definitely be able to relax on long
journeys and those with youngsters tagging along will be glad of the childproof
rear door locks and Isofix child seat anchorages. Bottle-holding door pockets,
a central cupholder, and a front seatback pouch take care of any oddments.
Ignis is relatively softly sprung and rolls on not-so-low-60-profile comfort-orientated
rubber which benefits the ride on less than perfect blacktop. The ever-present
speed bumps are crested smoothly, and let off the leash on motorways, progress
is both flowing, assured and quiet. This compact little SUV just keeps on giving!
is renowned for its compact-car know-how and 4x4 expertise, and in the Ignis
they come together beautifully. The Ignis is also light (the heaviest, the SZ5
AllGrip, weighs-in at a mere 920kg). Combine that with its city-car dimensions
and nicely weighted steering along with brakes with bite and the
Ignis proves to be satisfyingly agile and decidedly chuckable, especially around
town where the Dualjet four-pot is always game.
a bit of our test was spent deep in the countryside and the AllGrip-specced
Ignis felt totally at home, coping reassuringly with the narrow twisties along
with roads muddied and slimed with silage (don't laugh; it's as lethal as ice!)
from farm vehicles. There's also 180mm of ground clearance so you can stray
from the beaten track as easily as crossing muddy fields. You can also rely
on Hill Descent Control and Grip Control assists.
weekenders or far-afield
active lifestyle trips will
find all the space they
rear seats). Also handy
are rear backrests that
sit perfectly level when
folded down and
increase the boot to a
a very good size for this
Grip Control activates on slippery surfaces at speeds of less than 18mph, focusing
torque on the driven wheels that have grip and applying braking to a spinning
wheel. Hill Descent Control activates when the vehicle is travelling down an
incline at under 15mph in first or second gear. For the record, the AllGrip
is a self-managing permanent four-wheel drive system that automatically transfers
additional torque to the rear wheels when required, thereby further enhancing
the Ignis's already confident cornering ability.
the outside it's easy to underestimate the room on the boot side of the tailgate.
An unforeseen chore saw us having to shift a vast amount of household stuff
but it wasn't a problem; loading was easy thanks to the high-rising tailgate
that opens onto the 204-litre boot. 2WD versions do even better, with 260 litres
as they don't need to accommodate the 4WD's rear differential.
Owners planning weekenders or far-afield active lifestyle trips will find all
the space they need (don't forget those sliding, boot-extending rear seats).
Also handy are rear backrests that sit perfectly level when folded down and
increase the boot to a 1,086-litre loadbay a very good size for this
class. If you'd rather tow your cargo, then the Ignis will pull a useful 1,000kg
City-slicker-cum-crossover with 4x4 off-road ability and a dash of hybrid thrown
in, the Ignis appeals on many levels. Throw in the versatile rear passenger/cargo
mixability and low running costs and Suzuki's cheeky compact crossover ticks
all the boxes. Along with taking the family staycation in its stride, it's a
hoot to drive. Small physically it might be, but for everything else, especially
fun, it's Big! ~ MotorBar
Suzuki Ignis SZ5 1.2 Dualjet SHVS AllGrip
Maximum speed: 103mph | 0-62mph: 11.5 seconds | Test Average: 55.2mpg
Power: 88bhp | Torque: 88lb ft | CO2: 105g/km