2017 Suzuki Ignis Review

2017 Suzuki Ignis Road Test and Review…

There’s a new kid on the block in the Australian car sales market with Suzuki adding the Ignis to its line-up in January.

The Suzuki Ignis name is not new to Australia though. Suzuki had a model called the Ignis that was based on the Holden Barina back last decade…but all that’s in the past.

The 2017 Suzuki Ignis is all about the Japanese brand looking ahead.

So far it looks like Australian small SUV/crossover buyers are interested in the new Suzuki offering – VFACTS data shows 221 Ignis vehicles were delivered to buyers in January.

That’s a promising start for an all-new offering.

The Suzuki Ignis has also received a shot in the arm with news this week it was nominated as a finalist in the 2017 World Car of the Year awards - Urban Car category.

Priced from just $15,990, Suzuki has put customisation and personalisation options high on the models priority list and that means you can chop and change external trimmings to match your personality.

Available from Suzuki dealers, these changeable panels include the mirror caps, fog-light surrounds and the bezel around the grille.

As with the Suzuki Vitara – internal personalisation/colour swapping options are also offered for the cabin.

It’s all about making the little Suzuki crossover a fun and funky thing.

Speaking of the Ignis cabin, while the overall size of the new Suzuki model is compact, there is ample room inside.

This space is exacerbated by well-designed flexible seating (for four) and split rear folding seats that allow you to carry more than the standard ‘boot load’.

Under the bonnet is a 1.2 litre four-cylinder engine that provides sufficient power for most driving demands.

Coupled to either a five-speed manual (in the base-model only) or CVT auto, the Ignis is what you would describe as being a pleasant-enough vehicle to drive, especially in city traffic.

On the open road it’s no slouch and gets along respectably.

Of course, the tiny engine is aided by a lightweight body – the Ignis tips the scales at just 820kgs.

This also helps with fuel economy – you can expect the Suzuki Ignis to use around 6.0L/100km in the city (manual and auto).

On my test-drive of the Ignis I found the softly sprung suspension combined with the high ride height provides good handling on most reasonable road surfaces.

But the real story to tell is the standard inclusion of ‘must have’ technology – Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Accessible via the tablet-style infotainment system, the Ignis is up there with much more expensive rivals in the connectivity stakes.

While Suzuki has also been generous with the other standard inclusions in the Ignis with the base-model GL coming with:

  • Reverse camera
  • Cruise control
  • Air-conditioning
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Bluetooth
  • Voice commands
  • Power mirrors

The top-spec GLX is priced from $18,990 and adds:

  • 16” alloy wheels
  • Digital climate control
  • Push-button start
  • Auto headlights
  • Tinted windows
  • Upgraded driver info screen

You can expect to have to pay an additional $500 for metallic paint, while ‘Fervent Red’ carries a $1,000 premium and a two-tone paint scheme is also an extra $1,000.

Summing it up; there is plenty to like about the new Suzuki Ignis.

The cool tech, retro styling, fun customisation options and low prices are sure to attract people into dealerships.

While the good fuel economy, roomy cabin and surprisingly good driving dynamics should help convert that interest into sales.

NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 Suzuki Ignis

Transmission: Five-speed manual (GL), or CVT auto (GL and GLX)

Safety: Not tested

Warranty: 3yrs/100,000km

Origin: Japan

Pricing: from $15,990 (GL manual), $16,990 (GL auto), $18,990 (GLX)

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