Posted on January 19, 2018
Date of Release: May 2017
Number of Reviews 2
As a “small car” specialist, Suzuki has made a success out of incorporating style, technology and affordability into their smaller cars. With that being said, the 2017 Suzuki Ignis 1.2 GLX seamlessly boasts all three attributes.
In terms of design, the 2017 Ignis 1.2 is a curious-looking car, with a simplistic but contemporary design that makes it stand apart from the crowd. Although it’s quite compact, it looks bold and ready for outdoor adventure.
Don’t be fooled by its nimble dimensions, as the Ignis’ cabin is generously spacious, in the front and rear. In addition to its commodious interior, it also come...
The Ingis is available with a manual or automatic transmission which both offer a solid ride quality from a light and nippy 1.2 petrol engine. Overall, fuel economy is great and ride quality makes it perfect as a small city car.
As for safety, the 2017 Ignis is well-appointed with active and reactive safety features like ISOFIX child seat anchors, ABS with EBD and dual front airbags.
Date reviewed: 2017-12-21 15:15:00
The small, affordable car market is easily one of the most competitive markets there is. On the sales front, the VW Polo Vivo doesn’t just sell more than its direct rivals, it sells more than any other car, month after month. The market is plagued with fairly basic offerings due to manufacturers trying to keep costs down, luring in new customers on the basis of price alone. Suzuki itself has been a strong player with its Celerio and Swift models, the later selling particularly well.
Riding that wave of success, Suzuki has introduced something completely new to the market. The Suzuki Ignis 1.2 GLX (manual). Never before has a car of this price range and size been packed with so much value and some fresh style to boot! It’s easy to see why the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) has declared this little “winner” a 2018 Car of the Year Finalist (COTY). If you’re not familiar with the Top 10 cars, see the list below:
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THE TORQUE was able to speak directly to a few of the COTY judges and we learned that, along with a myriad of other criteria, one thing they really like when selecting a winner is “value-for-money”. Based on that alone, the Ignis has a strong chance!
Imagine your standard small car; a metal shell with a basic, hard plastic interior. Now compare that to this:
It’s as though the Ignis refuses to be your traditional small car, adopting many of the features you generally find in much bigger, way more expensive cars. Its shape and size is unique too. As mentioned in our intro, Suzuki has dubbed the Ignis as a “Compact Urban SUV”. For us, that’s just clever marketing as we all know how popular the SUV and crossover market is. In our opinion, the Ignis is a small hatchback that has been stretched vertically.
The front-end of the car is ‘WOW!’ and is likely to go down well with a younger market. The side profile incorporates more straight lines, with an added nostalgic touch thanks to something that looks like the Adidas logo on the rear end of the car – the crimped C-pillar is actually paying homage to the 1979 Suzuki SC100, also known as the ‘Whizzkid’. Will the Ignis prove to be the new Whizzkid on the block?
Unfortunately, as with all things in life, all the good stuff comes with a bit of the bad. As impressive as the front-end of the car is, the rear-end simply isn’t. Suzuki themselves describe it as ‘quirky’. For us, that’s putting it politely. It strikes you as really narrow, with rear taillight clusters that look… well, odd!
Anyway, back to the positive aspects of this impressive car. Exterior styling highlights include:
On the inside, the styling remains fresh. We like how the colour of your car is carried through to a few interior metallic panels, noticeably with the gearbox housing and front door grips. The interior is also two-tone, adopting a black and white (light grey) theme. While the white panels look great when you climb into a shiny new car, we are worried about how well they will age. You might land up with a black and white, with brown patches theme.
Interior styling highlights include:
Thanks to its vertically stretched nature, headroom is very impressive but legroom and boot space, is similar to what you would find in other small hatchbacks. The added height also affects the Ignis’ handling and performance. It feels a touch top heavy, producing slightly more lean-angle than your usual hatchback. Suzuki has cleverly counteracted this by placing all 4 wheels in the far corners of the chassis. As a net result, once you are confident about the Ignis’ handling limits, you can enjoy a spirited and sporty drive, powered along by a free-rev'ing 1.2l engine, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Stats wise, the engine might not seem super impressive, but you need to remember that the Ignis is light, so we recommend test driving it to experience its enjoyable performance for yourself.
At this point during our reviews, we like to give our readers an idea of what a car would be like to live with on an everyday basis, by assessing it against our lifestyle judging criteria. For the first time, we weren’t sure which set to use – hatchback or SUV? Our SUV criteria are more family orientated, and whilst you could use the Ignis as a family car (the rear seats are equipped with ISOFIX points), we think you will be constantly frustrated with the lack of space, particularly in the boot. The Baleno or Vitara would prove to be better cars for your family (click on the names to read our full reviews). Sorry, Suzuki, but for the purposes of this review, we are going to rate the Ignis against our hatchback lifestyle criteria:
Extra space, fresh looks and ALL the features you want! Prices start at R169 900, but we would definitely recommend going for the GLX option which currently costs R189 900. That’s a good price for your standard small car, and the Ignis is anything but standard.
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