Tell me about this car
The latest model Suzuki Ignis stands on tippy-toes high enough to be considered an SUV while feeling nimble like a city car. The base model manual is priced at $15,990, which is what its predecessor cost in 2005. For an extra $3000, the GLX comes with a heap of extra kit including with CVT automatic transmission, dusk-sensing LED headlamps, daytime running lights and keyless start.
- The price: At $18,990, even the top-spec GLX is cheaper than similarly equipped competitors costing well above $20,000.
- Interior styling: The bold two-tone black and white interior can be custom enhanced with a choice of accent colours for the gear console, door handles, vents and cloth trim.
- Exterior styling: The side view is an acquired taste but you can’t help warming to its mini-ruggedness. Front-end styling is rather elegant and there’s an option to add custom accent colours to headlight and grill surrounds and wing mirrors.
- Ride and handling: Despite being narrow and tall the Ignis doesn’t display excessive body roll. The suspension is firm but not at all harsh and feels like a bigger car, and it has a very tight, 4.7-metre turn radius.
- Parking: The short 3700mm length, low rear overhang and narrow 1660mm width makes the Ignis extremely simple to parallel park in even the tightest spots.
- Features: The entry level Ignis GL comes with cruise control, 7-inch display screen, reverse camera, voice control, satellite navigation and Apple Carplay/Android Auto as standard. On top of that the GLX has steering wheel audio controls, 16-inch alloys, daytime running lights, dusk-sensing LED headlamps, climate control air-conditioning, tinted glass and keyless entry and start.
- Space: The GLX back seats divide 50:50 and slide back and forth separately. You can adjust the backrest angle to increase the 264-litre boot capacity. Fold the seats all the way down and capacity is a substantial 1104-litres. The rear accommodates two adults with good leg and headroom. Its four-seat capacity isn’t really a disadvantage when you consider the middle seats in most small cars are token at best.
- Economy: The fuel economy is excellent. I averaged about 5.6-litres/100km with a heap of city driving and a couple of high-revving trips on country freeways.
- The GLX doesn’t come with a manual gearbox option.
- The CVT is fine around town but with just a 1.2-litre engine it revs like crazy on freeways when confronted with hills or high winds.
- Its SUV classification is notional. Its practicality should be viewed against light cars where it holds up pretty well.
- The centre console doesn’t have an arm rest
- Inadequate cabin storage space.
Are there any rivals I should consider?
SUV rivals include the Ford Ecosport, Holden Trax, Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V and Mitsubishi ASX. It’s also worth comparing with light cars such as the Honda Jazz, Holden Spark, Ford Fiesta and Toyota Yaris.
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