Suzuki Ignis (2017) Review

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Suzuki Ignis (2017) At A Glance


+Distinctive styling. Affordable to buy. Low running costs. Available with all-wheel drive. Surprisingly spacious rear seats.

-AGS automatic is a five-speed automated manual rather than a proper auto. Not available with the excellent 1.0 BoosterJet. Some flimsy interior plastics.

Insurance Groups are between 11–18
On average it achieves 92% of the official MPG figure

With its distinctive styling, cleverly packaged interior layout and economical 1.2-litre petrol engine, the Suzuki Ignis is a surprisingly sensible alternative to city cars like the Volkswagen Up. But it also provides an extra bit of crossover character and - surprisingly - the option of all-wheel drive for those who need a bit more capability. 

Despite being very compact in size, the Ignis has a spacious cabin. There's enough head and shoulder room in the back row for a couple of adults to sit in reasonable comfort and boot space is respectable for such a little car, at 267 litres. That's enough for trips to the shops, plus the rear seats can be folded to increase capacity to 1100 litres - though they don't fold flat.

The Ignis comes with a 90PS 1.2-litre petrol engine that's shared with the Swift, available with or without a simple hybrid system. Called SHVS, this adds an integrated electric motor that helps with acceleration. It provides slight economy and emissions improvements, but even without SHVS the 1.2 is a fun, revvy and surprisingly economical engine with a good reliability record. 

It might be a perky performer, but the steering isn't great and there's some body roll through bends. The suspension provides a reasonable level of ride comfort, but over rougher and broken road surfaces it can feel harsh and uncomfortable. It's not bad, but nor is the Ignis as sharp or as fun to drive as the Volkswagen Up and its counterparts from Skoda and SEAT.

It is well equipped though. Even the basic SZ3 comes with air-conditioning, DAB radio, USB connectivity and Bluetooth. But we'd go for the SZ-T, since it isn't much more expensive and adds alloy wheels, touchscreen system with navigation, a reversing camera and chunkier styling, thanks to roof rails. Top models gain luxuries like keyless entry, climate control and cruise control, along with active safety technlogy.

If you want to avoid the typical small hatchback choices, the Ignis is a quirky-looking alternative with more character than its rivals. But it's also well-priced, well-equipped and cheap to run, so as outside choices go it's very sensible. It might not be quite as good to drive as an Up, but there's still plenty to recommend.

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Real MPG average for a Suzuki Ignis (2017)


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Average performance


Real MPG

45–66 mpg

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Which small cars offer 4-wheel-drive?
"My partner is looking for a 4-wheel-drive car, however, it needs to be a small car - something like the Suzuki Swift for size. Can you please advise?"
Your choice is pretty limited. Options include the Suzuki Swift, Suzuki Ignis and Fiat Panda. Would your partner consider a front-wheel-drive car with winter tyres? You might be surprised at the difference a set of tyres can make.
Answered by Andrew Brady
We want a small 4x4 hybrid. Should we wait for the newest Jimny or look elsewhere?
"Can you please recommend a small 4x4, automatic, hybrid? Our first choice was a new Suzuki Jimmy and we've been on several dealer waiting lists for over a year now and getting tired of waiting. Second choice would be a Suzuki Ignis but I can't see an automatic option, ditto a Panda Cross. Would really appreciate your help."
If you need the car for off-roading then it might be better to wait for the Jimny or buy a nearly new model on the used market: If you do not plan to use the car off-road then it might be better to buy a front-wheel drive car and fit a good quality set of all-season tyres. These will give you the extra grip you need in the winter months. In this case, I'd recommend the Toytota C-HR:
Answered by Dan Powell
Need a reliable and affordable small car for £10k - what do you recommend?
"What's the best small car for reliability and running costs with an auto gearbox? I want to buy something that's nearly new for £10,000. "
I'd recommend the Honda Jazz: Or Suzuki Ignis:
Answered by Dan Powell
What's a good car for a first time driver?
"My 18-year-old daughter has recently passed her test and Grandma has offered to buy her a second-hand car, up to 3 years old, with approx. up to 20,000 miles on the clock, and 4/5 doors . What would you recommend as a reliable and safe small car?"
I'd recommend a Kia Picanto. It's a reliable little car that represents excellent value for money - and a three-year-old example will have the remainder of its generous warranty remaining. Also look at a Suzuki Ignis or Swift, or a Ford Fiesta with the reliable 1.25-litre engine.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a Suzuki Ignis (2017) cost?

Buy new from £12,499 (list price from £14,444)