Suzuki Ignis Review 2022

Suzuki Ignis At A Glance

4/5

+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 engine. Some flimsy interior plastics.

New prices start from £14,749
Insurance Groups are between 11–21
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 small 4x4 with some (but not lots of) off-road 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.

Real MPG average for a Suzuki Ignis

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Average performance

92%

Real MPG

45–67 mpg

MPGs submitted

117

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Can you recommend a small automatic car for an older driver?
"Due to limited shoulder mobility my mother (in her late 70s) needs to replace her beloved 2008 Fiat Panda manual with an automatic car. She's never bought or chosen a car as her late husband always did this. And she hasn't driven any other car for over 10 years so any change will be a challenge. Her replacement car needs to be as small as possible (she's very used to being able to manoeuvre the Panda in small spaces) but five-door, with a high driving position and easy (not low) to get in and out of. Plus, reliable, simple and comfortable to drive - and, of course, economical. Ideally, as many safety tools and toys as possible e.g. cameras/sensors etc. Although she doesn't have or use sat-nav at the moment she can see its benefits and could be persuaded/taught to use it, if it was built in and very easy to use. Most of her driving is now short daily journeys on country lanes but this car needs to be economical and safe on faster roads too. (Ultimately, once she stops driving this may become the 'learner' car for her grandchildren.) Should she stay with petrol? Or consider a hybrid/electric? Or is that too unreliable living in a rural area with cold mornings for most of the year? Do you have any advice or suggestions on what make/models to look for or avoid? "
If you are buying used, the Suzuki Ignis auto. It is 3.7 metres long and just 1.7 metres wide, so it'll feel quite similar to your mother's Panda. What's more, with the Ignis sitting higher from the road than a normal hatchback, it's easy to get in and out of. A mid-spec SZ-T comes with touchscreen navigation and a rear parking camera. The Hyundai i10 is another impressive small car that's offered with an automatic gearbox. It's a comfortable small car that's well-equipped as standard and backed by a five-year warranty from Hyundai.
Answered by Dan Powell
Replacement car ideas for my 21-year-old Corolla?
"I have had my car, a Toyota Corolla, for 21 years. And much as I would like to keep it, it is coming to the end of its life. To this end, I was hoping that you could advise me as to what replacement would be suitable. I now live in a fairly rural area that is subject to large puddles in heavy rain and would like something that is a bit higher off the ground to cope with these - not in the Land Rover class though. My current car is a manual drive, an aspect which I would like to keep. I now drive a lot less than I used to, approx 2000 miles a year, but would like to keep to a petrol model and not higher than 1.3cc. Something that could take all-weather tyres would be good as well. I don't think I would be able to afford a new car, but do have a budget of up to £8500. What do you recommend I buy? If I haven't complicated any suggestions you would make by my list above, I look forward to hearing from you. Andrea"
We'd recommend a Dacia Sandero Stepway. It's a hatchback with a raised ride height and punchy 0.9-litre petrol engine. It represents excellent value for money, with your budget stretching to a 2017 or 2018 model. Also take a look at the Suzuki Ignis – it's smaller than the Sandero, but a quirky little car with a relatively high seating position.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Long waiting time for a car repair - what can we do?
"My friend has a 2017 Suzuki Ignis (owned since new). For the second time, a front coil spring has broken (not the same one), rendering the car undrivable. The last time this happened (last year), the car was off the road for six weeks, as it took Suzuki that long to get the part. They are again saying that this is the case. Apparently, there are six vehicles at that dealer awaiting the same part. On the previous occasion, the car was in warranty so the Suzuki dealer provided a courtesy car (after a couple of weeks and much wrangling), but because it is out of warranty now that is not on offer. The vehicle is at an independent garage now. Any ideas for how to expedite getting the replacement part and/or making Suzuki provide a courtesy car? Needless to say, she won’t be buying a Suzuki again."
I sympathise with your friend's situation. But post-covid supply chain issues will be outside of the Suzuki dealer's control. The pandemic and its various lockdowns will have caused significant problems with the production of new cars and spare parts. I doubt Suzuki is the only carmaker affected by this issue. If the car has been taken to an independent garage then your friend will not be entitled to anything from the dealer that sold the car. If your friend does decide to use the Suzuki dealer then it will (probably) be first in line for the replacement springs. But a good quality independent Suzuki specialise may be able to source these parts from a different supplier and fix the car sooner and cheaper. I'd suggest calling a few garages. Our Good Garage Guide may be able to assist: https://good-garage-guide.honestjohn.co.uk/
Answered by Dan Powell
What's the best small car with a raised driving position?
"What high riding small hatchbacks or crossover/SUVs are available or recommended?"
The Suzuki Ignis is a very good small hatch with an elevated driving position. I'd also recommend the Ford Puma, Peugeot 2008 and SEAT Arona.
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