Suzuki Ignis Review 2024
Suzuki Ignis At A Glance
Insurance Groups are between 11–18
On average it achieves 93% of the official MPG figure
With its distinctive styling, cleverly packaged interior layout and economical 1.2-litre hybrid 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 Suzuki 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 Suzuki Ignis originally came with a 90PS 1.2-litre 'Dualjet' petrol engine that's shared with the Swift, but in 2020 this became mated to a mild-hybrid system. It adds an integrated electric motor that helps with acceleration and delivers a fuel economy of 56.9mpg. The little 83PS unit 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 bouncy. It's not bad, but nor is the Suzuki Ignis as sharp or as fun to drive as the Volkswagen Up and its counterparts from Skoda and SEAT.
Suzuki's dropped the entry-level SZ3 from the range since it launched back in 2017, leaving just the SZ-T and higher-spec'd SZ5. The SZ-T comes with manual air-conditioning, DAB radio, 7-inch touchscreen, USB connectivity and Bluetooth, while the SZ5 builds on this with luxuries like keyless entry, climate control and cruise control, along with active safety technology.
If you want to avoid the typical small car choices, the Suzuki Ignis is a quirky-looking alternative with more character than its rivals. But it's also 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 it.