KEY sales factors in the SUV sector are model practicality and style and image, so you have to give Suzuki great credit for coming up with a small and more radically designed SUV which really stands out.
The new Ignis is the size of a small city car but its high-up stance, flared arches and funky looks earn it top marks for visual charisma. It is also amazing roomy inside, seating four adults with ease. With prices starting at just €11,325 (£9,995) it is no surprise it has made an immediate impact.
There is only one engine, a 1.2 litre 89 hp petrol, but it is also available with the option of a more economical mild-hybrid system, and there is also a four-wheel-drive option for those needing more grip. The engine gives a 0-100 kph time of 11.5 seconds and top speed of 165 kph (103 mph). Fuel economy is very good at 21.2 kpl (60.1 mpg) and emissions quite low at 106 g/km.
Three trim levels are available and my test model was a top-spec SZ5 with AllGrip four-wheel-drive and the hybrid system and priced at €17,555 (£15,499).
Standard kit is generous and includes colour touchscreen, sat-nav, Bluetooth, DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. You also get four powered windows, roof rails, alloy wheels, air-con, auto lights, rear parking camera, cruise control with speed-limiter and hill-hold and hill-descent controls.
On the move, Ignis is nimble thanks to its low-down weight and short wheelbase and is fun to drive. The engine is more quiet than most in the small-car sector, the 5-speed gearbox slick and the suspension set-up gives decent ride quality.
The two-tone cabin looks attractive, and is well laid out. Trim materials are not top grade but do look durable. The 260-litre boot is bigger than in most city cars and the split-fold rear seats also slide back and forth so passenger and load space can be varied and with the seats down, load space is increased to a surprising 1,086 litres.
Ignis is a nicely-created package aimed at those who want a lot of car for their money and a stand-out image.
Model tested was UK-specification and equipment levels and prices may vary in other markets.
Model: Suzuki Ignis SZ5
Engine: 1.2 litre petrol
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Performance: 0-100 kph 11.5 seconds, top speed 165 kph (103 mph)
Economy: 21.2 kpl (60.1 mpg)
Emissions: 106 g/km