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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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13 reader reviews for Suzuki Ignis Hatchback.
  • 1.3 VVT GL 5dr

    Julian Takacs , West Sussex . Date: 12/06/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Fourth gear on the example I drove whined like a husky with the runs. With the air-conditioning turned on, this car (although it's only a 1.3) would probably run the Middle East dry by the end of the week.

    As for clutch's biting point, I suggest Suzuki engineers take a moment to look up the words 'smooth' and 'progressive' in the Oxford English Dictionary.

    At low-speeds, the suspension in crashy, while steering feel is largely non-existent. It's clearly a clever car, though, as the central locking seemed to have a mind of its own.

    The acoustic quality of the stereo (and I use that term loosely) is put to shame by the children's favourite - two baked bean cans linked together with a piece of string.

    On the positive side, it's cheap, has decent levels of accommodation and is surprisingly well-made and rattle-free.

    Getting from A to B, then, won't be a problem with the Ignis - but if you're looking for some sort of driving pleasure, then Suzuki's cheap and cheerful offering falls well below the mark.

  • 1.3 GL 5dr

    JASON WORTHINGTON , cheshire . Date: 10/11/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned a 2002 1.3GA (basic model) from new covering about 20,000 miles.

    I have owned a number of Japanese. cars but none have given as much fun as this one.

    For a 1.3 it is quite nippy and it always has enough power for motorway use. If you are looking for a cheap car with a bit of character - unlike the Corsa/Fiesta - go for one!

    My only gripe is that the ride can be firm but don't let this put you off it.

    I may even consider another one or maybe the new sx4 in 2006.

    Well done Suzuki!!!

  • 1.3 GL 5dr

    Chris Chapman Date: 13/08/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    A practical car with good performance.

    Wind and engine noise are not a problem but there is significant road rumble. Build quality seems good but inevitably it can seem somewhat tinny.

    A Wagon R/Agila might seem better value but the extra apparent width is appreciated.

    The central LED display is difficult to read/not bright enough. Fuel tank capacity could be larger.

    Suzuki genuine accessories seem rather poor quality. Good equipment levels. Rear storage space could be better but the back seats can be set more upright - the rear parcel shelf is poorly designed. Fixed rear seat base does not fold forward so load carrying capacity is more limited than it could be.

    Wider tyres would be appreciated and the standard wheeltrims leave lots of black painted steel wheel on display. Gearshift could be better - light but not positive. Handling good.

    Secondhand prices can vary significantly. A diesel version is available in other markets and should be sold in the UK too. Bodes well for future Suzuki models but the current version would have been even better with a little more design input.

  • 1.5 GL 4Grip 4WD 5dr

    John Stuart Date: 01/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    It is hard to reach a conclusion on this car - it has a split personality.

    On the one hand, the ride is poor, it dances around over rough roads and shudders at every bump. Fuel consumption is woeful for a car of this size - typically 25-35mpg and pulling away from standstill is always a challenge in case the engine stalls (although it does improve with practice).

    On the other hand, it is incredibly practical on a day-to-day basis. The driving position is a little higher than normal traffic, the interior is well thought out and useful, and there is a lovely sweet spot above 3000rpm when the VVT kicks in and you get a burst of acceleration.

    I recently spent a few days kayaking in Donegal, Ireland and the car works brilliantly. The four-wheel drive and ABS are there for reassurance on slippery surfaces, the roof rails with optional cross supports took the boat well, and the rough ride begins to make sense as you hurtle along uneven narrow back roads.

    As a supermini this car is probably compromised in many areas but as a baby 4x4/SUV it starts to make much more sense!

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