The Ignis is cheap, practical and full of character. The best versions are well equipped.
The infotainment system and interior are basic and the handling is stodgy.
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Suzuki Ignis performance
The Ignis is available with only one engine — an 89bhp 1.2-litre petrol that provides enough grunt for what is a small, light car. Outright acceleration is adequate rather than brisk, but the engine feels eager and likes to be revved. The standard five-speed manual gearbox shifts sweetly, while there’s also a version with an automated five-speed transmission.
Suzuki Ignis ride & handling
Thanks to comparatively soft suspension the Ignis provides decent ride comfort at low speed. Body movement isn’t well controlled, though, so bigger bumps and faster speeds make things unsettled, and there’s a lot of lean through corners. The steering has a vague inconsistent feel, too, so there’s not much fun to be had. Grip is good, however, and a four-wheel drive version that gives better traction on slippery surfaces is available.
Suzuki Ignis refinement
The Ignis is reasonably sophisticated for a car that’s so cheap to buy. There’s a bit of road noise over particularly coarse surfaces but otherwise the Ignis’s cabin is quite peaceful at motorway speed. Ask a lot of the engine and it begins to sound strained, but it settles down to a background hum once you’re cruising and you can work the engine hard without fear of any nasty vibrations through the pedals and steering wheel.