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Car of the Year Awards 2022: Best small SUV for value
A small SUV's compact size mustn’t come at the expense of practicality and should be reflected by low running costs. It should ride comfortably, too, while maintaining a sense of fun...
Suzuki Ignis 1.2 Dualjet Hybrid SZ-T
With its aggressive looks and diminutive size, the Suzuki Ignis is like a Yorkshire terrier nipping at the heels of other small SUVs.
Not only does it offer bargain pricing, but it also has a 1.2-litre mild hybrid petrol engine that positively sips fuel. Indeed, the Ignis is one of the most efficient cars we’ve ever put through our real-world True MPG test, averaging 59.9mpg in our recommended form. It’s also one of the cheapest ways into a four-wheel-drive car, although you’ll need to upgrade to the slightly thirstier and pricier Allgrip version for that.
Whichever Ignis you choose, the soft suspension and stubby body make it feel at home on crowded urban streets. It doesn’t handle as well as the Ford Puma on faster roads and is nowhere near as practical, but if you want a car with a high driving position but low ownership costs, nothing does it quite like the Ignis.
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