The Ignis is priced slightly above the most basic versions of cars such as the Volkswagen Up, Hyundai i10 and Renault Twingo. However, given the Ignis’s better space and more generous standard equipment that’s not necessarily a black mark against it. On the flip side, the Allgrip model’s closest rival, the Fiat Panda 4x4, is quite a bit more expensive, and its closest small SUV rivals, such as the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008, are quite a bit more again.
Our fuel economy testing on a non-hybrid front-wheel drive 1.2 engine produced a real-world average of 50.2mpg – not quite the 61.4mpg Suzuki claims, but still pretty good. Comparatively good CO2 emissions help to keep company car tax palatable, long-term the resale values are predicted to be strong – by city car standards – although servicing and insurance costs are relatively high.
The hybrid version has the lowest CO2 emissions and fuel economy of the range, but the gains are so small to make a case for its extra cost.
SZ-T trim is the predicted best seller and it’s easy to see why. It adds 16in wheels, sat-nav, a rear view camera and the clever sliding rear seats to entry-level SZ3’s front electric windows, DAB radio, Bluetooth, four speakers and air conditioning. The driver also gets height adjustment with SZ-T, the rear seats get individual headrests and on the outside Suzuki fits black plastic wheel-arch extensions. All in all it represents the best value of the range.
That said, going for SZ-5 gets you standard automatic emergency braking (AEB) that pushes the Ignis’s Euro NCAP score to the maximum five stars, while on models that don’t have this important safety feature fitted, it drops to three stars. You can add AEB as an option to lesser trims, though.
All versions come with an immobilizer and security deadlock on the doors.
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