The Ignis is priced slightly above 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.
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 headrests and wheel arch extensions are added. All in all it represents the best value of the range.
That said, going for SZ-5 gets you standard automatic city braking which will no doubt help once the Ignis is crash tested by NCAP, as well as helping lower its insurance costs. Suzuki says you’ll be able to add all this safety equipment as a pack to lesser trims, though, so we’d stick with an SZ-T car.
With only one low-powered engine option, running costs are not expensive, with all models save the mild-hybrid version demanding low road tax, the hybrid version actually being free - at least until April 2017 when the VED tax system changes.
The hybrid version also has the lowest CO2 emissions of the range, so is worth investigating if you plan to run an Ignis through work where it’ll demand slightly less in monthly company car tax.
It’s probably best to spend a little more on SZ-T trim, but entry-level SZ3 still comes with front electric windows, DAB radio, Bluetooth, four speakers and air conditioning. It does miss out on some important bits of kit too, though.
Our pick SZ-T
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. The driver also gets height adjustment, the rear seats get headrests and wheel arch extensions are added.
Still sold at a competitive price, but it’s probably best sticking to best-value SZ-T trim. SZ5 adds LED headlights, rear electric windows, a leather steering wheel, keyless entry and start, climate and cruise control and automatic city braking.