Early cars all came with an 82bhp 1.3-litre petrol engine, which was pretty punchy and gave decent performance. It came in two trim levels, GA and GL. The GA was very basic, but the GL only added alloys, deadlocks and central locking to the mix, so we'd recommend the cheaper entry-level car.
The range was face-lifted in 2003 and this added another engine, a 99bhp 1.5. It provides more performance, but increases running costs at the same time. The two-wheel-drive version is available only as an automatic, while the four-wheel-drive version has a manual gearbox.
The face-lift also meant changes in trims. The 1.3 engine came in basic GL trim and has CD player, remote central locking, side airbags and electric front windows. The 1.5 came only in GLX trim, which adds alloy wheels and air-con.
Whatever age of Ignis you choose, we'd recommend the cheapest version. Higher-trim cars weren't much more generous and the 1.3 engine is the best.