There’s very little difference in the list price and PCP finance deals of spec-for-spec models of the Ignis, Volkswagen Up, Kia Picanto and Hyundai i10, but in our favourite SZ-T trim the Ignis is fractionally cheaper as a cash buy. A diesel Dacia Duster is available for around the same price, offering much more space but far-from-inspiring handling. The Ignis Allgrip model’s closest rival, the Fiat Panda 4x4, is quite a bit pricier, while an all-wheel-drive Duster with our recommended diesel engine is also more expensive than the Ignis Allgrip.
Our fuel economy testing on a non-hybrid front-wheel drive version produced a real-world average of 50.2mpg – not quite the 61.4mpg Suzuki claims but still pretty good. The hybrid, on the other hand, produced a real-world average of 59.6mpg, making it the most economical car we've ever tested. That's no small feat.
And the good news doesn't stop there. Comparatively good CO2 emissions help to keep company car tax palatable, while resale values are predicted to be strong by city car standards. However, servicing and insurance costs are comparatively high when considered alongside smaller city cars.
Currently, SZ-T is the best-selling trim, and it’s easy to see why. It adds 16in wheels, sat-nav, a rear-view camera and the clever sliding rear seats to the entry-level SZ3 model’s front electric windows, DAB radio, Bluetooth, four speakers and air conditioning. For SZ-T, the driver also gets height adjustment, individual headrests for the rear seats and, on the outside, black plastic wheel arch extensions. All in all, it represents the best value of the range.
That said, going for SZ5 gets you standard automatic emergency braking (AEB) that pushes the Ignis’s Euro NCAP score to the maximum five stars. On models without AEB, that rating drops to three. You can add AEB as an option to lesser trims, though.
Unfortunately, no reliability data is yet available for the Ignis. However, Suzuki performed brilliantly in our most recent reliability survey, coming fourth out of 32 manufacturers tested.
All versions come with an immobiliser and security deadlock on the doors.
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