Suzuki Ignis review

Costs & verdict

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Suzuki Ignis 2019 RHD rear seats
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

There’s very little difference in the list price and PCP finance deals of like-for-like Suzuki Ignis, Volkswagen Up, Kia Picanto and Hyundai i10 models, but in our favourite SZ-T trim, the Ignis is fractionally cheaper as a cash buy. A Dacia Duster, from the class above, is available for around the same price and offers much more space. If you want all-wheel drive, though, the Ignis is cheaper compared with the Duster.

Our True MPG fuel economy tests on a non-hybrid, front-wheel-drive Ignis produced a real-world average of 50.9mpg – not quite matching the official figure of 61.4mpg but still pretty good. The hybrid, on the other hand, returned a real-world average of 59.6mpg to make it the most economical car we've ever tested. That's no small feat.

And the good news doesn't stop there. Comparatively low 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 relatively high when considered alongside smaller city cars.

SZ-T is the best-selling trim, and it’s easy to see why. It adds 16in wheels, a rear-view camera and the clever sliding rear seats to the entry-level SZ3 model’s front electric windows, DAB radio, Bluetooth, four-speaker stereo and air conditioning. All in all, it represents the best value in the range.

That said, we can see why you would go for SZ5: it gives you automatic emergency braking (AEB) as standard to push 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, but it is expensive.

The Ignis performed well in the Small SUV category of the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, finishing eighth out of 18 cars scrutinised, and only trailing the more expensive Mini Countryman and Peugeot 2008 by a few places. Suzuki also performed well as a brand, finishing third out of 31 manufacturers tested. Suzuki’s warranty runs for three years or 60,000-miles; that’s pretty much standard for the class.

All versions come with an immobiliser and security deadlocks on the doors.

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Verdict

The Suzuki Ignis is a fair choice if you’re looking for an affordable city runabout but also need the all-weather peace of mind a four-wheel-drive system can bring. It’s a very easy car to drive and clever packaging means it’s spacious enough for most city car needs. What drags its score down is patchy interior quality and fairly unremarkable handling.

  • Cheap to buy
  • Spacious interior
  • Generous equipment
  • Ride can be fidgety
  • Vague steering
  • Poor infotainment system