THE SPECS PRICE Suzuki Ignis Limited, $<strong>22</strong>,500 DIMENSIONS Length, 3700mm; width, 1660mm; height, 1595mm CONFIGURATION Four-cylinder, front-wheel-drive, 1242cc, 66kW, 120Nm, continuously variable automatic PERFORMANCE 0-100km/h, 12sec FUEL USAGE 4.9l/100km It’s not easy making a small car look stylish. However, Suzuki is the master at it, take their recent models – Celerio, Baleno and just recently, the Ignis, they are all trendy, funky models which relate to a large cross-section of car buyers. <strong>The</strong> Ignis is brand-spanking new and is dubbed by Suzuki as a small sport utility vehicle. That sums it up well, it has the looks of a SUV, but at just 3700mm it is squat and will appeal to those who like easy entry and exit along with a tallish driving position and, of course, a budget price. <strong>The</strong> newcomer starts at just $18,990, automatic transmission will add $1510, while the Limited variant, as tested, sits at $<strong>22</strong>,500, although if you want two-tone paint that’s an additional $490. Interestingly, the Ignis in Limited form is just a four-seater, there are only two seat-belts in the rear and the configuration lends itself SMALL & SPORTY WORDS ROSS KIDDIE more to adaptable load carrying options. However, there are Isofix child seat tethers for those who have young ones in tow. If you want to seat three across the rear, the entrylevel GLX is a five-seater, albeit it would be tight widthwise for adults. <strong>The</strong> Ignis is also a car which lends itself to sporty appeal. Sure, it’s not a rocket ship, but with the way it can be dressed and optioned it has specification and features which will make it stand out even more amongst others. Under the bonnet is a 1.2-litre, fourcylinder engine and it is engineered for economy along with respectable power outputs. Suzuki rate it with a 66kW and 120Nm outputs, even though torque peaks tallish in the rev band (4400rpm), the engine works freely thanks to the matching of it to a continuously variable automatic transmission. According to Suzuki’s advertising material, the Ignis will return a 4.9-litre per 100km (57mpg) combined cycle fuel usage average. In my opinion that would be quite achievable, during evaluation time the trip computer was constantly showing 6.9l/100km (41mpg) with a 5l/100km (56mpg) figure cruising quietly at 100km/h, the engine turning over slowly at just 2000rpm in the tallest part of the gearing. It has taken me a long time to warm to CVT transmissions, but today’s units are so normal, the Ignis works through the gearing much like a traditional automatic. <strong>The</strong>re’s even a sport mode which will hasten engine revolutions should the driver decide a little bit of extra oomph is needed, say for a highway overtake. In terms of performance, that can be achieved in around 7.5sec, while a standstill to 100km/h time of 10.9sec is not to be sneezed at. <strong>The</strong> engine is a willing worker and charms with its quiet operating manner and lively response – that’s another bonus of CVT, the engine works unimpeded through the transmission. <strong>The</strong> Ignis sits on a new platform and, although it isn’t sophisticated, it has been designed as a weight-saving structure along with a suspension set-up that will allow for controlled balance when the corners arrive. Even though rear wheel freedom is hampered a little by a torsion beam tube axle, there is just enough movement so that mid-corner bumps and ruts don’t upset body balance nor directional stability. MOTORING I 12 At almost 1.5m, the Ignis is quite tall, and body movement over softish spring and damper settings is noticeable. However, steerage is unaffected and directional accuracy is quite sharp. I’d like to have a little more steering feel through the wheel, but in this modern age of electric power steering systems most mainstream cars get a light, as opposed to a firm feel. Providing the grip are high quality 16in Bridgestone tyres, even though their footprint is small at 175/60, there is an underlying feeling of grip and control, and for that reason the Ignis feels quite athletic, which considering its simplicity underneath, is commendable. In Limited form the Ignis is comprehensively equipped. All models represent value for price, but there are a few goodies in the Limited which you may not expect in a car for this price such as satellite navigation, Apple Car Play and Android Auto, keyless entry and ignition, cruise control with speed limiter, and digitally controlled air conditioning, just to name some of the major items. It also has a high safety specification. Even though it is marketed as a sport utility vehicle, it must be remembered the Ignis is two-wheel-drive (front) only and it isn’t engineered for life off-road. However, if you are after a car which is just a little out of the ordinary with interesting internal shapes and colours, and an exterior look which is standalone, then the Ignis is the car for you.
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