Ignis 1.2 Dualjet SZ-T
all-new, high-ridin Ignis
is a charismatic mingling of both
city car and baby SUV and you
can have it with, or without, Suzukis
on-demand four-wheel drive...
MEASURED from the tip of its voguish nose (capped stylishly by a short
clamshell bonnet) to its pert, vertically-cut tail, the Ignis is a city-friendly
3.7 metres long. With jacked-up ground clearance and an SUV stance, and metallic
black alloy wheels housed in fluently flared wheelarches, the Ignis sports all
the right crossover cues.
Finished in attention-grabbing Flame Orange Pearl metallic, our test car
was undeniably distinctive and you could put one on your drive for a
very un-SUV-like £11,999.
Choosing an engine is made simple by the fact that there's only the one: but
it's enough. An unleaded-drinking, 1.2-litre, it puts out a useful 88bhp and
88lb ft of torque. Suzuki's Dualjet is a lively little four-pot that's happy
to be revved out, serving up the 0-62mph sprint faster, it feels, than what
the paper figures tell you (11.8 seconds).
its bhp and torque numbers might appear modest, the Dualjet's only got a lightweight
body mass to move more about this later. It helps, too, that the five-speed
manual 'box has a well-stacked set of ratios allied to a light and precise change
action that adds even more satisfaction to the 1.2-litre's 'drive-me' nature
by keeping it responsive through the gears.
is made simple by
the fact that theres only
the one: but its enough.
it puts out a useful 88bhp
and 88lb ft of torque
and is a lively little four-
pot thats happy to be
revved out but which
is good for
an easy 50mpg...
fact, whatever roads we tackled from twisty country lanes to quick B-roads,
there was a minimal amount of cog-swapping. If, however, changing gears if something
you'd rather not do you can, for an additional £800, buy yourself an SZ-T fitted
with Suzuki's Auto Gear Shift that, helpfully, has a manual mode for those times
you want to be totally hands-on.
Another appealing figure for many will be the official Combined Cycle's 61.4mpg
(51.3 urban; 68.8 extra-urban) in real-life, and driven with our usual
gusto, 'our' SZ-T returned an acceptable 54.7mpg.
CO2 emissions are a low 104g/km but under the new VED rules even greener cars
are taking a hit, so you'll have to hand over £140 to the DVLA for your first
year's road tax followed by another £140 every year after that.
The SZ-T model, which, incidentally, is the Ignis-of-choice of almost half of
UK buyers, makes do quite persuasively, as it happens with front-wheel
drive. If you must have 4WD you'll need to climb to the top of the Ignis line-up
for the range-topping SZ5 ALLGRIP version.
While the flagship is, naturally, kit-rich, that's not to say that the mid-range
SZ-T doesn't pack-in quite a bit of worthy equipment in addition to all
that already mentioned, there are electric front windows, electrically-adjustable
door mirrors, driver's computer, remote central locking, rear privacy glass,
16-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, a full quota of airbags, daytime running lights,
hill hold control, electronic stability program, tyre pressure monitoring, height-adjustable
front seatbelts, and a rear wash/wipe.
Inside, much as you'd expect given the external cues, you'll find elevated seating
positions that deliver fine visibility and a feeling that you're actually sitting
in a bigger car. Combined with a compact footprint this makes the Ignis a pleasantly
usable city machine. The well-shaped, lightly-bolstered seats with patterned
centre panels are upholstered in a smart fabric and proved great to sit on for
hundred-mile journeys. The driver gets seat height adjustment and both front
seat users enjoy a surprising amount of foot- and leg-room topped by generous
cabin is cool and we're not just referring to the AirCon with pollen
filter here, but the interior ambiance
that's boosted by a two-tone dashboard and door panels
and cheeky touches such as the hi-gloss metallic orange door pulls and centre
console that match the external paintwork; good use is also made of high-gloss
black and flashes of chrome along with contrast stitching on the seats.
cabin is cool
referring to the AirCon
with pollen filter here,
but the interior
by a two-tone
dashboard and door
panels, and cheeky
touches such as the
orange door pulls and
centre console that
SZ-T's infotaiment system incorporates a large seven-inch touchscreen display
that can even be operated when you're wearing gloves! Sharp 3D mapping with
easy-to-distinguish landmarks and clear street names make losing your way impossible!
The system is also equipped with a rearview camera plus the instrument cluster's
dials are clear and easy to read, with prominence given to the central speedometer.
MirrorLink is on hand to synch your smartphone's apps via the touchscreen, allowing
you to access all your mobile's features while on the move.
Android Auto is pre-loaded and will hook you up with Google services such as
Google Maps and Google Search. iPhone users get Apple CarPlay to obtain directions
optimised for traffic, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to
music. Also part of the Comms package is an MP3-compatible CD player, DAB digital
radio, integrated Bluetooth, and two USB ports.
Well served by connected features, Ignis occupants don't go short of in-cabin
storage either, with siamesed cupholders, practical open trays, an accommodating
glovebox, and deep, bottle-holding door bins.
The SZ-T differs from other Ignis trims in that instead of a three-seater rear
bench the SZ-T comes fitted with two individual sliding and reclining rear seats
that make it a fully-fledged four-seater. Access is good the doors open
to almost right angles so getting in and out is especially easy and once
seated there's decent knee room and masses of foot room and space to really
stretch your legs. The 50:50-split folding back seats which slide up
to 165mm let you fine-tune passenger legroom as well as offering a multiplicity
of luggage configurations.
passengers, travelling in the rear of the SZ-T is a perfectly fine way to go,
with full-grown adults comfortable on long journeys. There's a fist of room
between the roof lining and heads even though the seating is higher than that
in front and the backrest angles can be set for some serious lounging.
And if you've youngsters on board then you'll be glad of the childproof rear
door locks and Isofix child seat anchorages.
rear windows on the SZ-T are of the wind-up variety the good news, at
least for fresh-air fiends, is that the tinted glass winds all the way down
into the door. We should also mention that the back seats were popular with
all of our passengers, who had only good things to say abut them.
travelling in the rear of
the SZ-T is a perfectly
fine way to go, with full-
grown adults comfortable
on long journeys.
Theres a fist of room
between the roof lining
and heads even though
the seating is higher
than that in front
the backrest angles can
be set for some
easy-rising wide tailgate that opens high enough to safely clear your head makes
loading and unloading the 260-litre boot a hassle-free task; there is a lip
to load over it's about seven inches down to the boot floor, but it's
not a problem. Drop both rear seatbacks (they fold totally flat and will slide
folded up if that's more convenient) and the loading space doubles to 514 litres
if you need to load to the roof, it doubles again, to 1,100 litres.
if you prefer to tow your loads rather than lift them in and out of the boot,
the Ignis will pull a braked 1,000kg. Impressive for what is technically a 'city
The Ignis sits on Suzuki's all-new small car platform and it's notable for its
very low kerb weight the SZ-T weighs-in at just 855kg (the lightest Ignis
at just 810kg). This is down to the latest high-tensile steel construction methods
and benefits both the Ignis's dynamics and its economy.
While its 180mm of ground clearance allows the Ignis to tackle muddy fields
and churned-up country tracks, on the road it feels grippy, nimble, and chuckable
a character set that's made better by its eager powerplant, encouraging
you to exploit the good visibility and compact dimensions so you don't have
to 'breathe in' when clipping along secondary roads.
Despite its compact footprint and lighter than average city car bodyweight it
also felt at home, and rode well, on busy motorways, where it's also quiet cruising
at the legal limit; however, keep the speedo needle pointing around the sixty-ish
mark and you'll definitely stay on the smiley side of 50mpg. Rolling on 175/60
rubber benefits the ride, which is perfectly fine for a short-wheelbase crossover.
The Ignis is a distinctive and likeable baby SUV with lashings of kerb appeal,
plenty of kit, and versatile inner space. Best of all, you're unlikely to see
less that 50mpg. ~ MotorBar
Suzuki Ignis 1.2 Dualjet SZ-T
Maximum speed: 106mph | 0-62mph: 11.8 seconds | Test Average: 54.7mpg
Power: 88bhp | Torque: 88lb ft | CO2: 104g/km