Suzuki Ignis: Small car, big heart

With its compact design, great day-to-day characteristics, appealing looks and reasonable price tag, it’s not surprising that the Suzuki Ignis is one of Suzuki’s best-selling vehicles.

When looking for a budget car, strong power delivery is not often a feature at the top of your list of requirements, however, the Suzuki Ignis delivers fairly good power for your daily commute and back. At the heart of the Suzuki Ignis is a 1.2 litre, four-cylinder petrol engine that cranks out 61kW and 113Nm. When it comes to performance it should be remembered that the Ignis only weighs 850kgs which improves the power to weight ratio drastically. This means 0-100kph can be reached in 11.6 seconds, with a top speed of 165km/h.

Fuel consumption is good, with Suzuki claiming an average of 5.1 l/100km. There is an option between a manual and automatic gearbox but remember an automatic gearbox could add up to R20k onto the final price of the car.  The suspension is comfortable and handles the vehicles shape and capabilities well. As for the steering, it’s very light and easy for tight maneuverability but stiffens up appropriately when the vehicle starts to move at higher speeds.

Pricing for the Ignis comes in at just over R190,000 for the full spec GLX model, the GL model starts from R165,000. This makes the Suzuki Ignis cheaper than most of its competition in the budget car market. (Prices correct at time of publication.)

The Suzuki Ignis has many useful features inside the cabin which separate it from other small budget cars in South Africa. Bluetooth, keyless start, PDC (Park distance control), folding wing mirrors, steering wheel controls and chrome trim interior bits are some of the options standard on the GLX model. The Suzuki Ignis also has solid safety features such as dual airbags, Isofix anchor points (for baby seats) and ABS.

Overall, we’re impressed with Suzuki Ignis. It’s the perfect run-around city car, which makes it useful for travelling to work or other daily commitments. The Ignis’s affordable price tag, funky characteristics and modern makes it a good value for money. Lately, most of the cars for retail in South Africa have moved out of the affordable price bracket, and if you’re looking for a cheap car to purchase in 2020 then the Suzuki Ignis should definitely be on your shopping list.

Check out our latest car review on the new 2020 Renault Clio. Every month we review two of the latest models to hit South Africa’s roads.

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