2017 Suzuki Ignis 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ5 Allgrip review
Suzuki’s dinky SUV is extremely well priced and packaged – enough so to forgive its stodgy handling and so-so interior quality and infotainment
It seems just about every manufacturer is throwing its hat into the small SUV ring at the moment, but few are more experienced at engineering and building them than Suzuki. This time around, though, it’s taken the ‘small’ part to the extreme with its all-new Ignis.At just 3.7 metres long, 1.69m wide and 1.6m tall, the Ignis is a rival for city cars such as the Fiat 500 and Vauxhall Adam on size. But given its flared wheel arches, bluff nose and jacked-up stance, you’d be forgiven for calling it a small SUV, and when Suzuki’s optional Allgrip all-wheel drive system is added, that argument stacks up even more.Just one engine option is available: Suzuki’s 89bhp naturally aspirated 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol unit. The only variation is the option of a mild hybrid application previously seen in the firm’s Baleno; this uses a belt-driven integrated starter/generator and a second lithium ion battery that assist the engine during warm starts, take-off and acceleration. The result of all that is slightly better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions of 97g/km. Underpinning everything is the same high-tensile steel chassis on which the Baleno is based, but the Ignis’s smaller dimensions mean a remarkable kerb weight figure of 855kg for the entry-level front-wheel-drive model. Talking of trims, there are three from which you can choose: SZ3, SZ-T and SZ5. They’re well equipped, too: even SZ3 cars get air-con, Bluetooth, a DAB radio and six airbags.