Juliet reviews…the Suzuki Ignis

Suzuki is a brand that is doing really well in South Africa, it is no surprise really, they offer excellent products and are known for the great after-sales service. The Suzuki Ignis, which launched in 2017, added to the success of Suzuki and became one of its best-selling vehicles. It’s charm and unique character, not to mention its value for money, have made it a popular choice for many buyers. The 2020 model has seen a few updates, bit it offers the same value.

The tweaks to the updated Ignis are minor, the most noticeable being the front grille which is now in line with its siblings, namely the Vitara, Jimny and S-Presso. It is becoming a stand out feature on Suzuki models and is instantly recognizable. The GLX model adds some chrome accents and now boasts roof rails and flared wheel-arch extensions. As before, all models have colour-coded mirrors and the GLX has integrated indicator lights.

One of the many things that makes the Ignis stand out, a part from its SUV-like looks, is its ground clearance, which sits at 180 mm. This means that taking it on gravel is a breeze, as is ramping a kerb in the urban jungle. The interior is another place the Ignis shines. Its standard spec is excellent and you would be forgiven for thinking you were in a car more expensive car. You can expect dual airbags, ABS brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and Isofix anchorage points, not to mention Bluetooth connectivity, a multi-function steering wheel, electric windows, and central locking. The GLX model adds even more luxury features such as a touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as rear parking sensors with a rear parking camera.

The interior is also surprisingly spacious, especially for rear passengers. There is ample legroom, although head room is a bit tight. The boot is at 260-litres but the rear seats do split 60:40 which is practical.

The same 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine is under the bonnet producing 61 kW and 113 Nm which is nippy for around the city. Highway driving can prove a bit tricky, especially if there is a strong wind blowing. But the five-speed manual gearbox is smooth-shifting and easy to work for when you need that extra bit of power for overtaking.

Suzuki has also added a bunch of new colours and colour combinations to the Ignis line up making it even more cheerful and playful. Arctic White Pearl Metallic, Silky Silver Metallic, Glistening Grey Metallic, Turquoise Blue Pearl Metallic and Midnight Black with Pearl Finish.

Two-tone combinations now include Stargaze Blue Pearl Metallic with Black combination, and Lucent Orange with Black Metallic.

The Ignis is available immediately and will be offered with a 2-year / 30 000 km service plan and Suzuki’s promotional 5-year / 200 000 km mechanical warranty, which includes roadside assistance.


1.2 GL MT: R188 900

1.2 GL X MT: R216 900

1.2 GLX AMT: R233 900

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