The Suzuki Ignis, one of the South Africas favourite compact urban SUVs was recently treated to a new look and extra features, making it an even better value offering.
The Ignis exists in the sweet spot where the compact car and compact off-road SUV experiences meet. It is a nimble and easy-driving city vehicle but offers the space, driving experience and ground clearance of an SUV. Which is perfect for South Africas varying road conditions.
WHAT’S NEW ON THE IGNIS?
The refreshed look brings it in line with Suzuki’s iconic SUV design language, also seen on models such as the new Suzuki S-Presso.
Four chromed square slots now flank the prominent S-emblem on the front grille. The new grille creates a more purposeful look and visually fills the space between the front lights to create a bar from edge to edge between the front fenders, especially on the GLX model, where the surrounding grille face also has some chrome accents.
As before, the GLX models feature wrap-around daytime running lights with projector-style LED headlamps. GLX models also have added roof rails and flared wheel arch extensions to help it stand out, especially since the Ignis has a standard ground clearance of 180mm.
A smooth lower bumper, which now incorporates the fog lights, on the GLX specification, and a trapezoidal silver lower faux scuff plate for an upswept SUV-look.
At the rear, a similar scuff plate design replaces the previous black bumper insert and ensures a beautiful and coherent SUV-signature look. Two integrated upright reflectors round off the upgrades to the rear.
WHAT ABOUT INSIDE?
Interior space remains impressive given the compact 2.435m wheelbase. All models offer 60:40 split rear seats, 260 litres of boot space and ample interior space for five occupants. Luxuries include an audio system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, steering controls, electric windows, and a multi-information display across the range.
Safety equipment includes dual airbags, ABS brakes with EBD and Isofix child anchor points. GLX specification adds a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto built-in. The large touchscreen doubles as a reverse camera monitor, while the reverse camera is supplemented by rear parking sensors.
Large car luxuries include keyless entry with push-button start and climate control.
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO DRIVE?
Under the bonnet the 1.2-litre petrol engine with variable valve timing and multi-point fuel injection remains unchanged. Providing 61kW at 6000rpm and 113Nm at 4 200rpm the 860kg Ignis is no slouch on the highways or byways. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, with the option of Suzuki’s newest generation automated manual transmission on the GLX model.
With a starting price of under R190 000, the Suzuki Ignis offers exceptional value for money. It offers just the right amount of premium feel and funky design paired with all surface driving ability to make it our favourite of the three compact SUVs that we took on our trip through Limpopo and Mpumalanga.
Images: Andre Badenhorst
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