Suzuki Ignis GLX
Price: $18,990 plus on roads
Live in the big city?
You’ll probably love Suzuki’s new, easy to park, cheap to run Ignis mini SUV.
The original, aptly name Suzuki Ignis from a decade back (it even looked like a fridge) was an awful thing and ugly as a hat full but this one is like a breath of fresh air. It’s cute from every angle, is incredibly useful and has plenty of pep as well as being a fuel miser and cheap to buy. Should be safe too though not crash tested as yet.
You’ve gotta love the fact that you can get a pushbike in the back (with seats folded) and those rear seats recline and slide forward and back if you want. Ignis GLX scores plenty of kit too such as satnav, app driven multi media system on a large tablet-style touch screen , cruise control, climate control air and plenty more. The GLX costs a few grand over the entry level GL but gets a CVT auto as standard, alloys and is a better proposition all around.
More cars this size are arriving in showrooms but this one is better than expected and in it’s natural environment, difficult to fault. Dare to take it on the highway and you’ll be pleasantly surprised as Ignis clips along easily at high speed sipping as little as 4.9 litres/100km on E10. Quite a hoot to drive mostly.
➔Striking looks especially with the LED headlights on GLX
➔Good performance from small capacity engine
➔CVT auto functions efficiently with minimal slurring
➔Practical interior offers numerous layout choices
➔Funky three tone interior treatment
➔Satnav easy to use
➔Super easy to park
➔Can carry four adults and some luggage
➔Lightweight at 820kg = less tyre wear, won’t crack the drive.
NOT SO MUCH
➔Old school drum rear brakes
➔Folded rear seats too high
➔Attracts plenty of heat from large car drivers
➔`D’ selector notch is one up from bottom
➔Too much spec’ difference between base GL and GLX
➔No advanced driver assist technology to speak of.
ENGINE: 1.2 litre, four cylinder, petrol. 66kW/120Nm
TRANSMISSION: CVT automatic
0-100KMH: Who cares, about 11.0 seconds
ALTERNATIVES: Not many really. VW’s Polo 81TSi hatchback at $18,690, perhaps Toyota’s Prius C base at $23,450. Ford’s underwhelming EcoSport from $20,790