Suzuki Ignis (4WD model)

Suzuki Ignis Review: “The 4WD model offers a smooth and comfortable ride” by Naoto Shimazaki

It is small, yet it looks impressive. It didn’t feel like it referred too much to the design elements of previous Suzuki vehicles (the C-pillar shape is sufficient, I guess?). Its ride comfort shows its forwardness and liveliness.

I test drove the 4WD model. Its performance was good. It uses the new platform, which was first used by the Solio; hence, it offers a smooth and flat ride beginning from the moment you hop into the car and drive it. Although the 4WD model is 40kg heavier than the FF model, the thrusting movements of the suspension and the tires are suppressed, while the unpleasant vibrations and resonance are neutralized. The steering has a bit of a resistance just before traveling back into a straight course. However, it has a natural feel when doing more than a 90-degree turn.

The 1.2L engine rotates lightly. Despite having higher revolutions, the vibrations and noises are minimal, making it seem like the engine position has been made lower. It’s as if the motor assist reduces the burden of the engine.

With a minimum ground clearance of 1800mm, it is not only stable in off-road driving, but it is steady despite the small bumps that you encounter in city streets as well. Since it is compact and easy to drive and it offers a stable ride, this might be a perfect daily ride for elderly drivers as well.

â–  Five Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior/ Interior Comfort: ★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Foot Work: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★★

Naoto Shimazaki | Automotive Journalist (AJAJ Member)

Born in Tokyo in 1958. He worked at an editing and publishing company for nine years after graduating from university. In 1991, he began working freelance after working as a writer, editor and photographer for magazines and independent publications. Since then, he has continued to expand his activities as a writer for magazines and the web. He approaches cars and journalism from the viewpoint of an everyday user.

(Translated by Katherine N. Bantiles)