Suzuki Ignis (FF model)

Suzuki Ignis Review: “The FF model is nimble, but its performance and utility is somewhat lacking” by Naoto Shimazaki

The FF model is 40kg lighter than the 4WD model and offers a better fuel economy of 28.8km/l (the 4WD has 25.4km/l mileage). It is easy to drive because of its minimum turning radius of 4.7m, its excellent maneuverability, good visibility, and the upright A-pillar.

There’s a slight difference when you compare it with the 4WD variant. Its performance, unlike the 4WD, is not as flat and slick. Despite it having the same tire size and model as the 4WD, the road noise was a bit loud. For the steering, I’d want it to be neutral and have a bit more stability in the center.

Its engine is louder and has more vibrations than the 4WD. With motor assist, the performance itself is lighter because of its vehicle weight.

Regarding its utility. The cabin space is adequate; but because of the emphasis placed to the design of the rear door, the upper part of the door is lower, making the distance between the window and the roof smaller. The seats are higher, but the seat surface has a shorter length. Hence, when you are seated, it would seem like you’re peeking outside the window. And just like the 4WD model, it felt like it’s still lacking as a utility vehicle. The instrument panel’s center toggle switch has high-quality texture, but it would have been better if the instrument panel, the door trims, and other large portions that use resin have higher-quality feel.

However, since the 2WD model has a deep sub-trunk, I have no complaints regarding its utility.

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)