Suzuki Ignis

Suzuki Ignis Review: “Has stable performance & enticing design” by Naoki Aoyama

The Ignis is a compact crossover SUV that adopts Suzuki’s latest A-Segment platform from the Solio.

It has the same features as the Solio in terms of its motor with 3.1ps and 5.1kgm mild hybrid system, 1.2L engine with 91ps and 12kgm, and CVT, but it has a different characteristic from the Solio, which can also be referred to as a small van for family use. The Ignis is a vehicle for couples with a bold and aggressive lifestyle, and it is classified as a globally-competitive vehicle, which is powerful on bad roads and snow-covered roads, and also has excellent fuel consumption and design.

Its maximum fuel consumption of 28.8km/L in JC08 mode is perfect for a crossover SUV. As for its design, it also has a great distinction as it acquired the motif of the details incorporated from old Suzuki cars like the Cervo and more in all of its parts. This will surely capture the hearts of those who experienced riding in old Suzuki cars.

What’s greatly fascinating about the Ignis is that it has a narrow width of 1,660mm, which makes it easy to drive; its overall height is 1,585mm, which enables entering a multi-storey car park for crossover SUVs with an overall height of 1,600mm and below; and it has a great performance that doesn’t seem to be that of a crossover SUV. Regardless of whether you’re using an FF type or 4WD system, it has a minimum ground height of 180mm, and it has a more overwhelming advantage than the Solio’s 140mm ground height. It also has an excellent performance, and it guarantees safety and security on bad roads and snow-covered roads.

However, the black and white contrast of its stylish interior, which is full of personal sense, had a great impact on me. As for the mechanical functions around its switch buttons, I was also surprised with the stylishness of its navigator that is compatible with Apple CarPlay app, which makes you think of it as the latest tablet gadget; its high-precision terminal screen; and its silver ring-like particular design on the lids of the USB and 12V port.

Yes, the Ignis has a design that makes you fall in love with it.

Despite being a compact crossover SUV with a seating capacity of five passengers, there’s a reason why I labelled it a vehicle for couples earlier. As a result of its capsule-type roof, its its rear door has a narrow aperture (the Solio has 1,230mm-wide aperture, while the Ignis has 1,020mm), and its back seat is higher by 85mm than the front seat (like theater-type seats) so the head of the passengers can easily hit the roof as they embark in the car.

Nonetheless, the back seats are located higher from the floor, so you can sit freely on the seats, and for a driver with 171cm height, it has a 150mm-wide legroom. Unlike the Solio, the center part of its floor has a bump, but it guarantees a wide leg space (and its wheelbase is 45mm shorter than the Solio’s). It also has a wide front field of vision.

It only has enough power performance that’s needed in an FF car, but it has a solid body and a bright suspension area. It is also lighter by 100kg than the Solio, so it has a casual performance towards its structure. As for its ride quality, it is slightly rigid because its suspension system is similar with that of European vehicles, but it has a flexible suspension so it moves excellently, and it only has very few shocks because its angle remains intact even when passing on rough roads and bumps. Its steadily flat and pleasant touch is likeable.

The Ignis has an extraordinary sense of stability, and it has a light and intact footwork even when driving on mountain roads. For owners with average driving skills, they would definitely feel that their skill has improved when driving on curves and mountain roads.

On the other hand, the 4WD version is equipped with Hill Descent Control and grip control, so it is safer and more stable even when driving downhill or on slippery roads. Its weight is 40kg more than the FF type so its performance is moderate on flat roads, but it is natural for it to have a weak allowance on slopes, and since its engine rotation is comparatively high on slopes, it generates great noise. Moreover, it generates a stuffy sound at nearly 3,500rpm, so it does not attain a refreshing sound that exists in the FF type. However, its overall running performance is just the same with the FF type. If I were to proactively choose, then I’d go with the 4WD version.

If you select the Ignis equipped with a safety package, it can be fully equipped with advanced safety equipment, so it is definitely a good buy at around 1.5 to 1.6 million yen price. Its front and rear parts have excellent designs, and I think that its integrated product appeal as a crossover SUV is extremely high.

By the way, the fuel efficiency of the Ignis that is fully-equipped with the Suzuki Green Technology is at 28km/L for the FF type. But since the Solio, which is 100kg heavier, has a maximum fuel efficiency of 27.8km/L, many would still ask if this performance is better. However, the reason for that that is because the Ignis was equipped with 16-inch tires that have bigger diameter than that of the Solio, and it has a high minimum ground height (with unfavorable air resistance).

â–  5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★
Interior / Comfort: ★★★★
Power Source: ★★★
Footwork: ★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★
Pet-friendliness: ★★

Naoki Aoyama | Motor Journalist/ Dog Life Journalist
He became a freelance motor journalist after working as an editor for an automotive magazine. He started as a writer specializing on automotive magazines, and then of general news magazines and websites. He also worked on publication related to pet (dog) and overseas travel, pet and drive-related television program, as well as events. He is currently expanding his career as a dog life producer. He is a Japan Car of the Year Selection Committee member.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)