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New Suzuki Ignis is fun bundled in Crossover hatchback

By Graeme Lund - Oct 18, 2017
New Suzuki Ignis is fun bundled in Crossover hatchback

I recently had the pleasure of driving the Suzuki Ignis 1.2 GLX 5MT. With its two-tone exterior, neat box shape, black mags and over-all cheeky appearance, the Suzuki Ignis gives the impression of fun - and that is exactly what the Ignis is, FUN.

The Japanese, because of their local car tax system based on chassis length, design small cars with plenty of space. So, the Ignis may look small, but once inside, it is more than comfortable for driver and three passengers. 

The Ignis simply zoots around; what does zoot mean? Quick of the mark, nippy between traffic lights, easy to park, cool to drive – that’s zooty!

Only recently launched in South Africa, the Ignis is offered in GL and range-topping GLX versions. Both are powered by the same 1.2-litre engine with the GL at R169 900 and the GLX Auto at R204 900.

This inexpensive car comes with a host of features including power windows, remote central locking, aircon, power-steering, and an MP3-compatible CD sound-system with USB port and 12V accessory power socket.

Safety features include dual front airbags, ABS anti-lock brakes, side-impact protection beams, Isofix child-seat anchors and child-proof rear-door locks.

In the boot, it offers 260 litres of cargo space, expandable to 469 litres when the back seat is folded.

Under the bonnet, the Suzuki K12M 1.2-litre boasts a four-cylinder engine that has been reliably used in the Suzuki Swift for some time and produces 61kW of power and 113Nm of torque.

Fuel-consumption is 5.1 litres/100km for the manual and 4.9 litres/100km for the auto.

The interior is robust, ergonomic and attractive in three tones. Thanks to the built in roof rails this vehicle is classified as a Crossover and I felt like I was on a seaside holiday every time I got behind the wheel!