3.6 out of 5 3.6
Parkers overall rating: 3.6 out of 5 3.6

Cheerful micro-SUV offers low-cost city motoring

Suzuki Ignis SUV (17 on) - rated 3.6 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £14,759 - £18,259
Lease from new From £191 p/m View lease deals
Used price £6,510 - £17,965
Used monthly cost From £162 per month
Fuel Economy 48.6 - 58.0 mpg
Road tax cost £0 - £155
Insurance group 15 - 21 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Cheap to buy and run
  • Seating for four adults
  • Should be reliable
  • Unique hybrid and 4WD offerings
  • Fun to drive in the city

CONS

  • Some poor-quality finishing
  • Safety kit lacking
  • High insurance grouping
  • Uninspiring to drive
  • Struggles on motorways

Suzuki Ignis SUV rivals

Fiat
500L
3 out of 5 3.0

Written by Tom Wiltshire on

The Suzuki Ignis is arguably the country’s smallest SUV. No, we’re not joking – this tiny city car continues Suzuki’s long-held tradition of building small cars that are just a little bit quirkier than most, and endowing them with surprising prowess off-road.

But does this weirdness add up to make a good car overall? Perhaps surprisingly, it really does.

Tiny outside, practical in

By its size alone the Ignis slots into the city car class, putting it in contention with some of the smallest and cleverest cars on the market. The Volkswagen Up, Hyundai i10 and Fiat 500 all provide strong competition – these are cars designed from the ground up to be the ultimate in smart city slicking.

The Ignis doesn’t disappoint when it comes to interior practicality, as its upright silhouette gives loads of passenger space for something so short as well as a decent boot. Plenty of glass and a minimalist interior also make it feel very bright and airy inside, too, something that can’t always be said about some of its rivals cramped, dark cabins.

A four-wheel-drive, hybrid city car

That’s right – Suzuki offers the Ignis with two features you won’t find on any rival. The term ‘hybrid’ might be a little misleading here, though.

While Suzuki describes the Ignis as self-charging, it’s actually a mild-hybrid system – there’s no capacity for driving the car on electric power alone, and the additional electrification is only there to improve responsiveness, fuel economy and emissions. It’s still unique in the class, however, where most rivals have naturally-aspirated three-cylinder petrols which are about as sophisticated as a rock.

The other unique addition is Suzuki’s AllGrip all-wheel drive system, which though it doesn’t turn the Ignis into a Jimny-beating off-roader does give it an additional level of capability that none of its contemporaries can match.

Cute, stylish and desirable

The little Suzuki’s eye-catching styling does a great job of appealing to the heart, much like a Fiat 500 does. It’s a great combination of retro and futuristic, with cute touches that work well even if the car’s overall proportions are a little odd to the eye.

The Ignis’ upturned C-pillar and three indentations recall the Suzuki SC100 Whizzkid, one of the brand’s most iconic small cars.

Facelifted in 2020

The Ignis underwent a mild facelift in 2020 which gave it a little more of the tough aesthetic the original was aiming for. Chief among these tweaks was the addition of a Jeep-like five-bar radiator grille with slightly different bumpers front and rear.

There were also tweaks to the model range, reducing it to just a single engine and three trim levels – with the options of four-wheel drive or, for the first time, a CVT automatic gearbox on top.

Read on for our thoughts on the Suzuki Ignis' interior, practicality, running costs and driving dynamics, or click here to go straight to our verdict.

Suzuki Ignis SUV rivals

Fiat
500L
3 out of 5 3.0

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