Parkers overall rating: 3.1 out of 5 3.1
  • Interesting, customisable cabin
  • Touchscreen infotainment system
  • Decent driving position

In the past Suzuki has failed to deliver when it comes to cabin finishing. It’s often the biggest criticism of new models, with the possible exception of the Vitara.

But the Ignis does buck the trend on first inspection, with light and dark shades of hard plastic used to make the dashboard feel a lot more interesting than it could otherwise have been, albeit at the expense of making it appear busy.

There’s a curious plastic surround for the cup-holders in the centre console that feels awfully flimsy, though – you can bend it easily with one hand and it bows when you rest your leg against it. This, along with the air vent surrounds, can be customised to suit your personal colour scheme requirements.

We found the touchscreen infotainment system effective at what’s likely to be a very low price point, but don’t expect it to perform as quickly as more expensive set-ups. You can use the touchscreen wearing gloves, however, which might indicate the type of buyers Suzuki expects to attract.

Unfortunately the Ignis (like most cars at this sort of price) doesn’t have a reach-adjustable steering wheel, so you can only change the height. We didn’t find it too much of a struggle to get a decent driving position, though. The seats are manually adjustable and it requires a bit of contortion to use their angle adjustment, but the facility’s there.

  • Choose your Ignis carefully

This depends largely on the version you buy. The Suzuki Ignis is an unashamedly budget attempt at an SUV, but in the main cabin refinement could be worse. The tiny tyres mean there isn’t much road noise and wind roar only becomes an issue at motorway speeds – at which point you’ll be more bothered by the wind catching this tall, featherweight car and blowing you out of your lane.

Ride quality is poor on models equipped with the SHVS system, unfortunately, including the only one with the Allgrip Auto part-time 4x4 system. By far the best in this respect is the normal 1.2-litre model, which is a touch more compliant and will deal with UK roads better. It’s still on the firm side, however.

There’s plenty of headroom for all in the Ignis, so even adults over six-feet tall will be able to travel in comfort as long as their legs aren’t too long. Rear-seat passengers will notice their environment is quite dark thanks to the shape and tint of the windows.

The front seats are adequate and have just enough bolstering to stop you from sliding around during fast cornering.