Parkers overall rating: 3.6 out of 5 3.6
  • Interesting cabin with plenty of kit
  • Touchscreen infotainment feels rather old-fashioned
  • Lightweight construction could be irksome

The Ignis’ cabin isn’t quite as far out-there as its quirky interior, but it’s reassuringly cheerful still and there’s plenty to like. Different shades of plastic help to lift the cabin from being too dark and dismal, and some models have cheerful colourful orange touches too.

Everything’s very well-positioned and legible. Suzuki positions the touchscreen infotainment system high up on the dashboard where it’s easily viewable, and the simple climate controls immediately under that.

Further down you’ll find a row of switches to control mintor functions followed by covered sockets for USB connection and 12V power.

Though it’s built from fairly lightweight plastic, everything does feel very well screwed-together and built to last in typical Suzuki fashion. However, those expecting plush or luxurious ought to look elsewhere, as it’s rather hollow and cheap-feeling in places.

This is an affliction that affects most city cars to an extent, but a Fiat 500 or Hyundai i10 does have more of a premium air.

Infotainment

This is one of Suzuki’s typical weak spots and it certainly affects the Ignis. Suzuki uses a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system that’s well behind the times in terms of ease-of-use and functionality.

The soft plastic screen isn’t that bright or responsive and picks up fingerprints easily, while the software is very confusing compared to that of a Hyundai i10.

The saving grace is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, standard equipment for all but the base trim.

Comfort

  • Soft ride makes the Ignis comfortable round town
  • Can be roly-poly on faster roads though
  • Refinement isn’t the little Suzuki’s strong point

The Ignis is fairly softly sprung, which suits its light weight and city-centric nature very well. It deals admirably with potholes and speed bumps, and though it does bounce about a bit it’s no worse than any other city car in this regard.

However that soft suspension and tall body do combine to make the Ignis rather prone to rolling about on faster roads and in corners, which though it’s not unmanageable can be uncomfortable for passenger especially in the rear.

A further weak point is refinement, as Suzuki’s cut down on sound deadening in order to keep the car’s weight down. Road noise from the skinny tyres isn’t too bad, but there’s rather a lot of wind noise and the engine gets quite vocal when it’s revved.