Suzuki Ignis 1.2 GLX Test drive review – 2018 Budget Car of the year winner (1.2GL model)

With today’s current economic down turn and the exchange rate fluctuations, as well as petrol price hikes, it’s needless to say that everyone’s budgets are pretty strapped, if not in the red already.

What do you do then when looking to buy a new car or trade in the old model. Well, Suzuki have found the answer to that question. They have designed and manufactured a car, which offers excellent value for money without compromising on it’s standard safety, quality or common feautures as some of the competitors tend to do. They’ve also managed to offer a fun and exciting car, which has great styling too and has great road holding.

As a first impression, the front design has bold U-shaped LED daytime running lights (DRL) found on the GLX models and fog lamps, which offers a modern styling. The front is aggresive, yet not over bearing.

Moving along to the side you have black 15 inch alloy rims (also found on the GLX models) roof racks (GLX model) with a two tone painted roof (white or black), tinted safety film windows and shark fin looking slats on the rear quarter panels.

Now for the back, which I must admit was not my favourite part to look at. It’s almost as though the styling was not continued into the rear. I’m not a fan of the squashed rectangular tail lights or the black plastic rear bumper, I would have gone with a colour coded bumper and a black trim at the bottom, to match the side sills. However, it’s pretty functional and quite practical for forgiving little reversing bumps here and there.

Getting inside you find yourself in a spacious, comfortable environment with lovely cool automatic climate controlled airconditioning in the GLX model. Immersed in colours and two tone dashboard, along with your body paint colour splashing over into the cabin for added style.

You also have all your creature comforts like bluetooth radio (GLX), multi-function steering wheel controls (GLX) and on-board computers with trip readings for fuel consumption, fuel tank range, shift indicator, average speed (usefull for the new average speed cameras), outside temperature (GLX), door ajar reminder.

You are also treated with standard feautures such as rear park assist, electric front and rear windows, remote central locking, keyless push start (GLX), electric mirrors, front and rear audio speakers (GLX).

The Suzuki Ignis was launched in May of 2017 and has already won the 2018 Budget car of the year award.

Getting into the nitty gritty technical details:

There are three model derivatives available currently: 1.2 GL, 1.2 GLX and 1.2 GLX Automatic. It’s direct competitors in the segment that contain crossover-derivatives of compact hatchbacks are the Renault Sandero Stepway, Volkswagen Cross Up! and Toyota Etios Cross. The Ignis sport’s a cool 180mm ground clearnace, for when the road gets dirty. The 1.2L inline 4 cylinder naturally aspirated engine produces a modest 61kW and 113Nm of torque, but with the power to weight ratio, with the gross weight of only 850kg, the Ignis is not shy to get off to a sprint and it does so effortlessly. The acclaimed fuel economy was also actually achievable at 5.1L/ 100km which is a first for a change. There are two transmission options with a 5 speed manual and a 5 speed automatic. The entry level trim is the GL model with the GLX model being the top of the range.

Features and equipment

The Suzuki Ignis 1.2 GL 5-speed manual comes standard with:

  • Colour-coded door handles and mirrors
  • Aircon, power steering
  • Dual front airbags, ABS, EBD, BAS.
  • Electric windows and mirrors
  • USB/MP3/CD Player
  • Remote central locking
  • ISOFIX Child seat mounts
  • 60/40 split folding rear seats
  • Trip computer

The Suzuki Ignis 1.2 GLX 5-speed manual/automatic comes standard with:

  • 15-inch black alloy wheels
  • Black wheel arches
  • Chrome grille
  • Roof rails
  • LED daytime running lights and LED projector headlamps
  • Front fog lights
  • Automatic climate control
  • Keyless entry with start button
  • Rear park distance control
  • MP3/USB/CD Player with Bluetooth
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls

Suzuki Ignis prices in South Africa

GL R169 900
GLX MT R189 900
GLX AMT R204 900

Prices include a 3-year/100 000 km manufacturer’s warranty and a 2-year/30 000 km service plan.