The Suzuki Ignis has arrived in Ireland, priced from €12,995. The Ignis is a new compact crossover from Suzuki that sits alongside the Celerio, Swift and Baleno in Suzuki’s small car range.

The Ignis straddles two distinct sections of the car market – that of the small car and that of the crossover/SUV. With its raised ride height and chunky styling, a Fiat Panda would seem like an obvious rival, but Suzuki also cite cars such as the Fiat 500, Renault Twingo and Opel Adam as rivals because of the Ignis’s personalised and distinct look.

There are a number of vibrant exterior colours to choose from including Boost Blue, Flame Orange and Neon Blue, and the Ignis is also available with a two tone exterior colour option (black roof).

The interior has the same bright, friendly feel as the outside with metallic titanium or orange colour accents. The design is simple to navigate and infotainment is provided via a seven inch touchscreen on all but the base model. There are a lot of hard plastics but at this price point it’s really to be expected.

Suzuki Ignis
Interior of the Suzuki Ignis

Ignis is a four or five seater depending on specification (see below). Headroom should not be a problem thanks to the high roofline, and rear legroom is good for the city car class. The boot is 260 litres, which is better than some too.

Three trim levels are offered, SZ3, SZ-T and SZ5, and there is just one engine available, a 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol engine with 90hp.

SZ3 is available from €12,995 and equipment includes air con, front electric windows, digital radio and Bluetooth. This model has five designated seats.

SZ-T (from €14,495) adds satellite navigation, rear view camera, wheel arch extensions, side mouldings, roof rails, 16-inch alloy wheels, and has a four seat capacity with individually sliding rear seats.

SZ5 (from €16,495) adds auto air conditioning, LED headlights with LED DRLs, front fog lights, rear electric windows, keyless entry and start, Dual Camera Brake Support and cruise control.

Suzuki’s Allgrip 4WD system is an option on SZ5 trim. Automatic gearboxes are available on each model for €1500 on top of the list price. At launch buyers are given the option of €350 of free fuel or free servicing for three years.

The 1.2-litre is cheap to run with annual motor tax of €190 and a claimed 61.4mpg. A hybrid assist system (SHVS) is available on the same engine on the top level trim and that reduces running costs a little more with motor tax of €180 and a claimed economy of 65.7mpg.

Suzuki Ignis
The Suzuki Ignis is on sale from €12,995

In Suzuki’s own words, the brand does well with cars that stand out for distinct styling and the new Ignis certainly does make a statement. With the current trend for crossovers and SUV inspired looks, the Ignis could well find itself a lot of fans.

Caroline Kidd