The 2019 Suzuki Vitara

2019 Suzuki Vitara 1.0 Boosterjet Review

The 2019 Suzuki Vitara
The 2019 Suzuki Vitara

Caroline drives the 2019 Suzuki Vitara!

The Suzuki
Vitara has status as a bit of a legend. Debuting in 1988, early iterations of
the Vitara had boxy, utilitarian attitude by the bucketloads. In fact it’s not
uncommon to see some late 80s and early 90s models still on the road.

Over the years, the Suzuki Vitara has morphed to suit the rise in popularity of the ‘soft-roader’ and SUV. Softer around the edges, it’s probably reached its meekest form in the current generation of the car. That’s not an insult, and it’s great to see Suzuki adapting their Vitara to suit market trends. With pricing starting from €20,995, the Vitara is now scrapping it out with the other compact crossover. But while most of its competitors have been spawned from superminis, I was delighted to find that the Vitara still has a whiff of its tough early roots about it.

The Suzuki Vitara is available from €20,995
The Suzuki Vitara is available from €20,995

The 2019 Suzuki Vitara

In early 2019, Suzuki refreshed the Vitara range with styling upgrades, new engines and more technology and safety features. That’s good for Vitara fans.

On the
outside the 2019 Suzuki Vitara has a more elegant front face with redesigned
grille and lower bumper, and the rear lamps have now been redesigned with a
distinctive LED display. There is something charming about the Vitara’s
presence, and while the back of the car is a little too generic for my liking,
you can’t deny that there is a plucky toughness to this car that is missing
from many rivals.

There are also two new colours for 2019, including Solar Yellow Pearl and Ice Greyish Blue, the latter of which is particularly fashionable!

The interior of the 2019 Suzuki Vitara
The interior of the 2019 Suzuki Vitara

Inside the 2019 Suzuki Vitara

In Ireland the Suzuki Vitara is sold in three trim levels: SZ4 (from €20,995), SZT (from €22,995) and SZ5 (from €26,495).

Inside
there is new seat trim design and suede seat fabric fitted on SZ5 models. The
upper instrument panel is upgraded to a soft touch material and the instrument
cluster now features a central colour information display. There are still
plenty of hard plastics about the cabin but it’s simple and inoffensive with
good levels of standard equipment. Bluetooth, alloy wheels, electric windows,
cruise control and climate control are fitted as standard on all models, while
smartphone link audio and navigation is fitted as standard on SZ-T and SZ5
grade.

SZ5 also adds Dual Sensor Brake Support (also on SZ-T ALLGRIP models), Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Interior space is good for this class of vehicle. There is good room to stretch out in the back and there is also a practical 375 litre boot, comparative to any hatchback. Lots of headroom all round too.

Rear seating in the Suzuki Vitara
Rear seating in the Suzuki Vitara

What are my engine options?

Engines for the Vitara range now include the excellent 1.0-litre (111hp) and 1.4-litre (140hp) turbocharged petrol engines with Boosterjet technology, seen already on other models in the Suzuki range like the Swift and S-Cross. The 1.0-litre petrol comes with a 5 speed manual or automatic gearbox, while the 1.4 litre petrol is available with a 6 speed manual or automatic gearbox. ALLGRIP ‘Select’ four wheel drive is also available from €28,495.

My test car was the Suzuki Vitara 1.0 SZT with a list price of €22,995. This 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine suits the car well and has adequate power and performance. Over a week of driving my fuel consumption averaged at 6.2l/100km.

Driving the Suzuki Vitara

You sit higher in the Vitara than in some of the more low slung hatchback-based crossovers. The little Vitara is fun to drive and grips the tarmac willingly with light but precise steering and not too much body roll. There is some road noise at high speeds and the suspension picks up some disturbances over uneven tarmac but overall the Vitara is a surprisingly good compact crossover.

The Suzuki Vitara is perhaps a slightly offbeat choice in the compact crossover segment. Yet it’s very enjoyable to drive and has its own charm. It’s good value with the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine and comes well equipped with plenty of space. If you are in the market for a small SUV, the Vitara is definitely worth a test drive – it could win you over very quickly!

The Suzuki Vitara is a fun little crossover for the compact class
The Suzuki Vitara is a fun little crossover for the compact class

Caroline Kidd

Model
tested: 
Suzuki
Vitara 1.0 SZT
Price:
€22,995 (from €20,995)
Engine: 1.0-litre turbo petrol
Power: 
111 hp
Torque: 160 Nm
0-100km/h: 
12.5 seconds
Top speed: 180 km/h
Fuel economy:
5.7 l/100km
CO2 emissions: 
121g/km
Motor tax: 
€270 per year


The new Suzuki Swift Sport

2019 Suzuki Swift Sport 1.4 Boosterjet Review

The new Suzuki Swift Sport
The new Suzuki Swift Sport

Caroline drives the 2019 Suzuki Swift Sport!

Suzuki is well-known for making fun small cars. If you are looking for the most potent car that the brand currently offers in Ireland, then look no further than the Suzuki Swift Sport. Powered by a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine and putting out 140hp, the Swift Sport is a hottish hatchback occupying the sportier end of the supermini spectrum. And while 140hp is hardly revolutionary in a small car, there is plenty in this package to entertain.

Priced from €22,995, the Suzuki Swift Sport crowns the Swift range. Suzuki has given the Swift a sporty makeover in this iteration and it presses all the right buttons. The Sport sits lower and wider than the standard Swift and has a special grille, bumpers, black aerodynamic under spoilers, 17” alloys, dual tailpipes and a roof-end spoiler. LED headlamps come as standard. The Swift Sport is available in six colours, including Champion Yellow, exclusive to the Sport. This reviewer was happy to pick up the Swift Sport in more demure Speedy Blue metallic!

The interior of the 2019 Suzuki Swift Sport

Inside, Suzuki has added more red trim to the Swift's cabin and some new sports seats. Hard plastics prevail but the build is good and there is nothing offensive about the straightforward interior design.

The interior of the new Suzuki Swift Sport
The interior of the new Suzuki Swift Sport

The tachometer has a red dial face and the speedometer is coloured silver. Infotainment is provided via a touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Navigation also comes as standard. There is impressive safety equipment on board including Adaptive Cruise Control, Dual Sensor Brake Support, high beam assist, keyless entry and start, and Lane Departure Prevention, auto air conditioning, DAB radio, rear privacy glass, touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, electric windows, front fog lamps and rear view camera.

The Swift Sport has five doors for practicality and reasonable interior space for a small car. The boot is on the small side for this class of vehicle at 265 litres.

Under the bonnet of the Suzuki Swift Sport is a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine
Under the bonnet of the Suzuki Swift Sport is a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine

So what about that engine?

Suzuki has planted the brand's new 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbo petrol engine under the bonnet of the Swift Sport, producing 140hp and 230Nm of torque. The Swift Sport uses a 6-speed manual gearbox. 0 to 100kmh is 8.1 seconds and the Sport can reach a top speed of 210km/h. CO2 emissions of 125g mean motor tax will be €270 per year and over a week of driving my average fuel consumption was 5.9l/100km.

The 2019 Suzuki Swift Sport is built on a light but rigid new platform and weighs just 975kg. The Suzuki Swift Sport revs happily and takes off with aplomb without frightening anyone with sheer speed. The six speed manual gearbox is delightful to use and the Swift Sport rocks in and out of corners with loads of tactile grip and precision. The engine noise in the cabin makes the driving experience feel all the more frantic! On longer runs on the motorway, the refinement and stability of the Swift Sport was impressive. There is a firm edge to the suspension but only the very roughest roads transmit their worst to cabin occupants.

The Suzuki Swift Sport is a fun and stylish small car
The Suzuki Swift Sport is a fun and stylish small car

The Suzuki Swift Sport doesn’t have the outright power and menace of the Ford Fiesta ST or the Volkswagen Polo GTI but it’s cheaper to buy and loaded with equipment. For supermini buyers looking to stretch the budget for something sportier and a bit different, the 2019 Suzuki Swift Sport ticks many boxes. It's more fun than it should be considering the 140 hp power output and price. The Swift Sport is a stylish and fun small car with a sort of back-to-basics feel that will have you taking the long way home.

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Suzuki Swift Sport
Price: 
€22,995
Engine: 1.4-litre turbo petrol
Power: 
140hp
Torque: 230Nm
0-100km/h:  
8.1 seconds
Top speed: 210km/h
Economy: 
5.6l/100km
CO2 emissions: 
125g/km
Motor tax: 
€270 per year


The 2019 Suzuki Vitara

2019 Suzuki Vitara Range

The 2019 Suzuki Vitara
The 2019 Suzuki Vitara on sale in Ireland from February

Suzuki has revised the Vitara range for 2019 with new models available from Irish Suzuki dealerships from February. The 2019 Suzuki Vitara goes on sale from €20,995 with styling upgrades, new engines and more technology and safety features.

On the outside the new Vitara has a more elegant front face with redesigned grille and lower bumper, and the rear lamps have now been redesigned with a distinctive LED display.

There are two new colours, including Solar Yellow Pearl and Ice Greyish Blue (pictured).

Inside there is a new seat trim design and suede seat fabric fitted on SZ5 models. The upper instrument panel is upgraded to a soft touch material and the instrument cluster now features a central colour information display.

The interior of the Suzuki Vitara
The interior of the Suzuki Vitara

Engines for the Vitara range now include the excellent 1.0-litre (111hp) and 1.4-litre (140hp) turbocharged petrol engines with Boosterjet technology, seen already on other models in the Suzuki range like the Swift and S-Cross.

There are three trim lines for the Vitara in Ireland, SZ4 (from €20,995), SZ-T (from €22,995) and SZ5 (from €26,495).

Bluetooth, alloy wheels, electric windows, cruise control and climate control are fitted as standard on all models, while smartphone link audio and navigation is fitted as standard on SZ-T and SZ5 grade.

SZ5 also adds Dual Sensor Brake Support (also on SZ-T ALLGRIP models), Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control.

ALLGRIP ‘Select’ four wheel drive is also available from €28,495.

The 1.0-litre petrol comes with a five speed manual or automatic gearbox, while the 1.4 litre petrol is available with a 6 speed manual or automatic gearbox.

The 2019 Suzuki Vitara goes on sale from €20,995
The 2019 Suzuki Vitara goes on sale from €20,995

We look forward to bringing you a full road test of the 2019 Suzuki Vitara later in the year!


P.G. Duffy & Sons Suzuki Kildare

P.G. Duffy & Sons New Suzuki Dealer In Kildare

P.G. Duffy & Sons Suzuki Kildare
P.G. Duffy & Sons in Newbridge is a new Suzuki dealer

Suzuki Ireland has announced that P.G. Duffy & Sons in Newbridge, County Kildare, has joined its dealer network. The appointment of the latest franchise brings the total number of showrooms representing the brand in Ireland to 23.

The 100 square-metre dealership is operated by a family-owned business with over 60 years’ experience in the motor trade. On display in the recently refurbished four-car showroom is the full Suzuki model range, including the Celerio city car, new Swift and upgraded 2019 Vitara compact SUV.

Visitors also have access to a seating area to enjoy complementary refreshments and free Wi-Fi, whilst they can also view products from Suzuki’s accessory catalogue to further personalise their vehicle.

P.G. Duffy & Sons also provides customers with servicing and repair facilities that adhere to the Suzuki Service Promise. They will benefit from, amongst other advantages, pricing that is transparent, the use of genuine parts during any maintenance or repair work, and a complementary health check.

Dale Wyatt, Director of Automobile at Suzuki GB PLC, said: “P.G. Duffy & Sons is one of the region’s highly-respected family-run businesses, renowned for its loyal and repeat customers. Therefore, as a new franchise, they can hit the ground running and build the presence of the Suzuki brand and promote the merits of our product range to a readily-available target audience. We look forward to working closely with P.G. Duffy & Sons during what is set to be an exciting few months ahead.”

Pat Duffy, Dealer Principal of P.G. Duffy & Sons, added: “We are delighted to be a part of the Suzuki dealer network, and with a product range which offers style, great value, reliability and affordability, we are sure that the different models will have a far-reaching appeal in the surrounding area. Plus with a constantly evolving line-up, this is certainly a recipe for success and we are very happy to be on-board.”

P.G. Duffy & Sons is located at Naas Road, Newbridge, County Kildare W12 K092. For further information on the Suzuki product range, or to book a test drive, call 00353 45 431340 or visit www.cars.suzuki.ie/dealers/pgduffyandsons.


Airside Suzuki Dealership

New Airside Suzuki Dealership Opens In Dublin

Airside Suzuki Dealership
The new Airside Suzuki dealership in Dublin

Suzuki Ireland has announced the opening of the new Airside Suzuki dealership at Airside Motor Park in Swords, County Dublin. It's the largest standalone Suzuki showroom in the country, and brings the dealership network in Ireland to 21.

The seven-car dealership, which is part of the very experienced Ashley Group, has been fully refurbished to create a contemporary and welcoming setting. The full Suzuki range is on display with test drives available of all models, including the newly-launched Suzuki Swift Sport supermini.

Going forward, Airside Suzuki customers will also enjoy access to a comprehensive choice of Approved Used Suzuki cars on the forecourt.

Designed as a “one-stop-shop” location for added customer convenience, the new dealer is equally a Suzuki Service Centre, and offers routine maintenance and repairs. Adhering to Suzuki’s Service Promise, vehicle owners will benefit from, amongst other advantages, the supply of courtesy cars, pricing that is transparent, the use of genuine Suzuki parts during any work, and a complementary health check during every visit.

Dale Wyatt, Director of Automobile at Suzuki GB PLC, said: “Airside Motor Park is one of the busiest vehicle retailing hubs in Dublin, and is therefore a prime location to expand Suzuki’s presence in the region. With the Ashley Group bringing over three decades of expertise and know-how in the sector, this is invaluable to helping communicate the multiple benefits that the Suzuki product range offers to today’s motorists. We are delighted to have Airside Suzuki on board, and we look forward to working closely with the business.”

Pat Devitt, Brand Manager for Airside Suzuki, added: “We are proud to have created a showroom which promotes the very best that the Suzuki brand has to offer coupled with a relaxing environment away from the hustle and bustle of the Motor Park where customers can take the time to choose a car which is right for them. Furthermore, with the arrival of the eye-catching third-generation Swift Sport, it’s perfect timing to have joined the retail network. We have already welcomed a number of customers since opening our doors, which is a very encouraging start.”

Airside Suzuki is located at Unit D1 / D2, Airside Enterprise Centre, Airside Motor Park, Swords, Co. Dublin, K67 XC90.

For further information on the Suzuki product range, or to book a test drive, call 01 8957580 or visit www.cars.suzuki.ie/dealers/airsidesuzuki.


Suzuki Swift Sport

Suzuki Swift Sport First Drive Review

Suzuki Swift Sport
The new Suzuki Swift Sport at Mondello Park, Kildare

Suzuki Ireland is adding a new Suzuki Swift Sport to the Swift range. With 140hp, the Suzuki Swift Sport is more of a warm hatch that hot hatch but this package has plenty to entertain, as Caroline Kidd found out at the UK and Irish press launch in County Wicklow.

Styling

The Suzuki Swift Sport is a good-looking small hatchback with a lower and wider profile. The Swift Sport is enhanced with a new grille, bumpers, black aerodynamic under spoilers, 17” alloys, dual tailpipes and a roof-end spoiler. LED headlamps come as standard. The Swift Sport is available in six colours, including Champion Yellow exclusive to the Sport and inspired by the Suzuki Works Junior Rally Team.

Interior

Inside, the Suzuki Swift shows its more budget positioning in the market with a lot of hard black plastics, but the Swift Sport interior is enhanced with unique Sport interior trim that adds some red detail. The tachometer has a red dial face and the speedometer is coloured silver. The front seats have a semi-bucket design. Infotainment is provided via a touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Navigation also comes as standard. There is impressive safety equipment on board including Adaptive Cruise Control, Dual Sensor Brake Support and Lane Departure Prevention.

Practicality

The Suzuki Swift Sport feels roomy up front for driver and passenger. The car feels smaller in the back to some rivals. The boot is on the small side for this class of vehicle at 265 litres.

The interior of the Suzuki Swift Sport
The interior of the Suzuki Swift Sport

Engines

Under the bonnet of the Suzuki Swift Sport there’s a 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbo petrol engine producing 140hp and 230Nm of torque. The Swift Sport uses a 6-speed manual gearbox. 0 to 100kmh is 8.1 seconds and the Sport can reach a top speed of 210km/h. CO2 emissions of 125g mean motor tax will be €270 per year and the car can return up to 50.4mpg on a combined cycle.

On the road

The new Suzuki Swift Sport has been engineered under the concept of “ultimate driving excitement”. It’s built on a light but rigid new platform and weighs just 975kg. It’s no surprise that the Suzuki Swift Sport is riotous good fun to drive. Performance could never be described as blistering but the Swift Sport takes on the road with youthful enthusiasm. The grip is superb through corners while the steering is delightfully tactile. The engine noise in the cabin makes the driving experience feel all the more frantic! The ride comfort is fine for daily use with some predictable firmness.

Equipment

There is just one trim level that comes very well-equipped with auto air conditioning, DAB radio, rear privacy glass, touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, electric windows, front fog lamps and rear view camera.

Suzuki Swift Sport
The Suzuki Swift Sport is a fun-to-drive small hatchback

Pricing

Unfortunately, Irish pricing has not been finalised yet. In the UK, the Suzuki Swift Sport starts from £17,995.

Verdict

Pricing remains to be confirmed but the Suzuki Swift Sport is a neat little package with a high spec, plenty of equipment and plenty of character. The performance figures may not look amazing for the new Suzuki Swift Sport but that’s only half the story. The Suzuki Swift Sport is so much fun to drive, with a sort of back-to-basics feel that will have you taking the long way home.

The new Suzuki Swift Sport goes on sale in Ireland in June.

Caroline Kidd


Suzuki Agnelli Motor Park

Suzuki Ireland Partners With Agnelli Motor Group For New Dublin Franchise

Suzuki Ireland has appointed Agnelli Motor Park for its new franchise in Dublin. The 128 square-metre, six-car showroom on Greenhills Road is the fourth Suzuki retail location in the city, and brings the total number of dealers representing the brand in Ireland to 22.

The new showroom houses Suzuki’s entire model range, from the Celerio city car to the flagship S-Cross crossover. The forecourt offers a further selection of Approved Used models.

Visitors to the site have access to a hospitality area complete with Wi-Fi and refreshments.

Agnelli Motor Park will also serve as a Suzuki Service Centre. According to Suzuki, customers will benefit from pricing that is transparent, the use of genuine parts during any maintenance or repair work, and a complementary health check on every visit.

Dale Wyatt, Director of Automobile at Suzuki GB PLC, said: “Agnelli Motor Park is one of the busiest motor retailing outlets in Dublin and brings over 20 years’ experience of delivering exceptional service to local motorists. Therefore the group was seen as the perfect fit to fulfil our objective of going into next year with an even stronger brand presence in Ireland. We look forward to a long and successful working relationship with Agnelli Motor Park.”

Michael Kerslake, Dealer Principal of Agnelli Motor Park, added: “We are delighted to have added Suzuki to our portfolio, and its competitively-priced product line-up offers a highly-attractive and great value proposition for today’s drivers. Coupled with a renowned reputation for excellent build quality and reliability, partnering with Suzuki was a very logical decision as we continue to expand the business.”

Agnelli Motor Park is located on Greenhills Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24.

Caroline Kidd


2017 Suzuki Swift review ireland

2017 Suzuki Swift 1.0 Boosterjet Review

The Suzuki Swift has had many design iterations since its 80’s launch but in the 2000s, Suzuki really nailed it with a styling blueprint that was made fashionable by the relaunched BMW MINI in 2001.

The Suzuki Swift’s squared off roofline, sporty stance, large headlamps, optional bonnet stripes and bi colour finish held it to good stead: the design remained largely unchanged for ten years, yet still managed to look cool and modern.

This year, an all-new Suzuki Swift has arrived in Ireland sitting on Suzuki’s latest small car platform that also underpins the Baleno and the Ignis.

But while the Suzuki Baleno is unfashionably practical and the Ignis is fashionably weird, the Swift is designed to be the model with the most ‘emotional appeal’ in Suzuki’s small car line-up.

And this is an attractive five door supermini. The styling has evolved gently, while bi colour options remain. So far so good for new Swift.

Inside hard plastics prevail in the new interior but aesthetically they don’t look bad at all and there is no arguing that this is a well-built cabin with an intuitive layout. The car is now wider by 4cm and the front seats have been moved further apart to give more shoulder room. Headroom is very good all round and the footwells in the back are bigger than in the old car. The boot is now over 50 litres bigger at 265 litres, though still some way off the class best.

2017 Suzuki Swift review ireland
The interior of the new Suzuki Swift

Suzuki is also offering a good standard specification including air con, 15” alloys, DAB radio, Bluetooth, LED DRLs, leather steering wheel, front electric windows and rear privacy glass (SZ3 from €14,995). A rear view camera and touchscreen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto is available one trim level up (SZ-T from €16,995). Top spec SZ5 models (from €18,995) have an impressive list of technology on board including forward collision alert, navigation, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and high beam assist.

That start price of €14,995 will get you a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine with 90hp. However an even better engine for the new Swift is the 1.0-litre turbo petrol Boosterjet engine that packs 111hp and is available from €16,995. In light of competition from turbo petrol variants of the Ford Fiesta, Peugeot 208 and SEAT Ibiza, this one is good value.

On the road, progress in the Suzuki Swift 1.0-litre is brisk, especially around town, while out of town the turbo adds extra flexibility and helps the car pick up speed quickly.  It’s also a very refined unit with little vibration. I returned close to 50mpg on my test drive and emissions are low at just 97g of CO2 per kilometre.

The Suzuki Swift has lost weight and has a kerb weight as low as 890kg on some models. But rigidity has been increased and the Swift handles with aplomb. The steering is quick and the car enters corners eagerly but with some body roll it’s not as tight through corners as a Ford Fiesta or SEAT Ibiza. The cabin is mostly quiet but at high speed there is some more noticeable road and wind noise. Comfort is generally good but the Swift feels more rudimentary over larger imperfections in the road surface.

2017 Suzuki Swift review ireland
The Suzuki Swift is a good value small car with plenty of kerb appeal

The Suzuki Swift is one to watch out for among superminis. The new car has benefited from some modernising inside and out. It’s not the plushest supermini out there or the most spacious, but the technology and new Boosterjet engine make it a formidable competitor in its price range.

Model tested: Suzuki Swift 1.0 SZ5 SHVS Boosterjet
Price: 
€18,995 (Range starts at €14,995)
Engine: 1.0-litre turbo petrol
Power: 
111hp
Torque: 170Nm
0-100km/h:  
10.6 seconds
Top speed: 195km/h
Economy: 
65.7mpg
CO2 emissions:  
97g/km
Motor tax:
€180 per year

Caroline Kidd

If you are looking for a fun, small petrol car, you might also like this review of the SEAT Ibiza.


2017 Suzuki Ignis Review Ireland

Suzuki Ignis Review

Suzuki is happy as a brand to market themselves as the ‘small car experts’ and in early 2017 they added yet another small car to their range in the shape of the new Suzuki Ignis. Ignis joins Celerio, Swift and Baleno in Suzuki’s small car range. That’s quite a portfolio.

But Ignis is a little different. In fact you could almost say Ignis sits in a class of its own. Is it a city car or is it a 4x4?

Well it’s a bit of both. Suzuki class Ignis as a compact crossover, and the cute but chunky, boxy looks are bound to divide opinion.

Pricing starts at a budget friendly €12,995 for a 2WD model, rising to €17,995 for a top spec model equipped with 4WD.

2017 Suzuki Ignis Review Ireland
The Suzuki Ignis has the tough look of a mini off-roader

Inside, the cabin is constructed from a mix of hard plastics that’s common in this segment, but the two tone colour scheme with orange accents provides light relief. In short, it’s a bright and pleasant cabin that is modern and easy to navigate. Infotainment is provided via a seven inch touchscreen on all but the base model, which is compatible with Apple Car Play and Android Auto.

In terms of interior space, the boxy design bodes particularly well. There is ample room up front and in the rear: headroom and legroom is very generous. Only the base model has five seat capacity: the other trims are four seaters with two individually sliding rear seats. The boot is 260 litres, which is good for this size of car too.

The Ignis has a slightly elevated ride height and driving position so you do feel as if you are driving a mini off-roader. There is just one engine available, a 1.2-litre with 90hp, but it’s more than up for the job as the Ignis is very light weighing as low as 855kg. It always feels lively and is robust enough for motorway driving. The engine is paired to a five speed manual gearbox, while there is also an automatic option. My 4WD test car returned close to 50mpg.

2017 Suzuki Ignis Review Ireland
The interior of the Suzuki Ignis

The Ignis is good fun to drive with quick, accurate steering and an agile chassis, but there is some lean in corners. It’s best in the city and gets noisy at high speeds, while rough, uneven surfaces will cause some discomfort in the cabin too.

Three trim levels are offered for Ignis in Ireland: SZ3, SZ-T and SZ5. SZ3 is available from €12,995 and equipment includes air con, front electric windows, digital radio and Bluetooth.

SZ-T (from €14,495) adds satellite navigation, rear view camera, wheel arch extensions, side mouldings, roof rails and 16-inch alloy wheels.

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.

2017 Suzuki Ignis Review Ireland
The Suzuki Ignis comes with a 1.2-litre petrol engine

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.

The Suzuki Ignis is certainly not like any other city car and brings a lot of rugged charm to the city car class. This is a spacious small car and offers good value for money, while the 1.2-litre engine is efficient and makes the Ignis good fun to drive. It feels a bit more basic when it comes to comfort and refinement, but at this pricing you can forgive it some of those ills.

Model tested: Suzuki Ignis 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ5 ALLGRIP
Price: 
€17,995 (Range starts at €12,995)
Engine: 1.2-litre petrol
Power: 
90hp
Torque: 120Nm
0-100km/h:  
11.1 seconds
Top speed: 166km/h
Economy: 
60.1mpg
CO2 emissions:  
106g/km
Motor tax:
€190 per year

2017 Suzuki Ignis Review Ireland
The Suzuki Ignis has plenty of rugged charm

Caroline Kidd

If you are looking for a city car, you might also like this review of the Volkswagen Up.


Suzuki SX4 S-Cross Review Ireland

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross Review

If you passed the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross in the street, it probably wouldn’t make that much of an impression on you. It’s not the sort of car that will make you take a sharp intake of breath and whip out the camera phone. None of its rivals probably will either. But there really is more to the S-Cross than meets the eye.

The latest round of changes were part of a revamp in late 2016, which also sees the addition of Suzuki’s Boosterjet turbo petrol technology to the S-Cross range.

Visually the S-Cross now has a more SUV-like stance on the road. Suzuki has raised the suspension by about 1.5cm, and the front end is now higher and more upright with a bold chrome bar grille and new lights front and back.

Inside the basic cabin layout is the same but there is a new soft touch plastic dashboard pad, which looks better, and gives the S-Cross a more high quality feel despite the hard plastics that still feature above and below, and in the door panels. The cabin design is plain but inoffensive, and you quickly feel at home here. It’s also right up to date in terms of technology: a smart looking touchscreen sits in the centre of the dash with navigation, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross Review Ireland
The interior of the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross

The S-Cross range starts at a reasonable €20,995 for a 1.0-litre petrol model, rising to €26,995 for a 1.6-litre diesel. In terms of interior space, the S-Cross feels spacious and is comparative to the likes of the Opel Mokka X, Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur and larger crossovers like the Honda HR-V and Nissan Qashqai. There is seating for five and a 430 litre boot with a low, flat loading sill. There are manual and automatic gearboxes, and the option of all wheel drive.

The big news with this new update is the addition of Suzuki’s new 1.0-litre and 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbo petrol engines. The 1.0-litre is fantastic in the smaller Suzuki Baleno hatchback and I’ve also sampled the 1.4-litre Boosterjet in the Suzuki Vitara S.

The 1.0-litre is a success in the S-Cross too. It’s a joy to drive – responsive and refined with plenty of low down grunt to zip around town. It’s also efficient with 48mpg easily achievable. The S-Cross has excellent road manners and is very enjoyable to drive. It has the same ‘fun factor’ as the smaller Vitara with nicely weighted steering and good body control in the corners, but the S-Cross feels more mature, comfortable and refined compared to the Vitara.

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross Review Ireland
The S-Cross is a fine crossover to drive with Suzuki's new 1.0-litre Boosterjet turbo petrol engine

There are three trim levels to choose from in Ireland: SZ4, SZ-T and SZ5. Standard equipment includes Bluetooth, DAB digital radio, air conditioning, four electric windows, 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control with speed limiter, and electric and heated door mirrors. The SZ-T model on test had keyless entry and start, parking sensors, parking camera, dual zone climate control, LED lights, auto lights and wipers, navigation, rear privacy glass and 17-inch alloys so it’s good value for the 1.0-litre at just under €25,000.

The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross looks relatively innocuous among the sea of crossovers and SUVs on our roads but it’s a great all-rounder, being both practical and good to drive. The Boosterjet engine really transforms this car into something interesting, so if the looks don’t do it for you, the engine certainly will.

Model tested: Suzuki SX4 S-Cross 1.0 Boosterjet SZ-T
Price: 
€24,995 (Range starts at €20,995)
Engine: 1.0-litre turbo petrol
Power: 
111hp
0-100km/h:  
11 seconds
Economy: 
56.4mpg
CO2 emissions:  
113g/km
Motor tax:
€200 per year

If you are looking for a petrol crossover, you might also like this review of the Peugeot 2008.

Caroline Kidd