On test: Suzuki Ignis 1.3 review (2003 onwards model) – MSN Cars UK

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On test: Suzuki Ignis 1.3 (2003 onwards model)


Engine:1.3-litre in-line

Fuel type:Petrol


Date of test:November 2003

the Suzuki Streetwise. The Japanese arguably beat MG Rover by a of years to the ‘4×4-look supermini’ Unfortunately, although it was tall and the previous Ignis lacked any of distinction to help it stand out in the This extensively-revised vehicle, still related to the older is a far more desirable proposition.

The is simple – and, includes both four-wheel-drive and sports versions – generous kit levels and a sprightly as standard should give it showroom kudos.

Where does it fit?

The is incredibly cheap, yet is a full-sized for the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall and Peugeot 206. Arguably, its off-roader looks make it a rival for the Ford Fusion and Streetwise. But in this price cars usually sell on so name a five-door supermini at the end of the market, and it’s likely the will see it as competition.

Fiat Honda Jazz, Toyota – you get the idea!

Is it for you?

Our certainly turned a surprising of heads, suggesting it’s enough to stand out from the It certainly stands taller many of them, and inside sensation is accentuated by high-set It’s very much a 4×4, and the commanding driving helps instil confidence.

And, not to be overlooked, the lofty makes it uncommonly east to get and out of – an important point for with restricted mobility. cabin space is ample the five doors aren’t for show. And off-roady features as chunky wheeltrims and roof will impress friends by more mainstream models.

does it do well?

The high and deep side windows great visibility that’s both in town and on the motorway. when they’re not looking passengers will appreciate the far and higher-quality dash, which is pretty smart-looking. The Blaupunkt is neatly integrated, instruments are like a ’60s Alfa and it all racy red at night. Seats are and very supportive, even a few hours behind the wheel, and is quite fun when pressed.

The engine is strong enough to this – it’s when revved but, of variable valve timing, effective when you let it sing.

doesn’t it do well?

Ride can feel unsettled, while the height means there’s a bit of roll through corners the steering is also stodgy, if The engine can be intrusive when not in the mood (it’s surprisingly at faster motorway speeds) and the gearchange is a constant chore. The shift quality is OK, but the effort is excessive.

The Ignis’ worst flaw, is its hyper-sensitive throttle which, mated to a sharp, awkward makes trickling slowly in a nightmare. You have a choice of stalling or using far too many from rest, so poorly-calibrated and is the throttle; clumsy, untidy and Against this, a lack of in wet weather, which leads to of front wheel scrabble exiting junctions, seems a minor flaw.

What’s it like to live

Heavy gearchange and infuriating apart, the Ignis is stress-free. Japanese build quality it should shake off hard while the roomy interior and seats will always – there are a trio of seatbelts in the rear too, for safety; front and side and ABS, are also standard. The engine is economical, averaging 40mpg, and should prove as and reliable as all Suzukis.

Downsides a shallow boot and sparse network, but given the value it when new – and promise of retained values – the shouldn’t be too much of a deterrent.

Would we buy it?

It looks different, it as standard everything supermini could want (except, air conditioning) and drives in a competent way you excuse the clutch and gearbox. In a of so many look-alike models, therefore recommend the Ignis; a surprising car, much-improved its predecessor, and worthy of much attention. You won’t go wrong the entry-level model, and will a few people into turning heads on the way.

We consider it a contender.

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