This month motoring journalist, Sue Cooke, reviews the Suzuki Ignis; an affordable, spacious hybrid.
Model: Suzuki Ignis 4×4 SHVS All Grip SZ5 | Price: £16,499 otr | Engine: 1.2 litre Dualjet 5 speed manual | Performance: 0-62mph in 11.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 103 mph | CO2 emissions: 106g/km | Combined fuel consumption: 61.4mpg
If litter is seen to be thrown from your car, no matter who threw it, the driver is liable to pay £150 according to legislation introduced last year. An online poll by Motorpoint, an independent car retailer, reports that over 90 per cent of motorists would like to see bigger fines handed out for littering.
Drive a crossover like the Suzuki Ignis and the roomy and comfortable cabin has ample space for storing litter until a bin is found! The Ignis is compact enough to be an ‘easy to drive size’ yet there is a surprising amount of space between occupants, ample headroom and legroom. The large capacity boot space of 267 litres adopts a sliding rear seat which makes it possible to hold a wide variety of luggage.
In fact, the week I spent with the five door was full of surprises. The exterior has a distinctive front face with a striking gaze from the LED headlamps. Robust shoulders hint at the off roading strength and at the same time presents a familiar lovable expression.
The interior has a modern look and depending on the exterior colour, customers can choose orange and metallic titanium accents in the cabin. There are 11 colours available with full personalisation options for both exterior and interior trim.
Standard equipment is impressive and the entry level SZ3 model includes six airbags, air conditioning, DAB radio with Bluetooth, 15-inch wheels, body coloured door mirrors, front electric windows and five seat capacity.
The top of the range model SZ5 which I road tested adds auto air conditioning, satellite navigation, Dual Camera Brake Support, keyless entry and start, rear electric windows, LED Headlights with DRL and front foglamps.
The SZ5 is offered with All Grip Auto four-wheel drive. The system transfers additional torque to the rear wheels and activates on slippery surfaces at speeds of less than 18mph. Hill Descent Control is a bonus safety addition when faced with flooded or icy roads.
The Ignis is powered by a 1.2 litre petrol engine which I first drove in the Suzuki Swift in 2014. Twin fuel injectors help to improve fuel economy.
In line with plans to further reduce CO2 emissions across its range of vehicles, Suzuki has introduced two further hybrid grades for the Ignis range.
A hybrid reduces CO2 emissions by an average of eight per cent. The SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) is a compact and lightweight unit that incorporates an Integrated Starter Generator (known as ISG) which generates electricity through regenerative braking. The system also uses a compact high performance lithium-ion battery placed under the front passenger seat to store energy.
This quiet, impressive Suzuki Ignis features excellent visibility and comfort and is spacious enough to keep litter from becoming a blight on our landscape, a threat to wildlife and costs taxpayers millions to address!