Spunk: New Suzuki Ignis, 1.2Glx – Driven

Spunk: New Suzuki Ignis, 1.2Glx – Driven

I have been looking forward to getting this car on test for several reasons, for starters I, wanted to see the public’s reaction, or rather my audience reaction, to assess their view of this new Japanese product. One week has a different meaning to me these days, being a dad to an 8 week old Mbali certainly allows my mind to see to the practical aspect of any car on test. Not that I never paid attention to these before, however the emphasis is higher now. Another reason is quite simply spending more time with the Ignis, to see if the goodness I found at launch was a fluke or does it have that SPUNK.

The 1st few days the digital fuel metre didn’t move until I passed the 200km mark, mind you this has a 30litre fuel tank, the tank went on to cover 680kms at an average of 5.8L/100km. Impressive stuff, this was achieved from a combination of urban and no so long distance driving. The 1.2L VVT was more responsive during the chilly winter mornings, the 61kw power plant delivered even when fully laden with passengers and loads of my precious princess’s goodies. 113nm of torque may not seem like much but it’s enough to haul the 850kg Ignis with ease. Space was another plus this new Suzuki scored major marks for, interior space was amazing, countless times the car was full of passengers for several reasons , we never felt cramped , the boot space proved most note worth, swallowing my entire working kit, groceries and my Mbali’s goodies without a sweat. Looks can be quite deceiving as the Ignis looks quite small, yet the use of space is properly astonishing.

Everywhere I went with the Ignis it turned heads,I had a queries left, right and centre, heck I even had a SX4 owner who requested a personal test drive and closer inspection after she saw pictures on a social media post. The highlight of the looks goes to LED headlights and U-shaped daylight LED running lights, they are seriously impressive for a car in this segment, come to think of it I don’t know of another car in this segment with such a feature as standard. While the GLX I had on test is a top of the range this does not in any way discount the specification level of the entry level 1.2GL. My Initial write had some doubts involving the size of the wheels, the high shine solid black alloys looked the part and even added some street pazzaz. It’s the size of tyres that was a bother, let me report then that it all lies in where they are placed in the build. The wheels are strategically placed at the furthest of each corner thus making the Ignis handle very well, I had a stint where I just decided to push it , i was pleasantly surprised by how it felt sure footed at “serious” speeds during cornering. My other concern was the weight (850kg) and how it would fair in Port Elizabeth’s strong winds, it stood its ground fairly for what it is.

The dividends of running a light car pay off in several ways as we have discovered from Suzuki.
The Ignis may very well be the car to be beat in this segment. The 5 speed manual I had on test is ideal in key areas of use, drive, and just all round SPUNK. Hats off to the Japanese they have done it again.

The Suzuki Ignis 1.2GLX we tested sells for R189 900, backed by a 2year/30 000km service plan and recently upgraded comprehensive warranty of 5years/200 000km.
The new warranty is caters for any of their passenger cars bought between July 2017 to December 2017.

Thanks to Megan, Kyleigh and entire Suzuki Team for the test unit.

Yours in motoring
Wezile Lorenzio Bonani

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