A burning passion for distinction
Suzuki is one of the ten largest automobile manufacturers, producing 3.04-million vehicles on average per year. With this in mind, it’s safe to say that Suzuki are leaders in the industry, characterized for successfully producing a versatile range of vehicles, from some of the fastest motorcycles to the safest of family cars. With this in mind, I knew that the newest addition to the Japanese family will be sure to colour me impressed. On the arrival of my test drive, I instantly knew that I would become infatuated with this vehicle and what it has to offer. It’s a quirky little car filled with high-end specs and offered at an attractive price tag. We are so honoured to have partnered with Suzuki Centurion, a dealership that prides themselves in providing top-notch customer services and satisfaction. In fact, their very own Jennefer Jackson is a finalist in this year’s Motoring Women Of The Year Awards. She had been nominated and recognised for her passionate nature and determined attitude in Motoring South Africa. What a proud moment for us at Women-Torque that one of our very own brand partners have been selected in the top 10 for her category!
This compact crossover SUV is the true essence of a robust urbanite with a truly charming design. With its spunky look and the ability to fit five people, it’s an ideal vehicle for a small to medium sized family who love the unique things in life and aren’t afraid of a challenge. Yes, it’s compact, but still spacious enough to make the daily run with the kids and their school bags; it’s also well equipped to ensure every journey is pleasurable. But most importantly, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to maintain.
Ignis is Latin for ‘fire’ and Suzuki has fittingly campaigned it to ‘ignite your senses’. With a new chrome grille and redesigned front and rear bumpers, this funkateer is sure to awake your inner rebel. I fell in love the moment I saw it - stubby, cheeky dimensions (it is but 3.7-meters long) that give it an adorable, distinctive appearance. You won’t find anything else on the road that looks like this. The LED wrap-around projection headlights have daytime running lamps to keep you safe after sun down, too. It has roof rails and 15-inch black alloy wheels which are comfortably nestled in dramatically flared arches. The distinctive flowlines and almost boxy shape towards the rear create a sporty appeal to the overall image of the vehicle. Even after some time on the South African market, this little tyke is sure to attract attention, and I can confidently say that after trekking through the labyrinth of Jozi that I had quite few approving glances coming my way.
The interior has a very modern appearance, thanks to a black and white instrument panel and chrome accents on the gear lever, parking brake release and door handles. For a vehicle of its diminutive stature, the cabin of the Ignis is quite spacious with a decent amount of head and leg room up front. Although the boot is rather small, with only capacity for 260 litres, it deserves some credit for being able to also house a full-size spare wheel, and not the infamous ‘Marie Biscuit’ spare. Something that I found highly attractive was the floating dashboard style, which combined with the dual tone interior creates a retro and classic feel. Behind the wheel, it’s also quite comfortable with sufficient adjustment of the wheel for even taller driver’s, and hands-free phone control, comfortable seating and easily accessible buttons to fiddle with. The high seating position also aids with visibility, which is further enhanced by the skinny pillars.
The touchscreen infotainment system is equipped with four speakers and two tweeters, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MP3, CD, Bluetooth connectivity and a USB input. Comfort and convenience features include fully electrical windows, central door locking, push-to-start functionality, automatic air conditioning, a pollen filter, keyless entry and rear parking sensors with a rear-view camera. It is fully stocked with safety features such as ABS with EBD function, brake assist, SRS front dual airbags, a pedal release system, ISOFIX child seat anchorage, childproof rear door locks, a security alarm with an immobilizer and side impact door beams. I also appreciated the fact that Suzuki has gone even further to protect people outside the vehicle: a pedestrian-friendly bonnet, collapsible wipers and impact-absorbing headlamps also helps in the unlucky event of a pedestrian incident. The TECT body structure is also able to absorb and distribute the stress caused by an impact for additional protection.
This 1.2-litre four-cylinder K12M engine produces 61 kW of power and 113 Nm of torque, which isn’t all that impressive on paper, but is more than adequate for getting the slight little car up to speed. It allows for zippy take-off and comfortable flow into city traffic. Another benefit of the petite engine is that combined with the lightness of the vehicle, it results in exceptional fuel consumption of 4.9-litres per 100km. With a 32-litre fuel tank, you’ll be able to drive for many kilometres before needing to fill up - I know this is something that makes me smile, as fuel budgets can be a nightmare. Driving this crossover has been a pleasant experience for me, thanks to the punchy acceleration that’s reasonably quiet even at high speeds. It’s also evident that a lot of hard work went onto the chassis and suspension as this little SUV gave a smooth ride even over a few rough and bumpy patches. It’s smaller sizing makes it easy to squeeze into the smallest of parking spots, too. The additional driver’s aids such as the parking sensors and a rear-view monitor gave me the confidence to manoeuvre easily too, and the 180-milimeter ground clearance means you don’t need to worry about scraping over speed bumps. Overall, I think that the Ignis is an ideal vehicle for an adventure -seeking family and the affordability, comfortable driving experience and sure-footedness of this dynamic package is commendable.
Where to find it
Visit https://www.centurionselect.co.za/suzuki/ to learn more about this charming crossover.
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Journalist: Desh Bechan
Transcriber: Nita Stadler