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Suzuki Ignis

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Summary


The Suzuki Ignis is a small city car-sized crossover model. It shares its name with a Suzuki model from the last decade, but the current model is an all-new vehicle that was released in late 2016.

Being a slightly more rugged version of a city car with optional four-wheel drive, the Ignis doesn’t have many direct rivals. However, many conventional city cars would do a similar job for most buyers.

The Suzuki Ignis has received mostly positive reviews from the UK motoring media, including several awards. However, it has also received a “Don’t Buy” recommendation from Which? magazine due to its relatively poor three-star safety rating.

The Ignis has received particular praise for its quirky and distinctive styling, competitive pricing and general practicality for a city car. On the other hand, it has been criticised for poor driving dynamics and cheap interior materials compared to other similarly-priced vehicles.

In its 2021 owners’ survey, What Car? rated the Suzuki Ignis as equal-worst (alongside the Dacia Sandero) in its list of the most reliable small cars.

Key specifications


Body style: Small five-door crossover
Engines: petrol with mild hybrid assistance
Price: From £12,999 on-road

Launched: Winter 2016/17
Last updated: Summer 2019
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Auto Express

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Autocar

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Car

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Daily Mail

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Evo

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Green Car Guide

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Honest John

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The Sun

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 3 stars
Date tested: November 2016

79%

ADULT OCCUPANT

79%

CHILD OCCUPANT

67%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

25%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Suzuki Ignis has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Suzuki Ignis has received

2022

  • What Car? Awards – Best Small SUV for Value

2021

  • What Car? Awards – True MPG Award (Best for Motorway Driving)

2019

  • Honest John Awards – Best City Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Small SUV under £15,000

2018

  • What Car? Awards – True MPG Award

2017

  • Scottish Car of the Year Awards – Compact Car of the Year
  • Northern Group of Motoring Writers – Car of the Year

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Suzuki IgnisThe Suzuki Ignis has received mostly positive media reviews. However, it was also rated "Don't Buy" by Which? due to its poor three-star safety rating.