What really stands out for me is how it marries form and function.
Unlike many ‘charm’ cars, the Ignis is actually brilliantly packaged. It’s really small and light - tipping the scales at just 850kg - and yet it’s so big inside. There’s acres of rear legroom, so those in the back can really stretch out, but bear in mind that it is a narrow car so you might not want to shove three abreast and even in the front, larger occupants will end up rubbing elbows at times. The boot too, is big for the car’s size, although its 260 litre volume is only average for the class, but it met our needs just fine and the split folding rear seat function came in handy for larger loads.
As I mentioned, the Ignis is an automotive featherweight, and that means it doesn’t need a huge, powerful engine to chug it around.
Under its pert little clamshell shaped hood you’ll find Suzuki’s familiar normally aspirated 1.2-litre petrol unit, rated at 61kW and 113Nm. It’s a smooth-revving motor with decent low-down torque and it’s more than strong enough to tackle town life at a brisk pace. It cruises quite happily on the freeway too, although it’s not completely effortless as you will have to gear down a bit when tackling hills at altitude, and occasionally move over for faster vehicles, but overall performance is still impressive at the price point.