Suzuki Ignis 2023 Car Review

We take a look at the Suzuki Ignis and give you a rundown on what you can expect from Suzuki's compact SUV.


The Suzuki Ignis is the smallest in Suzuki's line up but whilst small in size (3.7m long and 1.7m wide) it doesn't stop it when it comes to features and spec which could put even some of the bigger cars to shame. Despite the Ignis' size, Suzuki have packaged it in such a way that it is still practical. There is more than enough room for 4 people to sit comfortably inside with the added ability to slide the rear seats so you can prioritise rear leg room or boot space.

The Ignis certainly has a distinctive look. You won't get it confused for any other car - its recognisable and bold!

There are a choice of trim levels but the engine is the same across the range - a 1.2-litre petrol equipped with mild-hybrid technology to improve running costs. What makes the Ignis stand out from the rest is Suzuki's ALLGRIP option. Enhanced traction and four-wheel drive capability which helps this small SUV take you anywhere, anytime.

Performance & Drive

The 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol engine has a modest 82bhp, but it doesn't feel like you lack power at all. There are two gearboxes in the range; a standard five-speed manual or the choice of CVT. 

You can expect great performance from every Suzuki model and the Ignis is no exception with a combined fuel economy of between 52.3mpg and 56.9mpg (WLTP) and CO2 emissions of 112g/km to 122g/km.

It's soft suspension set-up allows for a comfortable ride, cushioning dips and bumps in the road. With it's low weight and compact dimensions the Ignis feels responsive and manoeuvrable. The grip levels are reassuring and with the 4x4 ALLGRIP model option you can tackle the toughest of terrains and conditions.


​Upon first glance the Ignis is a lot to take in. Yes, it is a hatchback, yes, it is an SUV. The bold body style gives it a spacious feel however the detailing lines and simple edges give it a modern and up to date look. The finishing touches really set it aside with a striking silver grille, roof rails for practicality and 16-inch alloy wheels for the SUV feeling. 

There's a choice of colours including metallic options and dual-tones to really give it a personalised touch. 

Interior & Equipment

Despite being compact, the Suzuki Ignis offers a comfortable experience for both driver and passengers alike. A short bonnet and raised seating position means front visibility is great and clear. 

The interior material and finishes are what you expect for the Ignis' price band. The centre console is clear and the buttons have a clear click feel. 

Alongside the basic DAB radio, there's a Bluetooth integrated audio unit, USB connector, steering wheel mounted controls plus Smartphone link to allow for Apple Carplay & Android Auto. The SZ-T and SZ5 models feature a Rear View Camera and you'll benefit from Nav as an addition on the SZ5 model.


When it comes to safety, Suzuki don't compromise so you can rest assured that the Ignis comes equipped with all the latest safety features to give you the confidence you need regardless of the road conditions or weather.

Dual Camera Brake Support uses two cameras to help you avoid collisions by providing warnings and automatic braking. Brake Assist and Hill Hold feature as standard with Lane Departure and Weaving Alert as added features on the SZ5. When it comes to the 4x4 ALLGRIP models, you'll also benefit from Hill Descent Control along with Grip Control to tackle the trickiest of conditions.

As you'd expect from all modern cars, the Ignis is fitted with all round airbags plus there's ISOFIX and seat tethers to keep even the smallest of passengers safe on every journey.

Our Verdict

The Suzuki Ignis is the perfect companion if you're looking for a compact car with looks to go with it. It's great value and when it comes to running costs it's economical without sacrificing on performance.

The reliability of any Suzuki model comes without doubt so you know that when you buy an Ignis, you've got peace of mind that and the average cost for servicing and maintenance is low compared to most o it's competitors.

We think the best value for money has to to be the SZ-T trim. With it's touchscreen infotainment system, 16-inch alloy wheels and stylish yet subtle finishing touches but don't just take our word for it - come and see it for yourself and take it for a spin!


NB Specification & prices quoted are all correct at the time of publishing but are subject to change.