The funky little Suzuki Ignis has been refreshed for the 2020 model year, and is now on sale in Australia.
For our market the Ignis will remain a two-model offering, with the ‘Series II’ updates centring around cosmetics, with price rises of between $1000 and $1300 across the range.
- Ignis GL 6MT: $17,990 ($18,990 drive-away)
- Ignis GL CVT: $18,990 ($19,990 drive-away)
- Ignis GLX CVT: $19,990 ($20,990 drive-away)
Prices exclude on-road costs unless otherwise specified
All versions of the Ignis in Australia are powered by a 1.2-litre ‘DualJet’ naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine, paired with either a five-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Outputs are rated at 66kW at 6000rpm and 120Nm at 4400rpm, with drive sent exclusively to the front wheels in local models.
In the Ignis’ home market of Japan, the Ignis Series II is available with a 48V mild-hybrid system bringing enhanced efficiency and small bursts of extra performance, as well as the option of all-wheel drive.
The Suzuki Ignis claims to use 4.7L/100km in manual guise and 4.9L/100km with the CVT.
While not particularly relevant in Australia, the manual emits 107g/km of CO2 while the CVT puts out 114g/km.
The Ignis features a teeny tiny 32L fuel tank.
Overall, the Ignis Series II measures 3700mm long, 1660mm wide and 1595mm tall, with a 2435mm wheelbase.
Suzuki quotes an unladen ground clearance of 180mm, while the boot area measures 264L-271L (GLX-GL) with the rear seats in place and a maximum of 1101-1104L (GL-GLX) with the rear seats folded.
The Ignis currently remains untested by ANCAP, though the European-market model wears a three-star safety rating from 2016.
In Euro NCAP testing, the Ignis scored 79 per cent for adult occupant protection, 79 per cent for child occupant protection, 67 per cent for pedestrian detection and 25 per cent for safety assist.
Key feedback from the crash-testing firm included weak chest protection for the driver in the frontal offset deformable barrier test, as well as marginal chest protection for the driver and rear passenger in the frontal full-width test.
The six-year old dummy also experienced poor chest protection in the frontal impact test, while the Ignis also lost points for not including AEB and lane departure warning as standard.
Standard safety equipment for the Australian model include six airbags, and requisite electronic aids like ESC, ABS, EBD and BA.
Unlike an increasing number of rivals at this price point, the Australian-specification Suzuki Ignis offers no form of active safety features like autonomous emergency braking (AEB) or lane-keep assist.
Tested against tougher 2019 criteria, the local-spec Ignis would likely struggle to manage a two- or three-star rating.
The entry-level Ignis GL grade comes with the following features as standard:
- 15-inch steel wheels
- 7.0-inch touchscreen navigation system
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Bluetooth and USB connectivity
- Reversing camera
- Four-speaker sound system
- Cruise control
- Front fog-lights
- Roof rails
- 60:40-split rear seats
- Six airbags
Stepping up to the flagship Ignis GLX adds:
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- Automatic LED headlights with daytime running lights
- Climate control air-conditioning
- Keyless start
- 50:50 fold rear seats (four seater)
- Sliding and reclining rear seats
- Two tweeters for the sound system
- Privacy glass
The Ignis is covered by Suzuki Australia’s five year, unlimited kilometre warranty with five years/100,000km of capped-price servicing, whichever comes first.
Scheduled servicing is required every 12 months or 15,000km.
According to Suzuki’s ‘Service Pricing Schedule’ the Ignis will cost $239, $329 and $329 for the first three visits (36 months/45,000km), with the following three services asking for $329, $239 and $499 covering 60 months or 90,000km.
The 2020 Suzuki Ignis Series II is on sale now.