More than meets the eye

DriveLine
with Rob Price

At 6”1 I'm not usually a small car kind of guy, so when I was asked to review the new Suzuki Ignis I thought they had muddled me up with somebody else. However, after spending a couple of days in the driver's seat, I realised that there was more to this little number than met the eye.

Officially referred to as a Compact Crossover, the Suzuki Ignis is smaller than your traditional SUV, but bigger than a hatchback. The boot is seriously deep for a small car and the 5-seat configuration is such that if you need extra space, it's easy to get it. I managed to toss my mountain bike in the back without any problem and for me, that's a pretty good indication of size.

I was also surprised by how high up the driver's seat felt. When it comes to small cars I usually feel I'm dragging along the ground, but the Ignis had more of an SUV feel. The visibility was excellent and thanks to the multi-adjustable seats, I wasn't banging my head on the roof. I'm not suggesting it was everything a traditional SUV is in this area, but it was much better than I expected.

However, the real test of vehicle comes when I pick up my wife. She's pretty used to me bringing home a new vehicle every week, and she's not shy about offering her two cents worth. She quite liked the look of the Ignis and described it as ‘kind of retro without being over the top', which on reflection is an accurate portrayal. You can also add personalised accents, inside and out, if you really want to funky it up.

From a business perspective, it is a great mobile billboard as well. Having your vehicle sign-written is a no-brainer and the distinctive look of the Ignis makes it a good choice. The chunky wheel arches, high body and angled roofline offers a great signwriting platform, and when you combine that with the small engine, you've got a billboard that's economical to run. It's definitely a car that stands out from the crowd, so if you want your business to be noticed on the road, the Ignis has to be on your list.

If you thought a new vehicle was out of your reach, think again. Getting into the Suzuki Ignis can cost as little as $18,990+ORC. It's a great value for money car.

 

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