In-depth Reviews

Suzuki Ignis owner reviews

“The Suzuki Ignis is a small SUV that’s not much bigger than a city car. It has character in spades and should prove cheap to run, but it’s a flawed gem”

Carbuyer Rating

3.7 out of 5

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Owners Rating

4.6 out of 5

90%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

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Common Problems

  • Gearbox / clutch (1 cases)

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SZ-T Automatic

Year of registration

2018

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

56
Review
I have owned my Ignis SZ-T automatic for four months now and I’m extremely pleased with it. I have had no problems at all with the car and it performs better than expected. The average fuel consumption I have recorded since beginning ownership is 56.5mpg, which for a small automatic used mainly in a built-up area is, in my opinion, pretty good. The transmission is not a regular automatic but an automated manual, where an electronic clutch has been added to a manual gearbox to facilitate the automatic changes. It is slightly jerky when cold, particularly between first and second, and second and third gears. However, when the car warms up, it is fine. I have also found that the gearchanges are a lot smoother if you take your foot off the accelerator (as you would when changing gear in a manual car), when the gears are about to change. I have also found that the gears are a bit more controllable than in a standard automatic, when using your right foot/pressure on the accelerator. Instead of paying for the Suzuki sat-nav upgrade when I was purchasing the car from the dealer, I bought the relevant SD card off Ebay for a significantly lower price and it works absolutely fine. I was originally going to buy the SZ5 model but as I didn’t want climate control or keyless entry, and could upgrade the sat-nav relatively cheaply, I decided on the SZ-T model instead. Personally, I don’t miss having electric rear windows, which the SZ5 has but the only thing I do miss (and it’s relatively minor) is the intermittent facility on the rear window wiper. As this wiper doesn’t have to be used every time I use the car, it’s not a major issue. The car is well constructed and has no squeaks or rattles, not that you should expect them on a car only a few months old but other makes do seem to suffer from Day 1. It’s good to drive, easy to place on the road and in particular, easy for parking due to its boxy design and the very useful reversing camera. The instruments are extremely clear, and I like that the speedo is the largest dial in the middle of the binnacle, directly in front of you. Bearing in mind the car’s compact exterior dimensions, the car is very spacious on the inside. I am 6ft tall and don’t feel in the slightest bit cramped. Because it’s a bit higher off the ground than a standard hatchback, it’s also very easy to get in and out. Overall, I’m very pleased with my purchase.
Reliability

5 out of 5

No problems at all from Day 1
Performance
Perfectly adequate and nippy
Running Cost

5 out of 5

More economical than expected

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

SZ5 Automatic

Year of registration

2017

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

57
Review
We live up in Scotland there are not to many automatic SZ5 models around. We spotted one online at the other end of the country and had it delivered to our dealership. Unfortunately, there was a gearbox issue from day one. There was an issue with the clutch which had to be replaced at 3400 miles. Another problem I encountered was when I accelerated In drive from a standstill after the new clutch was fitted, the car juddered. I took it to the dealership up here in Scotland and, because it is manual clutch with an electronic controller, you can't give it too much accelerator or the car will judder when moving off. The technician demonstrated twice on a road test. The car seems otherwise well put together and the engine is sweet. Oh how I wish they had put the full automatic gearbox in like the Suzuki Splash – it would have been perfect. Were also disappointed by the service of the original dealer.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

S25 AUTO

Year of registration

2017

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Review
This is my wife's car, she is delighted with it, but the auto gearbox when changing from 1 to 2 and 2 to 3 feels hesitant while the rest of the gearchanging is hardly noticible. The dealership service department says its normal. The car has not done a thousand miles yet so it could be that it needs to bed in.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SZ5. 1.2

Year of registration

2018

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

57
Review
I've had this for 3 weeks so far and only needed to put £31 of petrol in. It’s done 370 mile and still shows 1/4 full. This car is is exactly what I needed. It's economical and easy to park, has a great driving position and nifty rear seat adjustment to create more space. It looks good, too. It could be a bit nippier, but from a practical point of view and in terms of standard features, you cannot beat it.
Reliability

5 out of 5

Only 370 miles so far, so nothing to report.
Performance

4 out of 5

Not a Ferrari
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Cheap as chips

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

SZ.T

Year of registration

2017

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

55
Review
Great car with a funky shape. It's well designed for space, comfortable to drive on long distance journeys, and packed with handy features.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SZ-T 1.2

Year of registration

2016

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Great small car - highly recommended. Whilst it is a small car it is like a Tardis as it is huge on the inside, and the sliding rear seats allow limo like legroom or greater boot space. The car looks great, is well made, well equipped and very cheap to run. Absolutely delighted with our purchase.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SZ5 Allgrip

Year of registration

2019

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

60
Review
Bought mine and instantly saved in fuel bills and VED. From £200 a month in diesel to £35 for petrol. VED from close to £400 to £45. Great little car with character and loads of interior space for the run about town and still capable on a motorway run. Good points, fuel, road tax, visibility, wide doors, features on the shvs a/grip , 'chuckabilty' and turning circle, head room. Not so good, that fuel cap lever I keep opening with the back of my foot, buffeting when the rear windows are open at anything over 5 mph, lack of a proper spare wheel and the price of replacing the tyres with the OEM Bridgestone ones - don't do it seriously, £400-600 to replace them - I never paid that when replacing the ones on my old Defender.
Reliability

5 out of 5

Reliable as a reliable wholesaler. It's got Suzuki on the badge and the last one of those I had did starship miles on only 3 oil changes.
Performance
It's never going to out drag an Audi at the lights, but it'll out steer anything on a roundabout or in town to get a parking spot.
Running Cost
So far it's only been petrol and window washer fluid. Not looking forward to new tyres, my mileage means I'll replace them due to sun damage and age etc before they wear down.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.2 SZ5 SHVS

Year of registration

2018

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

56
Review
This is a drivers car. Ok, it’s not a performance car, but if you enjoy driving, and prefer to be involved in the driving process, then this is a great small car to drive. The steering is precise, the feedback through the wheel is accurate and the gear change is crisp and precise. But most of all the car has character. The last time I drove a car with as much character was when I had a MK1 Golf GTi. My last car was a Subaru XV, a great car in many ways but my Ignis is definitely more fun. That aside, the interior space is amazing for such a small car, the equipment levels excellent and the build quality spot on. No, it doesn’t feel luxurious but the fittings and materials feel as though they will last for years.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SZT

Year of registration

2017

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

58
Review
I love this little car. It has everything I need from a small car. I can't understand why some motoring journalists are a little unkind about the car. I expect that if you get out of an Aston Martin etc you are going to be unimpressed with the power of the engine but, here in the real world, the car's performance is perfectly adequate. The list of equipment is superb and the drive is smooth and comfortable. The gear change is sweet. The driving position is good. I would certainly recommend this car. Don't be put off. Listen to what Ignis OWNERS have to say about the car.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

The base spec 1.2

Year of registration

2017

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

52.7
Review
This car was cheaper to buy (£8,300) at 6 months old with 2,000 miles on the clock, which I chose from a dealer. It is a hoot to drive with super low weight, a revvy little engine and real analogue feel. It reminds me of an eighties hot hatch but with better reliability and safety. I specifically went for the base trim for the lowest cost, weight and 3 rear seats. Its controls are so simple and easy to use. No need to read the manual!. After 2 years of driving and 25000 miles my mpg is 52 and my daily grind is a 50 mile motorway journey. I can often fill it up on contactless! It has no problems in the fast lane although is noisy at speed. Now this is the crazy bit!. . .the exterior is tiny but the interior is so much bigger than you would imagine. It's bigger than my wifes mini 5 dr. This year i took it on holiday as a family car and it fitted; The mrs and I 3 kids All our luggage (although minimal airplane carry on size only) A dog (smallish) A skateboard A scooter And a coffee machine ! Staggering for such a small car (no roof pod by the way) It also looks funky and has not broken down. Love it.

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