Thoughts on the Suzuki Ignis




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    Default Thoughts on the Suzuki Ignis

    Im considering replacing my Jeep Wrangler with a Suzuki Ignis, anyone with experience or input on this vehicle?
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    Default Re: Thoughts on the Suzuki Ignis

    Johan Slabbert did a lot of research.

    He looked at the various options.
    Decided, against advice, on the Panda 4x4, tested it over a weekend - it was crap.
    Then settled on the Cross UP!
    I still think he should have gone Ignus.
    Get the GLX though...

    It is very small & has a tiny fuel tank though...

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    Almost bought one. Really nice little runaround. However I wanted an auto and didn't like the so called manual automatic transmission. Uses an automatic clutch to change gears and there is a slight deceleration between gear changes which I didn't like.

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    Default Re: Thoughts on the Suzuki Ignis

    Im looking at the GLX yes.
    Seems light on fuel and has a 5 year 200 000kms warranty and 2 year 30 000km service plan.
    I havent test driven yet, will do on monday.
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    Default Re: Thoughts on the Suzuki Ignis

    We bought the GLX in November for SWAMBO. See here: http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...d.php?t=287951

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    Default Re: Thoughts on the Suzuki Ignis

    My friend bought a Swift 1.2GL. Different car but the same motor. Initially it was acquired as a cheap city runaround. He took it on a long trip just to run in the motor. He was so impressed that this car now does long distance trips all the time. He claims that this is the best kept secret of all time !

    And let me tell you that this guy knows all about cars. He was a product engineer for Ford and BMW.

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    Default Re: Thoughts on the Suzuki Ignis

    I looked closely at the Ignis last year, also just as a city runaround. I ended up going for the Swift 1.2 GL Auto and took delivery in October. I can't speak highly enough of it. Not massive power but certainly more than adequate, in town and on the open road,and hey, it's a 1.2. Fuel consumption close to my bike. I strongly recommend this little car, brilliant.
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    Default Re: Thoughts on the Suzuki Ignis

    Drove one now, an automatic, consider one for daughter. I like it. It has a normal gearbox but a computer operated clutch.
    Johan Kriel

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    Default Re: Thoughts on the Suzuki Ignis

    In short.

    The good:

    • powerful
    • fun to drive
    • light on fuel
    • long warranty
    • will likely last very long
    • decent space


    The bad:

    • Feels a bit tinny, especially the doors
    • Looks really awkward from the rear
    • Odd tyre size
    • Not as refined as some other cars
    • A lot of the funky features that makes the car stand out are optional


    The ugly:
    • mediocre crash perfomance
    • No stability control, not even optional
    • No side airbags


    I like Suzuki, I'm an ex owner, but omitting safety spec in SA that is available elsewhere is inexcusable in my books. If this does not matter to you, the Ignis is a good buy and you can do a lot worse.
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