Review: Suzuki Ignis Adventure

Review: Suzuki Ignis Adventure
Review: Suzuki Ignis Adventure

Limited-edition version of Suzuki’s funky mini-SUV focuses on cosmetic add-ons rather than concrete dynamic improvements

In the list of the things conjured up by the word ‘adventure’, the idea of sitting behind the wheel of a small, two-wheel-drive, SUV-stroke-city car probably doesn’t figure all that highly.

But that’s the word Suzuki is using for this £14k Ignis ‘special edition’. Springing from the SZ-T model, it adds a rear spoiler, side stripes, front and rear skidplates and coloured front foglight bezels to that car’s reversing camera, 16-inch alloys and roof rails. Suzuki values these bits at £1900, but is effectively charging you £1000 for them as that’s the price premium for the Adventure over the SZ-T, and they’re packaging it around some appealing PCP options too.

Suzuki Ignis Adventure

Price: £13,999
Engine: 1.2-litre, four-cylinder, petrol
Power: 89bhp at 6000rpm
Torque: 88lb ft at 4400rpm
Gearbox: 5-spd manual
0-62mph: 12.2sec
Top speed: 106mph
Official economy: 61.4mpg
CO2, tax band: 104g/km, 19%

The badge may suggest otherwise, but you’re better off restricting your Adventure adventures to an urban environment as that’s where this Ignis is at its most likeable. Although you could never call the refined 1.2-litre engine powerful, it’s willing and spritely and has enough pull from low revs to make gear-changing through the snickety five-speed gearbox a matter of choice rather than necessity. The motor will happily take revs too if you want to go down that route.

The softness of the Adventure’s ride is a two-edged sword. You’ll be impressed by this small car’s comfort over progressive, wavy variations in the road surface, but perhaps less pleased by the difficulty it experiences in trying to isolate the impact of more sudden ridges.

The Suzuki’s lightness and shortness gives it a nice feeling of agility, but its height combined with oddly-weighted steering gives it a less pleasant sensation of roly-poliness through bends. It beats the Dacia Duster and Suzuki’s own Jimny in this respect, but not the Kia Picanto. Although you’ll get four-wheel drive in the Allgrip version of the Ignis, you can’t opt for it in the Adventure version.

Inside, there are few differences between the Adventure and the regular SZ-T Ignis, which we’re okay about in one way because at this level the Ignis cabin is comfortably equipped with desirable features like air conditioning, touchscreen infotainment system with reversing camera, DAB radio and Bluetooth. Where the Ignis is not so good is in the area of materials quality, where it is again somewhat shown up by the Picanto X-Line.

Space for the size is good, though, with plenty of room for four adults. Mind you, the Adventure does only have four seats, albeit with a slide-tilt facility that allows you to choose between rear leg room or boot space (which is nominally the same size as the Picanto X-Line’s, but much smaller than the Duster’s). For five seats, you must drop back down to the entry-level SZ3.

Overall, the Ignis is a good little SUV, and picking this Adventure model ahead of our recommended SZ-T model wouldn’t be the daftest thing you’ve ever done if you’re into the cosmetic extras. With a £1000 deposit, a three-year PCP deal on the Adventure would cost you about £27 more a month.

Thing is though, based on the fact that this Ignis model is no more accomplished off-road than a similarly-dimensioned city car, we’d tend to go for the Kia Picanto in the first place (in X-Line trim if you like the more macho look). For greater off-roading skills, take the Ignis Allgrip or the cheaper Dacia Duster.