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Suzuki Ignis review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs

The Ignis should be very cheap to buy and run regardless of spec, although insurance groups aren’t all that low

The Ignis shares the familiar Suzuki family trait of being really good value for money. And even looking past the attractive list prices, it should prove cheap to run. Even the non-hybrid 1.2-litre engine has a claimed combined figure of 52.9mpg on the latest WLTP test cycle and has emissions as low as 107g/km, which is impressive for a non-turbo unit. Better still, we found it easy to exceed 50mpg in normal driving, so that figure seems realistic. 

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The hybrid manages up to 54.1mpg and emits 98g/km of CO2. This model can be had with the 4x4 system, which sees emissions creep up to 105g/km, which is pretty good for a 4WD vehicle. All of those figures are amongst the best in the city car class, while the 4x4 version is considerably more frugal than the Fiat Panda 4x4 with a petrol engine. The only drawback is gthat the Ignis has a small 32-litre fuel tank.

Repair bills for the Ignis are likely to be roughly in line with the rest of the Suzuki range – and not very expensive.

Insurance Groups

For a small, low cost city car, the Ignis isn’t all that cheap to insure. One factor to blame on that is the three-star Euro NCAP safety rating (rising to four stars on top-spec models). All Ignis models, regardless of spec, are fixed at group 9. For comparison, a VW up! starts at group 2, and a Fiat Panda kicks off from group 4. 

Depreciation

Residual values for the Ignis are decent but not outstanding for the class. Base versions of the Suzuki are predicted to retain around 40 per cent of their value after three years, yet top-spec models see that drop to 34 per cent. Still, it’s a cheap car in the first place so that’s not too difficult to swallow. 

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