Suzuki Ignis review - Reliability and safety
Suzuki has a good reputation for reliability, although cheaper models don't feature a full suite of safety kit as standard
The Ignis didn't feature in our latest Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, while Suzuki finished in a disappointing 21st position (out of 29 brands) in the manufacturer ratings. The Ignis should be a reliable car, as it shares so much tech with the rest of the Suzuki range.
It helps that the little Suzuki is relatively simple mechanically. The hybrid is far less complex than other petrol-electric models on sale, although the same can’t be said for the electrical systems, as top-spec models in particular come loaded with kit.
Entry level Ignis models suffer at the hands of Euro NCAP’s stringent testing regime. The SZ3 scored three stars when it was tested in 2016, mostly because it lacks standard safety equipment and driver assist systems. SZ-T models and above see that increase to five stars as a suite of driver aids is thrown in. All Ignis models get front, side and curtain airbags as standard, however, and Euro NCAP’s ratings for adult and child occupant protection are good.
As with every Suzuki, the Ignis comes with a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty. That’s in line with most of the industry, although brands like Hyundai and Kia offer five and seven year warranties respectively. Suzuki’s strong reliability record means you shouldn’t spend too much time back at the dealer with problems.
Suzuki offers its Service Payment Plans to help manage the cost of scheduled maintenance, while the manufacturer also provides its 3 Year Plus Servicing programme which covers vehicles over three years old with either a fixed one-off payment or via a monthly payment plan.
In this review
- 1Suzuki Ignis reviewThe funky Suzuki Ignis mixes crossover looks and city car dimensions with interesting results
- 2Engines, performance and driveKeep the Ignis in town and it’s nippy and agile, but it starts to struggle on the open road
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe Ignis should be very cheap to buy and run regardless of spec, although insurance groups aren’t all that low
- 4Interior, design and technologyLoads of kit and stylish design inside and out, yet cabin feels a bit cheap
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Ignis is far more practical than you’d expect, with the sliding rear seats a real boon
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingSuzuki has a good reputation for reliability, although cheaper models don't feature a full suite of safety kit as standard