Suzuki Ignis review - Reliability and Safety
Suzuki has a good reputation for reliability, although the base model Ignis’ three-star Euro NCAP safety rating lets it down
Suzuki finished an impressive 8th in our 2019 Driver Power survey, which is an excellent result for the small Japanese firm. Reliability scores are strong, but it's the low running costs that owners are really impressed by, with the manufacturer coming out with the best score in that category. It’s too early to judge the Ignis for overall dependability, but the signs are good, and as the car shares so much tech with the rest of the Suzuki range, it's going to be tested and reliable.
It helps that the little Suzuki is relatively simple mechanically. Even the hybrid is far less complex than other petrol-electric models on sale. The same can’t be said for the electrical systems, though, 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, and Toyota offers a five-year warranty, too. Suzuki’s strong reliability record means you shouldn’t spend too much time back at the dealer with problems.
The Ignis requires servicing every 9,300 miles or 12 months, whichever comes sooner. A main service is needed every 18,000 miles. Those intervals are about average for a car of this size, but not exceptional. Thankfully, Suzuki’s labour and parts rates are pretty low, so it’s not a big expense each time.
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 spaceIgnis is far more practical than you’d expect looking at it. The sliding rear seats are a real boon
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingSuzuki has a good reputation for reliability, although the base model Ignis’ three-star Euro NCAP safety rating lets it down