An Ignis to get excited about? Never. But it's true. When Suzuki won the JWRC with the Ignis Super 1600 it was only a matter of time before a replica hit the market. And that is what the Ignis Sport is. OK, it has been detuned from 1599cc to 1490cc and lost some BHP in the process, but at 1500 and with a Hayabusa tuned head and exhaust, still packs a punch. Even so, 0-60 isn't what this car is about, it's more to do with power on tap once rolling. The engine is almost like having two with the Variable Valve Technology.
Anything under 4000 is fairly normal, like any other shopping hatch. Between 4000 and the redline at 6500 it's a little hooligan. No fancy driver aids here, just your right foot. But the grip and stability will have you searching for the next bend.
Add to this package coloured alloys wearing asymmetrical racing Yokohamas, sorted suspension and raspy tailpipe and the whole package is sorted. And at a price. These are going for under the £10k mark, well worth the money and slowly starting to hit the used car market.
Inside, the trim is better than the standard Ignis range, but could be better, the carbon-look trim is not as convincing as Honda's Integra R for example. The LED lit white dials look the part and all the switches have a good feel to them. Seats are supportive Recaros and continue the sporty feel.
The stereo is a Clarion and takes CD's and MP3. One problem here is that it can skip a bit due to the firm ride.
Rear seat space isn't great, but then few hatchbacks have, and anyway this is hardly a car to appeal to the family car market.