2005 Suzuki Ignis 4 grip 1.5 from UK and Ireland


Excellent value 4x4 but not a good choice for high mileages


Noisy wiper blades.

General Comments:

Excellent road holding and grip - can corner quickly, once you get used to the amount of roll.

Good for narrow country lanes and poor surfaces, but no advantage for long distances on A roads and motorways.

Fuel consumption disappointing even on long journeys, but is the price you pay for 4x4.

Even with a light right foot the best is high 30's. Would have been better with a diesel engine.

Very effective brakes - stops car very quickly even without using ABS.

Tends to need a lot of gear changing on hills and much use of vvt boost.

Good high driving positon and comfortable seats.

Poor headlights, especially dipped beam - too low even when adjusted.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th February, 2006

15th Mar 2006, 16:16

Please read report titled "surprisingly horrendous, unfortunately" as this is another full description of this car. I also agree with your comments, and forgot to mention the boot light/shelf and poor headlights in my report. How on earth did you manage high 30s mpg?! Were you being towed?

It would have been more bearable with the DDIS engine and a better gearbox. I would have managed another month with it...!

15th Mar 2006, 16:18

Re: previous comment, better than Panda 4x4 or Terios; I now withdraw this having spent more time with the Ignis 4Grip. Anything else would be better!

2005 Suzuki Ignis 1.3GS Non-sport 1.3 from Slovenia


Reliable, practical and very cute :)


Nothing (yet *knock*knock*)!

Doors at first needed a good punch to close, but that is fine now ;)

General Comments:

Great driving experience.

Engine is powerful enough for "uphill climbing" or fast highways (94HP).

I'm suprised to see that car is very smooth over bumps, 17cm from ground make a great ride on snowy/wet surface.

Interior is suprisingly good for a Suzuki car. It's a great family car - very practical for everyday use.

1.3GS comes with: 4 airbags, A/C, CD player + 6 speakers, light alloys, ABS+EBD...

It uses around 7 litres/100km.

Tyres that come with a car (summer, continental) are (as usual) quite hard (bad), so I've installed GY Ultragrip 7 for the winter. In summer I'm putting on some bigger wheels, because 175/65/14 are just too small for this car.

We love our new car :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th December, 2005

14th Dec 2005, 09:56

You obviously like your new car, but I have to say I've driven one of these and thought it was noisy, had a harsh ride and I don't know how 'fast' Slovenias highways are, but they only have a top speed of 103mph (164km/h) and that's for the 1.5!

23rd Dec 2005, 02:45

Well, I've pushed it one time now (over 600miles done) and it went 110mph (176km/h) - and I have 1.3..., so I wouldn't read factory "typos" :)

Straight terrain, no downhill racing...

16th Jun 2006, 01:04

Exactly, I hate when people rant about something they haven't tested. And btw about the highways in Slovenia - its 130km/h, but usually we go up to 170 where fines get very steep :)

I've drove around Austria, Germany and Netherlands few weeks ago and did 3000+ miles, top speed 190 - no downhill.

21st Jun 2006, 08:48

Well, I'm writing from Panama, my Ignis is 1.3, and I have use it above 170km/h (not sure how much is that in miles).

No problems at all with my car till now and is 2 years old.

7th Feb 2007, 00:47

I did 23,000km after 1 year and I had no problems whatsoever. Even lightbulbs are still working ;) great car!

26th Nov 2007, 05:12

Its me again, owner of this car. Its been two years now and I did 37000km so far. Roadtrips around Europe (mainly Netherlands) and so far not a single thing broke on this car. Even original lights are still working although I'm nervously waiting to replace them with Osram Nightbreaker ;) knock knock on the wood, great car!

25th Jul 2008, 08:45

July 2008... only problem so far are squeaky doors, all original parts still present, 2 regular services.. oh and I've had to replace front brakepads (Jashika?) due to dynamic driving... :)