2005 Suzuki Ignis Sport 1.5vvt from UK and Ireland


Great, I'd have one in each colour if I could afford to!


Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

Fantastic little car. Great performance and equipment for the price. I'm on my second Sport having rolled the first one, so I'd say they're pretty safe too! Only niggle is that cos its so rare, most bits have to be bought from the dealer, and that's not cheap.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th October, 2005

31st Jul 2012, 03:07

Totally agree.. we now have a Sport and a standard car.

Owned the Sport for 5 years; just standard service requirements.. find a local specialist.

At 56 I am still a boy racer, and can burn quite a few off the road with acceleration :-)

2005 Suzuki Ignis GL 1.5 petrol from UK and Ireland


Much better than the old one


Not much - the heating/ventilation controls were faulty on delivery, and I suspect this was the work of the mechanic who (dealer) fitted the aircon. A new panel sorted this out pretty quickly. The external driver's door handle became stiff to pull. I tried a few drops of oil into the inner door mechanism, which has helped. Time will tell if it is a cure. If not, hopefully it'll be a warranty job.

General Comments:

I had the old version (2000 'X') and can definitely say that this car is a big improvement. I liked the old car, but had to admit that the ride was rock-hard. It's still on the firm side, but - as long as you keep the tyre pressures a pound under the recommended - it's now quite acceptable, and vastly better than the old one. You can catch the suspension out over sharp bumps / ridges if you really try, but what do you expect? - this is a short wheelbase car...

The tyres look skinny, but it goes round corners very well. Steering is light and positive. I had the optional alloys, which are easy to clean.

The dash looks a lot nicer than the old one, and the integrated radio/CD setup is really practical. I don't think the sound is as good as claimed, but again it's OK. The red dash lighting is a bit flash (but can be dimmed) but the daftest part is that the main lighting switch assembly is lit in white - couldn't they have just put a red bulb in it to match the rest?! However, you really don't notice it when driving, and nothing's perfect!

The remainder of the dash area is practical and easy to use, the fuel economy and outside temperature readouts being a bonus. Plastics quality is much the same as everybody else's in this price range. Aircon's not as powerful as Getz's, but does the job - only slower!

Seating is comfortable, there is plenty of space, and you sit nice and high. The wheel doesn't adjust, but I've no complaints about that. There's loads of headroom and no problems with the 'A' pillar obstructing the view. My old one was the top model also, so I notice that, while they've kept the seat height adjustment, the lumbar support has disappeared. As has the tray under the old 'false' boot floor - now it's just a carpeted space. But you now get a parcel shelf instead of a net, so it's swings and roundabouts. (I preferred the net, though - you could fold it up and get rid of it!) There is a lot more room in the boot now, though (this car's 6" longer than the old one), and this is a big advantage. And at 5'10", I don't bang my head on the open hatch - unlike many competitors I looked at.

With the 1.5 Auto, there is nearly 100bhp in a light car. Compared with my old Getz auto ('53' plate), this is quieter, vastly more powerful, yet more economical (39mpg on my commute) and the same insurance group. You can't lose!

The auto-box itself is not quite as smooth as the Getz, but is as good as most. Ratios are fine with about 25mph per 1000rpm in top.

The pseudo 4x4 look will not please some, but above all it's practical and roomy. Frankly, for the money, I don't know why there aren't more around!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th September, 2005

2nd Apr 2006, 11:52

Well, after a year or so, nothing has gone wrong and the oil I sprinkled on the driver's door handle mechanism has proved to be a cure!

1st service was about £125, which seems a bit steep for a budget car, but the dealer (Brownings, Cambridge) is pleasant.

So good news so far...

2nd Apr 2007, 12:40

I would echo the comments above. I have had an Ignis Sport for over a year and have been very impressed with it. With this in mind, I suggested that my mother looked at a Swift when she was looking to replace her Hyundai Accent auto. However, she was so impressed test driving the new Ignis auto that the dealer had in stock that she bought it. The ride quality and road noise is much better than the reviews would lead you to believe – it is much better than my wife's 2004 Fiesta 1.25 Finesse.

I don't know what people expect from such a small car at this price (approx. £8600 new)? The performance for a small auto seems good and all round it is a nice car to drive. I prefer hot hatches, hence my current Ignis Sport and previous Octavia vRS so I obviously prefer a firm ride, but I think the Ignis GL auto is a good drive and certainly, to my mind, better than the favoured Ford Fiesta.

17th Mar 2008, 12:51

Well, it's now 3 years old and I'm swapping it for a Sirion auto. Got £5000 for it in p/ex - brilliant!

No problems with the Ignis over 33,000 miles. Would continue to recommend it to anyone, provided you're OK with the harsh ride.

20th Mar 2008, 12:22

I had an Ignis, and now own a Sirion, both manual, and honestly rate the Sirion as a far superior car.

I hope you enjoy it!

2005 Suzuki Ignis Sport 1.5 petrol VVT from Singapore


Probably the best sports hatchback for this price


Gear box still pretty raw, sometimes the first and the last gear couldn't engage till you clutch in and clutch out again for a couple of times.

General Comments:

Very lightweight, therefore very fun to throw into corners.

The seats are kind of high.

The steering wheel is a tad too big.

Fold down rear seats are very useful.

Despite it's small size, the turning radius is actually not that small.

Very fun to drive, I really enjoy overtaking people in the corners.

Engine is torquey even at low revs. I can easily overtake on the expressways on fifth gear.

Short wheel base plus stiff dampers makes it pretty uncomfortable over humps. But this combination is what gives confidence driving fast round bends.

For Singaporeans, this is really the best car to buy if you want a sporty drive under 65K. And it's insurance group is under wagons!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th May, 2005

28th Nov 2005, 14:13

I own a ignis sport you can get lowering sprigs from spax.

31st Mar 2008, 09:19

I also own a ignis sport and I love it, anyone els who have problems with the noises from passenger seat?