Shocked to hear the car was that bad. I've been considering either a Jimny or Ignis, but will definately avoid the latter.
This was my report- I seem to have gone through the entire range of Suzuki in 2 years! I swapped my excellent Citroen Berlingo for the Ignis as I kept getting stuck on rural tracks, but regretted it as the car was just so flawed.
I borrowed a new Jimny when the Ignis was in having the annoying bits investigated (eg fuel economy), and thought it might be a better alternative, so I swapped it and then discovered that the four wheel drive can only be used off-road, and that it was only rear wheel drive on the road.
I then rolled it at 25mph after oversteering out of a wet island and clipping the kerb, and wrote it off.
When the insurance paid out, I went back to the excellent local dealers and bought a Swift DDiS, which is far superior to the previous cars, now the rattles have been fixed, but I have to avoid poor tracks etc.
If you need serious off-road ability and will use the car only briefly on-road, the Jimny is a well built and useful tool. If you don't, walk away.
The Ignis is just plain hopeless as a road car and costs a fortune to run.
What do you need the car for?
Have you looked at the excelllent Fiat Panda 4x4?
It is only available in 1.2 petrol in the UK (0-60 in 20 seconds!!). In Europe, the excellent 1.3 multijet diesel (as fitted in my Swift DDiS), is available, and if this had been available in the UK, I would have bought one instead of the Ignis first time-and saved myself a fortune...
We've bought an Ignis 4grip. We thought that it would be economical because of the engine size (1.5), after just five days of using it, we've noticed that the consumption is not practical for the size of this car, very bad. We're sorting out to exchange with another car now, hope the garage will allow it.
We used to call our IgnisFourGrip "ItchyForeSkin" as it was about as pleasant...!!!
We were very glad to see the back of ours, but the new owner likes it.
One of the worst cars I have driven.
Maybe the previous reviewers are driving a different car to me. I have just bought a Suzuki Ignis 4Grip 2005 model, and am extremely pleased with it. It's a funky little 4x4 (not permanent like some suggested), which operates on viscous drive; same as my previous Honda CRV.
Great little car to drive, and really comes into its own in snow or muddy wet conditions, a hell of a lot of car for your money - mine cost £3,600 secondhand with 35,000 miles on the clock.
I have checked the mpg, and I get 39 mpg on a run driving without any thought of economy. Around town I average 34mpg, but again, I drive without thought of economy. In fact the VVT gives it a rapid acceleration that tempts you to drive just a little more adventurously.
I wish I had known about this little gem earlier, as I would have bought one long ago.
No problems have come to light, but admittedly the short wheel base doesn't ride the bumps as well as the Honda, but then it's a lot more fun.
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