The Suzuki Ignis – Suzuki’s new compact crossover – has proven itself a comfortable and capable daily drive, but there is one thing that it may not be able to do: fit all its trophies into its luggage compartment.
Brian Joss – The Ignis just received the Compact Car of the Year Award in the Scottish Car of the Year competition, beating all other small cars in that market. It was joined on the podium by the next-generation Suzuki Swift and its new 1.0 Boosterjet-engine (which is not yet available in South Africa). The Swift received the COTY Eco Award.
The Ignis and Swift drove away with these two COTY awards after an extensive test programme in which 15 members of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers tested these and other vehicles extensively over 12 months.
In their report, the Association noted that the Ignis and Swift found themselves in a very popular niche for affordable, well-specified city vehicles that are light on fuel, easy to maintain and still have a unique design and stand-out character. For the Ignis, these characteristics were also highlighted in the World Car of the Year Awards, where it was the runner-up in the Urban Car category.
Further south in the British Isles, the Suzuki Celerio and next-generation Swift received similar accolades in the form of the Green Apple Environmental Awards, which are adjudicated by the Midland Group of Motoring Writers.
The Midlands-based judges praised Suzuki’s focus on building solid and affordable compact vehicles. They also recognised the brand’s recent strides in developing highly fuel-efficient petrol engines.
It is the third consecutive year that the Celerio received a Green Apple Award in the entry-level category. This year, it received a Silver Award after receiving Gold in 2016. The Swift also took home a Silver Award in the Smaller Family Car category.
In South Africa, the Ignis has been selected as a finalist in the 2018 WesBank / SAGMJ Car of the Year Competition and it is under consideration in several industry competitions, including the WesBank / Cars.co.za Consumer Awards.
“We have doubled our Ignis order from our international Suzuki supply network in order to cut our current waiting list down to an average of three weeks. It is clear that the Ignis’s value proposition, quirky styling and fuel-efficient engine are finding favour with new and existing Suzuki owners,” says André Venter, divisional manager for sales and marketing at Suzuki Auto South Africa.
* The printer’s devil was at work in the review of the new Ignis “Fiery Ignis will light your fire”, The Gremlin, November 5),and changed AMT to ATM. The test car was fitted with a five speed gearbox, although there’s the option of an automatic: basically a five-speed automated manual (AMT) transmission (not an ATM) which means you can change gears without using a conventional clutch.