I got to ignite the streets with the Suzuki IGNIS GLX 1.2 MT this past week. The IGNIS was the third Suzuki I reviewed this year (checkout my Suzuki Dzire and Swift reviews). If there are is two things that the IGNIS, Dzire and Swift have in common are frugality and smooth drive.

The Aesthetics

Suzuki IGNIS 1.2 GLX
Suzuki Side view

The Suzuki IGNIS is aesthetically pleasing with its distinctive grille and broad shoulders. The chunky black alloy wheels gives it a powerful and strong road presence whilst the daytime running gives it a modern furnish.

Suzuki IGNIS Front

On The Road

The true test of any car is how it drives on the road, particularly on long distance and unfamiliar terrains. Although, the Suzuki Swift is built with an urban dweller in mind, it does not disappoint on a long distance and on a gravel road. I drove the Suzuki IGNIS from Johannesburg to Mpumalanga (and back to Johannesburg) and I must admit I was completely blown away with how well the IGNIS drives on the highway for a car of its size. The IGNIS is well balanced and stable on the road. You can definitely take it on a road trip. This brings me to the comfortability and storage of the car.

Performance and fuel consumption

Driving the IGNIS was pure joy. As I mentioned in the intro two things characterises the IGNIS namely, frugality and smooth drive.  The IGNIS boasts an efficient but powerful 1.2ℓ engine, getting you from A-B and further in style, at pace, without denting your budge with fuel consumption of 5.1/100KM. The light weight of the engine improves fuel efficiency through better combustion, lower engine friction, and lower emissions. Delivering 61 kW of refined power of at 6000 r/min, and 113 Nm at 4200 r/min.

Comfortability and Storage

The IGNIS GLX is equipped with climate control automatic air conditioning and has generous headroom and legroom. In terms of storage, the IGNIS has bottle holders on both front and rear doors and three cup holders. The boot space is also decent and expandable by folding the rear seats.

Safety and Security

Suzuki is one of the least hijacked brands in South Africa and wasn’t mentioned at all on Ctrack’s list of most stolen cars. With a standard alarm and immobiliser, your car starts out safe.

The Suzuki safety shield includes TECT body structure that absorbs and disperses energy from an impact, dual airbags, ABS with EBD, and front seatbelts with pre-tensioners and force limiters.

Technology features and Connectivity

Suzuki IGNIS Interior
Suzuki IGNIS Interior

The test Suzuki IGNIS that I had was last year’s model however all the models released after March this year come standard with an infotainment systems. These are some of the notable technology features that the IGNIS has:

  • Reverse Parking-Sensors
  • Electronic Adjustable Rear-View Mirrors
  • Keyless entry
  • Push-to-start
  • Reverse parking sensors
  • Steering wheel controls
  • Day-time running lights
  • USB port
  • 12V socket
  • 7” Infotainment system with AppleCar Play and Android Auto


The price for the IGNIS 1.2 GLX starts from R196 000 and comes with 2 year/30 000 KM services.

In conclusion, here are the Pats and Slaps of the IGNIS 1.2 GLX MT


  • In these tough economic times fuel low fuel consumption in a car is of utmost importance. I give it a Pat for its frugality.
  • Great drive. As I stated I was blown away with how the car drives on long distances.
  • Quality sound system. When it comes to cars I am sucker for sound. The IGNIS is equipped with six speakers which produce great quality sound.
  • Stunning interior. The combination of cream, grey and black brings the interior of the car to life.


The steering could do with more feel but that does not away the fact that the Suzuki IGNIS is a good drive.

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