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Suzuki’s Ignis isn’t a giant 4X4 however it’s a intelligent little field

Suzuki’s Ignis is not a big 4X4 but it is a clever little box


EVERY day is a college day on this job.

I imply, who knew the folks of India love Suzuki as a lot as a biriyani?

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Nobody does small 4x4s fairly like Suzuki — try the new-look Ignis[/caption]

And we’re speaking vehicles — not bikes and scooters.

Final yr, Suzuki offered 1.75million vehicles in India.

A million seven hundred and fifty thousand. Each different new automobile is a Suzuki.

And if it’s essential to change a lightbulb, brake pads or no matter, you’re by no means greater than 20 miles from a Suzuki service centre.

It’s a really totally different story right here in Nice Britainland.

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The automobile is supplied with nuggets like a reversing digital camera and two particular person rear seats that slide forwards and backwards by 16cm[/caption]

Final yr we purchased 35,000 Suzuki vehicles ­— that’s Ignis, Swift, Vitara, S-Cross and Jimny mixed.

The Ford Fiesta sells double that by itself.

It makes you surprise why Suzuki even bothers to reply the cellphone to UK sellers.

However I’m glad it does. As a result of nobody does small 4x4s fairly like Suzuki.

Take the new-look Ignis I’ve been testing this week.

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The Ignis SZ-5 is gentle and dinky — 895kg and simply 3.7 metres lengthy[/caption]

It’s gentle and dinky — 895kg and simply 3.7 metres lengthy — but it’s bought the minerals to go that little bit farther on your Covid picnic.

It’s additionally a gentle hybrid that returns a real-world 50mpg, in addition to being distinctive and simple to dwell with — and cracking worth.

Costs begin at £13,999 for the Ignis SZ3 with front-wheel drive and a five-speed guide.

Finance from £139 a month with zero per cent finance and £1,970 up entrance.

The very best-selling SZ-T at £15,499 provides nuggets like reversing digital camera and two particular person rear seats that slide forwards and backwards by 16cm in the event you want extra boot house or leg room. I like that.

The SZ-5 scored 4 stars out of 5 in EuroNCAP security exams because of driver-assistance package like dual-camera brake assist

Then there’s the absolutely loaded SZ-5 at £17,499 — or £179 a month — which is the one model you’ll be able to have with Suzuki’s easy however intelligent Allgrip all-wheel drive system.

That’s your insurance coverage coverage in slippery winter circumstances, so go for that in the event you can afford it.

The SZ-5 additionally scored 4 stars out of 5 in EuroNCAP security exams because of driver-assistance package like dual-camera brake assist.

Now let’s discuss somewhat in regards to the 4×Four system.

Suzuki makes use of a viscous coupling that mechanically locks when the entrance wheels spin and sends extra torque to the rear axle.

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The SZ-5 has Grip Management — additionally activated by a change — which works underneath 18mph by including torque to wheels with grip and braking the wheel that’s spinning[/caption]

It’s easy and it really works and has been utilized by Suzuki for greater than 20 years.

On prime of that, Hill Descent Management will information you down a steep slope at a set pace with out you touching the pedals.

Plus, there’s Grip Management — additionally activated by a change — which works underneath 18mph by including torque to wheels with grip and braking the wheel that’s spinning.

Whereas we’re being technical, the 12-volt hybrid system is as delicate as a chilly korma however there’s no faffing about with a plug and it does help somewhat with torque and lowers emissions.

It additionally implies that engine restarts in cease/begin site visitors are clean and silent — you solely hear it when first began from chilly.

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The 12-volt hybrid system is as delicate as a chilly korma however there’s no faffing about with a plug and it does help somewhat with torque and lowers emissions[/caption]

Different observations. Good visibility. A lot of drink holders. Apple CarPlay. Cruise management. However works greatest as an A-to-B automobile.

You’d get blown round like a crisp packet on a motorway.

Go for CVT auto in the event you don’t like guide.

All in all, it is a intelligent little field that underlines why Suzuki and Toyota have purchased a stake in one another.

Toyota will make two hybrids for Suzuki primarily based on the RAV4 and Corolla property.

The latter will probably be constructed at Toyota’s Burnaston plant in Derbyshire.

Suzuki will share its small-car experience and provide Toyota with two new fashions for the Indian market.

And that concludes at the moment’s lesson. Class dismissed.

Key information: Suzuki Ignis SZ5 Allgrip

Value: £17,499

Engine: 1.2litre petrol hybrid

Energy: 83hp, 107Nm

0-62mph: 12.Eight secs

Prime pace: 103mph

Financial system: 52mpg

CO2: 123g/km

Out: Now

Keyless points

THERE’S a difficulty with keyless electrical vehicles – and I don’t assume it’s simply me.

Once you press the button to start out them, nothing occurs.

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Peugot’s e-2008 crossover has the identical innards because the e-208 hatchback, which implies it has the identical good and dangerous[/caption]

So that you push the button once more – however a bit tougher this time – and nonetheless nothing.

So that you attempt for a 3rd time, now somewhat vexed, and eventually the display flashes and beeps such as you’ve put 10p in it.

It’s the identical while you cease on the grocery store.

You press the identical button to modify it off, hop out, after which realise the automobile continues to be awake.

Are you able to lean over and press the button a bit tougher to modify it off? No.

As a result of that may be too straightforward.

It’s a must to get again in and press it along with the brake pedal. Grrrr.

Then there’s the digital parking brake on the Peugeot e-2008.

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The 50kWh battery has a most 206-mile vary which is okay for shuttling round regionally[/caption]

It has a proper outdated hissy match in the event you don’t press the button earlier than exiting.

It’s like a shoplifter alarm however occasions ten. Relax.

I’m on stage floor and the gear selector is in Park.

In the event you had a sleeping child within the again, she’d be awake now.

As you might need guessed, this e-2008 crossover has the identical innards because the e-208 hatchback, which implies it has the identical good and dangerous.

Positives: Pace. Zero emissions. Silence. Doddle to drive. Low cost to run.

Negatives: Value. Vary. Cost time. iCockpit.

The 50kWh battery has a most 206-mile vary which is okay for shuttling round regionally.

It takes half an hour for 80 per cent juice at a 100kW public speedy charger and 7hrs 30minutes for a full cost from a 7kW wall-box at house

However motorway miles eat vary and I had a 360-mile spherical journey to do at quick discover. I needed to borrow my daughter’s Polo.

It takes half an hour for 80 per cent juice at a 100kW public speedy charger and 7hrs 30minutes for a full cost from a 7kW wall-box at house, if in case you have a drive.

To be truthful, the brand new 2008 – be it petrol, diesel or pure electrical – appears terrific in and out.

This GT Line is well-equipped with 10in HD touchscreen, smartphone charging plate, heated seats and all kinds of driver-assistance tech.

The frameless rear-view mirror is a pleasant contact and journey high quality is okay.

Most individuals will probably be delighted with their new automobile.

However I’m not a fan of Peugeot’s signature small steering wheel.

It’s a must to set it stupidly low or you’ll be able to’t see the instrument cluster.

Additionally, the B-mode for elevated braking regeneration while you raise off the accelerator isn’t sturdy sufficient.


Costs from £29ok for the Attract, as much as £35ok for the GT which has extra package however no extra go. Each embody the £3,000 plug-in automobile grant.

If you need a textbook EV crossover with beauty, your search ends right here.

For longer vary at the same value, go to Kia.

Key information: Peugeot e-2008

Value: £32,915

Battery: 50kWh

Energy: 136bhp, 221Nm

0-60mph: 8.5 secs

Prime pace: 93mph

Vary: 206 miles

CO2: 0g/km

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