Ignis moments prove a go-anywhere theory
Possessing styling shades of Suzuki’s amazing SC100 ‘Wiz Kid’ rear-engined micro-coupe (look it up!), the Ignis is a veritable barnstormer, as capable on-road, as it is phenomenal off it. While all-wheel-drive is an option for Ignis owners, as the front driven versions cost £1,000 less, a value-for-money price tag ensures that it could be the order placement tick-box that warrants checking.
The benefits of all-wheel-drive are myriad and not just the preserve of adventurers and discoverers. As it is a click-switch, on-demand facility, the AllGrip ‘Auto’ system, which incorporates Hill Descent and Grip Control but factors-in a mere 50kgs additional weight over the 2WD model, provides genuine go-anywhere potential. However, its safety and stability benefits are also substantial.
Leaves on the lines, dodgily-deep potholes and frost on the road are conditions that will never stop the progress of an Ignis, regardless of a driver’s confidence levels. In fact, Ignis laughs in the face of adversity and heralds a cheery and cheeky stance, with an engaging dual-tone interior that is as tough and uncompromising as its compact exterior dimensions.
Powered by a choice of either standard, 90bhp DualJet, or Suzuki’s mild hybrid 1.2-litre petrol engine, it makes fantastic use of a lightweight (up to 920kgs) but sturdy construction to zip its occupants along at regular traffic speeds, while sipping fuel at up to 60.1mpg and emitting CO2 from its exhaust pipe at up to 106g/km for truly tax-efficient operation. However, you can also specify an automated-manual gearbox for easy two-pedal motoring.
Although I should not admit to it, the Ignis can be hustled along the motorway (preferably in Germany!) at an indicated 115mph, thanks to surprisingly good aerodynamics, and never feels less than totally stable. Pedal it enthusiastically along your favourite back-doubles and the Ignis is like the present that never stops giving. Yet, its greatest gift is that cheeky face and bobcat ‘bum’! In addition, it lacks nothing on the driver aids and safety fronts, featuring a full suite of semi-autonomous driving features (in SZ5 AllGrip trim), sat-nav and connectivity options.
There is much to love and admire about the Suzuki Ignis and, in terms of cuteness per Pound, or per inch, it takes some beating. I love it!
Luscombe’s summary: The Ignis is a popular choice of Luscombe customers, with at least half of them opting for the top-spec version, with its AllGrip 4x4 transmission.
Next week: Kizashi…when Suzuki ‘went large’!
Suzuki’s UK training stance
To some car manufacturers, people are consumables necessary for their effective operation, writes Iain Robertson; to Suzuki GB, its people are its strength and training them is an essential empathetic service that pays consumer dividends.
When you meet a most pleasant individual, you might often refer to them as being a ‘people person’. This class of human being usually engenders willing support, because they understand your needs and desires and there is seldom a self-serving display of ‘do-it-for-me and I’ll-return-the-compliment’ to make the relationship questionable.
Suzuki is a mobility expert. Whether on two, or four wheels, or on water and in a working environment, Suzuki exhibits a people-orientated attitude. Every aspect of its business profile, while possessing understandable elements of commercial responsibility, is geared towards serving and satisfying its customers’ demands and requirements. It is unusual, because other firms in the mobility business are significantly more sanguine in their approach.
It is a stance that rubs off onto its dealer network, where you will hear eminently satisfied and happy staff referring to their contacts as ‘friends’, not consumers. Everything that Suzuki GB carries out, with its dealer networks in bikes, cars, ATVs and the boat arena, is supported by an extensive training remit. Not quite seven years ago, Suzuki’s investment in the field was broadened with the opening of its National Apprentice Training Centre, at Armthorpe, near Doncaster.
A team of specialists manages and delivers a comprehensive suite of training programmes for staff from entry level to already skilled. Suzuki GB knows the value of first-rate education for its people, because it strengthens the brand’s performance, while remaining true to the company’s vision for the future and delivering the ultimate service to all of its friends.
The latest crop of graduates celebrated their successes, last November, on the 36-months Advanced Apprenticeship programme, at a special ceremony held at Rockingham Motor Speedway, Northamptonshire. Entering its 16th year, it is one of the most positive training and mentoring opportunities in the entire UK motor industry.
Luscombe’s summary: It is not a throwaway line to suggest that people are our business. Our staff are assets. Our customers are assets. We serve both with equal importance.
Next week: Suzuki’s Dual-Camera safety device
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