Suzuki has yet to come back to the United States, which is a shame knowing how its new JimnyBut the brand introduced its very well-received new retro design language more than three years ago, with a 4WD concept car called the Suzuki iM-4. This became the third-generation Ignis. I recently took a European-spec model for a spin.
Details like this make or break a retro design, and Suzuki has nailed it, despite the grooves on the massive C-Pillars being totally fake. On the original Suzuki Cervo SC100 “Whizzkid,” the back end needed heavy ventilation, since the coupé was a rear-engined, rear-wheel drive affair.
While nobody outside the UK really remember Suzuki’s kei car from the ’70s, everybody seems to be on board with the grooves on the Ignis, inspired by the Giorgetto Giugiaro-designed original. Me included.
This hatchback would deserve a keener engine
When you have an okay five-speed manual and the world’s most forgiving clutch at your service, you expect the engine to support a bit of economy car hoonage as well. Subcompacts deserve some action too.
The cabin needs its colors
In this neck of the woods, the Ignis’ door handles, the frame around the gearbox and the trim on the air vents can be had in either orange or silver. With the rest of the plastics being two-tone black and white with a touch of fake carbon vinyl here and there, you really need that splash of orange in there.
Indeed, Suzuki must be saving money on the rear parcel shelf
Volvo planning to use 25% recycled plastics in their cars from 2025? Good idea! But Suzuki is already ahead, because there’s no way the rear shelf of an Ignis isn’t made of some kind of waste material. What’s more, it’s applied thinner than truffle butter during a strike-triggered French economic crisis.
There’s something charming about his cut
You know how certain (premium) car manufacturers use fake chrome exhaust tips to make their cars looks sportier? Suzuki does not believe in those ways. They cut their unadorned small diameter steel pipes with the confidence of a samurai, and we should all appreciate this authenticity and style.