Suzuki is well known as the ‘Small Car Experts’ and their recently launched Ignis has made it as a finalist in the new Urban Car category of the 2017 World Car of the Year, writes Trish Whelan.
To qualify for the initial judging process, cars had to be less than four metres long, suitable in design for everyday use in an urban environment and also on sale in two Continents by the deadline of Spring 2017. At 3.70 metres in length, the Ignis Mini Crossover qualified for judging and is now shortlisted with just four other new cars.
The World Car of the Year judging panel comprises of 73 Automotive Industry journalists with eight of these representing the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Ignis is powered by a 90hp 1.2 Dualjet petrol engine and buyers can choose the optional ALLGRIP four wheel drive. It also offers optional SHVS (that is Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) technology that lowers C02 emissions to 97g/km.
The Ignis SZ5 models offers the latest in safety technology with stereo cameras monitoring the distance between the vehicle and other objects, as well as the shape of those objects. This new technology is the basis for three advanced safety functions: Dual Camera Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning, and Weaving Alert.
On sale in Suzuki dealerships priced from €12,995-€17,995.