RE: Shed of the Week: Suzuki Ignis Sport

RE: Shed of the Week: Suzuki Ignis Sport

Friday 5th October 2018

Shed of the Week: Suzuki Ignis Sport

A sprightly Suzuki Shed that isn't a Swift, the Ignis is more than worthy of your pocket money hot hatch attention



Here's a question. If your mainstream (i.e. not exotic) car choices were restricted to a single brand for the rest of your life, which brand would you choose?

This is a difficult one for poor old Shed because Lea Francis went out of business more than fifty years ago. But if you forced him to choose between the car companies that are somehow still managing to stay in business today, in spite of everything that's going on, he might well plump for Suzuki.

Why? Well, there's a no-nonsense honesty about the company that Shed really likes. Their products are in no way flashy, but they are functional and reliable and they have a certain sense of self-deprecating charm and style, the latest Jimny being a good example of that. With the possible exception of the latest Swift Sport, Suzuki prices are generally on the button too. Given Mrs Shed's trencherman appetite for chocolate eclairs, this is a major point in their favour.


Perhaps most importantly of all from Shed's perspective is the fact that Suzuki also makes excellent motorcycles. When you're putting big, fast performance bikes out into a market populated by engineering titans such as Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha, you soon work out which end of a spanner is the right one, and which materials are the best ones to use.

Knowing that a company like Suzuki has high engineering values is a comfort when you are looking at buying something like this week's Shed, an Ignis Sport from the very last year of production.

The cooking Ignis is the sort of car you'd happily give to your offspring as their first motor. The Sport, maybe not so much, but Shed would be more than happy to be given one as his last motor.

How does it compare against PH's most beloved rollerskate, the Fiat Panda 100HP? Damn well, is the answer. The top whack of 115mph is the same for both, but beyond that it's all Suzuki. At 945kg, it's 30kg lighter than the Fiat. In non-domestic (i.e. Shed) spec - the JDM one had 116hp - it's putting out 107hp against the Panda's 99hp. It all boils down to a 0-60 time of 8.9sec, which is 0.3sec less than the Fiat.


For these pleasing performance specs you can thank the VVT-S's 1.5 twin-cam variably-timed engine, as also seen in the Toyota Yaris T Sport, where it's obliged to breathe through a more restrictive zorst. Suzuki's version of VTEC gives you a thrunge step-up at about 4,000rpm. You have just five ratios to play with, but that's enough for loads of fun, and there are vented brake discs to come to your rescue when that combine harvester appears out of nowhere.

As you can see, the Sport has that slightly peculiar body flangery going on. Luckily it's not so noticeable in red as it is in silver. Inside, you have a nice pair of Recaros to hug you through the corners and give your backside some respite from the merciless pounding being dished out by the less than plush suspension. If Shed's glasses prescription is still up to date, that's a leather-trimmed steering wheel. The rest of the interior is pure plastic of the thin and creaky variety.

Fuel consumption is surprisingly decent though and you get a full MOT on this one, the only advisories pointing to a little play in the offside front top strut mounting, a slightly worn front brake disc, and some brown stuff on the tail pipe - but we've all had that at some point in our lives. Nothing to be ashamed of.

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the_hood

Original Poster:

385 posts

131 months

Friday 5th October 2018
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I've never liked the boxy styling. It's a 'Not from me.

Cambs_Stuart

351 posts

21 months

Friday 5th October 2018
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I do like the boxy styling, although the models with front for lamps look even better.
Based on this and last week's alfa it's good to see there are still a few fun cars about for shed money.

Edited by Cambs_Stuart on Friday 5th October 09:46

Butter Face

17,812 posts

97 months

Friday 5th October 2018
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Just bought (and then sold) a slightly off-yellow one of these. They’re a bit of a laugh but quite wobbly and not overly quick. They do look a bit odd too!

I bought it home and my wife said ‘what, the fk, is THAT?’ hehe which is a reaction she’s only ever given to one other car, a Nissan Cube.

dandare

553 posts

191 months

Friday 5th October 2018
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Ugly, but probably a good shed.
A sensible, and mildly fun choice.

hammo19

1,868 posts

133 months

Friday 5th October 2018
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Had one of these. Laugh a minute to drive. Didn’t keep it too long as it wasn’t the car for an hours commute everyday.
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Mercury00

3,424 posts

93 months

Friday 5th October 2018
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I wish people would stop saying the 1.5l engine is also found in the Yaris, it's not. Just because two companies make an engine of the same capacity, doesn't automatically mean they're the same engine!

PoopahScoopah

244 posts

62 months

Friday 5th October 2018
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Cambs_Stuart said:
Based on this and last week's alpha
Last week's what?

Turbobanana

1,211 posts

138 months

Friday 5th October 2018
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I've sold a few of these. They're tremendous fun to drive, in a slightly upright, surprise everybody sort of a way, but they do look like Rubik Cubes on wheels unfortunately. Unsolved ones, natch smile

sjabrown

1,243 posts

97 months

Friday 5th October 2018
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Perhaps slighty strong money but interesting shed. If it was located this end of the country I might be taking a look.

sgtBerbatov

855 posts

18 months

Friday 5th October 2018
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Never considered that question, which marque you'd go for the for the rest of your life. When I read I immediately thought "Toyota".

But then I never consider what Suzuki do outside of cars, and the talk about their bikes going against Yamaha et al does make you seriously consider Suzuki in terms of engineering merit.

But then, Suzuki plumped for a Toyota powerplant for their Ignis, so with that said, Suzuki think the same way as I do. They'd go for a Toyota too.

Butter Face

17,812 posts

97 months

Friday 5th October 2018
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Mercury00 said:
I wish people would stop saying the 1.5l engine is also found in the Yaris, it's not. Just because two companies make an engine of the same capacity, doesn't automatically mean they're the same engine!
Correct, give that man a cookie!

Yaris uses the 1NZ-FE engine and the Ignis uses the M15A. Yaris got a smidge more torque and power.


Jayho

1,782 posts

107 months

Friday 5th October 2018
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Had a blue one of these and loved it!! Probably the car I miss most. On the back roads I was rarely left wanting more and when understeering a little, a little lift off managed to straighten everything back.

Bought mine for about £1200 about 9 years ago and drove it for 3 years before breaking the gear box and getting rid. If I remember correctly, a lot of the parts had to be sourced from Japan which meant that it took a while for stuff to be delivered and prices were pretty high compared to other warm hatches. Servicing also cost a bit due to the spark plugs required.

MJ85

1,530 posts

111 months

Friday 5th October 2018
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Jayho said:
Had a blue one of these and loved it!! Probably the car I miss most. On the back roads I was rarely left wanting more and when understeering a little, a little lift off managed to straighten everything back.

Bought mine for about £1200 about 9 years ago and drove it for 3 years before breaking the gear box and getting rid. If I remember correctly, a lot of the parts had to be sourced from Japan which meant that it took a while for stuff to be delivered and prices were pretty high compared to other warm hatches. Servicing also cost a bit due to the spark plugs required.

Toyoda

1,017 posts

37 months

Friday 5th October 2018
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Butter Face said:
Mercury00 said:
I wish people would stop saying the 1.5l engine is also found in the Yaris, it's not. Just because two companies make an engine of the same capacity, doesn't automatically mean they're the same engine!
Correct, give that man a cookie!

Yaris uses the 1NZ-FE engine and the Ignis uses the M15A. Yaris got a smidge more torque and power.
Have another +1. Who writes this nonsense?!

It's strong money for the Suzuki. These were banged out at £7,995 new at the end of the production run. The £1500 asking price should secure a much more accomplished Yaris T-Sport. Nothing wrong with the Ignis, but it's far more agricultural.

Edited by Toyoda on Friday 5th October 08:56

Turbobanana

1,211 posts

138 months

Friday 5th October 2018
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sjabrown said:
Perhaps slightly strong money but interesting shed.
Indeed - don't forget these have genuine JWRC heritage, too.

PSB1967

35 posts

93 months

Friday 5th October 2018
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Austerity has bitten hard this week.......

cybersimon

191 posts

106 months

Friday 5th October 2018
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It is worth the money just for those seats.

rb_89

56 posts

7 months

Friday 5th October 2018
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What a bargain! Always fancied driving one of these as a thrash about.

g7jhp

5,850 posts

175 months

Friday 5th October 2018
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Well the Recaro seats with tennis racket headrests look good!

Cambs_Stuart

351 posts

21 months

Friday 5th October 2018
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PoopahScoopah said:
Last week's what?
Stupid auto correct. Post edited.