All New Ignis | Part Four

Quiet and refined

Refinement was another key consideration for the Ignis design team and this is particularly evident as a result of the number of sound-deadening features that have been incorporated.

In addition to the more obvious improvements, such as the exceptionally quiet new engine, Suzuki has introduced foam-filled body members, sound-insulating sheets and flush external body surfaces - which reduce wind roar at high speed - and double-sealing weatherstrips. As a result of these innovations unpleasant high-frequency sounds are particularly well suppressed.

A lesson in practicality

In terms of interior practicality, the Ignis is at the top of its league. The luggage area is deep and significantly wider than other cars in this class and thanks to its floor being positioned at the optimum height for most adults, Ignis is particularly easy to load and unload.

A wide tailgate aperture with its high, upwards opening door makes for easy loading and unloading, especially since there is no "lip", and the luggage surface and rear bumper height are identical so that heavy items can be slid in and out with ease.

And when there's a need to carry long or particularly bulky items the 50/50 split rear seats can be folded completely flat - together or separately - in a single action, generating up to 419 litres of stowage space.

Throughout the interior Ignis is also provided with a host of useful storage solutions for everyday items including cup holders for the driver and front passenger, a centre console compartment suitable for mobile phones and pagers, a handy shelf under the dashboard, door pockets and, on the GL, seat back pockets and an additional tray for storage of valuables beneath the passenger seat.

Further enhancing the Ignis's practicality, and standard on both the GA and GL, is a large removable lidded box which is perfect for holding items such as sports equipment. Cleverly located under the floor of the luggage area it has a capacity of 19 litres and can be ordered with legs as an option which enables the lid to be used as a handy picnic table.

continues... | Part Five
Published 6 August 2003 Melanie Carter

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