We like small SUVs because they are compactyet still practical.
The Mazda CX-3 is currently the most popularchoice with buyers, yet smaller still, easier on the wallet and arguably more funky, theSuzuki Ignis is the latest SUV to join the party.
Does it have what it takes to challenge themight of the CX-3? Telling a pretty compelling value for moneystory, this GLX variant is the top of the range Ignis model and currently availablefor a very sharp driveway price.
We are pitting it against the Mazda CX-3 MidRange Max, which represents around half of all CX-3 sales.
That’s a fair difference in cost at thisprice sensitive end of the market, so what are you getting for your dollars? Well it’s under the bonnet where the biggestcontrast lies.
The CX-3 is powered by a two litre petrolengine with idle stop, which is paired with a six speed automatic transmission.
The diminutive Suzuki Ignis on the other handhas an equally diminutive engine.
It’s little four cylinder 1.
2 litre petrolengine is matched to a continuously variable transmission.
While this is not a challenge of power andtorque, on paper there is a significant mismatch here.
Cast aside your assumptions about how theIgnis is going to perform however, it may be the underdog in this comparison, but thereis plenty of go in its engine, and it’s very frugal too.
We think the Suzuki Ignis is going to havereally broad appeal.
Obviously at the price point it’s goingto appeal to P-Platers, new drivers, maybe somebody that is commuting down to university.
We also think it’s going to appeal to familiesthat are looking for a second or third car or perhaps a station runner.
You won’t find much to beat it in the manoeuvrabilitystakes either, it’s got a tiny turning circle, which means it’s perfect for around towndriving.
Behind the wheel of the CX-3 and it does feelmore substantial, it’s more composed on the road, and you can definitely feel thatextra weight.
The extra power for the Mazda comes in handyif you head into the open road.
The Mazda also offers greater flexibilityfor carrying passengers too, as it’s a five seater compared to the Suzuki’s four seats.
It’s also got a more conventional car likefeel, so you get the practicality of the SUV body style, without compromising on feel behindthe wheel.
Both cars are well equipped with plenty ofincluded technology, including reversing cameras, satellite navigation and touch screen displays.
The Suzuki comes standard with Apple Car Playand Android Auto, while the Mazda features the MZD Connect system.
Each vehicle is equipped with six air bags,but it’s the CX-3 that wins the safety game, with blind spot monitoring, rear cross trafficalert, and low speed autonomous emergency braking available as part of an optional upgrade.
The Ignis delights with its packaging, whileit’s over 50 centimetres shorter than the CX-3, it will offers the same boot space byvolume, fold the seats forward, and it’s the Mazda that has more space.
But we’re impressed that both will carrylarge loads with ease.
The Mazda CX-3 is the most popular small SUVfor good reason, but as sharp price city cars go, we think the newest kid on the block isthe winner on this occasion.
It drives well, offers exceptional fuel economyfor city drivers, and the inclusion of satellite navigation, Apple Car Play and Android Auto,at this price point, makes this car a bargain.