Late last year I had the opportunity to preview the smallest offering from Suzuki Centurion: the Ignis, so named as a derivative of the Latin word for “Fire”. Now having more of a foundation of understanding regarding this little Fireball vehicle, I was enthusiastic about fleshing out my opinion on the vehicle by means of a visit to this amazing dealership – which, incidentally, is currently ranked as having the largest showroom floor in the country.

In chatting to Dealer Principle Chris Jackson, I am reminded why this dealership was awarded the coveted Dealership to Watch title in 2016/2017 and was tipped as a Platinum Dealership for the duration of 2017: everything at Suzuki Centurion is dynamic – from the staff, to the lay-out, the vehicles and products, and their incredible Sales team, including the knowledgeable Sales Executive Jonathan Sherrif, who presented the Ignis to me.

Having been so impressed with the Ignis that he bought one for his wife, Jonathan firmly believes that this vehicle is not only a smart investment, but a value-for-money, top quality vehicle that exceeds expectations. With its uniquely styled looks, the Ignis is unlike anything else on the road at present. It has a cheeky, aggressive front, with assertively styled headlamps that seem to convey a “poised to pounce” stare. A clamshell hood with lovely chrome finishes play off the stocky wheel set and the bold, almost boxy, lines of the side and rear. One thing I know for sure is that this look is fresh and contemporary, and now seeing dozens of these vehicles on the road daily, I can most assuredly say, I am a fan.

In my preview last year, I mentioned the moment of delight I experienced when viewing the cabin of the Ignis for the first time. I noted that the cabin itself is completely innovative and deviates from the normal all-black, technologically-crowded system of buttons and levers. The Ignis boasts a floating dashboard style with dual tones, and an infotainment system that is somewhat elevated, showing off its modern design with a twist of style, resonating with my creative (and admittedly sassy) side. It honestly looks amazing, and has a splash of colour on the door handles which is completely original, and down-right delightful. The dynamic colour scheme in the cabin is designed to complement body-colour accents, and I feel – for once – that I am in a car that is touching on something new and unique. Johnathan notes that the Ignis offers a top-quality sound system that has USB, Bluetooth and MP3 capabilities, electric windows all round, power steering and climate control on the GLX AMT top of the range variant which I am test-driving.

Suzuki markets this little vehicle as a compact SUV Crossover, which at first seems odd to me. Then I note the little SUV-reminiscent touches, such as push-start technology, reverse parking sensors, electronic adjustable rear-view mirror and other advanced technologies you would expect to find only in big-daddy SUV’s. Surprisingly, there is also more than enough space in the front, ample leg room in the back, and it boasts a very sizeable boot (the best in its class, Jonathan tells me).

In terms of engine capacity and ability to perform, the Ignis is hooked up to a strong 1.2 litre engine which (according to the Suzuki Centurion team) is superbly economical as it makes use of lower engine friction, better combustion and results in – round of applause – lower emissions too. The TECT body structure of the Suzuki speaks of classic Suzuki responsibility to safety, and is designed to absorb and disperse energy from an impact safely, protecting the passengers. The Ignis has dual airbags, and ABS with EBD comes standard. ISOFIX child seat restraints are included for the family-oriented buyers, and a host of great pedestrian-friendly features are also noted which is yet another noteworthy new feature to mention.

Each Suzuki that is sold at Suzuki Centurion is supported by an award-winning team of service specialists (winning Workshop of the Year last year) to ensure your drive in this dynamic vehicle remains smooth and satisfying. Having experienced growth of over 63% in the last three years, Suzuki is on an upward curve. The Ignis is but one of the fantastic deals available at the Centurion Dealership, which is currently a favourite contender for Dealer of the Year.

For more info on their host of products, as well as the amazing Ignis (which has a superb price tag, by the way, starting at only R204 900); contact details can be found at: Suzuki Centurion


By Desh Bechan