DID you know there is a website dedicated to Hollywood’s greatest young ugly ducklings who turned into A-list beauties?
These includes teenage kids like George Clooney, Megan Fox, Zac Efron and Charlize Theron who weren’t the prettiest in their school photos. But they ended up being the most lusted after of their generation.
Well just like Clooney, Fox, Efron and Theron, the Suzuki Ignis has come through difficult early days to be a very hot little number.
In fact, this new Ignis is the cutest and prettiest SUV in the world.
Strangely enough, the first generation Ignis was something of a trendsetter but didn’t know it.
It was a supermini SUV lovechild before the Nissan Qashqai came along and changed the school run car park forever.
However, the old Ignis had trouble bumping up a kerb let alone tackling rough terrain.
Likewise it was an ugly boxy thing. But not anymore….
This all-new car, however, is an altogether different – and more appealing – prospect. Suzuki are calling it a compact SUV.
It’s still tiny, but the exterior styling looks rugged, and muscular.
It’s less than four inches longer than Suzuki’s city car the Celerio and it’s five and a half inches shorter than the Swift supermini, but the Ignis looks like it could beat the living daylights out of both of them.
In fact it’s a bit like a Yorkshire Terrier. All cute and playful but soon snarls with aggression whenever it sees the postman.
Not only that but the interior has come on leaps and bounds as well. In fact, I’d go so far to say that the Ignis has the nicest interior of the current Suzuki line-up.
The emphasis on clean lines and simple layout will give it longevity in the fashion stakes and helps create an airy feel to the cabin.
An absence of flash, but well-chosen stock materials across the range means a premium feel that was missing from Suzukis of old – particularly in this segment.
Space for driver and passengers is surprisingly good, partly because of the minimal space taken up by the engine and partly because of the relatively small 260-litre boot.
Middle seats on the back bench are usually pretty pointless in smaller cars and the Ignis forgoes one altogether in favour of a four-seat configuration akin to a city car.
Across the range, the Ignis is powered by a four-cylinder, 89bhp, 1.2-litre engine.
The test car I drove was an SZ5 two-wheel-drive and is the sweetest model to drive and interestingly has a mild hybrid set-up.
Unlike some hybrids, the Ignis system doesn’t allow the car to run on battery only. It does however assist the car on start up and acceleration, recharge via regenerative braking and allow the the 2WD Ignis to achieve around 56mpg.
It’s not a sparkling performance that will have Lewis Hamilton bursting into the nearest Suzuki showroom in Monaco and demanding his own Ignis.
However it does what it says on the tin. It delivers 62mph in over 13 seconds and goes up to 106mph but crucially is a really fun drive.
It might be small and cute but it’s big on kit.
As standard the SZ5 model comes with safety equipment such as ABS with EBD and brake assist, hill hold control and hill descent control, six airbags, dual camera brake support and luxuries such as engine auto stop/start system, rear parking camera, cruise control with speed limiter, smartphone connectivity and DAB radio.
Ignis prices start at £10,249 which is also not bad at all.
It’s prettier than ever before. And won’t cost you a pretty penny either.
It’s definitely the cutest SUV in the world.