Is there anything interesting about its design?
This is not just a cut-price, cookie-cutter small hatch; someone who actually cares about cars has been put in charge of the Ignis project. Funky shapes, interesting colours, and textures combined with simple and functional instrumentation provide a look and a feel that's a visual cut above anything else in the price range.
The exterior design is equally interesting. It's not classically beautiful in any way, shape, or form, but the riot of straight lines, creases and bold colours again makes the Ignis stand way apart from the rest of the small SUV pack.
Every surface has been treated with love and care, too. The front end with its cool LED driving lights integrated into the headlights, the way the rear bumper is incorporated into the rear end, and even the little design dimples on the C-pillar - it all comes together in a package that's appealing to the eye... but you don't quite know why.
The Ignis can also be coloured up to your heart's content, thanks to a wide array of trim options for inside and outside the car, which can be used to contrast the six external colours that include 'Fervent Red' with a black roof ($1000 extra), 'Flame Orange', 'Mineral Grey', 'Neon Blue' ($500 extra), and white.
The use of bold, alternative exterior colours extends to the inside.
It's also possible to spec a contrasting grille and headlight surround combo, different fog light surrounds, mirror caps and even wheel decals that are kept as dealer spares, so swaps can be made more easily.
On the inside, the centre console, air con outlet surrounds and front door handles can be coloured blue, red or grey for $630.
The use of bold, alternative exterior colours extends to the inside, with body coloured centre console and door handles, along with an off-white treatment for the large plastic door cards and dash trim.
The tablet-like multimedia system juts out from the dash and is easy to use while the instrument binnacle itself is simplicity in action with a large central speedo, a small black and white screen to the right, and a simple tachometer on the left.