If nothing else, the Ignis is affordable. Out of two specification levels, the GLX as tested here is the top variant, is automatic only, and wears a before on-road costs price tag of $19,990 (at the time of writing, you could get one drive-away for $20,990).
The Ignis is sized closely to the Kia Picanto, which in automatic form tops out at the GT-Line ($17,490), or perhaps the larger and more recently launched Hyundai Venue ($22,210 for the most affordable Go auto).
You’ll note only the Fiat 500 and the Picanto are truly close to the Ignis’ dimensions though, with the other two SUVs being a bit larger.
See what I mean about this being a shrinking segment?
Not much has changed for the Ignis Series II either, with a new grille, and some other minor styling updates like the black cladding, perhaps to reinforce the idea of it being an SUV rather than a hatchback.
Standard equipment includes 16-inch gunmetal alloy wheels, a 7.0-inch multimedia touchscreen with built-in navigation, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, full LED front lighting, single-zone climate control, keyless entry, and push-button start.
There’s a pretty good reversing camera, too, but the Ignis is still missing the crucial safety updates which are now available on its popular Swift sibling as well as the aforementioned rivals. These will really hold it back from the forefront of this segment. We’ll explain more in the safety section of this review.
The Series II update also brings some new colour choices, one of which being the ‘Khaki Pearl Metallic’ shade worn by our car. All paints apart from ‘Pure White’ come at a $595 premium.