MOTORING NEWS - Accolades for the diminutive Suzuki Ignis are coming thick and fast, with the latest being the coveted Drive360 Award handed to Suzuki in Johannesburg on 1 December.
The Ignis won the Compact Car Category in the Independent Group's Drive360 Awards and was later called up to also receive the overall Drive360 Award for 2017.
These awards represent the feedback from a judging panel comprising journalists from The Star, Pretoria News, The Mercury, Daily News, Cape Times and motoring.co.za.
The judges praised the Ignis's design, its affordable price tag and the high specification level across all models.
The Ignis offers dual airbags and ABS brakes across the range, while the range-topping model has full climate control as well as keyless access and start.
Says Denis Droppa, editor of Drive360 and a judge in this year's competition, "The Ignis is a small car that punches above its weight in a very competitive market segment.
"The competition was fierce this year from among the dozens of new cars, bakkies and SUVs launched in 2017, but our judges were unanimous in selecting the Ignis as their overall winner.
"With its sassy styling and appealingly modern cabin, along with surprisingly perky urban performance, this little urban adventurer goes above and beyond what is expected at the price."
The judges also lauded the Suzuki Ignis's two year or 30 000km service plan and extended warranty, which is valid for five years or 200 000km on all models purchased between June and December 2017.
This is included in the vehicle price of between R169 900 and R204 900.
Prior to winning this special award, the Ignis received the prize as runner-up in the World Car of the Year's Urban Car category and was selected as the Compact Car of the Year in the Scottish Car of the Year competition.
The Ignis is also a finalist in next year's South African Car of the Year competition and several other local consumer and automotive awards.
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