07-15-2019, 08:09 AM
Join Date: Jun 2019
Ignis vs Swift AllGrips
It was a choice between the Ignis and Swift AllGrip when we bought our Suzuki. We liked the slightly more refined look and feel of the Swift but the airy, bright interior, funky looks and slightly more "off road" bias that won us over. If you want an AllGrip Swift it has to have the 1.2 non turbo mild hybrid unit in it, the same as the Ignis.
I have a Swift FWD Hybrid with the booster jet 1.0 for a couple of days and have had a good blast in it. The interior is definitely more sophisticated with much flashier graphics, a nicer wheel and a few extras, some of which are gimmicks like the power/torque meters! But it's very dark and sombre in there - the Ignis is much brighter and oddly feels more spacious despite the smaller boot.
The Swift is pleasant to drive - I'm not a fan (at all) of FWD but I haven't pushed it hard enough to notice any excessive understeer although the wheels do scrabble off the line from a standstill. It's a nice chassis though and doesn't feel as choppy as the Ignis. More sophisticated rear suspension helps here.
I hadn't realised the non AllGrip SHVS engine was the more powerful 1.0 Boosterjet unit - it really does push it along well once the revs have picked up - at low revs it's more lethargic but once that turbo kicks in, it pulls hard. There's a touch of turbo lag but nothing intrusive. The brakes are also stronger too - our Ignis brakes are being looked at but they need more power and it's a real shame they have such budget rear drums; they just aren't very good in any application.
Visibility isn't as good in the Swift and you can't escape that darkness but it does have better safety kit (active cruise, parking sensors - I think! etc).
The Swift looks good too but it's doesn't have that "different" quirkiness of the Ignis - it just disappears into a crowd of similar hatches.
So overall, the Swift is definitely "better" in some ways. It's a bit more "grown up" with a smarter dash and tech and I do like that more powerful engine.
But the quirky "mini SUV" looks and features (such as scuff guards all round) of the Ignis have still won us over. Plus the AllGrip Swift is heavier and slower. If I could I'd drop the 1.0 turbo unit in and upgrade to disk brakes all round I would but I can't so I won't!
Last edited by Kernowlad; 07-15-2019 at 08:12 AM.