When we reviewed the Suzuki Ignis back in 2017, we came away feeling it was one of the most fun-packed small cars you can buy.

We also felt its clever yet strangely simple 12v mild-hybrid system – dubbed Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki (SHVS) – was a stroke of genius, mostly due to its light weight of just 6.2 kg.

With a modest lithium-ion battery pack mounted under the passenger seat and an Integrated Starter Generator on the engine’s main belt, the system captures energy during deceleration and braking that would otherwise be lost, and stores it in the battery.

During acceleration, this power is used to assist the engine, but can also restart the engine quickly and near-silently after stationary periods.

The result is a drop in CO2 emissions to just 98 g/km while WLTP Combined cycle economy improves to 54.1 mpg (105 g/km and 48.6 mpg for the AllGrip models).

Previously, the system was only offered on top-spec models, but now every manual Ignis in the range is available with SHVS, from the two-wheel-drive SZ3, SZ-T, and SZ5 to the all-wheel-drive SZ5 AllGrip 4×4.

The updated Suzuki Ignis Hybrid range now starts from just £11,849, including a £500 customer saving available for a limited time.