Maruti Suzuki Ignis Overview
One of the eagerly awaited models, Maruti Suzuki Ignis, the is a sub-four-meter crossover makes its way into the subcompact crossover segment. Maruti Suzuki India tags it as the premium urban compact car and it varies slightly compared to the international model. While it was earlier thought that the Ignis was a niche product, in a niche segment, Maruti Suzuki has thwarted all those ideas and made it the most affordable car to be retailed out of the Nexa dealerships. The Ignis is built on the same platform that underpins Baleno and gets an aggressive grille up front, projector headlamps, LED DRLs and a bold shoulder line. The cabin is draped in a dual tone theme, packed with prominent features. On the safety front, it gets significant provisions like airbags, ABS as part of standard equipment. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Style
Maruti Ignis exteriors flaunts a tall boy stance and boxy design, somewhat similar to the Wagon R. The front fascia has a single frame chrome grille with LED projector headlamps, daytime running lights (DRLs) and fog lamps with chrome inserts. Being built on a new generation rigid platform embodying Suzuki Total Effective Control Technology (TECT), it boasts of cladding at wheel arches, while riding on trapezoidal 5-spoke all-black alloy wheels. It is also available with dual-tone exterior, identical to the Vitara Brezza.
Maruti has come up with unique personalization opportunities, with concepts like roof wraps, colour options in ORVMs, spoilers, fog lamp garnish, interior styling and more. Other personalization accessories include roof spoilers, wheel cladding, door-visor and cladding, and front, rear and side skid plate. Maruti Ignis colours include Pearl Arctic White, Uptown Red, Silky Silver, Tinsel Blue, Glistening Grey and Urban Blue. The dual-tone combinations available with Zeta and Alpha variants are Uptown Red with Midnight Black, Tinsel Blue with Midnight Black and Tinsel Blue with Pearl Arctic White.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Space
inside the car was how good all-round visibility was. This is thanks to the high A-pillar, the large windows (it doesn’t look so large from the outside) and the well designed rear window. The next thing I noticed was that Maruti Suzuki has finally used a new steering wheel! This one looks a lot sportier and far cooler than the plain overused wheel seen in almost every car in Maruti’s current lineup. The rest of the interior is just as funky and as cleverly designed as the exterior with dual-tone finish on the dashboard, a floating AC console with toggle-like switches, carbon-fibre finishes around the AC vents and the tablet-like touchscreen system. Then there’s the body-coloured panels inside like on the door handles, and the portion surrounding the gearbox. In some colours this looks nice, but in others, like the bright red one, it’s a bit too tacky for me. Plastic quality looks and feels quite decent, like in the Baleno, but isn’t the best in the market. The Zeta variant, which is the one below the top-spec Alpha, doesn’t get automatic climate control or a touchscreen infotainment system. While the design of the two-DIN audio system and the manual AC controls don’t look as appealing, it still is quite neat.
What’s most impressive is the amount of space inside the car… for four people, that is. The seats — especially up front — are very comfortable with good bolstering, while there’s a good amount of knee room and head room at the back. Despite having a similar wheelbase to the current Swift, knee room appears to be better. However, rear shoulder room is quite poor and can seat just two adults comfortably. Another issue was that the rear door opening wasn’t high enough, making ingress and egress a bit inconvenient. The boot on the other hand which has a capacity of 260l, isn’t as spacious as the Baleno’s 339l, but is better than the the Swift’s 204l.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Performance
The Ignis is powered by a 1.2 litre petrol and 1.3 litre diesel engine, both of which are closely related to the Baleno. The diesel makes 75PS of power and 190Nm of torque. The diesel starts to offer good drivability from 1500 rpm and that makes it easy to keep pace with traffic around you. However, the engine gets a spring in its step from 2000rpm and pulls to the 5200rpm limiter. While the engine gets noisy at higher rpms, there is reasonable progress as well. The revelation, though, is the diesel-equipped AGS (AMT). For the most part, the crudeness associated with AMTs has been wiped out. Changes to software and calibration has resulted in a slick and positive AMT experience.
Often, it is only when you look at the information display that you can make out that the gear shift has been made. Gear changes, up and down, are smooth. There is virtually no head-nod or shift shock here. However, if you put your foot down hard when looking for an urgent response the suddenness becomes apparent. On the upside, the shifts are quick and the gearbox is eager to shift down, and jumps down two gears when required too. There is a manual mode, but you will only want to use that when you want to drive at a relaxed pace because the gearbox’s logic keep you in the meat of the power and you are rarely left wanting for response. What you need to get used to is that, at times, the Ignis continues to surge forward even after you have lifted off the throttle as the spooled-up turbo continues to feed the engine. But, this is something you quickly get used to.
The petrol engine develops 83PS of power and 113Nm of torque. As the Ignis is some 50kgs lighter than the Baleno, it feels more responsive lower in the rev range. There is great drivability from the engine even at low and mid-rpms. It is easy to leave the engine hovering between the 1000-2000rpm mark while going about your business in the city. The AMT equipped is just as capable on the petrol as it is on the diesel. The gearbox logic makes great use of the torque available at low and midrange rpm. But, its happy to jump down gears to get the revs up and speed things up. But, the real test of the gearbox was in Chennai’s murderous traffic. Through 45 mins of errant pedestrians, magically appearing motorcycles, race-taxis, and bovine traffic the transmission worked fluently enough that I could focus on just steering my way through the challenges without having to second guess what the gearbox was upto.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Driving
The Ignis’ suspension setup is a bit on the firmer side. Small potholes and undulations are absorbed well, but the sharper ones will result in a few thuds. If you don’t slow down over the larger ruts, the slightly taut damping can get a bit uncomfortable like in the Baleno. But as a result of this, handling is not bad at all.
The car feels very nimble and it changes direction pretty quickly. This along with its compact dimensions, makes it a real riot to drive inside the city. We didn’t get to thoroughly test how well it handles corners at higher speeds thanks to the almost straight route we followed on the East Coast Road in Chennai. But from what we could tell, there is some amount of well-controlled body roll during quick direction changes at high speeds. We’ll have to wait till the road test to find out just how good it is around the twisties. High speed stability however, is very impressive especially considering the skinny tyres it’s running, while the brakes, which are progressive in nature, offer good performance and feedback.
Where it does fall short though, is with the steering. The electric steering in the Ignis is quite lifeless, and is probably the weakest link when it comes to being connected to the driver. It takes a while before you get used to the vague feel of the steering. It doesn’t weigh up very well at high speeds either, making sudden direction changes a bit unnerving. That said, its light weight makes it very convenient to use in the city, which is where this car will mostly be driven.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Safety
It is one aspect where Maruti has truly excelled. Maruti Ignis specifications include dual front airbags, seatbelts with pre-tensioner and force limiter (PTFL), and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) as standard fitments. In addition, ISOFIX Anchorage – a child seat restraint system – is also offered as a standard feature with the entire Ignis variant lineup.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Cost in Hyderabad
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 4,61,744/- (Ignis 1.2 Sigma MT) to 7,60,077/- (Ignis 1.3 Alpha MT). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Ignis from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Ignis price in Hyderabad at Carzprice
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Conclusion
It’s one of the few cars in the affordable segment that has character. It’s a fun little car in every way, and there hasn’t been a car so far in the sub-10 lakh price range that’s put a mischievous smile on my face the way this one did. In fact, it’s one of the few cars in this price bracket that I really, really want to own. Then of course, the price comes in, and I’m forced to sink back in my seat.
The top-spec petrol variant with a manual transmission, which is the one I’d buy, costs Rs 6.69 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. It’s quite steep especially when you consider that the top-spec Baleno petrol costs just Rs 50,000 more and offers the same amount of kit and also more room. It’s a similar story with the top-end diesel variant as well, which costs Rs 7.80 lakh.