Maruti Suzuki Ignis Performance & First Drive

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Overview

Suzuki unveiled the Ignis Crossover at the Tokyo Motor show and since then we knew that Maruti definitely will bring it to the Indian market. And after almost a year we were assured by the Maruti officials that they certainly will be introducing the new Ignis in India.

Now coming to the iconic Japanese auto maker Suzuki, they have been known for their small cars across the globe while their recent plans also are to launch almost 20 global car models. Maruti have already launched the Baleno hatchback which is the production variant of the IK-2 Concept and this is actually a global product which mens better build quality, improved interiors and impressive safety features feature for the passengers inside. Let’s not get into all those details and focus completely on the car which was launched today on 13th January 2017 at a gala event where Swedish DJ, Axwell performed live. To all our surprise Maruti has priced the Ignis compact Crossover quite aggressively which is actually a good thing. Maruti Ignis in Tryaldrive

The Ignis Crossover has derived from the IM-4 concept; the car was already previewed at the 2016 Auto expo and was unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor show. The Ignis Crossover is positioned below the Vitara Brezza hatchback and will compete with some other B-Segment hatchback & Crossovers like the Mahindra KUV100, Hyundai Grand i10, Ford Figo etc.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Design & Style

Compared to the concept the production variant Ignis has a striking front profile with a large grille with some chrome elements on it. The encapsulated headlamps actually will remind you of the old retro Japanese cars. Suzuki says that the headlamp design has been inherited from the first-generation Cervo, which was their fist mini sports car. The lower front profile of the Ignis however looks quite modern because of the sportier yet bold appearing front bumper; this sporty bumper also gets integrated round shaped fog lamps which definitely blend well with the capsule like silhouette of the Crossover. The front bonnet gets clamshell shaped bonnet and fender garnish which actually are some of now elements considered by Suzuki for their SUV designs. This kind of design was first implemented on the first generation Vitara SUV.

The side profile gets big wheels which are pushed to the extreme corners to gain maximum interior space inside. The Blacked out B-Pillar and the thick C- Pillar once again reminds you of the old Japanese cars. The C-Pillar styling has been inherited from Fronte Coupe which was actually Suzuki’s first mini sports car sold in Japan.The rear profile too carries over the retro design elements and gives this car a very unique styling which will makes the Ignis one unique looking Crossover with old yet modern styling never seen before in a Suzuki car recently.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Cabin & Comfort

The distinct nature of the Ignis continues on the inside as well. The interiors look fresh and are not inspired with its current siblings in the lineup. The dual-tone dashboard with flat design looks very European and minimalistic. The 3-spoke steering wheel is all-new with integrated audio and Bluetooth controls, it feels good to hold. Behind the steering is a new instrument cluster which is easy to read and looks modern with neat dials and a sizeable multi-information TFT screen displaying outside temperature, time, average and instantaneous fuel efficiency, drive range, doors open/close status, trip metres, ODO metre, etc.

The infotainment system consists of a jutting out tab-like touchscreen unit that adds to the aesthetics of the interior. The user interface is the same as the other Maruti cars and it comes with a range of connectivity options including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There is an integrated Navigation system and the screen also doubles up as a display for the rear parking camera. Audio quality is very good and connecting via Bluetooth is an easy task. However, the tab-like screen only comes with the range topping Alpha variant. You won’t get this display with the AMT’s top variant (Zeta) that comes with a regular audio system with Bluetooth connectivity and a small screen. You also don’t get auto climate control in the Zeta variant.

Another distinct touch in the centre console are the cockpit style toggle switches for the AC settings, very sleek. The switches feel tactile and the overall build quality, fit and finish is good. There are a lot of storage spaces in the cabin. All doors get bottle holders including rear that have half litre bottle storage. The driving position is good, outward visibility is great and confidence inspiring while the ergonomics are spot on.

The cabin feels roomier than the Swift since it has a flat dashboard that scoops out some space up front. The rear passengers get adequate legroom while head room is excellent even for the tall passengers since it has a tallboy design. The under-thigh support is lacking though for tall passengers and three adults at the rear is a tight fit. The boot space at 260-litres is much more spacious than the Maruti Swift. Some of the other features include keyless entry with push button start, reverse parking sensors with camera, power folding ORVMs, projector headlights with LED DRLs, etc. Check for Maruti Suzuki Ignis in

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Engine & Gearbox

Powering the Maruti Ignis are the tried and tested 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre DDIS diesel engines. The petrol engine is quite fun to drive and loves to be revved. The 81 HP motor offers strong mid and high-end performance making it a peppy car to drive. The diesel engine has relatively less turbo lag compared to the Swift. It is very practical in city traffic conditions and once you hit the mid-range, the strong pulling performance is very much evident. The torquey oil burner with a light clutch makes it a tractable engine. The diesel engine feels very refined as NVH levels are excellent.

Maruti is offering 5-speed AMT with both the petrol and diesel engine options. We drove the diesel AMT. Yes there is that typical AMT lag between shifts but it’s not bad at all at this price for automatic transmission convenience. If you switch to the manual mode, you can extract better performance from the engine if the shifts are timed well. Maruti claims 20.89 km/l for the petrol and 26.80 km/l for the diesel engine, you can expect around 16 km/l and 20 km/l respectively in real world conditions.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Ride & Handling

Let’s talk about the ride and handling now. With the sporty looks of the Ignis, we expected it to drive the same way. However, this car weighs just 825kg. So, along with the bigger wheels and stiffer suspension setup, it translated into a low speed ride that’s quite choppy. Even on smooth roads there’s a fair bit of up and down movement. It only gets slightly better as speeds increase but the car never feels settled. Maruti could have made the ride more pliant to aid the character of the Ignis. Also, one will hear the suspension working at road imperfections that you won’t even feel within the cabin.

Furthermore, the steering felt vague around the dead centre with a few turns from lock to lock. An indication of the arm work needed when a U-turn is required in tight situations. However, the tight 9.4m turning circle provides some relief. We mostly had straight roads on our drive and weren’t able to judge the handling, but there’s decent grip from the tyres which also aids braking characteristics. The high ground clearance is a boon when you have to dodge rocks on those unplanned sections of non-tarmac road.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Safety & Security

The Indian spec Maruti Ignis has been equipped with plenty of safety features the Ignis gets ABS and EBD, dual front airbags, pedestrian protection, Seat Belt Pre-tensioners with Force Limiters, Full Frontal, Frontal Offset, Side Impact Safe and ISOFIX child seat anchorage as standard. While additional optional safety features includes security alarm system, rear parking sensor, rear defogger and childproof rear doors and many more.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Price in Bangalore

Maruti Suzuki Ignis On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 5,45,202 to 9,03,088 for variants Ignis 1.2 Sigma MT and Ignis 1.3 Alpha MT respectively. Maruti Suzuki Ignis is available in 11 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Ignis variants price in Bangalore. Check for Ignis price in Bangalore at Carzprice

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Verdict

Maruti’s latest entrant has what it takes to be another winner in the making, especially when you factor the price which ranges from Rs 4.59 lakh to Rs 7.80 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The Ignis has the looks to make heads turn and perfectly suits the personality of a young buyer. It could also be an ideal option for those on the lookout for something fresh in the hatchback segment. Besides, what’s the harm in trying out a quirky new Maruti which comes with a set of reliable and efficient powertrains that also offer an automatic gearbox on either? Looks like Maruti has pulled it off once again with the Ignis.

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