Maruti Suzuki Ignis First Drive Review


Maruti Suzuki Ignis Overview

After the success of the Vitara Brezza, Maruti Suzuki has now introduced a smaller cross. This is called as the Maruti Ignis and it has been launched in January. This is an all new hatch/cross that is based on a new platform, which is light in weight. This is what makes the Ignis an exciting product. The Ignis is a super compact SUV built majorly for city use and it is a good option to consider, especially if buyers are keen to get themselves a small car. Maruti Ignis Petrol AMT is ₹ 7.01 lakhs and Diesel AMT will be ₹ 8.08 lakhs.

It is made on an all-new platform and the car is a lot lighter than the competition. There will be new Maruti cars that will made on this platform. Those will be all small cars and Ignis is likely the biggest of the lot. In terms of design, it has been built to impress the millenials. The design is quirky and it has all the bells and whistles that one will look for in a car. The company has given its products a major upgrade and this one does stand out in styling. It has been built to look impressive and have good performance too. Check for Maruti Suzuki Ignis price in Ahmedabad at Tryaldrive.

It comes with a 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engine that produces 84bhp of power and 113Nm of maximum torque. This is offered with a five-speed manual and AMT options as well. The 1.3-litre DDiS engine is being offered too. This churns close to 75bhp of power and 190Nm of maximum torque. The diesel also comes with the same transmission options. These are more than enough as the car weighs between 825kgs to 960kgs.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Look

While looks are always subjective, Ignis radical design is not immune to criticism. But on the other hand, there is huge bunch of people who are takers of unusual design. It has a strong retro flair of the Cervo hatchbacks of 80s. At the front, though the car may not look intimidating and imposing to many, but there is a sense of matureness. The Ignis is shorter in length than sibling Swift and as wide as the latter. However, it has taller dimensions and a larger wheelbase that gives it the tallboy stance.

The biggest advantage here is how unique this car looks as compared to other Maruti vehicles or any other car on the road for that matter. The square and upright stance not only looks cool but also gives it a muscular appeal. The front fascia sports single frame radiator grille which looks quirky, enclosing the face like a mask. And it seems everything right from the headlights and the emblem sitting even in the grille with the bonnet sitting above like a clamshell. The chrome lining add some more value to the car.

One of the reasons why this car is unique is that it features LED projector headlamps which isn’t available in cars several segments above. At the sides, the car gets beefy stance with flared wheel arches and light cladding on it, side sills and spunky looking 15 inch alloy wheels, lending the car a sheer combination of retro-modern look.

Then there is solid C-pillar having three bars posing striking similarity to the Suzuki’s Front Coupe of past. Coming to the rear profile, just like the front the rear also features aggressive design but somehow muffled by small proportions. The black inserts in the bumper and large tail lights make the car look unique and practical at the same time. Overall, the car features funky styling and cool looks. To know more details on Maruti Suzuki Ignis visit Ksd-media

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Comfort

Enter the cabin and you will be welcomed by a clean and seamless design. And unlike many other Maruti cars, the cabin is airy, functional and follows minimalistic approach. The dashboard seems to have been designed like a clam with the top and bottom layer separated by thin black layer which seamlessly goes across the end other end house ac vents and touchscreen infotainment in between. The dual tone black and white dashboard really lifts up the spirits inside as it looks eye catching.

Spending some time inside will get you realize that certain areas seem to be a bit much. For example, the ac vents are rectangular-ly placed towards the center while the outer ones are rounded in shape and finished in faux carbon-fibre. Then the door pads are similarly dual toned like that of dashboard while the surrounds for the floor console and the grab handles of the door pads are colour coded. But the lighter colour is expected to get dirty easily.

And what is unique in this vehicle is that there isn’t any kind of central console which we use to call the stuff at the middle. Where the lower variants get 2-DIN stereo system, the top of the line variants features free-standing 7-inch SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment unit that is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay with the air controls getting separate slot below. The infotainment gives host of connectivity options including USB, Bluetooth and Aux-In. The same display can also double up for displaying visuals from the rear parking camera. Then there is all new instrument cluster featuring two analogue dials and the one at the far right with digital MID display giving all the relevant vehicle info in real time including instant and average mileage, outside temperature, two trip meters and current time.

Coming to the steering wheel, Maruti has given an entirely new unit for that chunky and youthful feeling. It comes with mounted audio controls giving easy access to vital functions of the car. The automatic climate control works quite well and takes a few minutes to cool down the cabin. There are plenty of storage spaces all across the cabin so there is no dearth of practicality.

Despite small proportions, the Maruti Ignis is quite spacious. And the credit for this goes to the tall boy design which allows plenty of headroom to the occupants. There is also sufficient knee and leg room, however, only two adult passengers would feel comfortable at the back, adding a third one might make the space a little cramped. On the other hand, the rear doors have been made in such a way that they make ingress and egress quite easier for the passengers. And with 260L of boot space, Ignis assure luggage for short weekend trips. Further, the 60:40 rear bench split can spare more room for extra luggage.

Other comfort features includes push button start, electronic adjustable/foldable ORVM, rear seat adjustable head restraints, day and night IRVM and driver seat height adjustability. Overall, there are oomph factors in the Ignis which makes it a unique vehicle among its class.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Transmission

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.

Fuel economy figures of Ignis falls in the more than acceptable range. The car gives ARAI certified mileage of 20.89kmpl which is still good when we put it to compare with the rivals.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Driving

The Maruti Ignis does a good job in the ride and handling department. First, let us begin with the basic usage. The steering wheel is light and one can zip through city traffic and tight lanes without any issues. The ride quality is just fine for daily use. When you drive on an open road, the handling does support the engine boost. This makes it easy to drive comfortably even on the highway. The car seems to be stable however it is the steering wheel that feels slack at higher speeds. We wish it did weigh up a bit. However, it is fine and one needs to get used to it.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Safety

The car features disc brakes at the front and drum at the rear. They are good but performance is not exceptional, however, in hard braking conditions, the vehicle doesn’t feel unnerved to stop in a straight line. The car can do better if fitted with wider set of tyres. ABS which is standard comes to rescue only in hard braking conditions, especially in emergency.Other standard fitment includes dual airbags, ISOFIX rear child seat mount, speed sensing auto door lock and driver seat belt reminder. Other key features include rear parking sensors with rear parking camera, rear defogger and rear wiper

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Price in Ahmedabad

Maruti Suzuki Ignis On Road Price is 5,23,788/- and Ex-showroom Price is 4,69,639/- in Ahmedabad. Maruti Suzuki Ignis comes in 5 colours, namely Uptown Red,Pearl Arctic White,Silky Silver,Urban Blue,Tinsel Blue. Maruti Suzuki Ignis comes with FWD with 1197 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 82 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 113 Nm@4200 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Maruti Suzuki Ignis comes with Manual Transmission with FWD

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Final Word

After driving the Ignis we got to see a new dimension of Maruti. Usually the carmaker plays it safe when it comes to styling or interiors. The Ignis has come across as a distinct car after a long time that looks quirky, feels fresh from the inside and offers a different experience to the Indian customer in terms of customisation for a car that’s meant for masses. At this price point you get many cars from Maruti itself but what really defends Ignis is its crossover style and the premium experience of NEXA. The well rounded packaged of the Ignis actually appeals to more people than the millennials.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis is available in four different variants such as Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha. The pricing for the base trim starts from Rs. 4.67 and goes up to Rs. 7.05 lakh. The Ignis 1.2 Sigma is tagged at Rs. 4.67 lakh while the top selling variant Ignis 1.2 Delta is offered at the price tag of Rs. 5.28 lakh. Ignis 1.2 AMT Delta is available at the price tag of Rs. 5.83 lakh while the 1.2 Zeta and 1.2 AMT Zeta are tagged at Rs. 5.7 lakh and Rs. 6.26 lakh respectively. Ignis 1.2 Alpha is available at the price tag of Rs. 6.51 lakh while the top of the line Ignis 1.2 AMT Alpha is tagged at Rs. 7.05 lakh, ex-showroom. Maruti Suzuki Ignis goes up against the likes in the segment such as Mahindra KUV100, Hyundai Grand i10 and its own sibling Maruti Swift.

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