Maruti Suzuki Ignis Facelift Review & Test Drive

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Test Drive

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Overview

Maruti Suzuki’s Ignis is a compact crossover; simply, a hatchback with some SUV like traits. This small Maruti is designed to appeal to the youth and has been styled and designed to be attractive and affordable. With India expected to have one of the youngest populations by 2020, manufacturers are scrambling to create fresh products and a new purchase and ownership experience for the younger audience. Despite arriving late to the segment, Maruti has proved with the Vitara Brezza that they understand the pulse of the Indian market. Now the carmaker is ready to win over both, young and SUV-crazed buyers with the all-new Maruti Ignis. Design, technology, safety and practicality, Maruti has tried to balance these aspects carefully in the Ignis. Apply car loan for Maruti Ignis.

The Ignis’s design makes it stand out, but it may not appeal to everyone; and the rear is sure to put people off. On the inside too it looks young and fresh. Contrasting black and white colours for the plastics makes it look even more striking. The cabin is spacious and practical for four adults. It even feels more solid than some other Marutis, but it doesn’t look as well finished as other Marutis. Petrol and diesel engines combined with automatic transmissions makes the Ignis a great fit for the city or for more open roads. The Ignis’ variants are a bit oddly stacked. Driver’s seat height adjust is only offered on the top end variant, as are the LED headlamps and DRLS. However, the automatic transmission options are available only on the Zeta variant. Also, the Ignis does seem pricey.

However, when you factor in the class leading features, the standard safety package, the Ignis proves to be better value than what it appears at first. This isn’t your traditional Maruti in many ways, but those looking to buy one will find the sensible and practical Maruti traits make the Ignis an appealing package.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Style

The new Ignis is a global car from Suzuki built on a brand new modular platform. Evident even from the first glance, what is undeniable about the new Ignis is its unique character that really sets it apart from all the other cars in Maruti’s stable. But make no mistake; this is a small car from every angle. Despite any claims about its SUV-like nature, the Ignis is only a small hatch with tall-boy design. Yes, its stance is unique, sporty and practical.

Two features contribute to the crossover-like design and the larger-than-it-actually-is looks of the Ignis. The single frame grille and the over-sized wheel arches with extra cladding and wheels that look like they have literally stepped out of the side of the car. The thick C-pillar design with the curved tail-gate and stalked door mirrors also add that bit of crossover style to the Ignis. The front of the Ignis is the most expressive with the single frame grille outlined in chrome really elevating the first impression. Expressive LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights (DRLs) are enough to give this small car a perch at the top. A blacked-out A-pillar and a lightly curved roofline that is almost parallel to the road captures the Ignis’ tall-boy design, even though the side profile of the car is not the most flattering.

The rear of the Ignis is the most quirky part of its design. The thick C-pillar with the triangular section of the panel queers the design a bit. The shoulder line rises rapidly past the quarter glass and the panel also features the signature Suzuki Progressive Triad mark, which is basically a trio of stripes that break the monotony of the broad panel section. From a distance, the tail-gate seems like a two-piece unit with the rear glass seemingly sporting its own hinge, but it is actually a single combined unit. The tail-lamps are large split units, so replacement should be a relatively less expensive affair.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Space

On the inside, you’ll notice how clean and seamlessly the design is. The Ignis’ cabin features an airy, functional and minimalistic layout for the cabin.

The dashboard itself seems to have been styled like a clam with the upper and lower half separated by a thin slit in the middle that houses the AC vents and a little storage space. The Delta variant and above get a two tone black and white dashboard, which this looks nice and techy. But, bear in mind that white interior trims tend to get soiled quite easily.For more info on Maruti Suzuki Ignis  check Painpeters

What’s really likable is the fact that we’ve never seen a cabin like this in this class. For example, there’s isn’t any centre console as such. The Delta and Zeta grades get a 2DIN music system, while the Alpha variant gets a free-standing 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the air-con controls sit independently below. Automatic climate control is exclusive to the top-end Alpha grade, while the others get a manual HVAC system. That said, there’s plenty of storage space between the front occupants, so practicality hasn’t taken a backseat for the sake of aesthetics.

The steering wheel is entirely new as well and gets mounted controls for audio and telephony on the Delta and above. The instrument cluster is all-new too and features two analogue dials along with one digital MID to the right. The MID is quite detailed too and includes two trip meters, the time, ambient temperature display, instant and average fuel economy displays and more.

This is a small car, but it is quite spacious. Thanks to the tall boy design, headroom is in plenty and there is enough legroom and knee room on offer too. However, the rear bench may be a little cramped for 3 occupants. What’s more, the rear doors open really wide, making ingress/egress easier. There’s a good amount of boot space available too (260-litres) and short weekend trips with the family and their luggage can be managed with ease.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Performance

Talking about drivetrain the Indian spec Maruti Ignis gets shares the same petrol powertrain with the Swift and Baleno hatchback. The 1.2 Litre VVIT petrol unit is capable of producing about 61 KW of peak power and 113 Nm of torque at 4200 rpm. The engine is paired to a 5 speed manual transmission and also gets an AMT transmission as optional which sends power to the front wheels. The diesel variant on the other hand gets the 1.3 Litre DDis diesel unit which is capable of producing about 55.2 KW of peak power at 4, 000 rpm and 190 NM of torque at 2,000 rpm. Surprisingly the diesel variant too gets both 5 speed manual transmission as standard while the AMT transmission is available as an option.

If we talk about fuel efficiency then Maruti claims that the 1.2 Litre petrol motor promises around 20.89 Km to a litre while the diesel variant on the other hand promises 26.80 km to a litre.

Coming to performance factor there is no doubt in the fact that the Ignis Crossover underpins a completely new platform which is lightweight and rigid and more stable. This has helped reduce the overall weight of the vehicle which in return will help the Ignis Crossover to provide a zippy yet comfortable ride. As far as the suspension setup is concerned the Crossover rides on McPherson Strut setup at the front and Torsion Beam setup towards the rear.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Driving

The power-steering on the Ignis is nice and light at city speeds. Parking, zipping across traffic and making a quick u-turn shouldn’t be bother at all. Take it out on the highway, and there’s enough weight to keep you confident when the speedo shows triple digit speeds. The Ignis isn’t meant to be a hot-hatch, so do not expect razor-sharp steering manners and feedback. That said, it does get its job done without a hiccup.

The 180mm of ground clearance means you can be a bit adventurous and take it over broken roads. Grip from the 175/65 R15 tyres seem adequate, and the suspension is tuned well to offer a comfortable ride. It manages to take the sting out of the nasty potholes, and tides over them with a sense of maturity. And, just like its elder sibling – the Baleno – the suspension is quiet while doing so. There’s no thudding or thunking that makes you cringe inside the cabin. Out on the highways, it maintains its poise and feels planted at triple digit speeds as well as quick lane changes.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Safety

Built on the Fifth Generation Platform, the Ignis has a lot of safety built into its platform. The Ignis is said to be compliant with upcoming Indian crash test norms. It is also designed keeping pedestrian safety norms in mind. Maruti Suzuki is offering the Ignis with dual airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX child seat mounts as standard across all variants. Opt for the Delta grade and you get a security alarm too, along with adjustable rear headrests. The Zeta grade adds rear parking sensors, plus a rear defogger and wiper, while the top-end Alpha variant gets a reversing camera too.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Cost in Pune

Maruti Suzuki Ignis On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 5,48,981 to 8,25,430 for variants Ignis 1.2 Sigma MT and Ignis Alpha Automatic Petrol respectively. Maruti Suzuki Ignis is available in 7 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Ignis variants price in Pune. Check for Ignis price in Pune at Autozhop.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Conclusion

Starting off slowly with the Baleno, Maruti Suzuki has gone on to usurp and literally own the whole customisation/ personalisation trend in the affordable cars category. The Vitara Brezza that came last year and the new Ignis now are also perfectly suited to benefit from this trend. The contrast roof, the blacked out pillars, the sporty decals, the coloured alloys and the myriad variations for the cabin trim have altered the landscape of the premium small car and the Ignis looks set to extend the gains for Maruti. Inherently, Indian buyers seek individuality even more than buyers in other markets and so, the Ignis could ignite the trend all over again.

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