Maruti Suzuki Ignis Review & First Drive

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Overview

Funky, fun, youthful, pricey… these aren’t words you’d typically associate with Maruti. But the Ignis is just that and it stands quite apart from its stablemates. This isn’t to say Marutis are boring. We recently had the Brezza which has a dash of flair, but since the Swift, launched back in 2005, Maruti hasn’t really brought out a car that really oozes panache. The AA plus platform (now in its fifth generation) is newer than the Baleno’s ‘B’ platform, but both share the engineering approach and principles. The Ignis’ USP is its low weight; the base model tips the scales at 825kg, making it lighter than the bantamweight Baleno. The other highlight is that the Ignis already meets the Indian crash norms that’ll come into effect later this year. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Look

Maruti Ignis India is a new super compact SUV that will be of the size of the i10. The Ignis is based on Suzuki’s fifth-generation platform that is lighter and even more rigid, which means it is a lot more safer. The Ignis at the moment is a concept, however it does look very appealing. The exterior of the Ignis has a honeycomb mesh grille with a chrome strip running across it. The grille is thick and even the headlamps are squarish somewhat with rounded off edges.

There are LED lights running that form a U-shape. The hood is flat and it doesn’t have any creases or strakes. The side profile looks muscular with the blacked out A and B pillars and the roof rails. The blacked out alloy wheels also look stylish on the Ignis. The ORVMs come with turn indicators on them. The rear of the Ignis looks stylish and too with an integrated spoiler and the Ignis even has a black insert of the rear bumper. The glass area at the rear is large and this means that this concept SUV so far looks appealing. Let us hope these are retained on the production version as well.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Comfort

High ground clearance and tall stance mean that you almost walk into the Ignis’ cabin, which appears roomier than what you’d expect from a hatchback of its size. Perceptible material quality at touch points has improved compared to the Marutis of yore, however fit and finish could still be better.The Ignis’ ivory and black dual-tone interior theme is likeable as it imparts the cabin a plush feel; however, maintaining it will require constant attention. Maruti Suzuki has followed in the footsteps of some of the luxury carmakers to simplify the dashboard layout by offering a standout 7-inch entertainment screen. It does look modern but could have been more driver-centric in placement.

In the lower variants, a 2-DIN music system replaces the touchscreen, which doesn’t look awkward save for the orange backlighting that doesn’t go one bit with the classy white backlit instrument cluster. There’s a marked improvement in the quality of the aircraft style air-con knobs and steering controls over other Maruti Suzuki models.Another welcome change in the Ignis’ cabin is the new steering wheel, which is good to hold thanks to a non-plasticky rubbery finish. The audio controls on the steering wheel are also well-damped and easy to get used to.

The Ignis is high on style and the doors get metal-finished door handles that are chunky and funky. The doors appear heavier compared to other Maruti Suzuki hatchbacks of the Ignis’ size but don’t expect them to shut with ‘the thud’ that we love to hear on the Germans.The front seats are well contoured, offer decent under-thigh support, and hug you comfortably. View out is clear and the dashboard isn’t too sweeping as well, unlike most modern hatchbacks; so those with a shorter frame would get a decent view up-front, even on the variants that don’t offer driver seat height adjustment.

The Ignis’ cabin is best suited for four people, although you can squeeze in a fifth passenger in the rear seat as well. The cabin scores high on practicality aspects with good legroom and headroom for all passengers and cubbyholes to store water bottles on all doors. The rear seat gets two detachable headrests and is 60:40 split, which ensures maximum utilization of cabin space for various needs. With the 260-litre boot, the Ignis already offers enough space to carry a weekend’s luggage for four. For more info on Maruti Suzuki Ignis check

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Gearbox

Maruti Suzuki hasn’t officially revealed the specifications of the new Ignis, however it is likely to come with a 1.2-litre petrol and 1.2-litre diesel engine options. The 1.2-litre petrol is the K-Series engine and this will come with a five-speed manual transmission and produce about 83bhp of power and 115Nm of peak torque. The other engine is an all new three cylinder diesel engine that will churn about 75bhp and about 180Nm of torque. This engine has been developed by Suzuki and the two cylinder version of this engine is used on the Celerio and four pot will be coming on other Maruti Suzuki products. This will also come with a five-speed manual transmission. There will even an automatic transmission on offer. The Ignis will be sold through the Nexa Experience dealerships and hence it won’t come with an AMT. The Ignis will be coming with an automatic transmission on the petrol engine and maybe even the diesel engine. The Ignis for the Indian car market will be offered with front wheel drive. For exports, however it will even come with an all-wheel drive as well. For India, at the moment there is no requirement for it.

We took the petrol manual out first and, wow, what a great start to a drive. The unit is peppy and eager and the gearshifts are nice and quick with a positive feel to them. The clutch, however, is not very progressive and getting smooth starts needed a bit of concentrated pedal work. Power is available right from low revs and past 2,500rpm, the unit has a nice stronger surge. Rev the engine hard and it gets loud, but it’s a nice and sporty tone and the eager-footed will see themselves doing this quite often. Sadly, the only fly in the ointment is the steering. It’s too light with no real connected feel and, typical of many Marutis, it doesn’t centre after a turn.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Rideing

The ride is another highlight of the Ignis. It moves like a car that’s a lot heavier with a nice sure-footedness and does not get tossed around a lot on bumps and potholes. We switch to the diesel and it does feel a bit stiffer, but this is only in comparison. On the whole, all the Ignis models offer a well- composed ride. The diesel manual has a slightly heavier clutch but also a heavier steering – a welcome addition as it brings in a bit of feel. The engine is nice and drivable and does not suffer from very noticeable turbo lag. Power comes in above 2,000rpm until about 4,000rpm, after which the delivery begins to taper. The sound levels, however, do increase and this engine isn’t as refined as a few others at this price point.

Switch to a diesel AMT and the drivability sees a dip. The shift speeds aren’t a problem during light throttle inputs when you are pottering around town in slow-moving traffic. It’s when you want to get a quick move on, like in start-stop traffic or overtaking on highways that the pause between shifts becomes apparent. You will have to work around this using the manual selector, and what’s nice is that in manual mode the car lets you rev until the redline. Things improve on the petrol AMT with the shifts becoming less perceptible. However, in comparison to the diesel AMT, the manual ‘box is the far more enjoyable drive experience. Unless, our crazy city traffic kills it for you, in which case you’ll have to settle for the AMT and reach for that tip lever from time to time.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Safety

The Maruti Suzuki Ignis Facelift features a safety mechanism that promises 2 airbags for the driver and co-driver, and ABS with EBD which comes as standard across all variants. The body built is governed by Heartect platform which ensures maximum protection of all occupants with maximum precision and accuracy. For car parking excellence, this beauty is coupled with rear parking sensors and camera for better precision. There is a driver seatbelt reminder, key left reminder, overtaking turn indicator and a headlamp on reminder. There is an LED mount stop lamp, ISOFIX, seatbelts pretensioners with force limiters, rear wiper, rear defogger and an engine immobilizer for theft protection. As far as braking is concerned, there are disc brakes present at the front and drum brakes at the rear.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Price in Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Ignis On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 4,95,255 to 8,77,250 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 Hyderabad. Check for Ignis price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Bottomline

This isn’t your typical Maruti. It isn’t value for money in the true Maruti sense, its styling steers away from the safe path, and it will polarise people into ‘love-it’ or ‘hate-it’ camps. If you find yourself in the ‘love-it’ group there is very little to turn you away from the Ignis. The AMT gearbox isn’t all good and at this price point, it would be fair to expect a smoother shifting unit. Also, the steering is quite lifeless, particularly the petrol, but that apart, the car has a lot going for it. It’s cool and funky, it’s loaded with equipment not seen in this segment like LED projector lamps, a touchscreen system and auto climate control. There’s also a lot of space inside. Both engines are rewarding to drive, especially the peppy petrol and did we mention it’s really funky? So, in a positive manner of speaking, this is not your typical Maruti. And then again, it is one! Many components are shared with its stablemates, so maintenance costs will be minimal, and it’s backed by the carmaker’s wide service network. The Ignis then is a Maruti that isn’t. Who knew with Maruti you can have your cake and eat it too!

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