Maruti Suzuki Ignis Facelift Review & First Drive

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Overview

Call it a hatchback cum SUV or a blend of crossover and hatchback, Maruti Suzuki Ignis is a sub-4 meter vehicle serving as one of the most popular models in company’s portfolio. Maruti Suzuki India has tagged Ignis as the premium urban compact car. Before its launch everybody thought that Ignis is the premium car but soon all the opinions became thwarted as it came out to be one of the most affordable cars being sold via premium NEXA showroom. Maruti Ignis is built on the same platform that underpins the Boleno. A funky crossover, Maruti Ignis is an interesting vehicle mainly designed for the youth with attractive looks, premium interiors, advanced features, powerful and fuel efficient engine, all packed in reasonable price tag. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Style

The first thing one would notice is the unconventional design language! The LED projector headlamps with a U-shaped LED Daytime Running Lamps will ask for a second glance. Mated to the black and chrome grille, the Suzuki logo, as well as the large front bumper give the compact crossover a front fascia that hasn’t been usually seen on a Maruti Suzuki car, the Baleno and Ciaz being the exceptions here. Move to the side and there the 15-inch alloy wheel, available on the Zeta and Alpha trims with 175/65 section rubber add to the raised stance of the vehicle. The strong shoulder line with a large glass area clearly states that this is no conventional hatchback, but a compact crossover which cannot be missed. The only odd looking part (for some) in the Ignis is the three slats on the C-pillar.

The rear is where the company follows its simple design language, but with a dash of earthy design and the large tail lamps with the number plate housing, exude it. And it’s not that the Ignis can be purchased in just a fixed set of exterior colours. The car can be customised according to each buyer’s taste and Maruti Suzuki would do it, at an additional cost. So, no voiding warranty and you also give a unique character to your car.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Space

Like the exteriors, the inside also gets a ‘funky’ treatment! The top-end Alpha trim we tested has exterior colour-coded door handles and centre console covers. Customers would also have the option of choosing if they want additional exterior colour covers on the space above the glovebox. The dashboard is a dual tone and nice to touch, especially when one compares it to the segment Ignis is slotted it. Plastic quality is good largely except for the rear view mirror and a few plastic bits in the central part of the dashboard. The toggle switches, automatic climate control, steering mounted audio and phone controls give the first row a cockpit feel, easy to operate as well as good to touch. However, the air vent between the steering wheel and the centre console keeps blowing air onto the driver’s hand, irrespective of the direction it’s turned towards. Since it cannot be closed either, the driver’s left hand always remains cold. The touchscreen too is offset a bit due to this vent and isn’t centrally on top of the centre console. The front seats are supportive and have good side bolstering as well for average sized adults and there is ample legroom, knee room and shoulder room for four occupants. Five adults would be a bit of a squeeze in the third row, however, it can be done for short trips.

Unlike most cars, the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit is mounted like a tablet on the dashboard and not integrated into it. This is the same unit seen on the Baleno, however, in addition to the Navigation, Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay the Ignis’ infotainment unit also supports Android Auto. That said, the touchscreen is available only on the Alpha trim as a standard fitment and that may just not tick one box with the young urban buyer who wants to stay connected even on the move. However, the lower Zeta and Delta variants have a Bluetooth compatible audio system with steering mounted control. So, while you won’t be able to mirror a smartphone’s screen to this system, you will still be connected. The automatic climate control, like the touchscreen, is also restricted to the top-end Alpha trim, however, the Zeta version’s manual air conditioner cooled the cabin quickly. There are some compromises to be made in the lower versions, however, if a buyer is looking at purchasing the automatic transmission or AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) for ease of driving, the Ignis Zeta would be the best purchase.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Performance

The car is powered by tried and tested 1.2L K-series petrol unit which produces 83PS and 113Nm of max torque. The same engine is working quite well in other Maruti cars including Swift, Baleno and Dzire and the performance feels no different. The powertrain is refined and smooth and loves to be revved hard. At time it can be a blast to drive too, thanks to the low kerb weight at 865kgs. Further, the 5-speed manual gearbox is slick to operate with the light clutch promoting the positive action. The engine is punchy enough in the low and mid-range which makes it potter in and around the city quite swiftly. Having said that, it is easy to leave the engine soaring between 1000-2000 rpm when commuting within city premises. Coming to the automatic transmission, the AMT does the job right job of swapping gears. In fact, the response time of the downshifts is much better in certain situations.

There is also a manual mode but that is ideal only in relaxed driving mood since the logic of the gearbox keeps you in search for power and left you waiting till the response comes. But what one would need to get accustomed at times is that the car pounces forward even if you have put your foot off the throttle while turbo spooling continues to feed the powertrain. At highway driving as well, the AMT seems to be more comfortable as the driver builds up speed in moderate manner. This means comfortable cruise with the occupants having smoother experience.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 car comes with McPherson strut suspension at front and torsion beam at the rear and the setup overall leads to compliant ride quality. The steering of the car is light if we talk about city speeds. Whether you are zipping through the traffic, taking quick turns or parking, the vehicle isn’t a bother at all. The car also seems planted on highways and confident enough to take the challenge of triple digit speeds. That doesn’t mean this car is a hot hatch, so one should not expect razor sharp handling from it.

However, the grip levels are excellent and the car turns in the direction of choice like a breeze. The ground clearance of 180mm is well enough to quench the zest of an adventurer trailing on the broken roads. The suspension has been tweaked well to offer comfortable ride quality with nasty road imperfections and tides coming easy with this car. And while doing so, the suspension remains silent just like in case with Baleno. There is nothing like thudding that makes occupants uncomfortable inside.

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 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

The Ignis has been introduced by Maruti Suzuki as the ‘First car of the young buyer’! It has a good set of motors and the option of an automatic transmission on both engine options that offers a consumer the best of both worlds, convenience and features. That coupled to the rather aggressive price tag (Rs 4.59 lakh to Rs 7.80 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi) and a host of features as well as standard safety equipment, the Ignis is a clear-cut winner in its segment. The only Achilles heel is the availability of an AMT in the top-end Alpha version. However, similar to the Baleno wherein the CVT was not available in the top trim, the Ignis may also get an automatic gearbox in the Alpha variant. Customers may not mind paying a little extra for the convenience of an automatic. Similarly, Maruti Suzuki could also offer the Ignis Zeta with a touchscreen unit as standard to appeal more buyers.

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