Maruti Suzuki Ignis Performance & Test Drive

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Overview

Maruti Suzuki had one of the hottest exhibits at the 2016 Auto Expo, where they showcased the Ignis. The off-beat styling with a crossover-esque design grabbed a lot of eye balls. After waiting for a year, the Ignis has been finally launched with a range of engine and transmission options along with highly customisable trims. The Indo-Japanese carmaker is targeting the millennial youth audience with the Ignis and retailing it via their premium NEXA dealerships across the country. What’s the hype all about? We find out in our test drive in Chennai.The Maruti Ignis is a first of its kind hatchback with crossover styling based on a new global platform of Suzuki. Although Maruti themselves have a few hatchbacks cannibalising the Ignis, the carmaker is targeting a different audience with their latest product. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Look

The designers has not messed much with the production variant of the Ignis and thus the car looks identical to the concept IM-4 which was showcased at the Geneva Motor show.

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.If we ask me then the Ignis is Crossover is one unique looking car which will certainly attract the attention of SUV crazed Indian fans.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Comfort

At the front, there’s good visibility out of all the corners of the Ignis, and the ergonomics are spot-on too. The soft grain textured dashboard looks funky and has a dual tone that’s finished in black and light grey, with carbon fibre look-alike inserts around the vents. Quality levels are on par with what we have to come to expect of Maruti products. There’s lots of cubby space to store your valuables in the centre console and the door pads too.

While a tablet styled infotainment screen occupies a prominent portion of the centre console, a unique tubular shaped air-con control unit sits below it with the related buttons. Since the dash design is compact, it smartly liberates extra legroom, but on the flipside, it does tend to look incomplete. Furthermore, the large front seats are well cushioned, and along with good back and thigh support, offer a comfortable drive. There’s ample legroom and headroom here too.

Move over to the rear portion, and one will notice the slightly less amount of thigh support towards the doors. Nevertheless, the back rest angle is appropriate and there’s adequate headroom and legroom. Three adult passengers should be a tight fit, though. Also, visibility for rear seat passengers inspite of the angled quarter glass and thick C-pillar, is reasonable. The Ignis has a 260-litre boot enclosure that’s a bit hollow with a high boot lip, and has just about enough space for four medium-sized soft bags. For more details on Maruti Suzuki Ignis  visit   

The Ignis is set to get the I-Create customisation option like on the Vitara Brezza, and is also available with varying paint schemes, contrasting roofs and cabin colour options. The top of the line Alpha version comes with features like LED projector headlamps with DRLs, reverse parking camera, climate control, start-stop push button, 15-inch alloys and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system on the Ignis.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Performance

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 Driving

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

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 Cazrprice.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Round Up

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.

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