Maruti Suzuki IGNIS yes, we are talking about the most different looking Maruti ever. Maruti Suzuki Ignis was launched by the company in 2017 and it has been choice of the urban young people who like to be different in terms of look and aesthetics.
What makes the choice of these people so different? the looks of Maruti Ignis is similar to the design of its great predecessor Maruti SS80. The design cues resemble it and the boxy design from the rear makes it look like a modernised SS80.
The design of Ignis is a mixture of curvy cues in the front with the cured sharp design of the rear.The front is contemplating big Headlamps securing an average size grill in the middle with chrome inserts which make it an elegant looking grill with that chrome Suzuki logo in the middle, front look is not complete without those large vents in the bumper and accompanying these large air dam in the lower portion of bumper are a set of round Fog-lights powerful enough to illuminate the road ahead. Side profile of Maruti Ignis is where the design cues change from curvy in the front to sharp profile in the rear. A-pillar of the car is designed in such a way to reduce the blind spot of the front viewing angle.
The side profile is different from the rest of the cars in this segment with those beautifully moulded fender arches in front and rear paired with side cladding which gives it a bulky look when running opposite to any other small hatchback. The rear is where the cues get sharper and make it look like an urban hatchback. the subcompact hatchback from Maruti measures 3700mm in length, 1690mm in width and 1595mm in height. the wheelbase stands at 2435 mm at the wheelbase. The side claddings on the Ignis makes it look like a car somewhat lowered to other rivals in this category but it stands 180mm above from the ground. Apart from the tyres Of course. All of this is packed in a car that only weighs 825 kgs.
As we enter the car the interior looks different from traditional Maruti cars. The door pads have different designing and handlebars have a premium look and feel to them. The steering with mounted audio controls is easy to use and has a perfect size. The Instrument cluster or say speedometer is all new design and shows different pieces of information like range, average, current average, fuel level, Odometer, Tripmeter, time etc. The cluster is well lit and the display brightness is adjustable via button provided on the dashboard.
The top variants come with a touchscreen unit but since ours was a second top variant we had the normal infotainment system with features like Bluetooth, USB and AUX. The air conditioning on this one is superb and the buttons feel premium to use. Seats are comfortable and have a wide sitting base and back support which wraps up the driver and passengers giving a more plush feel. Leg space is decent considering a 2435 mm wheelbase hatchback. With a boot space of 260 litres, Ignis is definitely a hatch to pack some stuff for holidays.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis is powered by 1.2-Litre VVT petrol engine and a 1.3-litre DDIS diesel engine. The petrol engine is an 1197 cc four-cylinder VVT petrol unit which produces 82 BHP @6000 rpm and 113 Nm of torque @4200 rpm mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. We tested the AMT variant of the petrol unit and it was as smooth as any other automatic vehicle. The gearbox was smooth and the gearshifts were hassle free, unlike traditional AMT. The ARAI mileage figures are 20.8 Kmpl, while we got around 17 Kmpl on our testing which includes city and Highway rides combined.
The other engine which is offered on Maruti Ignis is a 1248 cc four-cylinder DDIS diesel engine which churns out peak power of 74 BHP @4000 rpm and torque figures are rated at 190 Nm @2000 rpm and this engine is also mated to the 5-Speed manual and AMT transmission is also being offered on this one. ARAI mileage figures for the diesel variant is 26.6 Kmpl.
Maruti Ignis comes standard withABS and dual airbags for the safety of the driver and the passenger on every model. Other safety features which come on the top variants include ABS with EBD, ISOFIX seat anchorages, Suzuki TECT body and seat belts with pre-tensioners with force limiters.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis is definitely a modern-day hatchback with advanced safety features incubated into a stylish and strong body structure. We recommend the Petrol AMT variant as it has all the power and comfort as one requires a daily city commuting vehicle. The only thing that hinders the great number of sales of Maruti Ignis is the price tag. It is a bit on an expensive side as compared to Hyundai Grand i10 but overall it’s a great package and we give thumbs up tp Maruti Ignis considering all the features and comfort level.