Maruti Suzuki Ignis First Drive Review

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Maruti Suzuki Ignis Overview

The updated 2019 Maruti Suzuki Ignis has been launched in India today and the car for the first time comes with roof rails. Priced in the range of ₹ 4.79 lakh to ₹ 7.14 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) the car has been launched in India just days after we shared the spy photos of the car, and the 2019 model now also comes with improved safety features. The new safety bits include – reverse parking sensors, co-driver seat belt reminder and high-speed alert system as standard features across all the variants, however, the roof rails are offered only with the top-spec Zeta and Alpha trims. The new safety bits are offered in addition to dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, seat belt pre-tensioners with force limiters and ISOFIX child seat mounts, which are already offered as a standard fitment.

The 2019 Maruti Suzuki Ignis will continue to be offered in four variants – Sigma, Delta, Zeta, and Alpha, and the latter three also get the option of automated manual transmission a.k.a. Maruti’s AGS (auto gear shift) unit.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Appearance

The Ignis has one of the most polarising designs that we have seen in recent times, but, you can’t deny the fact that as a car, it is quite striking. Lets start from the front. The Ignis gets a very large honeycomb grille that reminds us of the first generation Maruti 800. In fact even its basic contours are quite similar to the SS80 – only inverted. The fact that the headlamp cluster is inset into the grille also harks back to the first 800’s design. The headlamp itself has a projector setup and a LED daytime running light for the top of the line variants. The bumper has very simple and SUV like vertical slats and two large fog lamps on each side of the large opening. The upright muscular bonnet again lends an SUV-like design to the Ignis .Check for Maruti Suzuki Ignis price in Ahmedabad at Tryaldrive.

From the side profile, the Ignis has a very distinct stance – an almost front lean with the chunky C-pillar and the wide wheel arches that make the whole design very forward oriented. The wheel arches itself are flared just wide enough to make the car look wider than it actually is and the 15-inch wheels on the top of the line variant are painted in a shade of black.

The wheels itself in terms of design are again very SUV like with a chunky split 5-spoke design. The C-Pillar also has a triple slat styling feature that Suzuki calls the ‘Progressive Triad’. This is a homage to the Suzuki Kei cars from the 70s and 80s that had a similar design element. Around the rear, the windscreen is heavily raked forward and the only design elements that we personally think could have been better tackled are the tail lamps. The rear bumper also has a black plastic cladding to break up the otherwise tall design on the Ignis. The Ignis also gets a set of roof rails painted in silver or black depending on the trim level.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Comfort

The funky, youthful design of the exterior gets carried into the cabin of the Ignis. Maruti Suzuki has gone to town with the Ignis’ millennials focus so much that the only recognisable trim in the car’s cabin is the familiar 3-spoke steering wheel. The rest of the cabin gets a unique new treatment that has been missing in previous Maruti cars. The dashboard is a lean, horizontal singular unit with multiple layers, giving it the floating dash concept. The dash also gets a dual tone – black and ivory – theme. The most dominant bits in the cabin are the steering wheel and the tablet-like infotainment system screen.

Depending on the trim variant, there are funky inserts and elements like the door grab handle in body paint colour, the carbon-fibre texture on aircon louvers and chrome surrounds and touches to some of the knobs and handles. The centre console in the top trim also gets the body colour finish and also carries forward the Triad design from the rear panel into the cabin. Top trim also gets push button start, phone connectivity through Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link, and a multi-function steering wheel. Despite the funky bits, the dashboard is still fairly Spartan overall. There is also a lot of plastic all around, though the impact is lessened by the fact that the quality and finish of material used is better than other Maruti’s older generation models. Seat squabs are soft and though they may be comfy during the commute in the city, it may get a bit tiring during long rides.

The space available in the cabin is better than in the Celerio and Wagon-R, but only by a small margin. The Ignis’ track is wider than the shoulder room in the cabin, due to its spread out stance. The tightly packed engine in the bonnet and the wheel at the extremes still allows the Ignis to offer a decent amount of legroom even for the rear passengers. Otherwise, it is dimensionally only marginally bigger than the Wagon-R. Boot space in the Ignis is about 260 litres with the parcel tray in place.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Engine

There is one applaud that must be given to Maruti Suzuki in this department. Customers looking out for an Ignis diesel automatic version are in luck as the company offers an AMT unit on both motors. That is a no-compromise situation, similar to the youth of the country. Coming over to the engines, the Ignis comes with the same capacity engines like the Baleno, a 1.2 litre VVT petrol and a 1.3 litre DDiS diesel. On paper, these engines produce 82 hp (petrol) and 74 hp (diesel) of power, however, in terms of practicality, the engines are tractable for everyday use and have a reasonable amount of grunt. The petrol engine has a linear power delivery, while the diesel has the typical ‘boost’ after 1,700 rpm as seen in the Swift and the Baleno. To put things in perspective, the petrol engine has a good balance, but runs out of steam post 5,500 rpm and a gear change is imminent, while the diesel is a better motor to drive on a daily basis.To know more information on Maruti Suzuki Ignis check Kmindia

Moving on to the transmissions, the manual gearbox on both the engines has a smooth gear change, but may feel ‘buttery’ for some spirited drivers as it has been tuned more towards smoothness over a crisp shift. Speaking of shifts, the AMT gearbox is the one already seen in the Maruti Suzuki DZire and has been packaged neatly into the Ignis. There is the shift shock or jerk that one would feel when the accelerator is floored in both engines. In the diesel, this abrupt shift is even more evident. But, to keep costs in check, the AMT was chosen over a conventional torque converter or a CVT. Overall, the powertrain is sprightly enough for the highway and comfortable for the city.

Now, in a fuel-efficiency sensitive segment, the Ignis being light (maximum kerb weight of kg) has a claimed mileage figure of 20.68 kmpl for the petrol and 26.9 kmpl for the diesel variants. In our short drive, the system indicated that for each litre of fuel, the petrol covered approximately 14 km and the diesel crossed 17 km easily. Compared to the real-world scenario and when compared in its segment, these numbers are reasonable and light on the owner’s pocket.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Riding

If there is one compromise that a car with a tall stance has to do with better ground clearance, it is the ride and handling bit. The handling is neutral and during our short test, the suspension setup was neutral. Over normal curves, there is a little body roll, but nothing is unsettling and on straight highways, the stability is impressive. There is ample feedback from the electric power steering on the highway as well as the in the city. Since most of our driving included commuting through urban areas with a little high-speed use, it is safe to say that the ride and handling is one of the better-tuned ones in its segment.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Safety

Another plus to Maruti Suzuki for the Ignis is the safety front. All versions of the compact crossover are offered with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), dual front airbags and ISOFIX anchorage for child seats. Along with the unconventional design, the company has also assured safety for all passengers. In practical usage, shedding speed quickly wherein the EBD works in tandem with the ABS to avoid locking up of the wheels, the Ignis does a good job of keeping its composure. However, due to the tall stance, the nose does dive down, but, the driver won’t loose confidence.Check car loan for Maruti Suzuki Ignis at Fincarz.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Price in Ahmedabad

Maruti Suzuki Ignis On Road Price is 5,23,788/- and Ex-showroom Price is 4,69,639/- in Ahmedabad. Maruti Suzuki Ignis comes in 5 colours, namely Uptown Red,Pearl Arctic White,Silky Silver,Urban Blue,Tinsel Blue. Maruti Suzuki Ignis comes with FWD with 1197 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 82 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 113 Nm@4200 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Maruti Suzuki Ignis comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Verdict

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.

Who should buy the Ignis? It isn’t restricted only to the young buyer, but anyone who is looking at a practical, feature-rich compact car that has reasonable road presence. In addition, this is the only car that has a character similar to the Mini Cooper, which although much more expensive, boasts of a funky and youthful image. You might like or dislike the Ignis’ design but it’s sure to get heads turning. In my opinion, there is no other car in this or multiple price-segments above that offers such a energetic combination and that is precisely what makes the Ignis a little different from all of its competition.

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