Maruti Suzuki Ignis Performance & First Drive

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Maruti Suzuki Ignis Overview

India loves its SUVs. But what India also loves are smaller hatchbacks that look like SUVs in terms of their design characteristics. No, we aren’t talking about the cross-hatchback type design where a standard hatch gets some plastic fenders, we are talking about the butchness and flat-edged design that SUVs of the past and present of so successfully flaunted on the streets.

This butch and upright design was also made popular by the tall boy design of the late 90s and early 2000s where we saw the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R and Hyundai Santro revolutionise the market. So what do you get when you merge the upright stance of a tall-boy hatchback with the butchness that’s usually found in an SUV? Well, Maruti seems to have the answer for that – the brand new Maruti Suzuki Ignis and it’s already started to arrive at dealerships across the country and now that the car has been launched, we wait to find out how well it does.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Design

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.Check for Maruti Suzuki Ignis price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

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 Cabin

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 Performance

The Ignis comes with the same capacity engines like the Baleno, a 1.2 litre VVT petrol and a 1.3 litre DDiS diesel 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.

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.To know more info on Maruti Suzuki Ignis check Byteintobigdata

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Driving

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.

The higher variants of the Ignis also get rear demister with wiper and so on. In total, the safety package offered on the compact crossover is not just good, but a benchmark in its segment.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Price in Bangalore

Maruti Suzuki Ignis On Road Price is 5,74,551/- and Ex-showroom Price is 4,79,270/- in Bangalore. 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 Bottomline

Starting off slowly with the Baleno, Maruti Suzuki has gone on to usurp and literally own the whole customisation/ personalisation trend in the affordable cars category. The Vitara Brezza that came last year and the new Ignis now are also perfectly suited to benefit from this trend. The contrast roof, the blacked out pillars, the sporty decals, the coloured alloys and the myriad variations for the cabin trim have altered the landscape of the premium small car and the Ignis looks set to extend the gains for Maruti. Inherently, Indian buyers seek individuality even more than buyers in other markets and so, the Ignis could ignite the trend all over again.

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