Maruti Suzuki Ignis Overview
The Maruti Suzuki Ignis is a revolutionary car by Maruti Standards trying to bring a fresh design philosophy in the bare-bones hatchback segment in India. Aimed at the millennials, the Ignis was first showcased as the Suzuki iM-4 concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and later unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.The Ignis competes against the entry-level B-segment hatches to start with and which include the Ford Figo, Tata Bolt, Hyundai Grand i10 and the Mahindra KUV100. The top trims are expensive and you can opt for compact sedans like the Dzire, Amaze or the Xcent which offer you much more space and similar equipment. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Exterior
The design is polarising and won’t go down well with everyone, but this is a good thing. The car was built for the youth and for those young at heart and doesn’t stick to the ‘play-safe, please-all’ design typical of most Marutis. The Ignis is styled like a mini crossover with a strong retro flair reminiscent of the ’70s and ’80s Suzuki Cervo hatchbacks. That’s where the overall stance and various design elements come from, including Suzuki’s ‘Progressive Triad’ – the three bars embossed onto the C-pillar – which is quite similar to the Adidas logo! Another Cervo detail is the front grille that stretches right across the width of the car and the rectangular slotted panel which has the headlights inset. The projector lights are bracketed below by neat homogeneous LED DRL strips. Below the grille is a massive bumper that has three square-shaped sections for the fog light units and the number plate.
Dominating the side are the massively chunky C-pillars, formed by the metal work cutting into the rear door glass which gives the window line a sharp upward kink. The C-pillar wouldn’t look out of place on a military vehicle and it has, quite expectedly, evoked the strongest response. There are also prominently flared wheel arches and a cladding running down the sides. The alloy wheels have a squarish spoke design that’s quite unique and adds a sporty touch too.The rear consists of a very tall, vertically rising hatch, a windscreen that slopes sharply inwards and is dominated by a massive bumper cladding. The tail-lights are squarish units. This is probably the Ignis’ only bad angle as when viewed from the rear, the car looks a bit oddly proportioned. Overall, however, the styling is funky and cool.
Design flourishes dominate the insides too, and the Progressive Triad finds its way onto the sides of the central console box which on some cars is finished in colours complementing the exterior paint. The front door handles which are neat-looking cylindrical bars are also painted in the same colour.The dashboard is all straight lines and seems to have a virtual beam housing the rectangular central air vents and forming the mounting for the ‘floating’ touchscreen unit. Below this is a cylindrical auto climate control unit with nifty toggle-like switches. They operate with a quality feel, like the other switches and buttons around the car. Lower variants, however, get a manual AC with a control unit that looks like an afterthought. With all the style around, Suzuki should have paid some attention to giving this unit an attractive shape. The lower variants get a button-operated music system that’s mounted within the same housing as the touchscreen unit.
Equipment-wise, you get the now-familiar Maruti SmartPlay unit with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay along with a host of typically expected connectivity features like Bluetooth, USB, Aux-in and the system can also be controlled via a phone app. The unit also has the rear camera display and the navigation system.At 3,700mm, the Ignis is significantly shorter that the Swift (3,850mm) but has a wheelbase that’s longer by 5mm. It’s also the taller of the two, but the narrower. Given this it’s no surprise that seating three abreast at the rear is tight but, overall, the space inside is excellent with headroom and legroom being more that generous. You sit quite upright at the back with enough space to keep your feet under the front seats. The front seats are comfortable and have a nice side bolstering, but they feel a bit soft and may not be great on longer journeys. In terms of adjustability, you get a driver’s seat height adjuster and a tilt steering.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Gearbox
Maruti Ignis variants in both the petrol and diesel fuel trims come with engines carried over from the Swift. The petrol variants are powered by a 1.2 L 4-cylinder VVT engine, which unleashes the top power of 82 bhp at 6000 rpm and peak torque of 113 Nm at 4200 rpm. It is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission as standard, while an AMT gearbox is also available as an option. On the other hand, the diesel variants derive their power from the Fiat-sourced 1.3 L 4-cylinder DDiS engine, which develops the maximum power of 74 bhp at 4000 rpm and highest torque of 190 Nm at 2000 rpm. It is also linked to a 5-speed manual transmission as standard, while an AMT gearbox is available as an option.
The Ignis gets the 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engine and the 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The petrol engine makes 83bhp and 115Nm of torque while the diesel makes 74bhp and 190Nm of torque in the Swift. The Ignis is also offered with a five-speed AMT gearbox for both the petrol and the diesel engines.The 1248 cc Diesel – powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 25 kmpl in city and 27 kmpl on highways, while the Petrol variant offers a mileage of 19 kmpl on urban roads and 21 kmpl on freeways, respectively.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Driving
Both the 1.2 L petrol and 1.3 L diesel engines have been known for their decent performance and it continues with the Ignis as well. The diesel variants, in particular, have low NVH levels, resulting in fairly silent and insulated cabin. The handling is quite elegant due to smaller turn radius and well proportioned dimensions.The ride is another highlight of the Ignis. It moves like a car that’s a lot heavier with a nice sure-footedness and does not get tossed around a lot on bumps and potholes. We switch to the diesel and it does feel a bit stiffer, but this is only in comparison. On the whole, all the Ignis models offer a well- composed ride. The diesel manual has a slightly heavier clutch but also a heavier steering – a welcome addition as it brings in a bit of feel. The engine is nice and drivable and does not suffer from very noticeable turbo lag. Power comes in above 2,000rpm until about 4,000rpm, after which the delivery begins to taper. The sound levels, however, do increase and this engine isn’t as refined as a few others at this price point.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Safety
On the safety front, Maruti treats all variants of the Ignis as equals and has equipped them with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, and ISOFIX child-seat mounting system, a feature that’s uncommon on cars at this price point.It is one aspect where Maruti has truly excelled. Maruti Ignis specifications include dual front airbags, seatbelts with pre-tensioner and force limiter (PTFL), and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) as standard fitments. In addition, ISOFIX Anchorage – a child seat restraint system – is also offered as a standard feature with the entire Ignis variant lineup.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Price in New Delhi
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Ex-Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 4,56,658/- (Ignis 1.2 Sigma MT) to 7,55,343/- (Ignis 1.3 Alpha MT). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Ignis from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in New Delhi. Check for Ignis price in New Delhi at Carzprice
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Conclusion
This isn’t your typical Maruti. It isn’t value for money in the true Maruti sense, its styling steers away from the safe path, and it will polarise people into ‘love-it’ or ‘hate-it’ camps. If you find yourself in the ‘love-it’ group there is very little to turn you away from the Ignis. The AMT gearbox isn’t all good and at this price point, it would be fair to expect a smoother shifting unit. Also, the steering is quite lifeless, particularly the petrol, but that apart, the car has a lot going for it. It’s cool and funky, it’s loaded with equipment not seen in this segment like LED projector lamps, a touchscreen system and auto climate control. There’s also a lot of space inside. Both engines are rewarding to drive, especially the peppy petrol and did we mention it’s really funky? So, in a positive manner of speaking, this is not your typical Maruti. And then again, it is one! Many components are shared with its stablemates, so maintenance costs will be minimal, and it’s backed by the carmaker’s wide service network. The Ignis then is a Maruti that isn’t. Who knew with Maruti you can have your cake and eat it too!