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Maruti Suzuki Ignis Overview

The want by consumers in India for more features in a vehicle with an affordable price tag has been ever increasing. Not only has this triggered a new wave of car models launching with a host of features that entice a prospect, it has also stirred up a healthy competition amongst manufacturer. The Ignis from Maruti Suzuki is the latest example of how an affordable price tag can have a host of features. But, is it really value-for-money? Time to find out! Maruti Suzuki Ignis price range in India is between 4,67,464/- to 7,66,301/, check for detail pricing of Maruti Suzuki Ignis in Carzprice

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Maruti Suzuki Ignis Design

Maruti Ignis exteriors flaunts a tall boy stance and boxy design, somewhat similar to the Wagon R. The front fascia has a single frame chrome grille with LED projector headlamps, daytime running lights (DRLs) and fog lamps with chrome inserts. Being built on a new generation rigid platform embodying Suzuki Total Effective Control Technology (TECT), it boasts of cladding at wheel arches, while riding on trapezoidal 5-spoke all-black alloy wheels. It is also available with dual-tone exterior, identical to the Vitara Brezza.

Maruti has come up with unique personalization opportunities, with concepts like roof wraps, colour options in ORVMs, spoilers, fog lamp garnish, interior styling and more. Other personalization accessories include roof spoilers, wheel cladding, door-visor and cladding, and front, rear and side skid plate. Maruti Ignis colours include Pearl Arctic White, Uptown Red, Silky Silver, Tinsel Blue, Glistening Grey and Urban Blue. The dual-tone combinations available with Zeta and Alpha variants are Uptown Red with Midnight Black, Tinsel Blue with Midnight Black and Tinsel Blue with Pearl Arctic White.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Cabin

Enter the cabin and you will be welcomed by a clean and seamless design. And unlike many other Maruti cars, the cabin is airy, functional and follows minimalistic approach. The dashboard seems to have been designed like a clam with the top and bottom layer separated by thin black layer which seamlessly goes across the end other end house ac vents and touchscreen infotainment in between. The dual tone black and white dashboard really lifts up the spirits inside as it looks eye catching.Spending some time inside will get you realize that certain areas seem to be a bit much. For example, the ac vents are rectangular-ly placed towards the center while the outer ones are rounded in shape and finished in faux carbon-fibre. Then the door pads are similarly dual toned like that of dashboard while the surrounds for the floor console and the grab handles of the door pads are colour coded. But the lighter colour is expected to get dirty easily.

And what is unique in this vehicle is that there isn’t any kind of central console which we use to call the stuff at the middle. Where the lower variants get 2-DIN stereo system, the top of the line variants features free-standing 7-inch SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment unit that is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay with the air controls getting separate slot below. The infotainment gives host of connectivity options including USB, Bluetooth and Aux-In. The same display can also double up for displaying visuals from the rear parking camera. Then there is all new instrument cluster featuring two analogue dials and the one at the far right with digital MID display giving all the relevant vehicle info in real time including instant and average mileage, outside temperature, two trip meters and current time.Coming to the steering wheel, Maruti has given an entirely new unit for that chunky and youthful feeling. It comes with mounted audio controls giving easy access to vital functions of the car. The automatic climate control works quite well and takes a few minutes to cool down the cabin. There are plenty of storage spaces all across the cabin so there is no dearth of practicality.

Despite small proportions, the Maruti Ignis is quite spacious. And the credit for this goes to the tall boy design which allows plenty of headroom to the occupants. There is also sufficient knee and leg room, however, only two adult passengers would feel comfortable at the back, adding a third one might make the space a little cramped. On the other hand, the rear doors have been made in such a way that they make ingress and egress quite easier for the passengers. And with 260L of boot space, Ignis assure luggage for short weekend trips. Further, the 60:40 rear bench split can spare more room for extra luggage.Other comfort features includes push button start, electronic adjustable/foldable ORVM, rear seat adjustable head restraints, day and night IRVM and driver seat height adjustability. Overall, there are oomph factors in the Ignis which makes it a unique vehicle among its class.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Performance

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.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Rideing

The car comes with McPherson strut suspension at front and torsion beam at the rear and the setup overall leads to compliant ride quality. The steering of the car is light if we talk about city speeds. Whether you are zipping through the traffic, taking quick turns or parking, the vehicle isn’t a bother at all. The car also seems planted on highways and confident enough to take the challenge of triple digit speeds. That doesn’t mean this car is a hot hatch, so one should not expect razor sharp handling from it.

However, the grip levels are excellent and the car turns in the direction of choice like a breeze. The ground clearance of 180mm is well enough to quench the zest of an adventurer trailing on the broken roads. The suspension has been tweaked well to offer comfortable ride quality with nasty road imperfections and tides coming easy with this car. And while doing so, the suspension remains silent just like in case with Baleno. There is nothing like thudding that makes occupants uncomfortable inside.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Safety

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. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

The car features disc brakes at the front and drum at the rear. They are good but performance is not exceptional, however, in hard braking conditions, the vehicle doesn’t feel unnerved to stop in a straight line. The car can do better if fitted with wider set of tyres. ABS which is standard comes to rescue only in hard braking conditions, especially in emergency.Other standard fitment includes dual airbags, ISOFIX rear child seat mount, speed sensing auto door lock and driver seat belt reminder. Other key features include rear parking sensors with rear parking camera, rear defogger and rear wiper.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Price

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 4,67,464/- (Ignis 1.2 Sigma MT) to 7,66,301/- (Ignis 1.3 Alpha MT). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Ignis from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in India

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.

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