The Maruti Suzuki Ignis is very funky and unique car and has a gem under the hood, which make it enthusiastic.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Review.
From the typical japaneese styling, Suzuki has made a distinct car for the millenials. Displayed back in 2016 autoexpo and launched a year later the Ignis has gained popularity in the Indian market. The Maruti Suzuki Ignis comes in the premium chapter named as NEXA. Specially made for the Young buyers the Ignis does its job well to make them happy. Luckily we got to test the Petrol and Diesel versions of the car for the Maruti Suzuki Ignis Review.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Review of Design Philosophy.
As I said earlier, the Ignis looks funky and stylish, just look at the front and you may notice the well-placed styling elements. The body looks boxy and don’t have much curves, which are observed on its siblings. Have a look at the front and you may notice the big rectangular headlamps. The U-shape DRLs glances outstanding, when the car is running on the roads. The front grille too gaze premium with the properly used chrome border and some inserts in between the Headlamps and the Suzuki Badge. Front bumper gets the housing for number plate as well as the fog lamps placed in corners with the chrome surrounds look great.
When viewed from the side, you come across the edgy and sharp design language. The flowing roof line gives it a trapezoidal profile. Also, the window line hikes up at the rear and the C-pillar passage is filled by three diagonal strips. Both the doors look appropriate and it also gets thin cladding. The dark coloured alloys makes a more unique sense and matches the design. Coming toward the rear end, it gets those antique looking taillamps and a big Suzuki Logo. The rear bumper gets the thick black strip and the reflectors are placed inside the taillamp housing. Overall design feels funky and stylish and makes it an ‘odd man out’.
The funkiness continues into the cabin, first thing noticeable is the dashboard styled like a two-piece unit. The top surface seems to be a layer placed on. It gets a black and off white colour scheme. The 7-inch infotainment unit hangs pretty well like a tablet and sits between the two rectangular AC vents. Inbuilt with Android Auto, Apple Car Play and lots of connectivity features it is easy to use unit. Just below the Infotainment, there is a cockpit styled AC controls which look outstanding and feels sporty to operate. Bottom part from side gets the similar diagonal strips and exterior colour on it.
The Steering feels proper to hold and also gains the controls for Infotainment. Just behind the steering it gets a simple speedo console. The console may look simple, but has a lot of features in it. Speed display is undertaken by the big central analog meter whereas the left side small analog meter shows the RPM. There is also a small screen showing open door warnings, trip meters, fuel level. In order to set/reset features you can find the switches placed on the right side of the console.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Review of Seating and Comfort.
The seats of Ignis are carefully planned in terms of comfort. The front seats provide moderate lower back support but the under thigh support is decent. It also gets an automatic climate control AC to increase the comfort level and too has good air throw. The rear seats can manage two people with comfort, whereas three can create rush. These benches provide average knee room but large head room. Unlike the Swift, the Ignis gets a flat dashboard, to offer you a commanding position and make the cabin spacious.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Review of Storage.
In terms of storage space, it gets 260 liters of boot room. The cabin comes with a glove box, door bins, cup holders and some space beside the gear knob.
Standard specs include ABS, EBD, Isofix and immobilizer. Whereas the top trims get Keyless entry, Speed sensing door locks and Reverse parking camera with sensors.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Review of 1.2 L Petrol – 5-speed manual
The Ignis is sourced through the similar 1.2 L Petrol Engine, which also sits under the bonet of its siblings. Here, the motor produces 82 HP at 6000 RPM and 113Nm at 4200 RPM. The engine feels like a gem under the hood and is very smooth. It feels refined and has no vibrations when started and is idle. Enthusiast will surely love the engine for its peppiness. It performs excellent at the low end and medium end. Just go hard on the throttle and it likes to rev towards the redline. Drive in the city and you will like to rev it through bumper to bumper traffic.
Also cruising it on highways too feels happy to rev and has lot of torque left when speeding 60 kmph in 5th gear. While quick overtakes, the RPM just try to catch the red line, which makes you shift fast to upper gear. Even you can easily overtake in the 5th gear if you not in a rush without down shifting when above 45 kmph. Transmission duty is undertaken by 5 speed gear box which has short throws. Gearshifts are fast and quick making it more enthusiastic. The clutch in addition is on lighter side but has a long travel distance. Overall the power trains feel quick and responsive for use.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Review of 1.3 L Diesel – 5-speed manual
The 1.3 L diesel motor is the similar Fiat sourced K series, which Maruti Suzuki calls as DDiS 190. This engine churn out 74 HP at 4000 rpm and 190 Nm at 2000 RPM. Crank the engine and you come across the mild vibrations while starting. Some of the engine clatter is audible inside the cabin when idle and vanishes as you move on in proper rev band. It pickups with minimal effort but some amount of turbo lag can be felt. Go hard on throttle and you encounter the lag and need to downshift.
While driving in city, you will not enjoy this motor compared to the Petrol. To make it alive you need to be in between 2000 RPM to 3000 RPM. While driving on highways you can enjoy this motor cruising smooth. You can also notice it has adequate torque to rev happily. Wanna overtake quickly? downshift is must! The 5-speed manual transmission work genuine and performs well with short throws, but some amount of rubbery feel can be noticed. The clutch too is on lighter side and has long travel range. Overall the motor dont suits enthusiasm and likes to rev happy.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Review of Driving Statistics.
The overall ride is decent and has a moderate character. Front suspension unit is a McPherson strut type and a torsion beam at the rear. The ride is smooth on small bumps and also manages to be stable. However, at the rear, the ride is not bouncy and feels stable. But on large and sharp potholes you speed down otherwise it gets bouncy and disturbs the drive. The road grip is excellent and you can shift lanes quickly. Being a tall boy design, the body roll is under control while cornering. I was surprised with the highway stability because it doesn’t create nervousness even at 100 kmph.
The steering wheel is electrically powered and response is not good in the city and low speeds. The steering weighs up very good in Diesel but the one on Petrol fails to do the job perfect. It offers a commanding position for the drives and provides a proper road view. It gets front discs and rear drum for braking. Addition of ABS and EBD make it stop without any drama in a straight line. The pedal travel is short and bites firmly to the wheels. Going hard on brake pedal make it descend immediate.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Review: – Conclusion.
The Ignis stands proper and distinguished to appeal. The interior further manages to make comfort with all those advanced features. The comfort zones too are appropriate. The new heartech platform has reduced weight and also increases fuel efficiency. The driving character is typical to other Suzuki cars. If you are an enthusiast then grab the 1.2 L Petrol motor. The diesel motor is decent and likes to rev happily instead. Predominantly it’s a well-defined product within the price range.
A Special Thanks to ‘Jagrut Motors’ for offering the car for Maruti Suzuki Ignis Review
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