Maruti has never been known for making expensive cars, but the Ignis, that was launched back in 2017 brought with it a new persona. A new kind of design language. Marutis aren’t particularly boring, but they haven’t been all that exciting either. The fifth-generation AA plus platform shares the same engineering principles as the Baleno’s ‘B’ platform. The Maruti Ignis weighs in only at 825kgs. Also, the Ignis has met all Indian-related crash test norms.
Kei car looks
The Maruti Suzuki Ignis is not a design that’ll be digested by everyone, but we think it has been inspired by some of those Japanese Kei cars. Maruti Suzuki Cars are targeting a young audience and it isn’t one of those please-all designs. The Maruti Suzuki Ignis is styled to look like a micro crossover with a hint of retro design, harking back to the 1970s. We like the stance of the hatchback and many of its design details, like those three bars embossed on the C-pillar. The front grille is widely spread across the face, while rectangular panels house the headlamps. LED DRL strips lie below the projector lamps. There’s a huge bumper under the grille that sports three square-shaped fog lamp sections. Along the sides of the Maruti Suzuki Ignis, you will see thick C-pillars and the window line has a nice upward kink in it. The flared wheel arches add muscle to the otherwise slab-sided profile. There is cladding on the doors too. We like the sporty-looking alloy wheels too. At the back, the windscreen slopes inwards and you’ll see a huge bumper cladding too. The tail lights are simple to look at; perhaps the rear isn’t the most proportionate part of the car.
There are plenty of unique design touches inside the car too, like on the sides of the centre console box. The door handles at the front are cylindrical in shape, finished in the same colour theme. The dashboard is nothing too unconventional and features a floating touchscreen. The auto climate control gets toggle-like switches that feel nice to operate. We think Maruti Suzuki Cars should’ve given the dashboard a little more thought to make it look more appealing. In terms of features, the Ignis gets Maruti’a SmartPlay unit with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, connectivity features like USB, Aux-in and Bluetooth; the system can also be controlled through the phone app. It even features a navigation system and a rear camera display. You also get steering-mounted audio controls, power windows, electrically adjustable and folding ORVMs, an engine start-stop button and puddle lamps, ABS with EBD and dual front airbags. The wheelbase is longer than a Swift and the Ignis is taller too. However, the Ignis is narrower and that means space at the back isn’t perfect. Legroom and headroom are never an issue. Your back is always in an upright position at the rear; the front seats offer good comfort and the driver’s seat gets seat height adjust and a tilt steering.
The petrol motor is peppy and lively and the gears shift nice and quickly. The clutch though, isn’t particularly progressive. The motor pulls strongly, and if you rev the engine, it gets vocal but sounds sporty. The steering, however, is like any typical Maruti: lacking in feel. The car feels planted and won’t get unsettled on uneven roads. Even at higher speeds, the Ignis stays composed.
A car to buy?
The Ignis isn’t one of those value-for-money Marutis; it’s a car you buy more with your heart. Because of the way it has been designed. Then there is the AMT ‘box, which makes it so convenient to drive and is priced quite well. Of course, the steering is a huge disappointment, but if you’re okay ignoring this one point, then the Ignis makes sense because it comes with a good number of features, and remember – maintenance costs will be the least and the car maker’s vast service network cannot have you go wrong with your purchase. Also, read the latest car comparisons, only at autoX.