Whenever we hear Maruti, we picture a compact car that is reliable and practical, but not quirky and cool. Then again this time Maruti brings a compact car but playing it different, appeal to millennial generation and they brought in the funkily styled Ignis. The Ignis aims to cash in the current craze for the compact SUVs and it definitely looks apart with its upright stances, square dimensions and flared wheels arches. This is Maruti Suzuki ignis specifications and review.
Looks & Design
On the front, Ignis looks eye catchy with its U shaped DRLs, slim grill with chrome accent and interesting fog detail with chrome outline. At 3.7m long the Ignis has a compact profile. There is black trim for vent on the side of the clamshell bonnet, black contrast rims, black cladding running along the wheel arches right across the bottom of the car and of course there are shark gill like cut away in the seat pillar that makes the car look sporty and aggressive on the side profile. The rear design with its angular boot and flared arches that give it a very wide look. The semi retro look of the car is something that the people with either love or hate.
The inside of the car looks spectacular with dual tone colored flat dash board which provides good visibility. There are lot of fun elements on the interior of the car, like the body colored grab handles on the doors, or the body colored central console which has the same shark gill like design, rotary area in the center for the climate control consisting of retro cockpit switches, tablet infotainment system, retro styled chrome accented AC vents.
The instrument clusters looks neat and a LCD display showing all the necessary details, also the steering is new and looks fabulous. Maruti is known for its practical cabin with ample storage spaces, Ignis is no exception.
Passenger & Boot space
The back seats have surprising amount of space and it is not at all cramped for a car of its size. There is a good amount of legroom and headroom, 3 person can easily squeeze into the comfy back seat of the car. Like the spacious cabin, the boot also gets 260 liters of space and can accommodate quite a few pieces of luggage.
The Ignis comes with a number of variant options. Petrol and diesel are both available in manual and AMT transmission option. The engines are identical to Baleno, 1.3L 75hp DDiS diesel producing 190nm torque. While 1.2L petrol with 83hp producing 113nm.
Safety features includes dual airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat anchors, Speed sensing door locks, driver seatbelt reminder.
As soon as you take on the wheels, you notice the position is nice, visibility is good, everything falls to hand easily and also the seats are comfortable. The Ignis petrol variant is impressive, is nice, smooth and refined engine. When revved hard, you hear a sporty note. Ignis is lighter than Baleno, and it can be felt in the performance. The petrol engine feels punchy & peppy, can easily accelerate to overtake and won’t stutter in higher gear and gear shifts are smooth too. The steering is nice for city use, one can easily steer through traffic with ease. It feels completely stable and planted at higher speed.
The diesel manual, the engine performs well but the clutch and the gear shifting takes a bit of an effort.
Typical AMT gearbox, which feels smooth on gentle acceleration but upon constant acceleration or sudden acceleration it pauses every time when shifting up which is quite perceptible. The delay can be overcome by switching to manual as it holds the gear all the way to redline. However in the city driving AMT works well and driving becomes much easier.
The Petrol AMT works the best, gear shift is not perceptible and driving is a breeze. While on
Overall the petrol manual is the best of the lot. It is easy to drive and performs like a boss on the city as well as on the highway. Even other variants of Ignis will give a tough competition and stand on the ground well. Ignis is a car that leaves you overall impressed no matter which variant you opt for.
Maruti Suzuki ignis specifications:
|Max Power||81.8bhp @6000rpm|
|Max Torque||113Nm @4000rpm|
|Diesel Engine||1.3-litre DDiS|
|Max Power||74bhp @4000rpm|
|Max Torque||190Nm @2000rpm|
|Transmission||5-speed MT & AMT|
|Kerb Weight||825kg – 860kg (petrol), 940kg – 960kg (diesel)|
|Boot Space||260-litre (expandable up to 415-litre)|
|Seating Capacity||5 passengers|