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Review: 2017 Maruti Suzuki Ignis

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Maruti Suzuki Ignis, one of the eagerly awaited models, makes its way into the subcompact crossover segment in India at present. Maruti Suzuki India, the most popular and favorite automobile manufacturing company in our country, tags Ignis as one of the premium urban compact cars. However, it must be mentioned here that the car varies slightly when compared to the international model. It has been observed that Maruti Suzuki Ignis turns out to be the most affordable car to be retailed out of the Nexa dealerships. It is available in four variants namely Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Quick Facts

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Quick Facts –

  • The 5 speed box has the same ratios as a manual transmission
  • EC unit drives the actuator controlling the activities of clutch and gear
  • Provides seamless shifting
  • Smoother driving experience
  • The car gets bold arches, sporty bumpers, chrome accents and large wheels
  • Offers LED day time running lights
  • The car gets side body molding to enhance the rugged image
  • Black interior with silver accents give a rich and a classy look to the car
  • Smart options like roof wraps, fog lamp bezels, dash color trims and grille color etc.
  • AMT offers great convenience

Styling –

The styling of Maruti Suzuki Ignis is attractive and lends a contemporary appearance to it. The frontal part of the car is stylish and features LED projector headlamps that integrate into the chrome finished sleek front grille. The vehicle possesses a large bumper up front and gets chrome finished fog lamps. These lamps are fitted on the backdrop of a honey-comb grille. The sides of the car have been carved well featuring flared arches. The muscular and aggressive look of the car is brought about by the 15 inches high gloss black alloy wheels.  

In terms of dimensions, the sub-four meter mini-SUV measures 3700 mm in length, 1595 mm in height and 1690 mm in width. The window frame of Maruti Suzuki Ignis features a design that gives a sporty appearance to the car along with a sharp shoulder line. The three air vents are placed on the C pillar and the ORVMs with integrated turn indicators on the sides. The rear part of the car possesses a slanting windscreen and a flat lid that feature wrap around tail lamps. The bumper has a thick black colored cladding which acts as reflectors.

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Interiors –

The cabin of the Maruti Suzuki Ignis is designed in such a way that it is perfectly in tune with the sporty exterior of the vehicle. The interior of the car gets the dual tone treatment. In order to give a sporty flair to the interior design of the car, the cabin features a splash of contrasting colors. Additionally, the cabin is well designed with a floating layer that gives a stylish appearance to the interior design of the car as a whole. Moreover, the large, centrally mounted screen acts as an add-on to the premium look of the car. Some of the advanced and smart features of Maruti Suzuki Ignis include toggle switches for AC controls, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. Apart from the usual list of connectivity such as USB and Bluetooth, the car also has reverse parking sensors and multifunction steering wheel facilities.

Safety –

Talking about the safety devices of Maruti Suzuki Ignis, it may be pointed out that the car features six airbags that protects the occupants of the vehicle during collision or at the time of a sudden deceleration. However, the Indian version of Ignis will have only two airbags as safety devices instead of six. It has been further noted by the Euro NCAP that this particular car remained stable in offset deformable front impact crash test. The best part of this test was that the test dummy indicated that the occupants are likely to remain largely unharmed even in case of an accident or a mishap. Let us have a glance at other safety equipments that the car offers:

  • ABS with EBD
  • Security alarm
  • Seatbelt with pre-tensioners
  • Fog lamps
  • Crumple zones

Therefore, we can see that safety is one aspect where Maruti has truly excelled to meet the customers’ satisfaction.

Engine and Performance –

Maruti Suzuki Ignis gets a K-Series petrol engine of 1.2 litres (83 bhp and a torque of 115 Nm) and a DDiS diesel engine of 1.3 litres (74 bhp and a torque of 190 Nm). The diesel variants, in particular, have low NVH levels that result in fairly silent and insulated cabin. The handling of the car is quite convenient and elegant due to smaller turn radius and well proportioned dimensions. There is a five-speed or automated manual transmission on both these engines. Interestingly, apart from the standard 5-speed manual, both these engine options are available with a five-speed automatic manual transmission. The fuel efficiency of the petrol variant is 20.89 kmpl whereas it is 26.80 kmpl for the diesel one. The excellent 180 mm ground clearance of the vehicle also helps it to show better performance on roads.

Handling and Ride comfort –

Maruti Suzuki Ignis gives a great sense of space. It offers ample of cabin space to the occupants and provides sufficient amount of headroom and legroom. The high seating position in the car gives a commanding view of the road ahead. The cabin is smartly designed and the front grille with its integrated headlamp clusters is well finished. The company makes effort to take the comfort level of the occupants of the car to the ultimate level. Moreover, the ride exudes a confident stance.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Verdict Rating

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