Maruti Suzuki Ignis reviews.
Peppy retro-chic hatch, but is it worth the price? For the same money in which Maruti Suzuki sells Ignis, you can buy a Swift. Is the Ignis really that good? Maruti has ditched its safe and conventional design philosophy and given us a funky little hatchback that’s a blend of retro and cool. Sold via Maruti’s premium Nexa distribution chain, the Ignis priced between Rs 4.59-7.80 lakh isn’t cheap. For the same money, you can buy a Swift. Is the Ignis really that good? Maruti has ditched its safe and conventional design philosophy and given us a funky little hatchback that’s a blend of retro and cool. Its oversized LED headlamps, upright stance and flared wheel arches actually look quite good. Black 15-inch wheels are standard on the top variants and there are plenty of roof wrap options for buyers to personalise their cars. The side profile reveals the Ignis’ tiny footprint. It measures just 3,700mm long and 1,690mm in width. But thanks to a long 2,435mm wheelbase and 1,595mm height, there’s plenty of room inside. Like the exterior, the interior too sports some really cool bits like the toggle switches for the climate control, the tablet-like touchscreen and cylindrical door handles. Even the multifunction steering wheel is new, and not the ubiquitous unit that you see in the remaining Maruti range. The interiors are indeed premium.
Being a tall car, the cabin feels bright and airy. You’re sat quite high and getting in and out is quite easy. The seats are nice and supportive, and frontal visibility is good too. However, the cabin feels narrow on the inside and rear visibility is poor due to the narrow rear windscreen, and as a result, you have to rely on the car’s reversing aid when backing it up. The rear seat has ample headroom and shoulder room but the car’s narrow width makes accommodating that occasional third rear passenger a bit uncomfortable. What does work in this car’s favour is its expansive equipment list which includes climate control, reverse camera and segment-first features like LED projector headlamps and a touchscreen media-navigation system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other notable features on the fully loaded Alpha variant include keyless entry and go, reverse sensors, 15-inch alloy wheels and fog lamps. ABS with EBD, dual airbags, Isofix child seats anchor points and seat belt with pre-tensioners are standard across the range. Also, the car is said to be ready for all the future Indian crash test norms.