|A quick look at Maruti Ignis features|
|Exterior||Projector headlamps with DRLs|
|Rear wash wipe|
|Black plastic cladding for rear bumper|
|Roof wraps (optional)|
|Various retro touches|
|Automatic Climate Control|
|Multi-information Display (MID)|
|Smartplay touchscreen infotainment unit|
|Central Locking with Keyless entry|
|Push Button Start/Stop|
|Mileage||City – 16 kmpl|
|Highway – 20 kmpl|
|ARAI – 20.89 kmpl|
|Dimensions||Overall length – 3,700 mm|
|Overall width – 1,690 mm|
|Overall height – 1,595 mm|
|Wheelbase – 2,435 mm|
|Ground Clearance – 180 mm|
|Boot space – 260-litres|
The Maruti Ignis is the smallest crossover in the company’s stable. Based on the HEARTECT platform, the pseudo-crossover looks really funky, much of which is due to the tasty retro design and numerous styling options. While the Ignis was launched in petrol and diesel variants, it is currently on sale in a petrol engine option only. The only direct rival that this car faces is the Mahindra KUV100, which is nowhere as popular as the Maruti Suzuki model. The Ignis features a well-tuned suspension, which offers a comfortable ride and decent handling characteristics.
The Maruti Ignis features a tasty retro design, which takes inspiration from several JDM-spec Suzuki models of the yore. While it looks like a hatchback on stilts, which is mainly due to its small dimensions, the boxy silhouette and the high ground clearance gives its a typical crossover appeal. At its front-end, it features stylish projector headlamps along with U-shaped LED DRLs. The radiator grille has a honeycomb structure and is adorned with chrome garnish. The front also features a chunky bumper with a large air-dam and round foglamps on the top-end variant. The chiselled hood features bold creases and has a clamshell design.
The side profile features a short wheelbase, small DLO, plastic cladding on the A- and B-pillar, three scoops on the C-pillar, and stylish alloy wheels. The rear features a chunky bumper with black plastic cladding, an angular hood design, and a rear wash wipe. Another highlight of the small crossover is the various customization options that the company provides, including roof wraps, body decals, sportier alloy wheels, and chrome garnishing.
The Maruti Ignis is small on the outside but is quite spacious on the inside, There is enough space on offer, both at the front and the rear. The legroom is better than what many similarly priced hatchbacks offer while the shoulder room is also on the higher side. The crossover design leads to sufficient headroom for all passengers. The reason behind the spacious interior in spite of an overall length of just 3,700 mm is the really short overhang at the front and the rear. The has freed up a lot of space inside the cabin. The only reason to complain that we have is the rather small boot space. The Maruti Ignis features a cargo volume of 260-litres, which is much less than what the Vitara Brezza (328-litres) and the Baleno (339-litres) offer. But let’s not forget that the Ignis is cheaper than both.
The Maruti Ignis, in spite of the competitive pricing, is high on features. The interior features a long list of equipment, which puts to shame some more premium models on sale currently. The top-spec Alpha trim offers various premium features, which makes the overall ownership experience a tad better. The dashboard of the crossover is home to the company’s popular Smartplay infotainment unit, which offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also has voice recognition and display for the reverse camera. Also, the crossover has a multi-function steering wheel, while the dashboard gets a clever storage space just above the glove compartment. The seats feature a premium upholstery. The car also offers features like automatic climate control, central locking with remote, keyless entry, and push-button start.
An interesting fact about the Maruti Ignis is that while it was launched in both petrol and diesel engines, the crossover is now available in a petrol engine only. The diesel model has been discontinued owing to a low demand. However, in spite of the lack of a diesel engine, it manages to outsell the Mahindra KUV100, its main competitor. This is mainly because of the sufficient power on offer along with a high mileage. Typical of Maruti Suzuki petrol engines, it is high on refinement and has low NVH levels.
The Maruti Ignis features a 1.2-litre K12B petrol engine that produces a maximum power of 83 PS along with a peak torque of 113 Nm. It comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission as standard and a 5-speed AMT as optional. The Ignis is capable of sprinting to 100 kmph from zero in less than 14 seconds and can hit a top speed of roughly 170 kmph, which is, frankly, quite good for a car of this price and size. The engine is highly reliable and low on maintenance. Thanks to the low service costs, the Ignis is really light on the pocket.
Almost every model from Maruti Suzuki India Ltd delivers a segment-leading fuel mileage, and the Maruti Ignis is in-line with this. Among the biggest highlight of the Ignis features include the best-in-segment fuel efficiency. The high economy of the engine, combined with the fast diminishing gap between petrol and diesel fuels, almost totally mitigates the need for a diesel engine variant. The biggest reason for the high mileage that the Ignis delivers is its robust yet lightweight HEARTECT platform and the well-planned gear ratios.
The Maruti Ignis offers a commendable mileage of 20.89 kmpl, which is more than what many cheaper and less powerful cars deliver. Thanks to this high mileage, the Ignis comes across as an ultra fuel-efficient model. There is really no competition that this crossover from Maruti Suzuki can be outclassed by in this department. In an urban environment, you can safely expect this model to deliver a mileage of 16 kmpl, while on the highway it can offer up to 20 kmpl. What’s even more interesting is that such a high mileage can be achieved even without the help of the SHVS mild hybrid system that is available on the Ertiga, S-Cross, and Ciaz.
The Maruti Ignis is a sub-4-metre crossover that measures just 3,700 mm in overall length. However, in spite of a short length, it features a large wheelbase of 2,435 mm, which is due to the short overhangs that the car has got. Also, it has a width of 1,690 mm, which makes it sufficiently wide to seat three people in reasonable comfort in the back seat. The overall height of 1,595 mm leads to a sufficient headroom for even the tallest of the passengers. An SUV-like ground clearance of 180 mm helps it flot over most of the irregularities. The only issue we have is with the small boot space of just 260-litres. The Baleno and the Brezza offer 339-litres and 328-litres respectively, but let’s not forget that the Ignis is cheaper than both.
Going by our review of the micro SUV from Maruti Suzuki, it becomes clear that the Maruti Ignis features stand at par with what the rivals offer. Plus, it features the kind of equipment that helps it come across as a really very premium model.