Let’s take a comprehensive look at the design, features and price of the Maruti Ignis and see what makes the hatchback quirky and interesting.
Maruti has been the king of the segment when it comes to hatchbacks. It has pioneered the art of creating hatchbacks that are fit for the Indian market. With a comfortable and consistent lead in the market share, Maruti Ignis – The Quirky Hatchback was launched. The Ignis has a design that is very different from other vehicles in the segment.
The Ignis had a lot to promise and deliver on for the Indian consumer. Let’s begin with a comprehensive study of the car and all the things it has to offer to the Indian car market.
Maruti Ignis has a love or hate design language. The design is different from a conventional hatchback and looks interesting to say the least. The front looks crisp and the design is SUV inspired. There is a unique toothed grille and the LED projector headlamps are integrated into the grille itself. However, LED foglamps would’ve been a nice touch instead of the halogens.
Coming to the sides, the car seems to have a boxy shape similar to that of SUVs. The blackened 15-inch alloys look great and enhance the visual appeal. There is a kink in the rear window line along with the unconventional design on the C pillar. Ignis also gets roof rails and an integrated spoiler which enhance the overall character of the car along with the quirky element.
The quirkiness continues to the rear with the squarish taillights and a faux skid plate. The tailgate feels hemmed in and makes the car look a bit odd. The wheel arches taper to side giving it an SUV like stance. Overall, the exterior of the Ignis is quirky with a lot of interesting elements.
Interior and Features
The unconventional character continues inside as well. It gets a dual-tone interior with a combination of black and white. Although, plenty of hard plastics are used inside, the cabin still feels solidly put together. The design is simple and uninterrupted and does not feel outdated. There is a 7-inch touchscreen that sits in the middle and offers all the functions that you need. Below that, you get the toggle style switchgear for the climate control which is another quirky touch.
The seats have great cushioning and are comfortable with great support on offer. It gets body-colored door handles which are unconventional too. However, the door panels get the white plastic and might get dirty quite often. The instrument cluster is basic with analogue odometer and speedometer dials, along with a digital multi-information display.
Maruti Ignis has a decent list of features which are more than enough at this price point. Some of them include, 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Automatic Climate Control, push-button start, keyless entry, steering mounted audio controls, electrically foldable ORVMs, reverse parking camera with parking sensors, voice commands and much more.
Performance and Ride Quality
Maruti Ignis comes with a 1.2-litre petrol engine which churns out 82 bhp and 113 Nm of torque. The highlight of this engine is that it is supremely refined and punchy. It has ample amount of low-end punch for city and driving and a strong mid-range for occasional highway duties. The NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness) levels are well-contained inside the cabin. The Ignis has a matured ride quality and rounds off the bumps and potholes with ease. The steering feels light at city speeds and weighs up nicely at triple-digit speeds exuding confidence. The performance is brisk and the car feels stable at all times, despite the tall dimensions.
The boxy dimensions of the Ignis translate into a good backseat experience. The kink in the rear door could obstruct view but the overall space inside is good. There is enough kneeroom and headroom but under-thigh support is lacking. Adjustable headrests at the rear are a nice touch that will benefit the taller passengers. However, three people at the rear would be a tight squeeze and it is best suited for four adults or four adults and a child. Only the sharp potholes filter inside the cabin and the overall comfort is great at the rear.
Maruti Ignis gets an ample amount of safety kit. Some of which include ABS with EBD, two airbags, side impact beams, engine immobilizer, reverse camera with parking sensors, anti-theft device and child safety locks.
Below is the variant wise price list for the Maruti Ignis.
|Sigma||Rs 4.95 Lakhs|
|Delta||Rs 5.80 Lakhs|
|Zeta||Rs 6.11 Lakhs|
|Delta AMT||Rs 6.30 Lakhs|
|Zeta AMT||Rs 6.61 Lakhs|
|Alpha||Rs 6.86 Lakhs|
|Alpha AMT||Rs 7.36 Lakhs|
Maruti Ignis is a quirky and unconventional hatchback that possesses all the right ingredients to be a successful offering. The quirky bits might appeal to some people and some might find them odd, but this doesn’t negate the fact that it is a brilliant package overall. A person looking to buy a hatchback should definitely consider this vehicle as it ticks all the right boxes and will make you stand out from the crowd.