This Maruti Ignis test drive review indicates a successful outing for the micro-SUV with nimble performance, VFM features and character-rich exterior
Maruti Suzuki Ignis micro-SUV is entering a segment with huge potential in its class and has a distinct rival in the name of Mahindra KUV100. Scheduled to make market debut on January 13, the Ignis will be offered in two proven engine choices: a 1.2-litre K-series petrol and a 1.3-litre DDiS diesel.
Besides the regular five-speed manual gearbox, both the powertrain options will get AMT that enhances the availability of drive mode customers can pick up. It will be the smallest and less expensive product to be sold from Nexa till date and is feature-laden to upset some of the competitors higher up the price bracket it originally indulges in.
Some of the first-for Maruti Suzuki equipment the Ignis mini will boast of are a set of stylish LED projector headlamps and carbon-fibre detailing. It is the first vehicle that you can book online from Maruti’s stable and it gains standard features like dual airbags and ABS, 15-inch alloy wheels, Nexa safety shield, pre-tensioners, force limiter and Isofix mounts, front and rear impact shield.
There is no shortage of upmarket elements like a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment with mirror link, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Premium quality leather, dual-tone interior layout and a range of exterior customisation are expected to fulfill the after-market depth the micro-SUV is capable of.
Before we come to a definitive conclusion of this promising vehicle, reviews from international markets where it has been already been made available for sale are suggesting a positive hit rate. With its fresh, distinctive looks and retro touches Ignis takes on the established rivals like VW Up in Europe and has been asserted to feed in a new breed of life into the city car space.
Suzuki’s lightweight platform that also underpins the Baleno has made the micro-SUV to tip the weighing scale at just 810 kilograms. While the lighter chassis will aid in better fuel economy, the fun-to-drive factor won’t be hindered on the Indian roads as we predict as our domestic market is better used to the engine lineup already and could surprise a few with its agility. We will be driving the Ignis by mid-Jan and explaining everything that has to!