I wouldn’t go so far as calling it love at first sight however the Ignis did go away an impression on me. I at all times discovered its compact dimensions and boxy styling to be very totally different from all the opposite small automobiles on the market. Oddly, I discovered myself within the minority, as not everybody outdoors of the Autocar India HQ took as keenly to the Ignis’ retro-meets-new-age form. Fortunately, the spouse and daughter did. I nonetheless bear in mind my daughter’s response when she noticed ‘my’ Ignis for the primary time. “Wow, how cute,” was the very first thing she mentioned. Then her eye caught the little she may see of the roof and exclaimed “Fancy roof!” Like father, like daughter, I suppose!
The ‘fancy roof’ she spoke of was the roof sticker from Maruti’s personalisation menu and it gave the automotive much more angle. Additionally, in my e book, the standard-fit black wheels added a lot visible spunk. However there was extra to the Ignis than simply its seems. I used to be an absolute fan of the engine. It certain was zippy however the primary spotlight for me was its refinement. Silent and easy; I believe the engine is a gem. Thoughts you, the Ignis’ cabin certainly doesn’t have the most effective soundproofing, however I may barely hear the engine when on the transfer, and even when idling.
The Ignis proved actually economical too, averaging 15-16kpl. In fact, there have been different components in play too. I go away residence early to beat rush-hour site visitors, and my 35km journey to work contains massive stretches of fast-moving freeway. Additionally, that I used to be virtually at all times alone within the automotive and solely cruising helped too. As ever, I adopted Autocar’s SOP of filling automobiles to the brim to get essentially the most correct gas financial system determine. And because the gas log saved filling, I did discover a discrepancy of about 1km between the precise financial system and the determine displayed on the multi-info show. It was no biggie for me however somebody venturing outdoors of city scapes of their Ignis might be effectively suggested to control the figures.
I took the Ignis out on my out of doors shoots as effectively and I used to be pleasantly stunned by its luggage-carrying capability. Digicam kits, tripods and lights will not be heavy however they’re all oddly formed, so it helped that the rear seats cut up 60:40. Speaking about lights, the Ignis’ LED projector headlamps illuminate the roads in clear white gentle and had been an absolute boon.
The Ignis’ interiors impressed me too. I preferred the massive, easy-to-read touchscreen and the cellphone connectivity. In truth, the massive display was the primary characteristic to catch everybody’s consideration within the small cabin, however, sadly, whoever used it didn’t assume very extremely of the interface. I didn’t thoughts as a lot. The display doubles because the show for the reverse digital camera and your complete system appears to have executed its job effectively as a result of I don’t bear in mind turning for a glance behind, even when reversing into the tightest of parking spots. Rearward visibility could be little bit of a problem as a result of chunky C-pillar however having the display did assist me.
Of the opposite issues, I additionally preferred the air-conditioning unit and the switches felt good to make use of. The centre console has an enormous storage cavity and twin cupholders, and so they had been put to good use caring for my pockets, cellphone and different knick-knacks. Additionally, the cupholder on the rear finish of the console can maintain a bottle of water.
Whereas I preferred a lot of the Ignis, the experience appeared somewhat harsh over unhealthy roads and bumpy surfaces. Issues appeared to get somewhat higher when sooner, however what aggravated me was that I saved listening to thuds from the rear. At first, I believed it was the spare tyre or the instrument equipment getting tossed round within the again, however on nearer inspection, I realised it was the parcel shelf that simply wouldn’t keep clamped down. That apart, no different niggles confirmed up within the eight-and-a-half months I used the automotive.
In all, I clocked eight,800km within the Ignis. Ninety p.c of that was work-related driving in and round Mumbai, with a couple of journeys to Pune bringing in the remainder of the miles. As is kind of apparent, the Ignis delivered on its funky and contemporary promise to me, a lot in order that I’m severely contemplating one for the Baxter storage.
2017 Maruti Ignis long run assessment, second report
2017 Maruti Ignis long run assessment, first report