Maruti Ignis Petrol & Diesel Review from an ex Maruti loyalist

Maruti Ignis Nexa
This is the top spec Alpha version (not available in AMT)

Step inside and the bling factor settles down slightly. It is still there, with the body colored panels (door handles and central tunnel) and ‘tab’ like touch-screen system. Even the speedometer console in the top end trim looks great at night and ditto for the toggle switches. The Ignis can impress even the most coolest of your friends out there.

Maruti Ignis Nexa
The new steering

More than that, the cabin is functional too. From comfortable seats to superb ergonomics which are possible due to big windows and slightly raised seating posture, the Ignis is one of those cars which make you feel at home immediately. Further, the low dash will certainly help shorter drivers. And I am happy to see the new steering wheel – its a great departure from the ones we have been used to for years now. The glove box on the other hand isn’t too generous in terms of space.

Maruti Ignis Nexa
These look good. Work equally well!

The dual tone theme looks nice, however, even on our test units, the bright lower part of the cabin had dirt marks on it. Owners will have a hard time keeping their cars clean on the inside. And though the top-end manual versions are fully loaded, the top-end automatic versions come without the fancy tab like touch-screen system, climate control and even a basic feature like seat height adjustment for the driver’s seat. I think this is a BIG miss considering that a big chunk of AMT buyers will be lady / women drivers.

Maruti Ignis Android Auto
Android Auto!

Moving on to the back seats, though there is no dearth of legroom and headroom, shoulder space is really tight for three adults. The Ignis then makes good sense for two couples and not a fifth stag adult! There are no rear air-con vents (the Hyundai Grand i10 offers that) but on the flip side, visibility and airy-ness is excellent and this inspite of the big C pillar panels. The doors open wide and this will be preferred by many. Those with small kids will appreciate the ISOFIX seats as well (good if you use baby car seats).

Maruti Ignis Nexa
Rear seat space

Worthy of a mention here is the sound quality of the infotainment system for the top-end Alpha version. Not only is the system very user friendly (it gets Android Auto and Car Play), you won’t find a reason to upgrade the speakers post your purchase.

Maruti Ignis Nexa boot
Rear seats do not fold flat

The Ignis comes with a boot space of 260 litres which is more than that of the Swift and the Grand i10. However, the rear seats do not fold flat. They do offer a 60:40 split though.

Spare wheels isn’t an alloy