The Ignis is an enjoyable car. A big reason why this has been possible is due to the suspension set-up. Body roll is minimal and the ride is devoid of unwanted sponginess, even while going through mild undulations at high speeds. The flip side is the ride quality. Sharp / broken roads are felt easily and the same goes for those plastic (ABS) speed-breakers. In the aim of making the Ignis an enjoyable car, the comfort factor has been compromised to an extent. For example, cars like the VW Polo drive so well, without being ‘harsh’ over broken roads.
A revelation here is the steering of the petrol Ignis. It is very light to operate and a big boon for city usage, a driving environment where the Ignis will spend most of its time. I won’t call the most involving or ‘direct’ unit out there among hatchbacks, but if you consider the main rivals, it does the job very well. The diesel Ignis’ steering is heavier which also gives you a bit more confidence at higher speeds.
The Ignis starts at Rs 4.59 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. ABS and dual airbags are standard across the range. This price makes it cheaper than cars like the Honda Brio and about 65,000 less than its own bigger sibling, the Maruti Baleno. The Ignis looks small from the outside with limited shoulder room at the back, but in every other area, it scores high or top marks. As I said earlier, the Ignis manages to break the good old tradition of the way people look at a Maruti hatchback. This is something different, one that will cater and appeal to a particular set of young Indians. Maruti itself isn’t looking at huge numbers – this thanks to its fully utilized manufacturing plants. With the Ignis, Maruti is trying to pull in buyers from other manufacturer’s showrooms and with the kind of response it has garnered, I must say the company has managed to do its homework quite well.
Here is a quick look at the prices of the Ignis and some of its rivals