Bookings for the Ignis have commenced. With Rs 11,000, you can book a copy of Maruti's latest either via a Nexa dealership or online on the Nexa's website.
Also Read: How To E-Book Your Maruti Ignis
After taking a good look at the car, we were bowled over with what Maruti Suzuki had presented. The Ignis blends style and practicality very well without even looking like it's trying.
We are expecting the car to be priced between Rs 4.5 lakh and Rs 7.0 lakh, which sounds like a good deal. It'll go up against the Mahindra KUV100, Hyundai Grand i10 and the Figo. Let's see how it stacks up against the competition.
Given the craze after SUVs and crossovers in our country, Mahindra brought the KUV100 to market. The KUV's styling did catch a lot of eyeballs, but only a handful of those ended up buying the car.
Despite its SUV-ish looks, its ground clearance stands at a modest 170mm, which is 10mm lower than the Ignis'.
Power figures are also pretty much in line with the Ignis' for both the engines and the lack of an automatic transmission also turns off some buyers.
Hyundai Grand i10
The Grand i10 follows the less curvy, "Fluidic Version 2.0" design language, which is pleasing to the eyes and appeals to many. It instantly became a hit, and its sales numbers reflect that too. The car's monthly numbers always stay north of the five-digit mark.
It doesn't quite take the path less travelled, though, and remains faithful to the traditional 2-box design theme we've witnessed in this category. We're very fond of more features, and the Grand i10 sprinkles just enough to maintain its momentum.
Performance is again par for the course with the petrol engine while the diesel mill feels lacking in oomph. City drivability is excellent with the diesel engine, but if you're looking for excitement, be prepared to be disappointed.
Fuel efficiency figures are okay with the manual transmission but if you choose the vintage 4-speed torque converter automatic you'll be robbed of the power as well as the efficiency. Hyundai hasn't revealed the efficiency figures for the automatic, which gives us reason to believe that owners should keep their expectations in check and fingers crossed for double-digit numbers at best.
The Ford Figo's second innings didn't start off well, and the sales numbers are discouraging. The car often sees 3-digit dispatches, which is just sad considering its age. The first-gen Figo did such numbers even after being on sale for five years.
The latest iteration of the Figo makes 88PS of power with the petrol engine and a healthy 100PS with the diesel. The 1.2-litre petrol engine feels garden variety, but the diesel is just a blast with its 215Nm of torque that comes early at just 1750rpm and stays put till 3000rpm.
That makes it the most powerful diesel engine in this comparo by quite a margin. The Figo automatic gets a different 1.5-litre petrol engine (112PS) paired with an advanced 6-speed dual clutch transmission making it the most powerful petrol engine on this short list.
It's also the longest car here and with decent efficiency figures too. The petrol engines return fair numbers and while the diesel engine returns a fantastic figure of 25.8kmpl. With a large 40-litre fuel tank, it has the longest legs here and a suitable powertrain to go grand touring.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis
The Ignis has a bunch of trump cards up its sleeve. First is the design, which has the best-in-class ground clearance of 180mm to back it up. The second position goes to the engines. None of them offers segment-best power, but they're very refined and have a proven track record for reliability. There's even a good amount of punch hidden in the rev band that has to be experienced first hand.
Then the fuel efficiency. At 20.9kmpl for the petrol and 26.8kmph for the diesel, the numbers are class-leading. Next up is the automatic transmission, which is available with, both, the petrol and the diesel engine. Choosing the AMT means you neither have to give up the fuel-efficiency nor pay through the nose upfront to acquire them.
The final ace with the Ignis is the Maruti badge. Their widest service network offers owners a peace of mind like no other.
Pricing is again expected to add to the car's strengths. We are expecting it to start at Rs 4.5 lakh for the base petrol variant while the top trim with the diesel engine may cost as much as Rs 7 lakh.
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