The flat design dashboard and the new steering wheel look fresh

Interiors – The distinct nature of the Ignis continues on the inside as well. The interiors look fresh and are not inspired with its current siblings in the lineup. The dual-tone dashboard with flat design looks very European and minimalistic. The 3-spoke steering wheel is all-new with integrated audio and Bluetooth controls, it feels good to hold. Behind the steering is a new instrument cluster which is easy to read and looks modern with neat dials and a sizeable multi-information TFT screen displaying outside temperature, time, average and instantaneous fuel efficiency, drive range, doors open/close status, trip metres, ODO metre, etc.

The infotainment system consists of a jutting out tab-like touchscreen unit that adds to the aesthetics of the interior. The user interface is the same as the other Maruti cars and it comes with a range of connectivity options including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There is an integrated Navigation system and the screen also doubles up as a display for the rear parking camera. Audio quality is very good and connecting via Bluetooth is an easy task. However, the tab-like screen only comes with the range topping Alpha variant. You won’t get this display with the AMT’s top variant (Zeta) that comes with a regular audio system with Bluetooth connectivity and a small screen. You also don’t get auto climate control in the Zeta variant.

The seats are comfortable and the cabin offers adequate space

The Ignis has a roomy cabin with simple yet classy design that is practical too

Another distinct touch in the centre console are the cockpit style toggle switches for the AC settings, very sleek. The switches feel tactile and the overall build quality, fit and finish is good. There are a lot of storage spaces in the cabin. All doors get bottle holders including rear that have half litre bottle storage. The driving position is good, outward visibility is great and confidence inspiring while the ergonomics are spot on.

The tight boot space is a bit of a compromise in the Ignis

The cabin feels roomier than the Swift since it has a flat dashboard that scoops out some space up front. The rear passengers get adequate legroom while head room is excellent even for the tall passengers since it has a tallboy design. The under-thigh support is lacking though for tall passengers and three adults at the rear is a tight fit. The boot space at 260-litres is much more spacious than the Maruti Swift. Some of the other features include keyless entry with push button start, reverse parking sensors with camera, power folding ORVMs, projector headlights with LED DRLs, etc.