Performance – Powering the Maruti Ignis are the tried and tested 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre DDIS diesel engines. The petrol engine is quite fun to drive and loves to be revved. The 81 HP motor offers strong mid and high-end performance making it a peppy car to drive. The diesel engine has relatively less turbo lag compared to the Swift. It is very practical in city traffic conditions and once you hit the mid-range, the strong pulling performance is very much evident. The torquey oil burner with a light clutch makes it a tractable engine. The diesel engine feels very refined as NVH levels are excellent.
The petrol engine loves to be revved while the diesel offers strong performance
Maruti is offering 5-speed AMT with both the petrol and diesel engine options. We drove the diesel AMT. Yes there is that typical AMT lag between shifts but it’s not bad at all at this price for automatic transmission convenience. If you switch to the manual mode, you can extract better performance from the engine if the shifts are timed well. Maruti claims 20.89 km/l for the petrol and 26.80 km/l for the diesel engine, you can expect around 16 km/l and 20 km/l respectively in real world conditions.