Ig­nit­ing Logic

Car India - - OUR CARS - — JimGorde

MARUTI SUZUKI’S LAT­EST EN­TRANT IN the Nexa pre­mium space as also our long-term fleet is a jaunty lit­tle hatch em­u­lat­ing a com­pact crossover. Not only does the name re­vive mem­o­ries of their ral­ly­ing past, but it also proves it­self to be a won­der­ful means of city trans­port.

The Ig­nis Zeta 1.2 AGS I’ve been handed the keys to has grown on me. First, it was the com­pact di­men­sions and de­sign that made get­ting used to its pro­por­tions so easy, thanks to its rounded edges and al­most a com­plete lack of over­hangs. Sec­ond, it was the space that let me breathe at ease, with com­fort­able seats, too. Third, given some try­ing times, the Auto Gear Shift, though not driver-ori­ented, proved it­self a use­ful tool for tack­ling city traf­fic. Be­sides, its rorty sound­track livens up the oth­er­wise mun­dane com­mutes, when the road opens up a lit­tle.

It’s a nim­ble lit­tle han­dler and its squat pro­por­tions, with a wider rear track, add to its ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity and re­in­force driv­ing con­fi­dence. With its 32-litre tank and fru­gal en­gine, its ef­fi­ciency has proved to be a huge plus, with track­ing du­ties and jaunts to Mum­bai all taken in its stride. It is a rather pricey hatch to buy, and you can’t have the auto ’box in the top-spec ‘Al­pha’ trim. That’s not some­thing the car can help, how­ever. For what it is, a light-weight and peppy run­about, it does its job well.

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