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.