I apologise for starting this long-term with a cliché, but time really flies. The last time I drove the Ignis was way back in February i.e. seven months ago. At that time, I was pampered by the top-of-the-line Ignis variant, Alpha, which boasted of a touchscreen infotainment system along with Mini Cooper like toggle switches. The mid-trim Zeta, which is our long-term vehicle, is far more grounded and humble as it comes minus these fancy features and gets a chunky looking floating music system, which is quite an eyesore. Don’t get me started on the numerous buttons the audio system houses. Initially, I did find all the buttons a bit intimidating, but to my surprise, pairing the smartphone was quite an easy task. Once the phone was hooked up to the car stereo, it was all about the bass for me.
The four speakers and two tweeters provide excellent surround sound in the cabin. Good thing is that they easily manage to drown out all the annoying traffic noise outside. As much as I enjoyed the sound clarity, I felt the bass thump could have been better. All-in-all, it is a treat for all audiophiles.
Coming to the cabin space, it is deceptively spacious, going by how compact the Ignis actually looks from the outside. There’s plenty of headroom and legroom, but with three adults sitting in the back, the shoulder space can be a bit of a squeeze. The reason why there is sufficient knee room for the rear passengers is that the front backrests are quite thin. Therefore, on long drives, the front seats provide very little back support as they are quite soft and spongy, so you end up sinking into them. In my opinion, the Ignis’ Achilles’ heel is the seats.