The Ignis would be the latest car to be launched from Maruti owned Nexa dealership. First showcased in India at the 2016 AutoExpo, the Ignis looks bold and is a compact hatchback that would compete directly with the Mahindra KUV100, both cars are very similar in proportions and have a tall-boy design that’s generally associated with spaciousness and comfort by people at large.
How do these cars stand on the scale, we find out in this comparison.
Design and Exterior
While both cars are modern, the KUV100 looks particularly flashy and somewhat overdone with kinks and creases all around. Individual elements of the design do not contribute to any major theme at large, like it or hate it, it’s hard to ignore for sure. The car actually looks better in person than what the images suggest.
The Ignis on the other hand isn’t nondescript but has more traditional and somewhat boxy looks which are appealing in an odd way. It’s inspired from Suzuki cars that are as old as 1971, features like clamshell bonnet; C-pillar slits etc. are directly derived from cars of older generations (Read complete story here!). Design being subjective thing and a matter of personal preference, we would not try to draw you out of your reason whether it’s for or against liking any of the two. Take your pick for whatever reason.
|Dimensions and Capacities||Maruti Suzuki Ignis||Mahindra KUV100|
|Length||3700 mm||3675 mm|
|Width||1690 mm||1715 mm|
|Height||1595 mm||1635 mm|
|Wheelbase||2435 mm||2385 mm|
|Ground clearance||180 mm||170 mm|
|Boot capacity||260 litre||243 litre|
Each of these cars offers DRLs while Ignis unlike the KUV100, also offers ORVMs that integrate the turn indicators. You get 14inch alloy wheels with highest variant of the KUV100, Ignis’s Alpha would offer 15inch alloys.
Interiors and Features
The KUV100 is an odd ball and offers seating capacity of six, unlike the Ignis which can seat only five. Due to this you would find an oddly placed gear lever in case of the Mahindra KUV100. Both cars get benefitted from high set seats as a direct result of the tall-boy design.
Both cars use a dual-tone scheme for interiors. The KUV100 offers a mood lighting that jazzes up the overall ambience, the Ignis manages to do it without it. Though there’s nothing grossly wrong with the KUV100’s layout, the conventional layout of the Ignis is easy on the eyes.
Ignis also offers Suzuki’s proprietary SLDA Remote App which’s expected to work like Mahindra’s Blue sense and lets you set service reminders, access control for music etc. The Ignis also offers a navigation system while the KUV100 misses upon. While you do get other obligatory features like steering mounted controls and music system with four speakers and two tweeters with both these cars.
ABS and EBD form a part of standard equipment in case of both the cars. Ignis also offers ISOFIX as standard which lets you mount a child’s seat and secure it safely with a seat belt. Airbags are not standard and top of the line variants of both cars get two frontal airbags.
Engine and Transmission
With the KUV100 Mahindra introduced a set of engines that have been developed in-house. There’s a 1.2-litre petrol that develops 82bhp of power and 115Nm of torque. A similar capacity oil burner puts out 77bhp of power and impressive torque figures (190Nm). Both motors come equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission and there’s no option of automatic.
|Engine and Gearbox||Maruti Suzuki Ignis||Mahindra KUV100|
|Engine capacity||1.2 litre (P) / 1.3 litre (D)||1.2 litre (P) / 1.2 litre (D)|
|Gearbox||5 MT & AMT / 5 MT & AMT||5 MT / 5 MT|
|Power||82bhp / 74bhp||82bhp / 77bhp|
|Torque||113Nm / 190Nm||115Nm / 190Nm|
|Mileage (Kmpl)||20.89kmpl / 26.8kmpl||18.15kmpl / 25.32kmpl|
Maruti is not taking any chances and is offering AMT option with tried and tested motors that power other cars. The 1.2-litre petrol motor out of the Swift pumps out 82bhp of power (which is 2bhp less than what the Swift produces) and 113Nm of torque. The 1.3-litre diesel motor develops same power and torque figures as the Swift, 74bhp and 190Nm.
The Ignis has a novelty factor working for it, along with the badge that’s synonymous with trust, it really makes a great buy. The KUV100 has so far received a lukewarm response and with the Ignis on the scene, the sales could diminish even further.