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Competition Check: Maruti Suzuki Ignis

Competition Check: Maruti Suzuki Ignis
Bilal Firfiray Bilal Firfiray Friday 13 January 2017, 16:48 PM

Maruti Suzuki’s much anticipated compact crossover, the Ignis, has finally been launched in India. It will join the S-Cross and Baleno as third offering from the premium Nexa dealership. The Ignis is a compact tall-boy stance, it is dynamically better, and premium. And when combined with the feature laden cabin, the Ignis pledges a severe contention for the top spot among the B-segment hatchbacks in the Indian market. In order to find out how the Ignis fares against the competition, here is our competition check.

Mahindra KUV100

The Ignis and the KUV100 have always been compared to each other owing to the fact that both these cars have tried to bring something different to the equation. Defining the compact crossover, both the vehicles are premium B-Segment offerings including their quirky looks. The Ignis is the better looking car of the two though and its feature list is quite comprehensive. The KUV100 misses out on the automatic transmission which the Ignis provides right off the bat. Though KUV tries to score with an insertion of an extra seat, the Ignis gets the brand Maruti advantage.

Hyundai Grand i10

The Grand i10 is the closest competitor of the Ignis in terms of powertrain, but the Ignis scores some extra brownie points for standard safety features, new design and upright tall-boyish stance. The Grand i10 is due for an update, and Hyundai must have been working round the clock to match the all-new and fresh Ignis. The Grand i10 was the fifth highest selling car in India last year and the introduction of the all-new Ignis with a competitive pricing will give the puny hatch a run for its money.

Tata Bolt

The Bolt initiated Tata’s new design philosophy. It comes with first-in-segment driving modes but loses out on the automatic transmission when compared to Ignis. The engine and power outputs are almost identical between the two; especially in the diesel guise since both the car uses the Fiat-derived 1.3-litre Multijet engine. The Ignis is better looking of the two, because most of the Bolt’s element such as the silhouette, still reminds you of the yesteryear Tatas. But Tata’s competitive pricing with a spacious cabin helps the Bolt’s proposition against the Ignis.

Honda Brio

Honda has updated the Brio hatchback recently. The Brio’s peppy i-Vtec petrol engine and quality handling set a benchmark for the Ignis to reckon with. Both the cars offers the automatic transmission, but Brio is misses out on the diesel automatic. Despite being updated just last year, the Brio feels old compared to the fresh and flamboyant design of the Ignis. The Brio also loses out on the features such as ABS with EBD, ISOFIX for the child seat, and dual airbags on the lower trims whereas they are standard on the Ignis.

 

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