If an auto enthusiast was asked to describe the most hotly contested car segment in the country today, odd are he ould say it was the hatchback segment. Indeed, with newer and more offerings being laid out, the Indian auto-buyer is truly spoilt for choice. A new segment has also been created by the January 2016-launched Mahindra KUV100 as well: the micro-SUV. The two hottest kids in the town in this segment, which is the sub-four metre SUV, are the Maruti Suzuki Ignis and the Mahindra KUV100. Which of the two should you buy? Read our neck and neck right here.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Vs Mahindra KUV100: Under The Hood
The Mahindra KUV100 subcompact SUV comes with both petrol and diesel engine and is the first Mahindra vehicle, traditionallya heavy vehicle manufacturer, to get a petrol powertrain. The KUV100 has the mFalcon family to thank for the new and improved engines. The Maruti Suzuki Ignis has a1.3 L Diesel engine which is good for a maximum output of75 bhp at a peak torque of 190Nm. The Mahindra KUV100, on the other hand, has a slightly smaller1.2 L Diesel engine,which can produce comparable power and torque output. The petrol Ignis has a smaller1.2 L Petrol enginewhen compared to the1.3 L petrol engine of the KUV100. The two petrol engines are very similar in both power and torque output as well. When it comes to transmission, however, the diesel variants of the Maruti Suzuki Ignis edges out the rival with either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT option. The diesel Ignis vehiclealso has either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT. The KUV100 only has a 5-speed manual transmission on the two variants. The Maruti Suzuki Ignis wins this round.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Vs Mahindra KUV100: Design and Styling
The two competitors score big on aggressive and a thoroughly muscular styling. The new Ignis has bold stature with a high ground clearance.The Mahindra KUV100 also features inspired design. It does seem to look a little awkward when seen from certainangles. The main design problem with the MahindraKUV100 is that it has very small wheels whenviewed in its entirety. The Maruti Ignis also has a bigger chrome-lined front grille which houses the fluid headlamps. The headlamps have the LED DRL option as astandard feature. The Ignis also has headlamps a slightly curved windshield in the rear which gives it a tall-boy appearance. Indeed, the Maruti Suzuki Ignis carries the best of both worlds: the SUV and the hatchback.
Look inside and you will see why Maruti has betso much on the new Ignis. The new interiors appear actually classy and show the detail to attention. The KUV100 has a centrally located control console which makes 3+3 seating a reality. The Ignis has a much improved front console with all the perks a customer would want. The Ignis destined for Indian shores also has a black-ivory white cabin combo. Besides, the Ignis also features body-coloured highlights on the inside. Indeed, the interiors of the Ignis is actually more premium than the rival and hence, the Maruti Suzuki Ignis wins this round handsomely.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100 Features/Safety
The Mahindra KUV100 comes with pretty decent, if not spectacular, features. The base variants are loaded with certain distinct features like tilt adjustable power steering, a solid air conditioner, ABS with EBD, as well as a roof spoiler, and even a gear indicator. The Mahindra KUV100 also has 14-inch steel wheels. The top trims also have chrome-ensconced fog lamps, with alloy wheels, LED-DRLs and a very sensible feature: doors equipped with puddle lamps. The Ignis, however, has a more premium infotainment system.
The new Maruti Suzuki Ignis has a 12V power outlet, the identical tilt adjustable steering wheel, bigger 15-inch steel wheels, added safety features like driver side auto down power windows, a thoroughly appreciated driver seatbelt reminder, fantastic speed sensing door locks, as well as the mandatory ABS with EBD plus dual front airbags. The top trims also haveLED projector headlamps along with DRLs, a reverse parking camera, automatic climate control and the SmartPlay infotainment system with aremote app. Clearly, the Maruti Suzuki Ignis wins this round.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Vs Mahindra KUV100 Price and Verdict
The result is more straightforward than most other comparisons. The Maruti Suzuki Ignis is a better buy. It is also more expensive. The Ignis starts at Rs. 4.59 lakhs and goes up to Rs Rs 6.30 lakhs. The KUV100 is marginally inexpensive. However, judging purely on specs, features and looks, buy the Maruti Suzuki Ignis.