Maruti Suzuki Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100 - Compact Crossover Comparison

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Maruti Suzuki is all geared up to launch the Ignis compact crossover by the end of this year. There is a lot to look forward to about the Ignis as it will be the next product to be sold under the Nexa roof. When launched, it will compete with the only vehicle in this segment, the Mahindra KUV100.

The Mahindra KUV100 was launched a while ago and has already bet the Bolero's sales in India last month. The KUV is targeted towards the youth and younger generation, and was the only vehicle of its kind also is at the moment.

Since competition is on its way, let's take a comparative look at both the vehicles in various parameters.


  • Maruti Suzuki Ignis: Rs. 4.5 lakh onward [Estimated]
  • Mahindra KUV100: Rs. 4.57 lakh onward [ex-showroom Delhi]

Maruti Suzuki Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100 - Design

Maruti has ditched the flowing lines to settle with an old-school boxy design. The design has been well carried, because the Ignis features a retro look, but with a modern touch. The Ignis is built on a new platform which is 30 percent stiffer and 15 percent lighter.

The Mahindra KUV100 on the other hand is a complete opposite. The KUV has flowing lines and borrows its design from the XUV500, which is either a love it or hate first impression. The KUV is built on a monocoque chassis and received plastic cladding all around that appeals more towards the crossover styling.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100 - Engine Specification & Gearbox

Both crossovers come with a choice of either a petrol or a diesel engine. The Maruti Ignis could recieve the same engine options as the Swift hatchback, but possibly tuned differently. The KUV is the only Mahindra with a petrol engine at the moment. Both, the petrol and diesel engines are three cylinder mills for Mahindra.

Also Read: Maruti Suzuki Ignis First Look Review

Petrol Engine Details

 Maruti Suzuki IgnisMahindra KUV100
Power83 bhp82 bhp
Torque115 Nm114 Nm
Gearbox5-speed manual5-speed manual
Mileage20 km/l18.1 km/l
Boot space258-litres243-litres
Ground clearance180 mm170 mm

Diesel Engine Details

 Maruti Suzuki IgnisMahindra KUV100
Power74 bhp77 bhp
Torque190 Nm190 Nm
Gearbox5-speed manual5-speed manual
Mileage25 km/l25.3 km/l
Boot space258-litres243-litres
Ground clearance180 mm170 mm

Maruti Suzuki Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100 - Features

The Maruti Suzuki Ignis could feature the floating infotainment system that was showcased in the concept. Apart from that, features like climate control, steering mounted controls, leather upholstery, and power windows will also be present. Other features include daytime running lights integrated with the car's projector headlamp unit.

The Mahindra KUV100 also features daytime running lights, 3+3 seating arrangement, dash mounted gear lever, piano black inserts, multifunctional steering wheel, bluetooth connectivity, puddle lamps, height adjustable driver's seat, and power windows.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100 - Safety

The Ignis could be equipped with standard ABS with EBD and driver's side airbag. Other safety features are unknown at the moment since the car was only shown in its concept form. The Mahindra too features ABS with EBD and 2 airbags as standard, while the top end variant receives up to 4 airbags.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100 - Verdict

At the moment, since Mahindra is the only vehicle available, the answer as to what to buy is easy - the KUV100. The Maruti Ignis seems very promising, especially in terms of design, but being a sold through Nexa dealerships could be a drawback since the outlets have received a lot negative feedback from customers.

If Maruti is able to come up with the same magic as it did for the brezza, the Ignis could very well leap ahead of the KUV in terms of sale.

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Story first published: Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 19:14 [IST]
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