Maruti Ignis vs Swift — Designed To Enthrall

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Maruti Suzuki is leaping ahead in the premium segment which was an area that never really helped the company. With the Maruti Baleno, the car maker is taking the premium segment to a different level.

The Maruti Ignis is the next launch from the company it is touted to be the mini-crossover from Suzuki. How does it fare when compared to the well established and most loved Maruti Swift? Let us compare each other and find out.

Specification Comparison: Maruti Ignis vs Swift

Design of the Maruti Ignis vs Swift


A boxy and squared out design of the Maruti Ignis might remind you of prepped Wagon R, but, don't be fooled by the looks. The Ignis is built to and behave like an SUV, the high stance and high eye-point helps you to handle the car very well from the driving position.

Specification Comparison: Maruti Ignis vs Swift

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The high ground clearance adds to the SUV feature and helps you go soft off-roading over the weekend. The Ignis will come with projector headlamps with DRL along the chrome grille which adds the style quotient when you ride your car in the city during the weekdays.

Specification Comparison: Maruti Ignis vs Swift

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One of the most loved cars, the Maruti Swift is loved in India and at the global markets where it is available. Along with sporty look, it is sporty on the inside as well with a capable engine. The design of the Swift might by conventional and outdated, however, it is a class apart.

The swept back headlamps to the well rounded overall design brings out the youth in you. A bright and edgy yet a firm-to-the-ground feel makes the Swift a great contender among the youths.

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Maruti will equip with the Ignis with modern design inside the mini-crossover. A floating infotainment system lets you jump to the future and with the squared out AC vents and the glovebox, Suzuki has brought the exterior design language to the interiors as well.

Specification Comparison: Maruti Ignis vs Swift

As for the Maruti Swift, the interiors are elegant and premium, the V-Shaped centre console and the silver brushed accents is a real welcome to your eyes. The dual tone rich fabric seats compliment the colour of the interior plastics and lets you enjoy a roomier feel.

Overall Design Rating

  • Maruti Ignis 8/10
  • Maruti Swift 7.5/10

Engine & Gearbox of the Maruti Ignis vs Swift

The Maruti Ignis is expected to be powered by the same engine as the Swift. It will come with 1.3.-litre diesel engine powered by 74bhp and 190Nm of torque and mated to a 5-speed gearbox.

As for the petrol, the 1.2-litre engine which will churn out 83bhp and 115Nm of peak torque, the petrol engine will be mated with a 5-speed manual and CVT gearbox.

The above spec is the same as the Maruti Swift, except that both these vehicles are of different body style and driving them will be of different experience, expecting the Ignis to take the better performance of the engine.

Overall Engine Rating 

  • Maruti Ignis 8/10
  • Maruti Swift 8/10

Features of the Maruti Ignis vs Swift

Maruti Ignis is loaded with some of the modern features found in many of the current generation cars globally. Since the Ignis will be sold through the Nexa outlets, it will come with premium features like dual airbags, ABS with EBD, DRLs with projector headlamps, and touchscreen infotainment system.

As for the Swift, it can boast of start/stop button, auto climate control, dual airbags and ABS with EBD, electric ORVMs, and steering mounted audio and phone controls.

Overall Features Rating

  • Maruti Ignis 8/10
  • Maruti Swift 7/10

Pricing of the Maruti Ignis vs Swift

Maruti Ignis is expected to be priced in the range of Rs. 5 lakh to Rs. 8 lakh, while the Maruti Swift is priced between Rs. 4.71 lakh to Rs. 7.44 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi).

Verdict of the Maruti Ignis vs Swift

Maruti Ignis is definitely a winner as it is a new model with a host of premium features. It also has the advantage of the SUV characteristics like high ground clearance, roof rails, side plastic body claddings, and better safety features.

The Maruti Swift cannot be ruled out as it is a genuine sporty looking car and not a crossover which is a mix of two types of vehicles. The Swift has a youthful feel and brings out the energy in you.

Story first published: Monday, July 4, 2016, 17:25 [IST]
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