The Maruti Suzuki Ignis mini SUV was launched as a compact city SUV, in-line with the B-segment hatchbacks. It is competitively priced at Rs 4.59 lakh, with B-segment hatchback buyers, being the target. Though Maruti Suzuki India is already selling the Swift and the Baleno in the hatchback segment, the Ignis might start sharing the sales of both compact cars. The base model of the Swift is available at Rs 4.72 lakh while the top-end model costs Rs 7.44 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi.
Ignis and Swift specifications
1.2L Petrol & 1.3L MJD Diesel
1.2L Petrol & 1.3L Diesel
83bhp / 73.8bhp
81.8bhp / 73.8bhp
115Nm / 190Nm
115Nm / 190Nm
5-speed MT & AMT
The petrol variant of Ignis is powered by a 1.2-litre K-Series engine capable of producing 81.8bhp of power and 115Nm of torque whereas diesel engine come in 1.3-litre variant which produces 73.8bhp of power and 190Nm of torque. Though the engines are same as Swift's, the Ignis petrol engine is less powerful as Swift’s 1.2L K-Series petrol engine which churns out 83bhp and a peak torque of 115Nm. However, the diesel engine is the same as the Ignis. While Ignis has a 5-speed manual as well as AMT unit, the swift is powered via a 5-speed manual gearbox only.
Ignis and Swift mileage
20.4kmpl petrol & 25.2kmpl diesel
20.89kmpl petrol & 26.80kmpl diesel
Both the cars have the same engine specifications but the Ignis is based on Suzuki’s new generation platform. Its engine is lighter contributing to greater fuel efficiency and performance. Swifts petrol and diesel versions claim 20.4kmpl and 25.2kmpl of mileage and on the other hand Ignis claims 20.89kmpl and 26.80kmpl on petrol and diesel versions respectively.
Ignis and Swift dimensions
The Swift measures 3,850mm in length, 1,695mm in width and 1,530mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2430mm. The Ignis is 3,700mm long, 1,660mm wide and 1,595mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,438mm. The Swift in comparison is 150mm longer and 35mm wider while the Ignis is 65mm taller and has 8mm longer wheelbase.
The Swift provides 170mm of ground clearance whereas Ignis stands higher with a ground clearance of 180mm, which can effectively tackle Indian road conditions. The Ignis also has a boot space of 258-litres, expandable up to 415-litres compared to storage space of the Swift which is almost 50-litres less at 205.
Ignis and Swift features
The Ignis comes equipped with flared wheel arches, nicely designed chromed front fascia, clam-shell bonnet, jewelled headlamps, blacked out A and B pillars, 16-inch alloys, tailgate mounted spoiler and a rear windscreen wiper. The interiors include sporty orange highlights, dual-tone dashboard with integrated touchscreen display. The top model gets SmartPlay infotainment system with bluetooth enabled audio system, automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay, and keyless entry with engine starter button. Safety features include ABS with EBD, automatic headlamps and dual front airbags.
The Swift features less excitement with only honeycomb grille, sweptback headlamps, fog lamp with silver bezel on housing and large air dam.
Swift even today is a smart looking vehicle but Ignis has a very attractive eye-catching design which would appeal more to the younger generation. When it comes to engines, both the cars have almost identical power but Ignis is also available in AMT transmission options and claims to have slightly better mileage. The base price of the Ignis is less than the Swift but the top end variant, because of AMT, is more expensive. We'll have to wait for the Swift 2017 update to make a fair comparison.