Ignis vs Etios Liva Comparison Review

Published on: Jan 26, 2017
Toyota Etios Liva vs Maruti-Suzuki Ignis Comparison:

"Etios Liva is present from a prolonged time but haven't really impressed the buyer's in compact hatch segment in-spite of holding strong brand legacy of Toyota ! While Ignis has got more than 10000+ bookings in one week from the date of its launch. The game changing fact is that Maruti Suzuki has targeted the newfangled generation & the trust towards Maruti is comparable to none".

Pricing & Features:
The top end 'Alpha' (petrol) variant of Ignis is priced at Rs 7.44 lakhs On-road Delhi which is 31,000 Rs more expensive than Etios Liva's top-end 'VX' (petrol) costing 7.13 lakhs on-road Delhi. Nevertheless if you look into the features available in both cars, you'll comprehend that the Ignis is miles ahead of Etios Liva in this department & justifies its extra pricing over the Toyota.

Pricing of other variants:
Petrol:
Ignis Sigma(1.2 MT)- 5.04 lakhs
Ignis Delta(1.2 MT)- 5.70 lakhs
Ignis Delta(1.2 AT)- 6.29 lakhs
Ignis Zeta(1.2 MT)- 6.30 lakhs
Ignis Zeta(1.2 AT)- 7.02 lakhs
Ignis Alpha(1.2 MT)- 7.44 lakhs


Etios Liva GX- 6.13 lakhs
Etios Liva V- 6.39 lakhs
Etios Liva VX- 7.13 lakhs

Diesel: 
Ignis Delta (1.3 MT)- 7.29 lakhs
Ignis Delta (1.3 AT)- 7.91 lakhs
Ignis Zeta (1.3 MT)- 7.87 lakhs
Ignis Zeta (1.3 AT)- 8.49 lakhs
Ignis Alpha (1.3 MT)- 8.87 lakhs

Etios Liva GXD- 7.86 lakhs
Etios Liva VD- 8.06 lakhs
Etios Liva VXD- 8.54 lakhs

Common Features:
ABS, EBD, Dual front Airbags, Steering adjustment, Engine Immobilizer, Central locking, Driver seat adjustment,Rear Wiper, Avg. speed & fuel consumption,Electrically adjustable ORVMs, Rear Defogger, Fog lamps, Integrated 2 Din audio system unit, USB, Aux, Bluetooth, Steering mounted controls.

Extra Features in Ignis (Alpha):
Speed sensing door lock, Key-less start, Headlight Off & Ignition key off reminder, cabin boot access,  60:40 split rear seat, Projector Headlamps, DRLs, Distance to empty, Touch screen infotainment system, Automatic climate control.

Extra Features in Etios Liva VX :
Anti-glare mirrors, Leather wrapped steering wheel, Rear Armrest, Cooled glove Box, Pre-tensioner force limiter seat belts at front

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol:
Powering the Ignis is a 1.2 Liter K-series motor producing 84.3 horses & this is really a very polished engine throughout the accelerations. The power delivery is linear all over the rpm meter, this is because of Ignis lustrous petrol unit which is immense pleasure to drive. The cabin is well insulated and the exhaust note is sweet enough to give you eargasm unlike other cars where the exhaust sound is quite buzzy.
Etios Liva is also equipped with same 1.2 Liter DOHC unit churning 79 horses that is lesser than Ignis's 84 horses on-board. But Liva is never behind the Ignis in terms of performance as this tot from Toyota gives you a enjoyable drive. It will mesmerize you in the city with its driving capability & overtakes in the Highways are a breeze. The petrol motor in the Liva is damn punchy & you could feel the power as soon as you hop on the gas pedal. Erratically one will feel that he is rather driving a mid-sized sedan!

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Ignis -101, Liva - 89
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Ignis - 138 , Liva - 116

Power (PS@rpm): Ignis -84.3@6000, Liva – 79@5600
Torque (Nm@rpm): Ignis -115@4000, Liva – 104@3100
Kerb Weight (kg): Ignis -835, Liva – 895

Diesel: 
Etios Liva have a higher capacity diesel module than the Ignis but Ignis again surpass Liva by producing 74 bhp of power when compared to 67 bhp of Liva. Both ,the 1400cc SOHC engine of Liva & the 1300cc DDIS of the Ignis are not as refined as their petrol counterparts and you could feel noticeable turbo-lag at various sections. The engine buzz could also be heard inside the cabin. The engine needs to be pushed hard at times of overtaking & responses late on hard accelerations. Both diesel engines could not make it up to the mark & driving sometimes becomes burdensome.

 Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Ignis - 79, Liva - 69
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Ignis - 200, Liva –-173

Power (PS@rpm): Ignis - 75@4000, Liva - 68@3800
Torque (Nm@rpm): Ignis - 190@2000, Liva – 170@1800-2400
Kerb Weight (kg): Ignis - 950, Liva - 980

Fuel Efficiency:
Ignis petrol have an ARAI mileage of 20.9 kmpl which is 3.2 kmpl more than Liva's 17.7 kmpl. In our back to back tests the Ignis petrol was 4 kmpl more efficient than the Liva.
The Ignis diesel has an ARAI certified mileage of 26.8 kmpl which is again around 3.3 kmpl greater than Liva's 23.59 kmpl. In real world tests the Ignis proves to be highly impressive as it delivered 5 kmpl more than the Liva.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Petrol:
Ignis  - 20.89, Liva- 17.71


Diesel:
Ignis  - 26.8 , Liva- 23.59

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Ignis (petrol) - 3.45 lakh, Liva (petrol) - 3.85 lakh
Ignis (diesel) - 2.30 lakh , Liva (diesel) - 2.40 lakh

Space & Comfort: 
Both Ignis and Liva offers decent amount of space for the passengers at both front & rear seats. Liva is much longer and wider than the Ignis whereas Ignis has got a tall boy stance due to which it could make extra head room for the rear seat occupants. Seating three average size adults in the rear seats of Liva is much comfortable than the Ignis as Liva is much wider and the floor is flat which makes the middle occupant stretch his legs a bit unlike Ignis having a floor hump in the middle.Neither of the cars will disappoint you in terms of comfort as both offers equal amount of under thigh and back support to its passengers but the lumbar support still lacks in providing peace of mind comfort. Though it could feel uncomfortable in extra long journeys but city commutes and short drives will be no problem.

Boot-space (liters): 
Ignis - 258
Liva - 250


Length (mm): Ignis - 3700, Liva - 3884
Width (mm): Ignis - 1690, Liva - 1695
Height (mm): Ignis - 1595, Liva - 1510

Ride Quality & Handling:
Ignis executes a significant handling in the urban conditions just like its elder Maruti siblings. Liva is also skillful in cutting through traffic situations and feels settled on the tarmac. Although both the cars doesn't deliver utter feedback when steered at the corners due to feeble chassis. Body roll in the Ignis could be experienced much more when cornered continuously in curvy ghat sections while Liva is tactile around curves and body roll is minimal. Ignis tackles the potholes better than Liva as the suspension on Ignis is stiff which also helps in maintaining stability at higher speeds when you steer it rapidly on squeaky surface. With much bigger tyres & higher ground clearance the Ignis lean away swiftly over any patch & provides better grip.      

Wheelbase (mm): Ignis - 2438, Liva - 2460

Ground Clearance (mm): Ignis - 180, Liva - 170

Tyre Size: Ignis - 175/65R15, Liva - 185/60R15

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Maruti Suzuki & Toyota both relinquish matchless reliability. There is no doubt that even customers of both the brand are very much buoyant of the reliability potential that they get after the purchasing the vehicle. Also the commitment of both brands towards their customer's contentment is unquestionable & neither of their customers grumble about anything.  Though Maruti Suzuki is ahead of Toyota in terms of sheer spread of its Service outlets at every corner of the country. Also the labor and spare parts of Maruti are cheaper than Toyota, but this is the part where Toyota's quality is significantly way ahead of any other brand out there.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Ignis Zeta (petrol manual) – 4.00 Lakh
Liva V (petrol ) – 3.70 Lakh
Ignis Alpha (petrol manual) – 4.25 Lakh
Liva VX (petrol) – 3.25 Lakh 

Ignis Zeta (diesel manual) – 4.25 Lakh
Liva VD (diesel) – 4.05 Lakh 
Ignis Alpha (diesel manual) – 4.60 Lakh 
Liva VXD (diesel) - 4.40 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Ignis Delta (petrol) - 5.75 Lakh
Liva V (petrol) - 6.20 Lakh
Ignis Alpha (petrol) - 6.15 Lakh
Liva VX (petrol) - 6.45 Lakh

Ignis Delta (diesel) - 5.55 Lakh
Liva VD (diesel) - 5.95 Lakh
Ignis Alpha (diesel) - 5.80 Lakh
Liva VXD (diesel) - 6.15 Lakh

Verdict:
Toyota is a leader in making high capacity cars like Innova and Fortuner but has not really influenced the buyers in the compact car category from a long time. While the debut of Ignis has really left an immense impact in the hot hatch segment and created a lot of buzz by its long list of features and modern-abilities which it offers to its customers. Both the cars have a very refined petrol engine which is actually fun to drive while the diesel engine suffers from turbo lag and isn't that keen to drive when compared with the punchy petrol unit which loves getting revved. The fuel efficiency of Ignis is a key point to consider as it will be very useful for the average suburbanites who needs to take care of their pockets as well. Maruti has taken game one level ahead by their Ignis and it will surely take Maruti's fortune to new feat over the upcoming years!

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