Ignis vs Grand i10 Comparison Review

Published on: Jan 15, 2017
Hyundai Grand i10 vs Maruti-Suzuki Ignis Comparison:

"For the last three years Grand i10's consistent sales of 10,000 units per month, seems to have stuck like thorn in Maruti's side. Maruti has spared no effort in targeting the golden goose of its Korean rival, and delivered a comprehensively superior vehicle over the Grand i10"

Pricing & Features:
The Ignis ‘Delta’ petrol, is priced at 5.70 Lakh Rs. On road Delhi, which is identical to Grand i10 ‘Magna’. The Ignis ‘Delta AT’ costs 6.30 Lakh, which is 20,000 Rs. cheaper than Grand i10 ‘Magna AT’ costing 6.5 Lakh Rs.

Even though both cars may cost the same, the Ignis ‘Delta’ has numerous extra features over the Grand i10 Magna like ABS, Passenger Airbag, Music System, Steering Wheel Switches & Tilt Adjustable Steering. The Grand i10 on the other hand has only two extra features over the Ignis, which are Fog Lamps & Rear AC Vents.

Common Features: Driver Airbags, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors

Extra Features in Ignis (Delta): ABS, Passenger Airbag Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 2 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches

Extra Features in Grand i10 (Magna): Fog Lamps, Rear AC Vents, no Tilt Steering

Pricing of other variants:
Ignis Delta (diesel manual) – 7.30 Lakh
Grand i10 Magna (diesel manual) – 6.85 Lakh
Ignis Delta AMT (diesel automatic) – 7.95 Lakh

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol:
The Ignis is around 100 kilograms lighter than the Grand i10. This gives it a slight advantage over the Grand i10, in terms of performance. Engine-wise, Hyundai's Kappa 2 mill and Suzuki's K12 unit are quite evenly matched. Both of them are a bit deficient in low-end torque, but have strong mid-range performance and outstanding refinement.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Ignis – 101, Grand i10 – 89 (difference 14%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Ignis – 138, Grand i10 – 122 (difference 13%)

Power (PS@rpm): Ignis – 84.3@6000, Grand i10 – 83@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Ignis - 115@4000, Grand i10 – 114@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Ignis – 835, Grand i10 – 935

Diesel:
When it comes to diesels, the Ignis runs far ahead of the Grand i10. Grand i10's 1120cc 3-pot diesel, is no match to Ignis' Fiat sourced Multijet unit. Given that the Ignis is lighter than the Grand i10, it boasts of an almost 30% higher torque-to-weight ratio than the Hyundai. The difference is especially evident on the Highways, where the Grand i10 struggles to overtake heavy vehicles, while the Ignis easily zooms past them. However, Grand i10 is slightly more drivable around town, thanks to a turbocharger, which spools up earlier than the Ignis.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Ignis – 79, Grand i10 - 69 (difference 15%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Ignis – 200, Grand i10 - 156 (difference 28%)

Power (PS@rpm): Ignis – 75@4000, Grand i10 – 71@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Ignis – 190@2000, Grand i10 – 160@2000
Kerb Weight (kg): Ignis – 950, Grand 1i0 – 1025

Fuel Efficiency:
Petrol:
Both the manual as well as automatic variants of the Ignis petrol have ARAI mileage of 20.9 kmpl, which is 2 & 4 kmpl more than the Grand i10 manual & automatic respectively.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): Ignis (manual & automatic) – 20.89, Grand i10 (manual) – 18.9, Grand i10 (automatic) – 16.95
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): Ignis (manual & automatic) – 3.40 Lakh, Grand i10 (manual) – 3.75 Lakh, Grand i10 (automatic) – 4.20 Lakh

Diesel:
The Ignis diesels, manual as well as automatic have an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 26.8 kmpl, which is 2.8 kmpl more than the Grand i10 manual.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): Ignis (manual & automatic) – 26.8, Grand i10 – 24 (manual)
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km: Ignis (manual & automatic) – 2.20 Lakh, Grand i10 (manual) – 2.45 Lakh

Space & Comfort:
Both the Grand i10 and the Ignis are quite evenly matched in terms of interior space. However, the Ignis has a slight advantage over the Grand i10 in terms of rear shoulder space. The Ignis is able to comfortably accommodate, three full-size adults in the rear, whereas in the Grand i10, seating three adults in the rear, becomes an unexpectedly tight affair. However, the Grand i10 partially makes up for it with a more luxurious and well appointed cabin compared to the quirky and utilitarian interiors of the Ignis.

Boot-space (lit): Ignis - 258, Grand i10 - 256

Length (mm): Ignis – 3700, Grand i10 – 3765
Width (mm): Ignis – 1690, Grand i10 – 1660
Height (mm): Ignis – 1595, Grand i10 – 1520

Ride Quality & Handling:
The Ignis edges ahead of the Grand i10 due to its dynamic abilities. The Grand i10 is sprung too softly giving it a softer ride than the Ignis at low speeds. But as the speeds rise, the Grand i10 gets skittish and wallows over the bumps. The Ignis feels a bit stiff at low speeds but maintains far better composure than the Grand i10 at highway speeds.

The Grand i10 is a complete let down around twisty roads. It suffers from excessive body roll, and understeers, when pushed hard. Its overtly light steering, does not weigh up adequately with speed, and transmits absolutely no feel or feedback, from the surface below. The Ignis corners much better, with neutral handling and a well weighted, precise steering setup. The Grand i10 also loses out to the Ignis, in terms of suitability to Indian road conditions, due to its low ground clearance and feels delicate while tackling rough roads.

Wheelbase (mm): Ignis - 2438, Grand i10 - 2425

Ground Clearance (mm): Ignis – 180, Grand i10 – 165

Tyre Size: Ignis – 175/65R15, Grand i10 - 165/65R14

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Both Maruti and Hyundai have worked their asses off for decades, to command the strong reputation for Service Support that they do, compared to all other players present in the market today. However, even today Hyundai remains a step behind Maruti in terms of the inherent reliability of its products as well as service costs.

Resale & Cost of Ownership:
Within the next 5 to 7 years, the Grand i10 will be replaced by an all new model, but the Ignis will still be present in its current avatar, giving it a slight advantage over the Grand i10 in terms of resale value. Overall the Ignis 'Delta' petrol-manual works out to be 80,000 Rs. cheaper than the corresponding Grand i10 'Magna', while the Ignis 'Delta AT' works out to be a jaw dropping 2 Lakh Rs. cheaper than the Grand i10 'Magna AT'. Notably, even the Ignis 'Delta AT' diesel works out to be just 10,000 Rs. more expensive than the Grand i10 'Magna' diesel-manual, in terms of Total Cost of Ownership.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Ignis Delta (petrol manual) – 4.00 Lakh
Grand i10 Magna (petrol manual) – 3.50 Lakh
Ignis Delta AT (petrol automatic) – 4.25 Lakh
Grand i10 Magna AT (petrol automatic) – 3.25 Lakh

Ignis Delta (diesel manual) – 4.25 Lakh
Ignis Delta AT (diesel automatic) – 4.75 Lakh
Grand i10 Magna (diesel manual) – 3.75 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Ignis Delta (petrol manual) – 5.10 Lakh
Grand i10 Magna (petrol manual) – 5.90 Lakh
Ignis Delta AT (petrol automatic) – 5.45 Lakh
Grand i10 Magna AT (petrol automatic) – 7.45 Lakh

Ignis Delta (diesel manual) – 5.25 Lakh
Ignis Delta AT (diesel automatic) – 5.65 Lakh
Grand i10 Magna (diesel manual) – 5.55 Lakh

Verdict:
For the last three years Grand i10's consistent sales of 10,000 units per month, seems to have stuck like thorn in Maruti's side. Maruti has spared no effort in targeting the golden goose of its Korean rival, and delivered a comprehensively superior vehicle over the Grand i10.

 The Ignis is cheaper, has more features, is more efficient, quicker, more spacious and has better dynamics than the Grand i10. But Suzuki didn't stop there. Suzuki has actually left no stone unturned, by offering an AMT option with both their powerplants. We have to hand it over to the Ignis for being the deserving winner of this shootout.

The Ignis AMT diesel would be our pick of the range. It combines the overtaking prowess of the Multijet diesel, with the intra city convenience of the automatic transmission making the Ignis AT diesel the proverbial best of both Worlds!

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