Maruti Suzuki Ignis vs Baleno Comparison Review

Maruti Suzuki Baleno vs Ignis Comparison:


"The CVT is a joy to use around town, with seamless power delivery compared to AMT's intermittent power transmission. But on the Highway, the Baleno suffers from what is known as the rubber-band effect. If you floor the accelerator on the Baleno during an overtake, it just makes the engine spin faster, without any boost in acceleration"

Ignis vs Baleno Comparison Video:


Pricing & Features:
The Baleno ‘Delta’ petrol, is priced at 6.40 Lakh Rs. On road Delhi. Now at exactly the same price, you can either get the Ignis ‘Zeta’ manual or the Ignis ‘Delta’ automatic!

On one hand we have the Baleno ‘Delta’ with extra features like Parking Sensors, Automatic Climate Control, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Electrically Folding Mirrors and Auto-Up Anti-Pinch Driver's Window over the Ignis ‘Delta’ AT. While on the other hand there's Ignis, with the AMT automatic gearbox. The fact of the matter is that you will be manually changing gears over 20,000 times in a month whereas you won’t be operating the AC or folding Mirrors manually for even 200 times.

Baleno ‘Delta’ vs Ignis ‘Delta AT’:
Common Features:
ABS, Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers & 2 Tweeters, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Steering Wheel Switches

Extra Features in Ignis (Delta AT): Automatic Transmission

Extra Features in Baleno (Delta): Parking Sensors, Automatic Climate Control, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Auto-Up Anti-Pinch Windows

Baleno ‘Delta’ vs Ignis ‘Zeta’:  Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers & 2 Tweeters, Parking Sensors, Automatic Climate Control, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Steering Wheel Switches

Extra Features in Ignis (Zeta): Fog Lamps, Alloy Wheels, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust

Extra Features in Baleno (Delta): Auto-Up Anti-Pinch Windows

Pricing of other variants:
Ignis Zeta (diesel manual) – 7.90 Lakh
Baleno Delta (diesel manual) – 7.90 Lakh

Ignis Delta AMT (diesel automatic) – 7.95 Lakh
Baleno Delta CVT (petrol automatic) – 7.75 Lakh

Performance & Drivability: 
Petrol:
Both petrol cars are powered by Suzuki's accomplished K12 engine. Since their kerb-weights are also in the same ballpark, there is hardly any difference in terms of performance between the two. The K12 is a global benchmark when it comes to small capacity petrol mills. It is remarkably refined and always willing to rev up to the redline. It is a bit short on low-end torque, but makes up for it with a punchy midrange and a ballistic top-end.

However, the automatic petrol versions of the Ignis and Baleno are worlds apart! Baleno uses a CVT i.e. Continuously Variable Transmission, while the Ignis uses an AMT i.e. Automated Manual Transmission. The CVT is a joy to use around town, with seamless power delivery compared to AMT's intermittent power transmission. But on the Highway, the Baleno suffers from what is known as the rubber-band effect. If you floor the accelerator on the Baleno during an overtake, it just makes the engine spin faster, without any boost in acceleration. The AMT on the other hand just drops a couple of cogs and gives you an instant kick, just like a manual gearbox.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Ignis – 101, Baleno – 96 (difference 5%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Ignis – 138, Baleno – 131 (difference 5%)

Power (PS@rpm): Ignis – 84.3@6000, Baleno – 84.3@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Ignis - 115@4000, Baleno – 115@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Ignis – 835, Baleno – 875

Diesel:
Both diesels are also powered by the same 1250cc Multijet diesel. It is a reasonably refined powerplant, has a potent mid-range, but it gets going only when pushed above 2000 rpm. Where the Ignis trumps the Baleno is that Maruti has 'AMTised' the diesel Ignis as well, making it the perfect combination of hassle free commuter within the city as well as a turbocharged overtaking weapon on the highways. The Baleno, sadly does not offer a diesel-automatic option.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Ignis – 79, Baleno - 77 (difference 3%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Ignis – 200, Baleno - 196 (difference 2%)

Power (PS@rpm): Ignis – 75@4000, Baleno – 75@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Ignis – 190@2000, Baleno – 190@2000
Kerb Weight (kg): Ignis – 950, Baleno – 970

Fuel Efficiency:
Petrol:
Both the Ignis manual & automatic petrol, have an ARAI certified mileage of 20.9 kmpl, which is 0.5 kmpl less than the equivalent Balenos.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): Ignis (manual & automatic) – 20.89, Baleno (manual & automatic) – 21.4
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): Ignis (manual & automatic) – 3.40 Lakh, Baleno (manual) – 3.30 Lakh

Diesel:
The diesel Ignis manual & auto have a certified fuel efficiency of 26.8 kmpl, which again is 0.5 kmpl less than the Baleno.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): Ignis (manual & automatic) – 26.8, Baleno – 27.3 (manual)
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km: Ignis (manual & automatic) – 2.20 Lakh, Baleno (manual) – 2.15 Lakh

Space & Comfort: 
The Baleno has slightly more spacious interiors than the Ignis. However, the Ignis itself has been packaged remarkably well with more than adequate knee-room, head-room and shoulder-room for five full-sized adults. Its higher hip point makes ingress-egress easier than the Baleno and provides better under thigh support to the rear occupants as well. Both cars have utilitarian but durable interiors. Only real advantage that the Baleno holds over the Ignis is that its boot volume is a good 81 litres bigger than the Ignis'.

Boot-space (lit): Ignis - 258, Baleno - 339

Length (mm): Ignis – 3700, Baleno – 3995
Width (mm): Ignis – 1690, Baleno – 1745
Height (mm): Ignis – 1595, Baleno – 1510

Ride Quality & Handling:
Ignis is no match to the Baleno when it comes to dynamics. Baleno has a longer wheelbase and a wider track than the Ignis. This translates into better stability and composure over the bumps and ruts. It also makes the Baleno better around the bends than the Ignis. Ignis' tall stance gives it more body roll than the Baleno and it starts understeering earlier than the Baleno. Suzuki although, has done well to ensure adequate ground clearance and generous tyre size on both the cars considering the pathetic state of our country's roads.

Wheelbase (mm): Ignis - 2438, Baleno - 2520

Ground Clearance (mm): Ignis – 180, Baleno – 170

Tyre Size: Ignis – 175/65R15, Baleno - 185/65R15 (Sigma, Delta), 195/55R16 (Zeta, Alpha)

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Maruti-Suzuki is a legend, when it comes to After Sales Support in our country. Add in the typical Japanese reliability factor, and you end up with the most hassle free car ownership experience, in the market. Both the Ignis and the Baleno are sold exclusively from Nexa showrooms, which gives them a slight disadvantage, in terms of rural sales reach, but otherwise, you just can't beat either of these cars, in terms of Overall Service Support.

Resale & Cost of Ownership:
Baleno being from a segment above the Ignis, and given the fantastic reception that it has received from the crowd, is bound to hold slightly better residual value than the Ignis. Which is why the Baleno 'Delta' manual works out to be 50,000 Rs. cheaper than the Ignis 'Zeta' petrol-manual in terms of Overall Ownership Costs. However, the Ignis 'Delta AT' petrol works out to be just 25,000 Rs. more expensive than the manual Baleno 'Delta'. Importantly, the Ignis 'Delta AT' diesel works out to be 35,000 Rs. cheaper than the Baleno 'Delta' diesel.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Ignis Zeta (diesel manual) – 4.25 Lakh
Ignis Delta (diesel automatic) – 4.75 Lakh
Baleno Delta (diesel manual) – 4.50 Lakh

Ignis Zeta (petrol manual) – 4.00 Lakh
Baleno Delta (petrol manual) – 4.50 Lakh
Ignis Delta AMT (petrol automatic) – 4.25 Lakh
Baleno Delta CVT (petrol automatic) – 4.50 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Ignis Zeta (diesel manual) – 5.85 Lakh
Ignis Delta (diesel automatic) – 5.30 Lakh
Baleno Delta (diesel manual) – 5.65 Lakh

Ignis Zeta (petrol manual) – 5.70 Lakh
Baleno Delta (petrol manual) – 5.20 Lakh

Ignis Delta AMT (petrol automatic) – 5.45 Lakh
Baleno Delta CVT (petrol automatic) – 6.55 Lakh

Verdict:
Today the Baleno petrol-manual is the preferred variant of car buyers in this segment. But now with the advent of the Ignis, those who are yet to make a choice should give the Ignis diesel-automatic a long, hard look. Firstly, it will take away most of the fatigue of your daily commutes by eliminating the constant need for clutch and gear actuations. Secondly, it has 75 Newton-metres of additional torque over the Baleno petrol, which also arrives 2000 rpm earlier than it does in the petrol, making it an absolute cracker on the Highways. In spite of these mammoth advantages, it costs a miniscule 15,000 Rs. more than the Baleno petrol over a usage of 75,000 kilometres over 5 to 7 years. How then can we not declare the Ignis diesel-automatic as the winner of our comparison?

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