Tigor vs Ignis Comparison Review

Published on: Apr 03, 2017
Maruti Suzuki Ignis vs Tigor Tata Comparison Review:


Part I
Comparison of Pricing & Features:
Tigor ‘XT’ vs Ignis ‘Delta MT’:
The Tigor ‘XT’ petrol retails for 6.0 lakh Rs. on road, Delhi, which is 40,000 Rs. more expensive than the Ignis ‘Delta MT’, costing 5.6 Lakh Rs. For that additional 40k, you get three useful features in the Tigor ‘XT’ over the Ignis ‘Delta’, which are Parking Sensors, Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat and Fog Lamps. However, the Tigor ‘XT’ does miss out on Ignis ‘Delta’s Driver & Co-driver Airbags. Tata should have offered dual Airbags on Tigor’s lower variants, at least as an option.

The Ignis ‘Delta’ is also available with an AMT gearbox, for 6.2 Lakh Rs, which is just 20,000 Rs. more expensive than the Tigor ‘XT’ manual and totally worth the extra money, thanks to the massive effort of clutch-de-clutching and gear rowing that it saves you from. The Tigor does not offer an automatic version in its range at least for now.

Common Features: ABS, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking by Remote, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches
Extra Features in Tigor (XT): Parking Sensors, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust, Fog Lamps

Extra Features in Ignis (Delta): Airbags-2

Tigor ‘XZ’ vs Ignis ‘Zeta MT’:
The Tigor ‘XZ’ petrol retails for 6.5 lakh Rs. on road, Delhi, which is just 30,000 Rs. more expensive than the Ignis ‘Zeta MT’, costing 6.2 Lakh Rs. Both cars have a couple of extra features which are absent in the other car. The Tigor ‘XZ’ has Projector Headlamps and Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat, which are absent in the Ignis 'Zeta'. The Ignis 'Zeta' on the other hand has Electrically Folding Mirrors, Push Button Start & Smart Key, which is missing from the Tigor ‘XZ’. The Ignis ‘Zeta’ is also available with an AMT ‘box, retailing for 7 Lakh Rs, which is 50,000 Rs. more than the Tigor ‘XZ’ manual.

Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking by Remote, Parking Sensors, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches, Fog Lamps, Alloy Wheels, Rear Defogger

Extra Features in Tigor (XZ): Projector Headlamps, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust

Extra Features in Ignis (Zeta): Electrically Folding Mirrors, Push Button Start & Smart Key

Part II
Tigor vs Ignis Comparison of Performance & Dynamics: 
Petrol:
Even though both petrol cars, are powered by 1200cc engines with similar outputs, the Ignis has significantly better performance, than the Tigor throughout the rev-range. That is because the Tigor, weighs a massive 220 kilograms more, than the Ignis. Tigor's 3-cylinder engine, is also no match to Suzuki's K12 unit, in terms of refinement. Tigor's engine is noticeably louder, and prone to vibrations, seeping through inside the cabin, in contrast to the incredibly smooth and silent mill, of the Ignis. Tigor's only saving grace is that, it matches the Ignis in terms of drivability, around town. The Ignis AMT though, is on a different level altogether, in terms of ease of driving around town, and yet, doesn't have any penalty in terms of performance or efficiency, compared to the manual version.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tigor - 80, Ignis – 100 (difference 25%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tigor - 107, Ignis – 136 (difference 27%)

Power (PS@rpm): Tigor – 85@6000, Ignis – 84.3@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tigor – 114@3500, Ignis – 115@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Tigor - 1062, Ignis – 845

Diesel:
When it comes to diesels, the Tigor falls woefully short on all the three aspects, of performance, refinement and drivability, compared to the Ignis. With a 60% higher toque-to-weight ratio, and a 30% higher power-to-weight ratio, the Ignis feels incredibly punchier than the Tigor, especially while pulling overtaking maneuvers, on the Highways. Both cars fall short on the refinement front though, but the Ignis is still a bit quieter and smoother, than the Tigor. The Ignis is one of the few cars to offer an AMT, along with the diesel engine, earning it the distinction, of being the cheapest diesel-automatic car on the market.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tigor - 62, Ignis – 79 (difference 27%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tigor - 124, Ignis – 200 (difference 61%)


Power (PS@rpm): Tigor – 70@4000, Ignis – 75@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tigor – 140@1800-3000, Ignis – 190@2000
Kerb Weight (kg): Tigor - 1130, Ignis – 950

Handling & Ride Quality:
The Ignis may look like a smaller vehicle than the Tigor, but its underpinnings are just as capable as the Tigor's. Its wheelbase is almost as long as the Tigor's and tyre profile is in fact marginally bigger than the Tigor's. Its ground clearance is slightly higher than the Tigor as well. Even then, its the Tigor which tackles the potholes and broken roads better than the Ignis. That is because the Ignis is taller than the Tigor and hence more susceptible to body roll. To keep it under check, Suzuki's engineers have stiffened up its suspension setup, resulting in a noticeably bouncier ride than the Tigor over broken roads. Both cars are equally pointy and agile around the bends, but suffer from steering setups devoid of much feel or feedback. 

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

Wheelbase (mm): Tigor – 2450, Ignis - 2435

Tyre Size:
Tigor: 155/80R13 (XE), 175/65R14 (XT), 175/60R15 (XZ)
Ignis: 175/65R15

Part III
Tigor vs Ignis Comparison of Comfort & Interiors:
The Ignis may be shorter than the Tigor, but it is wider and taller than the Tigor. This gives it better ergonomics than the Tigor. The Ignis has a higher seat-base than the Tigor, giving far better under thigh support to the rear passengers. This makes it far more comfortable on the longer tours than the Tigor. Even ingress-egress is much easier in the Ignis, than the Tigor. The Ignis also has a more high-set driving position, which makes the driver feel like he's driving a toy-SUV. Its compact dimensions and raised bonnet makes it very easy to judge its corners, while maneuvering into tight spaces. The Tigor though has better legroom, knee-room and shoulder-room than the Ignis, making it comfortable enough in its own right. Both cars have limited rear visibility due to small rear windshield and thick C-pillars.

The Tigor has more classy and stylish cabin, while the Ignis has more quirky interior. Tigor's cabin feels more upscale with more pleasing textures and materials, but its panel gaps and uniformity is not as consistent as the Ignis. The Tigor has one undeniable advantage of the Ignis, which is its luggage carrying capacity. It has a class leading 419 litres of bootspace, which is a good 150 litres more than the 260 litre boot volume of the Ignis.

Boot-space (lit): Tigor - 419, Ignis - 260

Length (mm): Tigor – 3992, Ignis - 3700
Width (mm): Tigor – 1677, Ignis - 1690
Height (mm): Tigor – 1537, Ignis – 1595

Part IV
Tigor vs Ignis Comparison of Fuel Efficiency & Cost of Ownership:
Tigor petrol has an ARAI certified mileage of 20.3 kmpl, which is 0.6 kmpl lower than the Ignis' fuel efficiency of 20.9 kmpl, for both manual as well as automatic. However, in our real-world tests, the Tigor was almost 2 kmpl less efficient than the Ignis.

The Tigor diesel has an ARAI certified fuel economy of 24.4 kmpl, which is 2.4 kmpl less than the Ignis' efficiency of 26.8 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests, the Tigor was just half a kpl less efficient than the Ignis.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): 
Petrol - Manual: 
Ignis - 20.89 kmpl
Tigor - 20.3 kmpl

Petrol - Automatic
Ignis - 20.89 kmpl

Diesel - Manual 
Ignis - 26.8 kmpl
Tigor - 24.37 kmpl

Diesel - Automatic
Ignis - 26.8 kmpl

Fuel Cost: (for 75,000 km) 
Petrol - Manual: 
Ignis - 3.30 Lakh
Tigor - 3.80 Lakh

Petrol - Automatic
Ignis - 3.30 Lakh

Diesel - Manual 
Ignis - 2.15 Lakh
Tigor - 2.30 Lakh

Diesel - Automatic
Ignis - 2.15 Lakh

Reliability & After Sales Service:
This is where Maruti, has raked up a huge lead over its competitors, in the market. Firstly, Suzuki’s products themselves have turned out to be remarkably reliable, over the past thirty years in India, while Tata’s cars, have turned out to be consistently unreliable. Newer products like the Zest and Tiago are even less reliable compared to the Indicas & Indigos, due to added complexity of these products, as seen in JD Power's quality and reliability studies. Maruti’s Service Centers, have also been kept well under check by the company, in order to ensure years of hassle free ownership experience, to its customers. Tata’s dealerships continue to languish at the bottom step, of this very very steep learning curve.

Resale & Cost of Ownership:
5 to 7 year old Ritz sells for 3.5 Lakh Rs. in the used car market today. The Ignis is bound to hold slightly better residual value than it, since it has just been introduced in the market. The Tigor being a Tata is bound to fetch atleast 50,000 Rs. lesser than an Ignis after a usage of 5 to 7 years.

Overall the Ignis 'Delta' petrol, works out to be a whopping 1.4 Lakh Rs. lighter on the pocket compared to a Tigor XT, in terms of Total Cost of Ownership, since it costs 40,000 Rs. less, has a 50,000 Rs. lower fuel cost and a 50,000 Rs. higher resale value than the Tigor XT!

More importantly, even the Ignis Delta AMT works out to be 1 Lakh Rs. lighter on the pocket compared to the Tigor XT manual, in the long term.

Resale Value (after usage of 5 to 7 years) 
Petrol - Manual:
Ignis Delta - 3.75 Lakh
Tigor XT - 3.25 Lakh

Petrol - Automatic 
Ignis Delta AT – 4.00 Lakh

Diesel - Manual: 
Ignis Delta - 4.00 Lakh
Tigor XT - 3.50 Lakh

Diesel - Automatic
Ignis Delta AT - 3.75 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value) 
Petrol - Manual:
Ignis Delta - 5.15 Lakh
Tigor XT - 6.55 Lakh

Petrol - Automatic 
Ignis Delta AT – 5.50 Lakh

Diesel - Manual: 
Ignis Delta - 5.35 Lakh
Tigor XT - 6.00 Lakh

Diesel - Automatic
Ignis Delta AT - 6.20 Lakh

Tigor vs Ignis Comparison's Final Verdict:
Tigor being a sedan, has a few obvious advantages over the Ignis, like boot-space. But apart from that, the deceptively small looking Ignis matches the Tigor on most counts and surpasses it on some others. First and foremost, is space. The Ignis is an incredibly well packaged vehicle. It may fall short of the Tiago, in terms of the dry measurements of knee-room and leg-room. But it is actually the one with more comfortable seating among the two. That is because it has a higher hip-point than the Tigor, making its seats more supportive and ergonomic than the Tigor. It doesn't have the Tigor's magic carpet ride but it takes the vagaries of Indian road conditions in its stride. Not to forget, even the traffic slicing Ignis Delta Automatic works out to be 1 Lakh Rs cheaper than the Tigor XT manual in terms of Total Cost of Ownership.

But where the Tigor really loses out by a big margin, is in terms of providing a hassle free ownership experience to its customers. Tata insiders continue to be in denial about their vehicle reliability problem, that is so obviously apparent to the rest of the World. Tata continues to languish at the bottom of the heap in dependability studies done by JD Power etc. No matter how much their paint and plastics may have improved, the problems per vehicle have more than tripled in the Tiago compared to their own Indica, which is not a good sign for the Tigor. Unless Tata shows any commitment towards improving the durability aspect of their cars, we cannot recommend it to our valued viewers by simply doing a superficial evaluation like other publications in the country. We have no other choice but to declare the Ignis as the deserving winner of this comparison.

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