Ignis vs Figo Comparison Review

Published on: Jan 25, 2017
Ford Figo vs Maruti-Suzuki Ignis Comparison:

Pricing & Features Comparison:
Ignis ‘Zeta’ diesel-manual, retails for 7.3 Lakh Rs. on road Delhi, which is identical to the Figo's 'Trend' variant.

The Ignis 'Zeta', has plenty of extra features over the Figo 'Trend', like Parking Sensors, Fog Lamps, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Alloy Wheels, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defogger and Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat. The Figo 'Trend' only has two extra features over the Ignis 'Zeta' which are the Mobile Phone Docking Station and Auto-up Anti-pinch Driver’s Window.

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

Extra Features in Ignis (Zeta): Parking Sensors, Fog Lamps, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Alloy Wheels, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust

Extra Features in Figo (Trend): Auto-up Anti-pinch Driver’s Window, Mobile Phone Docking Station

Pricing of other variants:
Ignis Zeta (petrol, manual) - 6.50 Lakh
Figo Trend (petrol, manual) - 5.95 Lakh

Ignis Delta AT (petrol, automatic) - 7.30 Lakh
Figo Titanium AT (petrol, automatic) - 8.30 Lakh

Ignis Delta AT (diesel, automatic) - 7.95 Lakh

Performance & Drivability Comparison:
The petrol Ignis & the Figo 1.2, seem to be evenly matched on paper, in terms of their engine output, but the Figo, is over 200 kilograms heavier than the Ignis! This makes it noticeably slower than the Ignis, be it in terms of its drivability around town, or in terms of its performance on the open roads. What makes it worse, is that it falls short on the refinement front too, compared to the creamy-smooth nature of the Ignis’ K12 engine.When it comes to the automatics, Ignis’ AMT transmission, is no match to Ford’s Dual Clutch unit, in terms of smoothness and responsiveness. Ford has also opted for a bigger, 1500 cc mill for the automatic, giving it a slight edge over the Ignis, in terms of pace.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Ignis - 101, Figo 1.2 - 85, Figo 1.5 - 107
Torque to Weight Ratio: Ignis - 138, Figo 1.2 - 108, Figo 1.5 - 130

Power (PS@rpm): Ignis - 84.3@6000, Figo 1.2 - 88@6300, Figo 1.5 - 112@6300
Torque (Nm@rpm): Ignis - 115@4000, Figo 1.2 - 112@4000, Figo 1.5 - 136@4250
Kerb Weight (kg): Ignis - 835, Figo 1.2 - 1040, Figo 1.5 - 1050

When it comes to diesels, the Ignis stands no chance against the Figo. The Figo has better drivability, thanks to lesser turbo-lag than the Ignis as well as much better performance on the open roads. Figo's 1500cc mill makes 25 genuine horses more than the 1250cc Fiat sourced Multijet mill of the Ignis. Ignis claws back some lost ground with slightly better noise suppression than the Ford.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Ignis - 79, Figo - 94 (difference 19%)
Torque to Weight Ratio: Ignis - 200, Figo - 203

Power (PS@rpm): Ignis - 75@4000, Figo – 100@3750
Torque (Nm@rpm): Ignis - 190@2000, Figo – 215@1750-3000
Kerb Weight (kg): Ignis - 950, Figo - 1060

Fuel Efficiency Comparison:
The Ignis petrol, manual as well as automatic, have an ARAI certified mileage of 20.9 kmpl, which is 2.7 kmpl more than the Figo manual and 3.9 kmpl more than the Figo automatic. However, in our back-to-back tests, the Ignis was almost 3 kmpl more efficient than the manual Figo & 4 kmpl more than the automatic.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): Ignis (manual & auto) - 20.89, Figo (manual) - 18.16, Figo (auto) – 17.0

Fuel cost for 75,000 km (lakh): Ignis (manual & auto) - 3.45 Lakh, Figo (manual) - 3.95 Lakh, Figo (auto) – 4.20 Lakh

The Ignis diesel has a certified fuel efficiency of 26.8 kmpl, which is 1 kmpl more than the Figo. In our real-world tests, the Ignis actually turned out to be 1 kmpl more efficient than the Figo as well.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): Ignis (manual & auto) - 26.8, Figo (manual) - 25.83

Fuel cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): Ignis (manual & auto) - 2.25 Lakh, Figo (manual) - 2.30 Lakh

Space & Comfort Comparison:
Both cars have more or less similar dimensions, but Suzuki, has managed the space inside the Ignis' cabin, much better than Ford has, in the Figo. Ignis is a good 70 mm taller than the Figo. This has allowed the engineers to configure a higher hip-point, which means that the passengers, are seated higher-up from the floor of the car, than they are in the Figo. So even though the distance between front and rear seats is similar, passengers in the Ignis have more usable space left over, to move their legs. Also there's better under thigh support in the Ignis, and ingress-egress is also easier. Both cars have fairly utilitarian cabins, Ignis being the one with better fit-finish but a quirky design, and Figo being a bit outdated and boring.

Boot Space (liters): Ignis - 258, Figo - 257

Length (mm): Ignis - 3700, Figo – 3886
Width (mm): Ignis - 1690, Figo – 1695
Height (mm): Ignis - 1595, Figo – 1525

Ride Quality & Handling Comparison:
Figo is a pure driver's delight when it comes to dynamics. It may not handle as well as the old Figo, but still remains one of the best handling cars on the market. It corners flat, with excellent mechanical grip and has one of the most well-tuned, electric power steerings on the market. The Ignis is not bad either, it is also quite agile and grippy around the bends, just that it is not as much fun as the Figo. And yet the Ignis, is not as pliant over the bumps as the Figo either. Ignis does ride like a car from a segment above, with decent bump absorption at all speeds, but the Figo feels more supple and composed than the Ignis. Both cars have decent ground clearance and tyre size for the broken stretches of tarmac that we call as roads in this country.

Wheelbase (mm): Ignis - 2438, Figo – 2491

Ground Clearance (mm): Ignis - 180, Figo – 174

Tyre Size: Ignis - 175/65R15, Figo: 175/65R14

Reliability and After Sales Service Comparison:
On one hand we have Maruti-Suzuki, which has the longest track record, of over 30 years for making reliable vehicles in our country, while on the other hand we have Ford, which used to be notorious for its unreliable Escorts and Ikons. Ford has been slowly improving it rep, with every new launch, but still, it is nowhere even close to the sheer product reliability, and affordable, fastidious and omnipresent Service Support of Maruti.

Resale & Cost of Ownership Comparison:
Today, 2011 model year Figo petrols sell for 2.5 Lakh Rs, while diesels sells for 3.2 Lakh Rs. in the used car market. The current Figo is even less popular than the old one, and will probably sell for even lesser price, 5 to 7 years down the line. Ignis on the other hand is bound to follow the Swift, and fetch at least 4 Lakh Rs. after similar usage.

Overall, the Figo petrol works out to be 1.7 Lakh Rs. more expensive, than the corresponding Ignis, in terms of Overall Ownership Costs. The Figo AT, will be over 3.5 Lakh Rs. dearer than the Ignis 'Delta AT' petrol. Even the Figo diesel, works out to be 1 Lakh Rs. heavier on the pocket than the equivalent Ignis.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Ignis Zeta (petrol manual) – 4.00 Lakh
Figo Trend (petrol manual) – 2.50 Lakh

Ignis Delta AMT (petrol automatic) – 4.25 Lakh
Figo Titanium AT (petrol automatic) – 2.50 Lakh

Ignis Zeta (diesel manual) – 4.25 Lakh
Figo Trend (diesel manual) – 3.25 Lakh

Ignis Delta AMT (diesel automatic) – 4.25 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Ignis Zeta (petrol manual) – 5.70 Lakh
Figo Trend (petrol manual) – 7.40 Lakh

Ignis Delta AMT (petrol automatic) – 6.50 Lakh
Figo Titanium AT (petrol automatic) – 9.95 Lakh

Ignis Zeta (diesel manual) – 5.30 Lakh
Figo Trend (diesel manual) – 6.35 Lakh

Ignis Delta AMT (diesel automatic) – 5.95 Lakh

Overall, the Ignis is undeniably better value-for-money than the Figo, thanks to lower fuel cost, higher resale value and more features. It is also a more practical vehicle than the Figo, thanks to better ergonomics, and a hassle free ownership experience. Only thing where it falls short of the Figo, is on dynamics.

Amongst the petrol-manuals, it is no contest at all, as the Ignis is also quicker, more drivable and more refined, than the Figo. When it comes to the automatics, Figo with its 1500 cc engine and Dual Clutch transmission is technically a superior vehicle, but is way too expensive than the automatic Ignises, both petrol as well as diesel, in the long run. However, when it comes to diesel manuals, the Figo is a real charmer, with Punto Abarth & Polo GT rivalling levels of performance, (as per a recent track test done by a leading Indian auto-mag) and dynamics to match it. It remains one our most recommended vehicles in the 6 to 6.5 Lakh rupee range. But as a personal vehicle for family use, we have to hand it over to the Ignis, as the clear winner of this test.

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