Ignis vs KUV100 Comparison Review

Updated on: Jan 19, 2017
Mahindra KUV100 vs Maruti Suzuki Ignis Comparison:

"The Ignis & the KUV100 both offer a long list of features, great styling and an attractive price tag for the small car buyers in the country. But the Ignis stands out, as it offers a gratifying drive, better mileage, first in the segment features and Maruti Suzuki's unbelievable reliability and trust of its customers"

Pricing & Features Comparison:
The KUV K6+ petrol, retails for 6.5 Lakh Rs. on road Delhi, which is 20,000 Rs. more expensive, than the Ignis 'Zeta' manual, as well as Ignis 'Delta AT' automatic.

In spite of being cheaper than the Ignis 'Zeta' has plenty of extra features over the KUV 'K6+' like Parking Sensors, Automatic Climate Control, Fog Lamps, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Electrically Folding Mirrors & Alloy Wheels.

KUV100 ‘K6+’ 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, Steering Wheel Switches, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust

Extra Features in Ignis (Zeta): Parking Sensors, Fog Lamps, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Alloy Wheels

Extra Features in KUV100 (K6+): none

Pricing of other variants:
Ignis Zeta (diesel, manual) - 7.30 Lakh
Ignis Delta AT (diesel, automatic) - 7.95 Lakh
KUV100 K6+ (diesel, manual) - 7.75 Lakh

Performance & Driveability:
Mahindra is clueless, when it comes to making light-weight vehicles. The KUV petrol is almost 250 kilograms heavier, than the corresponding Ignis. This gives it 30% lower power, and torque-to-weight ratios than the Ignis. No wonder it is nowhere even close to the Ignis, in terms of performance. Even the refinement of KUV's 3-cylinder engine, is no match to the buttery-smooth refinement of Suzuki's 4-cyl, K12 unit. The KUV doesn't even offer an option, of automatic transmission like the Ignis AMT.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Ignis - 101, KUV100 - 76 (difference 33%)
Torque to Weight Ratio: Ignis - 138, KUV100 - 107 (difference 30%)

Power(PS@rpm): Ignis - 84.3@6000, KUV100 - 82@5500
Torque(Nm@rpm): Ignis - 115@4000, KUV100 - 115@3500
Kerb Weight (kg): Ignis - 835, KUV100 - 1075


KUV's diesel engine though, is just as good as Ignis', Fiat-sourced Multijet unit. But then the Ignis is 225 kg lighter than the KUV. This makes it noticeably quicker than the KUV, across the rev-range. That being said, the KUV itself has good drivability around town, and excellent mid-range punch, just that the Ignis is even better. Even the diesel Ignis, is available with an optional AMT transmission, while no such option is being offered on the KUV.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Ignis - 79, KUV100 - 66 (difference 20%)

Torque to Weight Ratio: Ignis - 200, KUV100 - 162 (difference 23%)

Power(PS@rpm): Ignis - 75@4000, KUV100 - 77@3750
Torque(Nm@rpm): Ignis - 190@2000, KUV100 - 190@2250
Kerb Weight (kg): Ignis - 950, KUV100 - 1175

Fuel Efficiency:
The Ignis petrol has an ARAI certified mileage of 20.9 kmpl, which is 2.7 kmpl more than the KUV. However, in our back-to-back tests The Ignis was almost 4 kmpl more efficient than the KUV.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): Ignis - 20.89, KUV100 - 18.15
Fuel cost for 75,000 km (lakh): Ignis - 3.45 lakh, KUV100 - 4.50 lakh


The Ignis diesel has a certified fuel efficiency of 26.8 kmpl, which is 1.4 kmpl more than the KUV, in our real-world tests, the Ignis was just over 1 kmpl more efficient than the KUV.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): Ignis - 26.8, KUV100 - 25.3
Fuel cost for 75,000 km (Lakh) - Ignis - 2.35 lakh, KUV100 - 2.38

Space & Comfort:

Both cars have spacious and comfortable cabins, with more than enough room, for easily accommodating five full-sized adults. The KUV, is available with an option of a front bench-seat, which can come in handy, for an occasional sixth occupant, bearing in mind, its safety concerns. The Ignis trumps the KUV in terms of ergonomics, which becomes starkly evident, after long hours in the saddle. Ignis' interior quality and fit-finish is also a cut above the KUV's.

Boot Space (litres): Ignis - 258, KUV100 - 243

Length (mm): Ignis - 3700, KUV100 - 3675
Width (mm): Ignis - 1690, KUV100 - 1715
Height (mm): Ignis - 1595, KUV100 - 1655

Ride Quality & Handling:
The KUV feels like it was tailor-made, for the Indian B-roads. It absorbs the bumps and ruts noticeably better than the Ignis. But then it feels disconnected from the surface below. It has generous amount of body roll, coupled with a dull steering, and is totally disappointing to drive around the bends. The Ignis on the other hand, feels taut and agile around the curves. Even though it may not be a corner carving hot hatch, it is way better then KUV, in terms of its road manners.
Wheelbase (mm): Ignis - 2438, KUV100 - 2385

Ground Clearance (mm): Ignis - 180, KUV100 - 170

Tyre Size: Ignis - 175/60R16 (Tubeless), KUV100 - 185/R14 (Tubeless)

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Maruti is the unchallenged leader, of After Sales Service Support, in India. It has one of the best product reliability, among all the car makers, and by far, the widest service reach, which combined, makes it absolutely unbeatable, in terms of sheer peace-of-mind, that it delivers to its customers. Mahindra on the other hand, is the complete antithesis of Maruti. Its product reliability is a gamble, that you are most likely to lose, especially if the product is a recent launch. Service has gotten better, but is still a long way behind that of Maruti.

Resale & Cost of Ownership:
The KUV100 has already started developing a bad rep, for fuel efficiency, or rather the lack of it, in the market. Its resale value is bound to tank as the news spreads. Even the diesel KUV is bound to depreciate way steeper than the Ignis. All things considered the KUV petrol works out to be over 2.5 Lakh Rs. more expensive than the corresponding Ignis, in terms of Overall Ownership Costs. The diesel KUV, also works out to be over a lakh Rs. more expensive, than the equivalent Ignis, in the long term.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Ignis Zeta (petrol manual) – 4.00 Lakh 
Ignis Delta AMT (petrol automatic) – 4.25 Lakh

KUV K6+ (petrol manual) – 2.75 Lakh

Ignis Zeta (diesel manual) – 4.25 Lakh
Ignis Delta AMT (diesel automatic) – 4.50 Lakh
KUV K6+ (diesel manual) – 3.50 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Ignis Zeta (petrol manual) – 5.75 Lakh 
Ignis Delta AMT (petrol automatic) – 5.50 Lakh

KUV K6+ (petrol manual) – 8.25 Lakh

Ignis Zeta (diesel manual) – 5.30 Lakh 
Ignis Delta AMT (diesel automatic) – 5.70 Lakh
KUV K6+ (diesel manual) – 6.60 Lakh

The KUV has had its 15 minutes of fame. Its over. It all goes southwards from here on. It is just no match to the Ignis in any parameter imaginable. It is more expensive, has lesser features, drinks more fuel, is slower, has shabbier dynamics, is noisier and its build-quality is nowhere near as good, as the Ignis. The Ignis is the obvious winner of this test. Out of the entire Ignis range, we would recommend the diesel-automatic version. It offers the immense convenience of the AMT gearbox around town, coupled with the potent overtaking prowess of the Multijet diesel engine. It is also 2 Lakh Rs. cheaper than the next cheapest diesel-automatic car in the market.

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