Maruti-Suzuki Ignis Vs Hyundai Elite i20 Comparison Review

Hyundai Elite i20 Vs Maruti Suzuki Ignis:

"The Ignis and the Elite i20 are good competitors to each other and deciding the winner is quite a task. Both the cars have got their own pros and cons. But the Elite i20 stands fit in many parameters." 

Pricing & Features: 
The Ignis is the newly launched compact hatchback by Maruti-Suzuki. It looks very redefined and young. The Ignis is offered in both 1.2L petrol and 1.3L diesel engines and both has Automatic and Manual transmissions.
On the other hand, we have the Hyundai Elite i20 which is quite familiar to Indian eyes. It is found to be one of the best rivals for Ignis. The engine capacity of the petrol engine is 1.2L and the CRDi diesel engine capacitates 1.4L. Unlike Ignis, the Elite i20 does not offer Automatic transmission for the diesel engines. 

The Ignis Alpha is the top end variant of Ignis. It is powered by the 1.2L VVT petrol engine and is retailed at an ex-showroom price of 6.69lakhs. This is almost 55,000 rupees cheaper than the top end variant of Elite i20. 
The Elite i20 Asta is also powered by 1.2L VTVT petrol engine, costs 7.25lakhs. Hyundai has offered some features in the i20 that makes the price difference sensible.

Ignis 1.3 Alpha costs around 7.8lakhs. It is the usual Fiat Multijet Turbocharged engine. This is roughly 60,000 rupees cheaper than the Elite i20. The top end price of the diesel i20 costs 8.48 lakhs. Under the hood, it has the 1.4L CRDi engine, that is way more powerful than that of Ignis'.

Price of other variants:
Ignis 1.2 Zeta Petrol: 5.75 lakhs.
Ignis 1.3 Zeta Diesel: 6.91 lakhs.

Elite i20 Sportz (1.2 Petrol): 6.72 lakhs
Elite i20 Sportz (1.4 CRDi): 7.98 lakhs

Common Features:
Both Ignis and the i20 are loaded with quite a number of features. A few common features are ABS, start stop button, ORVM Indicators, dual airbags, keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity, automatic climate control, etc.

Extra features in Ignis 1.2 Alpha: Touch screen infotainment system, Voice control, Electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors and rear reading lamp.

Extra features in Elite i20 1.2 Asta: CD Player, Rear AC vents, Glove box cooling, leather steering wheel and rear spolier.

Performance and Drivability:
The petrol variants of both the cars are very smooth and calm. Surprisingly, both the cars churns out the same 83bhp@6000 rpm and 114Nm torque. But we can experience quick response and handling in the Ignis due to its light weight. The body roll is very obvious in the Ignis as it has a higher ground clearance than the Elite 20, but the engine revs and driving experience is very peppy and punchy in city traffic. Both the cars are capable of making triple digit speeds in the highways with pleasing stability. 

As far as diesel is concerned, the Elite i20 scores a lot in terms of performance. This is because of the 1.4L CRDi engine which puts out 88bhp whereas the 1.2L Ignis makes only 74bhp. The torque is also greater than the Ignis even at lower rpms. The Diesel Elite i20 has a 6-speed manual gearbox which can take you upto 180kmph with ease. There is a minimal turbo lag in both the cars but does not affect the overall drivability. 

Engine Displacement(cc): Elite i20 - 1396 ; Ignis - 1248
Maximum Power: Elite i20 - 88.73bhp@4000rpm ; Ignis - 74 bhp@4000rpm
Maximum Torque: Elite i20 - 219.7Nm@1500-2750rpm ; Ignis - 190Nm@2000rpm
Kerb Weight: Elite i20 - 1515kg ; Ignis - 835kg

Fuel Efficiency:
Be it petrol or diesel, Ignis has the higher fuel efficiency of both the cars.
Elite i20 (Asta 1.2) has a mileage ranging between 13.3kmpl and 18.6kmpl while Ignis (1.3 Alpha) offers a fuel efficiency of 22.8 - 26.8kmpl.

Ignis (Manual & Automatic): City- 16.8kmpl, Highway- 20.8kmpl
Elite i20 (Manual & Automatic): City- 13.3kmpl, Highway- 18.6kmpl

Fuel cost for 75,000 km: Ignis (MT & AT): 2.55lakhs approx.; Elite i20 (MT & AT): 2.87lakhs approx.

Ignis (MT & AT): City- 22.8kmpl, Highway- 26.8kmpl
Elite i20 MT: City- 18.4kmpl, Highway- 22.5kmpl

Fuel cost for 75,000 km: Ignis (MT & AT): 1.65lakhs approx.; Elite i20: 1.96lakhs approx.

It is clear to note that Ignis offers better mileage and is also pocket friendly than the Elite i20 in the case of both petrol and diesel engines. 

Space & Comfort:
Suzuki has dedicated a lot to satisfy the customers’ needs of comfort and space. Ignis has enough leg room in the front and the rear row. The head room is immense when compared to the i20, due to its height. The Elite i20 has a better leg room than the Ignis as it has a greater wheel base. The ground clearance of Ignis being 180mm which is 10mm greater than the i20, results in a bit of body roll. The boot space is pretty large enough in both the vehicles, though i20’s boot is 35 litres more than that of Ignis’.

Length (mm): Ignis - 2435 , Elite i20 - 2570

Width (mm):  Ignis - 180 , Elite i20 - 170

Height (mm): Ignis - 175/60R15, Elite i20 - 185/70 R14

Ride Quality & Handling:
When it comes to handling, the i20 pushes down the Ignis. Ignis being lighter than the rival, makes handling a fear factor at high speeds. The i20 provides a confident handling to the driver and hence make the ride quality peaceful to the passengers as well. The suspension of Ignis is soft and well equipped and handles bad roads with ease. But due to the larger wheel base and the lower ground clearance, the Elite i20 wins the ride quality term.

Wheelbase (mm): Ignis - 2435 , Elite i20 - 2570

Ground Clearance (mm): Ignis - 180 , Elite i20 - 170

Tyre Size: Ignis - 175/60 R15 , Elite i20 - 185/70 R14

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Needless to say, Maruti has the best reliability and a strong reputation in the country and provides a wide range of service centers. Hyundai has also been trying to improve its Service Support in the country. There is no massive difference in the maintenance charges of the two cars. However, Hyundai can never replace Maruti in terms of customer satisfaction, reliability, low maintenance charges and service network.

Resale & Cost of Ownership:
The Elite i20 can be bought in the used cars market for 5.8 to 7 lakhs. This makes a very good deal for the sellers who wish to sell their vehicles after a nominal use of 3-4 years. Ignis on the other hand, being a Maruti make will have an equal pay as that of the Swift. Ignis can be sold for atleast 4 lakhs.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est.:
Ignis 1.2 Alpha: 4.3 lakhs
Elite i20 1.2 Asta: 5 lakhs
Ignis 1.2 Zeta: 4 lakhs
Elite i20 1.2 Sportz: 4.5 lakhs

Ignis 1.3 Alpha: 5 lakhs
Elite i20 1.4 Asta: 5.8 lakhs,
Ignis 1.3 Zeta: 4.3 lakhs
Elite i20 1.4 Sportz: 5.3 lakhs

Total cost of Ownership (Vehicle price + Fuel cost – Resale value) est.:
Ignis 1.2 Alpha: 4.94 lakhs
Elite i20 1.2 Asta: 5.12 lakhs
Ignis 1.2 Zeta: 4.3 lakhs
Elite i20 1.2 Sportz: 5 lakhs

Ignis 1.3 Alpha: 4.45 lakhs
Elite i20 1.4 Asta: 4.64 lakhs
Ignis 1.3 Zeta: 4.2 lakhs
Elite i20 1.4 Sportz: 4.4 lakhs


The Ignis and the Elite i20 are good competitors to each other and deciding the winner is quite a task. Both the cars have got their own pros and cons. But the Elite i20 stands fit in many parameters. It has got a good looking shape, a powerful diesel engine and refined driving experience and comfort. This does not make the Ignis a bad choice. i20, though being more expensive, does not have the ‘touch screen’ infotainment system which the Ignis possesses. However, in an overall view, the verdict is in favour of Elite i20.

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