Ignis vs Kwid Comparison Review

Published on: Feb 08, 2017
Renault Kwid vs Maruti Suzuki Ignis Comparison:

"The Kwid has managed to make the best use of an AMT followed by the the Ignis petrol and then the Ignis diesel. The Kwid has the quickest gearshifts and responds willingly, to throttle inputs. Ignis also reacts to pedal inputs very well, but shifts take a bit more time, in both the petrol as well as diesel variants"

Ignis vs Kwid Video Comparison:

Pricing & Features Comparison: 
Ignis ‘Delta AT’ petrol, costs 6.2 Lakh Rs. on road Delhi, which is a good 1.3 Lakh Rs. more, than the Kwid’s '1.0 RXT AMT' variant, costing 4.9 Lakh. The Kwid is also available in an 800 cc manual geared ‘RXT O’ version, retailing for 4.3 Lakh, while the cheapest Ignis, the ‘Sigma' petrol, retails for 4.9 Lakh Rs, which is 60,000 Rs. higher. But does the Kwid maintain an advantage over the Ignis when you factor in the resale value? Lets find out...

Both cars have a few extra features which are absent in the other car. The Ignis ‘Delta AT’ has ABS, Passenger Airbag, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors & Rear Power Windows, which is absent in the Kwid ‘AMT’, while the Kwid has Touchscreen, Navigation and Fog Lamps, which are absent in the Ignis ‘Delta AT’.

Common Features: AC, Power Steering, Front Power Windows, Central Locking by Remote, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 2 Speakers,

Extra Features in Ignis (Delta AT): ABS, Passenger Airbag, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors and Rear Power Windows

Extra Features in Kwid (RXT 1.0 AMT): 7” Touchscreen, Navigation, Fog Lamps

Pricing of other variants:
Ignis Delta (diesel, manual) - 7.20 Lakh

Performance & Drivability Comparison: 
Let's discuss the automatics first. The Kwid has managed to make the best use of an AMT, followed by the the Ignis petrol, and then the Ignis diesel. The Kwid has the quickest gearshifts, and responds willingly, to throttle inputs. Ignis also reacts to pedal inputs very well, but shifts take a bit more time, in both the petrol as well as diesel variants. Smoothness of shifts is also equally good in the Kwid, and the petrol Ignis, while the diesel Ignis, feels a bit jerky.

Amongst the manuals, the Kwid feels totally outclassed against the Ignis petrol. Ignis' performance, refinement and rev happiness, is generations ahead of the Kwid's. The Ignis diesel, is even better, with a kickass mid-range, which is evident, from its 50% higher torque-to-weight ratio compared to the petrols!

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Kwid 0.8 (petrol) – 82, Kwid 1.0 (petrol) - 99, Ignis (petrol) – 101, Ignis (diesel) - 79
Torque to Weight Ratio: Kwid 0.8 (petrol) – 109, Kwid 1.0 (petrol) - 130, Ignis (petrol) – 138, Ignis (diesel) - 200

Power (PS@rpm): Kwid 0.8 (petrol) – 54@5678, Kwid 1.0 (petrol) – 68@5500, Ignis (petrol) – 84.3@6000, Ignis (diesel) - 75@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Kwid 0.8 (petrol) – 72@4400, Kwid 1.0 (petrol) – 90@4250, Ignis (petrol) – 115@4000, Ignis (diesel) - 190@2000
Kerb Weight (kg): Kwid 0.8 (petrol) – 660, Kwid 1.0 (petrol) - 690, Ignis (petrol) – 835, Ignis (diesel) - 950

Fuel Efficiency Comparison: 
Overall, the Kwid was hardly 1 kmpl more efficient than the Ignis petrol. The diesel Ignis though, was over 3 kmpl more efficient than the petrol Kwid, which equates to a savings of more than 1 lakh Rs. over a usage of 75,000 kms.

Kwid 0.8 (petrol, manual) - 25.17
Ignis (petrol, manual & auto) - 20.89
Kwid 1.0 (petrol, automatic) – 24.04
Ignis (diesel, manual & auto) - 26.8

Fuel cost for 75,000 km (Lakh)
Kwid 0.8 (petrol, manual) - 3.25 Lakh
Ignis (petrol, manual & auto) - 3.45 Lakh
Kwid 1.0 (petrol, automatic) – 3.40 Lakh
Ignis (diesel, manual & auto) - 2.25 Lakh 

Space & Comfort Comparison: 
Both cars have managed to liberate impressive amounts of space inside their cabins, given their tiny footprints. The Ignis has better rear seat space than the Kwid, while the Kwid has a bigger boot. Ignis' interiors though are noticeably better put together than the Kwid's bargain basement cabin.

Boot Space (liters): Ignis - 258, Kwid - 300

Length (mm): Ignis - 3700, Kwid – 3679
Width (mm): Ignis - 1690, Kwid – 1579
Height (mm): Ignis - 1595, Kwid – 1478

Ride Quality & Handling Comparison: 
The Kwid is no match to the Ignis, when it comes to dynamics. Ignis feels far more eager and responsive to the driver's inputs, than the Kwid. However, Ignis' ride feels a bit stiffer compared to the Kwid's. Also, after being in denial for over 20 years, manufacturers seem to have finally acknowledged the fact, that Indian cars, even entry level hatchbacks, need to have higher ground clearance, which in case of these two cars, is a good 180 mm, making them least likely, to scrape their underbodies, over speed breakers and potholes.

Wheelbase (mm): Ignis - 2438, Kwid – 2422

Ground Clearance (mm): Ignis - 180, Kwid – 1980

Tyre Size: Ignis - 175/60R16, Kwid - 155/80R13

Reliability and After Sales Service Comparison: 
One parameter where Renault still has a long, long way to go, before it catches up with Maruti, is in terms of its Reliability & After Sales Service in our country. Given that Kwid has been majorly developed in India, it has a brand new, unproven powertrain, and given Renault's poor track record at quality, in surveys like JD Power, it is only fair to adopt a wait and watch policy, for a few more months, before putting your hard-earned money down, on the Kwid. Then there’s the problem of service availability, which Renault is never going to be able to match Maruti, with its 200 dealerships compared to Maruti’s 3000+ touch points.

Resale & Cost of Ownership Comparison: 
The Ignis manual as well as automatic, (petrol) is bound to fetch at least a lakh Rs. more, than the equivalent Kwid in the used car market, after a usage of 5 to 7 years.

Overall, this makes the Ignis 'Delta AT', just 30,000 Rs. more expensive than the Kwid AMT, in terms of Overall Ownership Cost. Even the Ignis 'Sigma' works out to be just as light on the pocket, as the Kwid 800 'RXT O' in the long term.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Ignis Sigma (petrol manual) – 3.50 Lakh
Kwid RXT O (petrol manual) – 2.60 Lakh

Kwid 1.0 RXT AMT (petrol automatic) - 2.75 Lakh
Ignis Delta AT (petrol automatic) – 3.85 Lakh

Ignis Delta (diesel manual) - 4.25 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Ignis Sigma (petrol manual) – 4.90 Lakh
Kwid RXT O (petrol manual) – 4.90 Lakh

Kwid 1.0 RXT AMT (petrol automatic) - 5.50 Lakh
Ignis Delta AT (petrol automatic) – 5.80 Lakh

Ignis Delta (diesel manual) - 5.20 Lakh

Technically, the Ignis 'Delta AT' is a superior automobile than the Kwid. It has noticeably better performance, refinement and dynamics than the Kwid. Both cars are just as practical as each other, as well as equally well suited to Indian road conditions too. However, Ignis 'Delta AT' is better value-for-money than the Kwid 'AMT', since it provides indispensible safety features like ABS & Passenger Airbag, which are not available on the Kwid even as an option, and yet costs only 30,000 Rs. more than the Kwid 'AMT' in the long term.

However, we know that there are times, when our budget simply doesn't allow us, to go for the higher priced car, even though we know that it is better value-for-money, in which case, we wholeheartedly recommend the Kwid 'AMT'. Renault has actually done a better job of tuning the AMT than the Ignis, resulting in lesser roll-back on inclines and smoother, as well as quicker gearshifts. But if you can afford to pay a marginally higher EMI, you should go for the safer, more reliable option of the two, which is the Ignis 'Delta AT', our chosen pick of this comparison.