The micro SUV segment has seen a growth lately. There will be more player in this segment in the near future. For now, its the Mahindra KUV100 and the Maruti Ignis. If you are confused which to buy, the Maruti Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100 Comparison is what you need. Mahindra’s KUV100 has been around for a while now, while Maruti Suzuki has just recently launched the Ignis. Both these are super compact SUVs that will be competing against each other at a similar price point. The Ignis is a bit more premium as this is sold through the Nexa Experience dealerships.
Maruti Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100 Exterior
Maruti Ignis has a contemporary design. This micro SUV has a black honeycomb mesh grille and a sleek chrome strip that runs across. The headlamps are large in size and they come with integrated LEDs too, in the top end variant. The front bumper has fog lamps which are round with chrome surrounds. There is an air scoop on the hood just above the front fender.The door pillars are blacked-out and door grab handles have chrome.
The Maruti Ignis stands out in the crowd and this makes it look stylish and appealing. The massive chunk of metal after the rear door makes it look appealing. The black alloy wheels look sporty and it has an intriguing design overall. At the rear, large windshield and the the tail lamps look striking. The Maruti Ignis has good ground clearance and this makes it good as a crossover too.
The Mahindra KUV100 is also a departure from the regular hatchback styling. It appears more of a crossover between a hatchback and a compact SUV and is also termed as a UV by the company. The KUV has a ‘love it’ or ‘loathe it’ kind of look. There are many who have fallen for the looks and at the same time other who find it not so pleasing. It looks very different from anything on the road. The styling seems inspired a bit from the XUV500.
The KUV100 stands tall and has a high bonnet. The sleek headlamps with built in DRLs and the narrow grille give it a premium look and the seems as if the headlamps extend right upto the windscreen, ending with a deep grove on the front door. This styling is inspired from sunglasses, to give a cool look, as the name suggests -KUV (Kool Utility Vehicle). The rear door has its handle next to the window similar to the Chevrolet Beat and is coloured in silver, to stand out.
The rear is clean and quite good looking with wrap around tail lamps and an integrated spoiler. The twelve spoke alloy wheels also compliment the vehicle looks.
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Maruti Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100 Interior
Maruti Ignis has very stylish interiors. The high quality plastic materials and even the fit and finish is top notch. The Ignis gets a three spoke steering wheel with controls for audio and bluetooth. The instrument cluster has large size dials that can readable easily. The Maruti Ignis also has a large touchscreen system which also includes Apple CarPlay / Android Auto in it. The other features that are included in this are navigation and reverse parking camera .
There is even climate control that is offered on the Maruti Ignis, on the top variant though. The front and even the rear is spacious enough. The boot space too on the Ignis is good enough. The space utilisation on the Ignis is good despite being so compact. Its tall stance makes it spacious even for tall people. The Maruti Ignis will have high quality interiors and this will be an added advantage for most of the buyers in this segment.
The Mahindra KUV100 has ergonomically designed interiors. The black and grey instrument panel is a welcome change as most of the cars today have black and beige, which suits mature car buyers. A twin-dial instrument panel with a gear-shift indicator and a basic tripmeter at the centre. The steering wheel has controls for audio. The gear knob on the centre console looks a bit odd, but is a very good placement to save out on space.
The three-knobs control the air-con vents, while the handbrake is old-fashioned. This has helped to save out on space and Mahindra has done a good job by adding the third extra seat and this comes handy many a times.
However, the Maruti Ignis beats the Mahindra KUV100 in terms of quality and features.
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Maruti Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100 Engine
The Maruti Ignis is powered by a 1.2-litre K-Series engine option. It has a five-speed manual transmission. There is also an AMT on offer. It produces 82bhp of power. Maruti Ignis being compact, will have sufficient power from this engine. This engine is highly refined and has good performance too. The Maruti Ignis also has a 1.3-litre diesel engine. This comes with a five-speed manual transmission and also an AMT. This engine churns out 75bhp of power.
The KUV100 is powered by a new mFalcon range of engines in petrol and diesel. The petrol is the mFalcon G80, this is a 1.2-litre petrol that churns 82bhp of power and 115Nm of maximum torque. This engine comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
The diesel engine is mFalcon D75, which is a 1.2-litre three-cylinder that churns 77bhp of power and 190Nm of maximum torque. The diesel unit is noisy but a refined one and drives pretty well too. These engines a are mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.The Maruti Ignis beats the KUV100 in terms of performance, especially in the petrol version. The Maruti Ignis also has a more reliable petrol engine.
Maruti Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100 Mileage
The petrol engine of the Maruti Ignis has an efficiency of 14km/l in the city, while on the highway it should be about 17km/l. The diesel on the other hand is highly fuel-efficient with a city mileage of 17km/l, while on the highway it will be about 22km/l.
The KUV 100 petrol has a fuel efficiency of 18.15km/l. These are ARAI figures. In the real world, the KUV100 diesel returns about 13km/l in the city, while on the highway it is about 18km/l. The petrol KUV100 returned about 11km/l in the city, while on the highway it is about 15km/l.
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Maruti Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100 Price
The Maruti Ignis is priced between INR 5.04 lakhs to INR 8.20 lakhs (on-road). Maruti is focussing on a premium tag for this micro SUV.The Mahindra KUV100 is priced at INR 5.2 Lakhs to INR 8.2 lakhs (on-road) and is practical, fuel efficient and has good drivability. The Maruti Ignis is more appealing though they both are priced similarly.
Maruti Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100 Specifications
Five-Speed Manual / AMT
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- Value for money
Amongst the two, Ignis is a straight winner. There aren’t two ways about it.