Maruti Ignis is the new compact SUV in the market. It is present in a price segment which has been dominated by the Maruti Swift. The Ignis is a premium offering from  Maruti. We compare the Ignis to Maruti’s best seller – Swift. The Maruti Swift has been a favourite hatchback of Indians and continues to sell in high numbers. The Ignis is sold from the Nexa experience showrooms, while the Swift is available in regular Maruti showrooms. Let’s find out how these two stand up against each other, in the Maruti Ignis vs Maruti Swift comparison.

Maruti Ignis vs Maruti Swift Design

Maruti Ignis front

The two cars are very different in all areas. They both are based on different platforms. The Swift is based on an older platform, whereas the Ignis shares its underpinnings with the Baleno. The Maruti Ignis looks stylish and it has good road presence too. The large front grille with horizontal chrome slats making have a front stance. The headlamps gel well with the design and then it even gets daytime running LEDs. The front of the Maruti Ignis looks appealing and seems like a SUV.


The new Maruti Swift was launched in 2015. It got cosmetic changes outside and inside. The Swift is a bit rounded unlike the squarish design of the Ignis. There is not much difference in the size of the two cars.


Maruti Ignis vs Maruti Swift Interior

Maruti Ignis interior

The Maruti Ignis has stylish interiors. The quality of the materials is also upmarket. It gets an off white and black dashboard. The top-end version gets a touchscreen as well. The elements are well laid out too. Maruti Swift has neat interiors. The interiors are sporty with an all black theme. In terms of space, both are identical.


Maruti Ignis vs Maruti Swift  Features

The Maruti Ignis gets touchscreen with Apple Car Play & Android Auto. It also has steering mounted controls and Auto AC and Then there are dual airbags and ABS that will be offered as a standard feature. The Swift gets Airbags and ABS on higher variants. It also gets a bluetooth audio system with steering mounted controls.

Maruti Ignis vs Maruti Swift  Engine

The Maruti Ignis comes with a 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel options. The petrol churns out 82bhp of power and 75bhp is for the diesel. Both these engines are offered with a five-speed manual and AMT options.

The Maruti Swift  comes with a 1.2-litre petrol engine that also churns out 83bhp of power. This engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. There is no automatic version in the Swift. The second engine is a 1.3-litre diesel that churns out 74bhp of power. Both engines in these cars are same and have good power and driveability.

Maruti Ignis vs Maruti Swift Price

The Maruti Ignis is priced between INR 5.05 lakhs and INR 8.20 lakhs (on-road, Delhi). The Maruti Swift  is priced between INR 5.20 lakhs and INR 8.5 lakhs (on-road, Delhi). Both cars fall in the same price bracket.

Maruti Ignis vs Maruti Swift  – Which to buy?

The Maruti Ignis and Maruti Swift are quite different yet similar in certain aspects. They share the same set of engines and have good performance and mileage as well. The Maruti Ignis more trendier than the Swift and is targeted towards the urban youth. If you are looking for being different from the crowd and want a city car with SUV like looks, then it is the Ignis you should be looking at. The Maruti Swift is a tried and tested product which enjoys a very good brand equity. It is good value and also fetches a high resale value. It is a practical hatchback with sporty undertones.

Maruti Ignis vs Maruti Swift Specifications

Length mm37003850
Width mm16901695
Height mm15951530
Wheelbase mm24382430
Ground clearance mm180170
Kerb Weight kgs955965
Boot Space mm258205



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