Maruti Ignis vs Baleno

Maruti launched the Baleno hatchback in India in 2015 and the car became an instant hit. Along the way, it managed to steal some of Swift‘s customers thanks to the narrow price gap. A similar situation could arise with the launch of the Ignis. Not only does it share floor space with the Baleno, it is powered by the same set of engines as well. Add to that Indian customers’ current love for anything even remotely resembling an SUV and a certain degree of cannibalism seems inevitable. In this Maruti Ignis vs Baleno comparison, we will compare the upcoming mini SUV with the popular hatchback. Also See- Maruti Ignis Launch Details


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Maruti Ignis vs Baleno Price Comparison


Maruti Ignis*Maruti Baleno^
SigmaSigmaRs. 6.37 lakh
DeltaRs. 6.39 lakhDeltaRs. 7.03 lakh
ZetaRs. 6.91 lakhZetaRs. 7.64 lakh
AlphaRs. 7.80 lakhAlphaRs. 8.36 lakh
Delta AMTRs. 6.94 lakhAlphaRs. 8.36 lakh
Zeta AMTRs. 7.46 lakhAlphaRs. 8.36 lakh

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Maruti Ignis^Maruti Baleno^
SigmaRs. 4.59 lakhSigmaRs. 5.25 lakh
DeltaRs. 5.19 lakhDeltaRs. 5.91 lakh
ZetaRs. 5.75 lakhZetaRs. 6.51 lakh
Delta AutomaticRs. 5.74 lakhDelta AutomaticRs. 6.97 lakh
AlphaRs. 6.69 lakhAlphaRs. 7.22 lakh
Zeta AutomaticRs. 6.30 lakhZeta AutomaticRs. 7.58 lakh

^ex-showroom, Delhi price

The prices mentioned below (for Maruti Ignis) are ex-showroom Delhi. The Ignis is cheaper than the Baleno. Pricing of the Ignis is similar to that of the Ritz.

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Maruti Ignis vs Baleno Specifications Comparison


Maruti IgnisMaruti Baleno
Engine Type/ Displacement1.3 L Diesel1.3 L Diesel
Power74 bhp74 bhp
Torque190 Nm190 Nm
Transmission (Gearbox)5-speed manual/5-speed AMT5-speed manual
Mileage26.80 kpl (claimed)27.39 kpl (claimed)


Maruti IgnisMaruti Baleno
Engine Type/ Displacement1.2 L Petrol1.2 L Diesel
Power83 bhp83 bhp
Torque113 Nm115 Nm
Transmission (Gearbox)5-speed manual/5-speed AMT5-speed manual/CVT
Mileage20.89 kpl (claimed)21.4 kpl (claimed)

Also See – Maruti Ignis vs Maruti Vitara Brezza | Maruti Ignis vs Maruti Swift

The Ignis shares its engine lineup with the Baleno. Therefore, both cars are powered by the same 1.2 L Petrol and 1.3 L Diesel motors. The Petrol variants, unlike the Baleno, get a 5-speed AMT instead of a CVT. Even the Diesel Ignis gets an AMT. Claimed fuel mileage figures of the Ignis are marginally lower than the Baleno’s 27.39 kpl (diesel) and 21.4 Kpl (petrol).

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Maruti Ignis vs Maruti Baleno Mileage Comparison

 Maruti IgnisMaruti Baleno
Diesel26.80 kpl27.39 kpl
Petrol20.89 kpl21.4 kpl

According to ARAI figures, the overall fuel efficiency of Baleno Diesel stands at 27.39 kpl. The Ignis has a claimed fuel mileage of 20.89 km/l and 26.80 km/l for petrol and diesel motors respectively. Baleno petrol returns an ARAI certified fuel mileage of 21.4 kpl. The Ignis, at 20.89 KMPL, is almost as fuel efficient.

Maruti Ignis vs Baleno Dimensions

 Maruti IgnisMaruti Baleno
Length x Width x Height3700 x 1690 x 1595 mm3995 x 1745 x 1500 mm
Wheelbase2435 mm2520 mm
Kerb Weight825-960 kg870 – 970 kg
Wheel Type and Size15-inch alloys16-inch alloys
Boot Space260 L339 L

While the Ignis is shorter in length and narrower than the Baleno, it is taller. The Ignis weighs between 825 and 960 kg depending on the variant. Ignis’ 260 L boot is no match for the Baleno’s massive 339 L luggage space.

Maruti Ignis vs Baleno Features Comparison

Maruti will be selling the Ignis through the Nexa dealership network meant for their premium models. This means the micro-SUV comes with all the bells and whistles. Highlights include dual front airbags, ABS, LED daytime running lights, projector headlamps, touchscreen infotainment system and more. Maruti offers the Baleno with all the aforementioned features. So, there won’t be much to set them apart solely based on the equipment list.

Maruti IgnisMaruti Baleno
Air Conditioner TypeAutomatic Climate ControlAutomatic Climate Control
Power WindowsYes (4)Yes (4)
Central LockingKeyless Entry and goKeyless Entry and go
Steering Audio ControlsYesYes
Audio SystemSmartPlay TouchscreenSmartPlay Touchscreen

Maruti Ignis vs Baleno Design Comparison

Baleno’s styling seems to have gone down very well with the India car buying lot. Although the exterior seems a bit bulbous from some angles, the Baleno is overall is a smart looking hatchback. The Maruti Ignis does not deviate much from the concept showcased at the Auto Expo in terms of design. Bits like the big, chrome lined grille housing the headlamps, LED daytime running lights, etc. have found their way to the production-spec Ignis. Other highlights include a clamshell bonnet, beefy wheel arches, body cladding. These SUV-like design elements could be the Ignis’ biggest selling points.

Maruti has given the Baleno an all-black interior treatment. The centre console is one of the best bits of the Baleno’s cabin. Like the Baleno, the touchscreen infotainment system or the audio system in the Ignis does not sit flush with the centre console. Both cars get Maruti’s SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system. The Ignis’ cabin comes finished in Black and Ivory white with body coloured highlights.

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Maruti Ignis vs Baleno Comparison – Verdict

Maruti’s all-new Ignis could turn out to be a huge hit among the SUV-crazy Indians. As always, MSIL has been very aggressive with the pricing of the Maruti Ignis. It is slightly cheaper than the Baleno, which will work in its favour. However, the Baleno is a bigger car and offers more space.

  • Price – Maruti has priced the Ignis below the Baleno. However, the price gap is narrow enough for buyers to consider upgrading to the Baleno. Conversely, buyers looking at mid level variants of the Baleno might be tempted to go for the top end fully loaded Ignis variants.
  • Specifications – Both cars boast an identical engine lineup with. However, while Baleno petrol gets a CVT, the Ignis features a 5-speed AMT automatic transmission option.
  • Features – Like the Baleno, the Ignis will also be sold through the Nexa sales channel for premium offerings. The Ignis and Baleno boast an identical list of features.
  • Design – The Ignis is definitely a very eye-catching design. But looks are a matter of personal taste so we will leave this one up to you.

Maruti Ignis vs Baleno comparison

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