Maruti Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100

In January 2016, we witnessed the launch of the Mahindra KUV100 – the UV manufacturer’s take on the hatchback segment. The response it has received from the Indian car buying lot has been far from overwhelming. At Auto Expo 2016Maruti showcased the Ignis concept. Now, the launch of the Ignis has taken place in India. One of its direct rivals is the Mahindra KUV100. In this post, we will compare the two micro SUVs based on price, specifications, mileage, dimensions and more. Read our Maruti Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100 comparison for more.

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Maruti Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100 Price Comparison


Maruti Ignis^Mahindra KUV100^
SigmaK2Rs. 5.50 lakh
DeltaRs. 6.39 lakhK2+Rs. 5.72 lakh
ZetaRs. 6.91 lakhK4Rs. 5.85 lakh
AlphaRs. 7.80 lakhK4+Rs. 6.07 lakh
Delta AMTRs. 6.94 lakhK6Rs. 6.50 lakh
Zeta AMTRs. 7.46 lakhK6+Rs. 6.72 lakh
K8Rs. 7.05 lakh

The Ignis, despite the introductory pricing, is still more expensive than the KUV100. That said, it boasts a longer list of features. Also, overall quality levels are much better than Mahindra. Unlike the KUV, Ignis is available with an optional automatic in the form of a 5-speed AMT in both petrol and diesel guise.

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Maruti Ignis^Mahindra KUV100^
SigmaRs. 4.59 lakhK2Rs. 4.58 lakh
DeltaRs. 5.19 lakhK2+Rs. 4.87 lakh
ZetaRs. 5.75 lakhK4Rs. 4.99 lakh
Delta AutomaticRs. 5.74 lakhK4+Rs. 5.22 lakh
AlphaRs. 6.69 lakhK6Rs. 5.59 lakh
Zeta AutomaticRs. 6.30 lakhK6+Rs. 5.81 lakh
K8Rs. 6.14 lakh

^ex-showroom, Delhi price

Maruti Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100 Comparison Price, Specs, Features 2016-mahindra-kuv100-action-shot-white-side
No automatic variants for the KUV100

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Maruti Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100 Specifications Comparison


Maruti IgnisMahindra KUV100
Engine Type/ Displacement1.3 L Diesel1.2 L Diesel
Power75 bhp77 bhp
Torque190 Nm190 Nm
Transmission (Gearbox)5-speed manual/5-speed AMT5-speed manual
Mileage26.80 kpl (claimed)25.32 kpl (claimed)


Maruti IgnisMahindra KUV100
Engine Type/ Displacement1.2 L Petrol1.3 L Diesel
Power83 bhp82 bhp
Torque113 Nm115 Nm
Transmission (Gearbox)5-speed manual/5-speed AMT5-speed manual
Mileage20.89 kpl (claimed)18.15 kpl (claimed)

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Maruti Ignis will share its engines with the Swift/Dzire/Baleno. Powering the Ignis will be a 1.3 L Diesel engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. While the petrol variants will employ a 1.2 L Petrol engine also mated to a 5-speed manual. Apart from the standard 5-speed manual, Maruti will also offer the petrol and diesel Ignis with an automatic transmission in the form of a 5-speed AMT. Power and torque figures of both cars are near identical. Hopefully, Ignis petrol will not feel as sluggish as the KUV100 petrol. Also, Maruti will have the advantage of an automatic transmission option over Mahindra.

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Maruti Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100 Dimensions

 Maruti IgnisMahindra KUV100
Length x Width x Height3700 x 1690 x 1595 mm3675 x 1715 x 1665 mm
Wheelbase2435 mm2385 mm
Kerb Weight825-960 kg1085 – 1135 kg
Wheel Type and Size15 inch alloys14 inch alloys
Boot Space260 L243 L

Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100 Mileage Comparison

 Maruti IgnisMahindra KUV100
Diesel26.80 kpl25.32 kpl
Petrol20.89 kpl18.1 kpl

Mahindra is claiming an overall fuel efficiency of 25.32 kpl for the KUV100. The Diesel Ignis returns an overall claimed mileage of 26.80 kpl. Petrol variants of the KUV100 return a claimed fuel efficiency of 18.1 kpl. Ignis petrol is more fuel efficient. Since the Ignis gets an AMT, fuel efficiency figures will be similar to the manual variants.

Maruti Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100 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. Mahindra does not offer the KUV100 with projector headlamps, a touchscreen infotainment system or climate control. As we mentioned earlier, the KUV100 might be cheaper than the Ignis, but it is not as feature rich. Dual front airbags and ABS are standard safety features in the Ignis’ case.

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Maruti IgnisMahindra KUV100
Air Conditioner TypeAutomatic Climate ControlManual
Power WindowsYes (4)Yes (4)
Central LockingYesYes
Steering Audio ControlsYesYes
Audio SystemYes (Touchscreen)Yes (2-DIN)
AirbagsYes (2)Yes (2)

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Maruti Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100 Design Comparison

The Mahindra KUV100 features some very interesting styling bits all around. It looks good when viewed from certain angles, but a little awkward from some angles as well. Puny wheels rob it of the proper SUV look and the design, in general, seems a bit overdone. The production spec model of the Ignis is almost identical to the one showcased at the Auto Expo. Some of the design highlights include – the big, chrome lined grille up front, which also houses the headlamps. LED daytime running lights, steeply raked rear windshield and more. Add to that SUV-like design elements and you get a smart blend of hatchback and SUV. The new Maruti Ignis is easily the better looking of the two.

Maruti Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100 – Interior

On the inside, it’s pretty much the same story. In order to facilitate the 3+3 seating arrangement, the KUV100 gets a slab-like centre console with the gear lever. The Ignis gets a very cool dashboard design different from anything we’ve seen from Maruti. The India-spec model gets a black-ivory white combo for the cabin. Additionally, the Ignis features body-coloured highlights in the cabin. Quality levels and fit and finish of the KUV’s cabin isn’t very impressive. Overall, the cabin of the Maruti Ignis feels more premium and better built.

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Maruti Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100 Comparison – Verdict

After a strong initial response, Mahindra’s KUV100 hasn’t turned out to be as popular as the manufacturer would’ve hoped. However, since the Ignis appears to be a better product in terms of design, features and quality, it should fare better in terms of sales. The Ignis might be more expensive than the KUV100, but it boasts more features, better quality and is prettier.

  • Price – Maruti Ignis is more expensive than the KUV100. However, it is more feature-rich as well.
  • Specifications – Both mini-SUVs boast similar power and torque figures. Mahindra KUV100 petrol feels sluggish. Ignis gets a 5-speed AMT.
  • Features – The Ignis to be more feature-rich with premium features like a touchscreen infotainment system, projector headlamps and more.
  • Design – The Ignis is definitely more eye-catching than the Mahindra KUV100. KUV looks awkward from some angles.

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