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    Maruti Suzuki Ignis vs Hyundai Grand i10

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    Sagar Bhanushali

    Hyundai Grand i10 Exterior


    The market for small yet family-friendly hatchbacks is booming at a rapid pace and to stay competitive in this crowded field, even the best of the bunch need to keep looking fresh. The most recent mid-size hatch to be brought up to date is Hyundai’s Grand i10. Fresh for 2017, it’s retained the old car’s practicality but with sleeker looks, a slightly larger diesel engine and a series of changes inside and out. Rather unsurprisingly, it’s more efficient than ever and has all the tricks to really compete.

    Its rival, the Maruti Suzuki Ignis is like a breath of fresh air in this segment and instantly comes in with an advantage. After all, even hatchback buyers want to be able to customise their cars’ appearance and with several personalisation options to the boot, the Ignis allows trendy buyers to do just that.

    There is a lot, then, to separate this duo in terms of looks, interior packaging and performance so the updated Grand i10 will need to put up a good show to come out on top. Is it up to the task? We took both the cars on to the road to find out.

    Looks and Design

    A family hatch has got to be eye-catching to compete in such a crowded space, and unarguably it’s the Ignis with its quirky, kei-car like details that turns heads the most here. The Ignis has been designed primarily for the Japanese crowd and their peculiar taste towards aesthetics. It challenges convention with its slab-like headlights – which mimic the gleaming eyes of certain juvenile manga characters – and the outlandishly raked boot lid.

    Next to the Ignis, the Grand i10’s look can be best described as meek. Sure, its design is thoroughly modern and the whole car sits well-proportioned to the ground, but the 2017 model’s exterior alterations (Read: different grille, front and rear bumpers and daytime running LED strips) are subtle on this top-spec diesel trim.

    The Ignis’s size shows how city-friendly it is, measuring 3700mm long, 1690mm wide and 1595mm tall. In comparison, the Grand i10 is longer than but not as wide as the Ignis. Besides, the latter sits taller off the ground as well. The Suzuki’s relatively compact footprint is noticeable when you are seated in it, but overall these two offer quite different environments.

    Interior Layout and Features

    The stark contrast in the design and layout of the finer elements continue as you move on to the interiors. Whereas the Grand i10 retains its straightforward albeit, slightly dull layout for the dashboard, the Ignis is young and bold, not to mention distinctive with the way its dashboard is laid. Everything from the slim dash, the giant touchscreen display, body-coloured door handles and the toggle-like switchgear are bits that are completely new to small car buyers. Sticking out of the dash, the touch display catches the eye as soon as you turn the key. It is bright, colourful and features smartphone mirroring tech, besides Bluetooth and USB. And for those young drivers that cannot be separated from their smartphone, the interface’s touch and slide functionality will come as second nature to them.

    The Grand i10’s cabin may seem relatively conventional but it’s also got a stellar touchscreen infotainment system. The system, in fact, is one of the few highlights of the 2017 upgrade and comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The UI, again, isn’t as lively or vibrant as the Suzuki’s but impressive nonetheless if you fancy simpler layouts, that is. Screen aside, the level of perceived quality inside the Grand i10 is significantly better than that of the Ignis. The Grand i10’s mundane looking switchgear, the dual tone upholstery and the dials and knobs all have the feel of a higher quality to the touch, press or otherwise. That impressive cabin ambience comes despite a few lacklustre bits like the analogue instrument panel and the door pads.

    Like the Grand i10, the Ignis has hard plastic surfaces but they are not as nicely finished. What’s more, the controls for the electric mirrors and the steering column mounted stalks don’t have the same level of solidity in the hand as the Grand i10’s bits and bobs.

    The Ignis gains some ground with its standard equipment list. Irrespective of whatever variant you pick, there’s ABS with EBD, front airbags and ISOFIX child seat mount. As for comfort and convenience, the top-spec Alpha gets climate control, a decent sounding audio system with touchscreen display, steering mounted controls, push button start, keyless entry, electrically adjustable and foldable mirrors, LED projector headlamps and alloy wheels. The top-spec Grand i10 Asta trim, on the other hand, is similarly equipped, however, safety features like the ABS and passenger airbag are not standard across the range. The Hyundai doesn’t get automatically locking doors either.

    Space and Comfort

    Upfront, the difference in seating comfort isn’t much. Both the Ignis and the Grand i10 have adequately sized front seats with decently large squabs for most occupants. The only difference here can be found in the footwell – the Ignis has a great deal of knee room thanks to the slim dash and the extra width whereas the Grand i10 struggles with a narrower footwell.

    The Ignis gets an early lead on its rival upfront and still manages to impresses as you move on to the rear. It keeps its roofline tall all the way to its hatched rear to create more headroom for the occupants. The rear bench is perched high for good visibility and to allow tall occupants to stretch their legs further down the floor. The rear bench, however, is relatively flat and features less contours compared to the Hyundai and because of the small rear windows and all-black upholstery, the sense of space isn’t as much either.

    Although one sits noticeably lower in the Grand i10, the rear bench is well shaped with more in terms of contours – a big draw-card for those who drive with their family for most occasions. Besides a more supportive rear seat, the Grand i10 also scores well when it comes to that all-important airy feeling, thanks to the lighter upholstery and a much larger glasshouse.

    Having established that the Grand i10 has proved itself to be a better rear-seat hatch, we presume the Ignis would prove more competitive in the driving department.

    Urban Duties

    Anyone looking for a diesel mid-size hatch probably rates performance as low on their priority list. Having said that, if it is effortless city cruise and the occasional highway blasts that you are looking for, then both these vehicles fit the bill.

    As part of the 2017 upgrade, the Grand i10 gets a new, higher capacity and more powerful diesel engine. It’s still a three-cylinder unit, but with significantly more pulling power. The 1.2-litre engine, in fact, makes 74bhp at 4,000rpm and 190Nm of torque at 1,750rpm. The Ignis, on the other hand, makes use of the very tried-and-tested 1.3-litre diesel engine, putting out similar power and torque.

    Around town, the Ignis feels consistently livelier at slow to medium speeds than its negligible on-paper advantage would suggest. And this has much to do with the fact that it responds sharply to the throttle, especially when the turbo is on song. Unlike the old car, which has an incredibly linear power delivery, there is a bit of spike in power delivery at around 2,000rpm in the new Grand i10. What’s more, there is always enough torque to keep up with city traffic and the engine remains impressively quiet and devoid of any vibration despite being a three-cylinder unit. The Ignis, too, is equally quick, however the turbo lag is more prominent and the engine itself is nowhere as refined as Hyundai’s motor.

    Both these cars prefer to rely on their mid-range punch to keep things moving briskly and you can expect a need to row through the gears often. In this case, it’s the Grand i10’s shifting mechanism that’s simply faultless – the gearshifts are as precise as they can get in small cars and the clutch pedal is superbly weighted too. The Suzuki’s more prominent turbo lag and spikier power delivery means you are likely to work the gearbox slightly more. Nonetheless, the 5-speed unit is a joy to use and the clutch is pleasantly light as well.

    Around town, the Ignis’ steering is light and fluid and the quirky looks are matched by a real planted feel even across bad roads. That said, the steering is a little unwilling to self-centre when parking or under full lock. No such niggle with the Hyundai but it does feel sloppy at slow speeds and slow to initiate quick turn-ins.

    Highway Manners

    Both the Ignis and the Grand i10 are perfect for driving around town and they are not bad on faster roads either. You have got to get behind the wheel to appreciate the Grand i10’s true quality. With its smooth engine, planted ride and excellent NVH, it has the feel of a vehicle from a class above. The cabin is well insulated from road and wind noise, while the ride is surprisingly supple (in contrast to previous Hyundai models) at speed. It’s a little firm over scarred and potholed city roads, but never uncomfortable.

    In terms of driving involvement, the Ignis is a step ahead with a more sensitive steering and quick turn-in meaning you can have some fun on twisty roads, but we would like to add that any hint of pushing the car will see its tyres (Bridgestone's Ecopia) squeal more often than not. As for the way it tackles bad roads, the low speed ride is certainly more absorbent than that of the Grand i10 with a nice, soft edge over rippled surfaces. Things improve as you hit the highway, but it’s nowhere near as refined as the Hyundai at triple digit speeds – there’s more of engine, road and wind noise all the time.

    Fuel Efficiency

    As for fuel efficiency, which is a major consideration for small car buyers when making the final decision, the Grand i10 just about surpasses the Ignis. Its city efficiency of 15.4kmpl is noticeably better than the Suzuki which managed 14.3kmpl. As for the highway figures, both these vehicles are equally efficient, returning 19.7kmpl.


    Rank 2

    Maruti Suzuki Ignis

    Final Score: 376/600

    Price: Rs 9.41 lakh (on-road, Mumbai)

    If you are looking for a fun, quirky hatch with a sensible side then the new Ignis is easily your best bet. Around town, its light handling and brilliant manoeuvrability are hard to ignore. Add to that, its bold looks, strong diesel engine and surprising amount of space given its size and the Ignis has plenty going for it. However, its positives are not enough to top this test. It’s significantly expensive in this company and its ride comfort and cabin quality and finish do not exactly justify the premium pricing.

    Rank 1

    Hyundai Grand i10

    Final Score: 381/600

    Price: Rs 8.89 lakh (on-road, Mumbai)

    The 2017 Grand i10 takes the victory by a small yet crucial margin, thanks to its better quality cabin, improved ride quality and competitive prices. Its new 1.2 diesel motor isn’t exactly rapid, but there’s no denying that it packs in superb driveability and is surprisingly refined. All in all, the Grand i10 impressed us by how well developed it feels for a hatchback. Featuring loads of practicality and decent cruising abilities, the Grand i10 also delivers big car quality and refinement. It cannot match the Ignis for outright fun, but its broad spread of positives make the Grand i10 hard to ignore and it takes a well-earned win in this test.

    Pictures by Kapil Angane
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    CAR NAME Maruti Suzuki Ignis Hyundai Grand i10
    Variant Aplha 1.3 MT Asta U2 1.2 CRDi
    Fuel Diesel Diesel
    Installation Front, transverse Front, transverse
    Displacement 1248cc, 4 cyls 1186cc, 3 cyls
    Power 74bhp at 4000rpm 74bhp at 4000rpm
    Torque 190Nm at 2000rpm 190Nm at 1750rpm
    Power to weight 77.08bhp per tonne 72.19bhp per tonne
    Torque to weight 197.90Nm per tonne 185.36Nm per tonne
    Gearbox 5-speed manual 5-speed manual
    Kerb weight 960kg 1025kg
    Tyres 175/65 R15 165/65 R14
    Spare Full size Full size
    Type Rack and pinion Rack and pinion
    Type of assist Electric Electric
    Turning circle 9.4m 10.4m
    Front Discs Discs
    Rear Drums Drums
    Anti-lock Yes Yes

    Test Data

    CAR NAME Maruti Suzuki Ignis Hyundai Grand i10
    Variant Alpha 1.3 MT Asta U2 1.2 CRDi
    0-20kmph 0.99s 1.05s
    0-40kmph 2.58s 2.76s
    0-60kmph 4.88s 5.40s
    0-80kmph 8.39s 9.18s
    0-100kmph 13.02s 14.83s
    0-120kmph 20.03s 23.28s
    20-80kmph in 3rd gear 12.21s 12.04s
    40-100kmph in 4th gear 15.57s 13.78s
    80-0kmph 25.32m 29.06m
    City 14.3kmpl 15.4kmpl
    Highway 19.7kmpl 19.7kmpl
    Tank size 32 litres 43 litres
    Range 465km 648km
    Legroom(Max/min) 880/650mm 850/650mm
    Headroom 1000mm 990mm
    Shoulder room 1260mm 1250mm
    Backrest height 620mm 650mm
    Legroom(Max/min) 890/650mm 850/640mm
    Ideal legroom 690mm 670mm
    Headroom 950mm 910mm
    Shoulder room 1210mm 1180mm
    Seat base length 460mm 490mm
    Backrest height 590mm 600mm
    Boot 260 litres 256 litres
    Length/width/height 620/1010/520mm 620/1050/500mm
    Loading lip height 740mm 700mm

    Score Sheet

    Parameters Max points

    Maruti Suzuki Ignis

    Hyundai Grand i10

    Steering response 20 13 13
    Directional stability 25 15 16
    Engine characteristics 25 15 17
    Gearbox 20 15 16
    Visibility 10 7 7
    Intermediate results 100 65 69
    Front Space 25 14 14
    Rear space 25 11 9
    Feeling of space 20 14 15
    Boot space/flexibility 20 9 9
    Payload 10 8 8
    Intermediate results 100 56 55
    Comfort equipment 25 11 11
    Operatibility 15 12 11
    Feel of quality 20 10 13
    Front seats/ingress 20 15 15
    Rear seat/ingress 20 14 14
    Intermediate results 100 62 64
    Acceleration 25 15 13
    Top speed 10 7 6
    Driveability 30 22 23
    Braking 25 21 18
    Environment 10 7 8
    Intermediate results 100 72 68
    Ride quality 30 19 21
    Turning circle 15 14 13
    Handling 20 12 13
    Manoeuvrability 15 13 13
    Safety 20 4 4
    Intermediate results 100 62 64
    Price 45 22 23
    Resale 10 7 6
    Warranty 10 7 8
    Fuel efficiency 35 23 24
    Intermediate results 100 59 61
    Total 600 376 381
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