Maruti Suzuki sells 2 SUV inspired hatchbacks, the S-presso and the Ignis. We pit them against each other in our Maruti S-Presso vs Ignis comparison to see how different and similar they are
Maruti Suzuki is selling hatchbacks like hot cakes in India. A few of them are conventionally styled hatch while the others are inspired by the bigger Crossovers. The crossover themed styling is, however, the current favorite among the crowd and Maruti is now selling 2 of such cars. The one on the list is Maruti’s Ignis which was launched a couple of years back, while the other one is the recently launched entry-level S-Presso. The former takes on a rivalry against the likes of premium cars such as Ford Freestyle and Honda WR-V, while the latter goes head to head with cars like Renault Kwid and Datsun Redi-GO.
The S-Presso and Ignis are cars from two different segment, but are design to look like SUVs.
These two cars are poles apart in terms of their pricing, underpinnings, and the segment they cater to. But, there are a few similarities as both the cars come from the stable of a Japanese marque Maruti Suzuki and are styled with crossover cues. However, there are some differences between them and let’s find them below in our Maruti S-Presso vs Ignis comparison.
Maruti S-Presso vs Ignis comparison Comparison - Design
Starting with the lesser one, the S-Presso is a funky looking small entry-level hatchback with SUV inspired looks. The Ignis on the other end is bigger and a much more matured design in comparison to the S-Presso.
S-Presso’s face is more of a Mahindra Scorpio emoji, but the funky looks are attention-grabbing though.
The S-Presso surely comes up as an espresso-dized blend of the steamed SUV genes (not beans here) mixed with the convenience and affordability of a small hatch. The front of the S-Presso is designed with trapezoidal headlamps and a slim grille with squared-off slats on it. The front bumper is most rugged, ever seen on a hatchback of this size and gives the car a tough face. While for the untrained eyes the S-Presso’s face is more of a Mahindra Scorpio emoji. On the sides, the S-Presso is boxy and carries its SUV design cues with the help of squared-off wheel arches and black door sills. The rear, however, is a bit bland but has a hunched up stance with an all-black bumper that also houses sleek reflectors.
Ignis has a more matured and upscale feel to its exterior design.
The Ignis is styled with the use of SUV elements for the styling, but the design is a lot more tasteful and cohesive here and isn’t overdone at all. The front wears a funky face with headlamps surrounded by the grille from all sides. The U-shaped DRLs and the wide-black grille surrounded by chrome strip gives the Ignis a face that is more than a car. The clam-shell bonnet, black-cladding all around the car and roof-rails add to its SUV inspired styling cues. With much better proportions all around, Ignis is a better-designed car. But the large c-pillar creates a visual bulk, which Maruti could’ve tried a bit harder to break it. The rear face of the Ignis is a different and upscale design. The overall design of the Ignis is an example of a job better executed and hence, it's the winner of this part of our Maruti S-Presso vs Ignis comparison.
The funky theme is continued on the inside and the clocks have moved to centre in the S-Presso.
The S-Presso gets all-black interiors with some color inserts matched to the paint scheme car wears on the outside. The interiors also do with the funky theme that is seen on the exteriors. There’s a big circular console that dominates the centermost part of the dashboard and houses all the display units that are there on the dashboard. Saying that the instrument console and the clocks are also housed in the very same circular binnacle, with an 11.78cm touchscreen infotainment system. The seating position in this micro-SUV is set high with a commanding view of outside from the cabin. The space on the offer given its size is just fine, and fitting 4 is easy if they aren’t too tall.
Ignis's interior is spacious and has a sense of premium touch and feel to it.
The Ignis has an upmarket feel to its cabin. This is with respect to the quality of materials used, space on offer, and the equipment available. The dual-tone dashboard has a neat yet appealing design with a center-mounted floating touchscreen unit for the infotainment system. The instrument console here is placed in its regular place, right behind the steering wheel. The Ignis is a bigger and expensive car here and does not get a rear center armrest. The rear seats are spacious to fit 4 full-size adults better here, 5 being a tight fit, and so is the space inside the cabin. The door pads are also finished with the dual-tone treatment as the dashboard and offer decent storage spaces. Again, the Ignis becomes the winner of our Maruti S-Presso vs Ignis comparison.
Comparing the two would not be a fair game here, so let’s just talk about what all is offered on these cars. The S-Presso being a cheaper car in comparison to the larger Ignis does not fend off a lot of features off its list. The car comes with a plethora of optional extras such as dual-front airbags, 11.68cm infotainment screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support with voice commands, and steering mounted audio controls. These are available over the standard fitment of driver-side front airbag, ABS with EBD assistance, high-speed alert, seat belt reminder, reverse parking sensors, and immobilizer.
The Ignis does with a lot more equipment on offer. The standard fitments are similar to the S-Presso’s apart from an extra airbag for the front passenger. The optional extras that are available with the higher trims are electronically operated ORVMs, tilt adjust for steering wheel, keyless entry & go with push-button start, automatic climate controls, steering mounted audio controls, 60:40 split seats, and tab-like floating touchscreen for the infotainment system with the convenience of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. While Ignis being an expensive and posher car misses out on audio and voice commands for its infotainment system but gets an added safety feature of ISOFIX anchors on the rear seats.
Maruti S-Presso vs Ignis comparison - Specifications
The Ignis is a large car here, as it measures bigger at 3700mm in length, 1690mm in width, and 1595mm in height, in comparison to S-Presso’s 3565mm length, 1520mm width, and 1549mm of height. The excess height of Ignis can be credited to the roof rails, as S-Presso doesn’t get any. The Ignis also boasts of a larger wheelbase of 2435mm by S-Presso’s 2380mm. The extra wheelbase has helped it to offer some extra space in the cabin and the boot.
Maruti Suzuki S-Presso
Maruti Suzuki Ignis
Talking about the underpinnings, the Ignis is designed on the Suzuki-Tect platform, while the S-Presso is fabricated around the HeartTect platform. In simpler words, the cheaper S-Presso gets similar underpinning as the latest Swift, Dzire, Ertiga, and Baleno.
Moving on from the dimensions, the Ignis is a bigger car in respect to its outright power and torque output of 83Ps and 113Nm respectively from its 1.2L 4-cylinder petrol motor. The S-Presso churns out a decent 68Ps of peak power and 90Nm of peak torque through a 1.0L 3-cylinder petrol engine.
Maruti Suzuki S-Presso
Maruti Suzuki Ignis
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To transmit the power from the engine to the front wheels, both the cars get a similar set of gearboxes. The options include a 5-speed stick shift or a 5-speed AMT which Maruti likes to call as AGS (Auto-Gear-Shift).
It may be noted here that our Maruti S-Presso vs Ignis comparison is just a task performed to give you an idea of how different the design approach is, for two different SUV-inspired hatchbacks from Maruti Suzuki. As the price brackets they fit in, the segments they cater to and the competition they take on are like night and day. Starting with the affordable S-Presso, it starts from 3.69 Lacs for the base STD variant and goes all the way to 4.91 Lacs for the VXI+ AGS variant, with a total of 10 variants on offer. For the Ignis, the prices start from 4.74 Lacs for the base Sigma variant and top out at 7.09 Lacs for the top-end Alpha (Automatic) variants, with a total of 7 variants on offer.