Quick look at how the upcoming Punch will fare against two of its main rivals

Tata Motors is days away from launching the Punch micro-SUV. While specifications aren’t out, we do know which engine it will use. And hence a quick comparo with the Ignis and the KUV100

Tata Punch vs Maruti Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100 Spec Comparison
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Size matters and the Indian car market is a perfect testimony to this new fact. We all want our cars to look big and this is where SUVs have been ruling over cars of other body types in the same price segment. The latest model to enter the pseudo-SUV space will be the Tata Punch. Teasers are now out and this micro-SUV does look smashing in the top end version - the DRLs, dual tone paint scheme, alloy wheels and chunky tyres lend it good aesthetics.

The Tata Punch will compete in the same segment as the Maruti Nexa Ignis and the Mahindra KUV100. Again, these are pseudo SUVs but given the high stance, manufacturers want us to believe these are Sports Utility Vehicles. Now while we don’t have access to the feature list or the exact specifications of the Punch, we surely know which engine it will end up using. The same is listed below along with a quick comparison with the Ignis and the KUV

Tata Punch vs Maruti Ignis vs Mahindra KUV100 Spec Comparison
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As seen, all three vehicles use a similar capacity petrol motor. While the Ignis makes use of a smoother 4 cylinder unit, both the KUV and the Punch get a 3 cylinder set-up. Max power is almost identical with the Punch delivering 3 extra horses over the rivals. A similar story is seen for the max torque on offer with the KUV leading the pack, but by a small margin. What needs to be seen is the engine speed at which this peak torque comes in. The Ignis, in this regard, falls behind. This means the KUV and the Punch will have punchier performance at lower revs / city speeds.

The KUV100 hasn’t done too well in the Indian market. A large reason for this is the relatively high sticker price of Rs 6 lakh onwards. In comparison, the Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger end up offering a better value deal. The Ignis however is still pulling in good numbers and this can be attributed to its quirky design, funky interiors, light controls and a good entry level price. The Punch will be priced neck to neck with the Ignis for sure but will have a larger foot-print, hence better road presence. It will also offer drive and/or terrain modes, something none of the other cars in the same price bracket do.

So, between the three cars here, which one would we recommend? Watch this space for more..

Bunny Punia
Bunny Punia
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