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Tata Punch Vs Maruti Suzuki Ignis: Which micro SUV is for you?

The upcoming Tata Punch will be in the same price bracket as the Maruti Suzuki Ignis and there is a lot of interest between the two

Maruti Suzuki Ignis has been a successful niche product in the Indian market. There is a lot of interest around the Punch too. As the Tata Punch and Maruti Suzuki Ignis are similarly priced, a lot of customers will be confused. Here is a specification and feature comparison between the two vehicles.

Tata Punch Vs Maruti Suzuki Ignis: Which micro SUV is for you?
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The Punch is Tata’s answer to the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ignis, which lies somewhere in a new thought of the category of micro-SUVs and both these cars have similar offerings. Let’s take a look at how they stack up against the other.

Engine and powertrain:

Tata Punch Vs Maruti Suzuki Ignis: Which micro SUV is for you?
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Both Ignis and Tata Punch get dual-tone body colour options and both of them look quite different from the other cars on the road.

The Tata Punch is powered by a naturally aspirated 1199cc three-cylinder engine which is also found on the Tiago and Tigor. This power unit makes 86hp and 113Nm of torque.

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Tata Punch, on the other hand, looks very bulky, very masculine and is designed to look like a full-size SUV

The Maruti Suzuki Ignis gets a naturally aspirated 1197cc four-cylinder engine making a slightly lower 83hp and identical torque at 113Nm. Both these cars get an option of a 5-speed manual and AMT gearboxes. However, the 4 cylinder motor is far more smoother than the Punch’s engine.


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The Punch is slightly longer, wider and taller than the Ignis. Hence, it does have a larger foot print / road presence and this includes the taller 16-inch alloy wheels as well. From this angle, you can also make out the better executed rear design

At 3827mm in length, 1742mm in width and 1615mm in height, the Punch is visibly larger than the Ignis which measures 3700mm, 1690mm and 1595mm respectively. Even the wheelbase of the Punch is longer at 2445mm compared to a slightly shorter 2435mm which the Ignis measures. There is more boot space in the Tata which has 366litre of storage capacity compared to the Ignis’ 260litre. So if road presence is what you seek, the Punch will be a better choice.

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Both the cars have a 1200cc petrol motor. While the Punch delivers slightly more power, the 4 cylinder engine of the Ignis feels far better in terms of smoothness. Both the cars also come with optional AMT gearboxes


Both the cars have comparable profiles, however, the Punch does appear larger not only because of a few millimetres which measures a shade more than the Ignis, but it also gets a more imposing front. Going with the design language which other cars from its shed share, Tata has adorned the Punch with more flowing lines while in comparison the Ignis has a more youthful appearance. There are more layers to the design and the lower bumper lip even gets a dual-tone treatment. While some may love the unconventional design of the Ignis, others will love the muscular, mini Harrier stance of the Punch.


On the inside, this time around the Tata is the one with a much more layered, angular design compared to the Ignis which is more subtle. Both cars get a 7-inch entertainment centre with integrated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Punch has additional connected features such as location-based services, over-the-air firmware updates, vehicle diagnostics, etc. There are also small conveniences such as a cooled glovebox, which the Ignis does not receive. The 90 degree wide opening doors also help when you have parents or kids traveling along.


Tata Punch Vs Maruti Suzuki Ignis: Which micro SUV is for you?
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Tata is also pushing the Punch as more capable SUV thanks to its higher ground clearance. That said, the Ignis is better / easier to drive in urban usage. Both the cars come in bold and funky colour options

As mentioned earlier, the Tata Punch gets a suite of smart features such as location-based services to help the owner find the nearest service centre, get help with roadside assistance, navigation, and other geo and time fencing functions. It also gets voice recognition, remote commands for locking and unlocking the car, turning the lights on and off, and even sound the horn remotely. Vehicle security is also taken care of with these connected features to send intrusion alerts, remote immobilization, etc. Most of these features are taken care of within the app designed to work with the car.
The Ignis however does not get these high-tech features. It gets others that are shared with the Punch such as automatic ORVMs, automatic climate control, adjustable steering, voice commands, among a few.
Both the cars have standard safety features such as ABS, EBS, airbags, rear parking cameras, etc.


The Ignis retails from Rs. 5.02 lakh onwards and goes up till Rs. 7.53 lakh for its sticker price, and we expect the Punch to be priced in the same bracket. Bookings for the Tata offering are already open.

Shantonil Nag
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