Citroen C3 Vs Maruti Suzuki Ignis Comparison- Which One to Buy?

The 2022 Citroen C3 is the most affordable Citroen car in the country and offers commendable comfort and performance

Citroen made its Indian debut with the launch of the C5 Aircross in the country and is now expanding its portfolio in the market. The French carmaker is all set to take enter the hatchback segment with the launch of the new C3, its most affordable car in India. The Citroen not only locks its horns with cars like the Tata Punch and the Maruti Ignis, but in addition to this, also gives a tough competition to the cars like the Maruti Swift, Hyundai Nios, and more. Here is a detailed  Citroen C3 vs Maruti Suzuki Ignis spec comparison that will help you find all the details about these two cars. But before we begin, do not forget to subscribe to the official Auto42 Youtube channel.

Citroen C3 Vs Maruti Suzuki Ignis Dimensions

Citroen C3 vs Maruti Suzuki Ignis

The Citroen C3 takes its inspiration from the more expensive C5 Aircross and features an exquisite and sophisticated design language. Quirky styling and funky contrast finish on the exterior trim elements do help the C3 offer a fresh package to the buyers who are looking for something different and smart. The car, when compared to the Ignis, is longer, wider and taller while the wheelbase too is significantly more. In all, it is the C3 that has an imposing and bold exterior styling.

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The Maruti Suzuki Ignis might not appeal to everyone with its not-so-contemporary design but does boast a strong road presence. The car gets a chrome grille at the front that is flanked by LED projectors on either end. The bumper complements the boxy design language and gets a faux skid plate in the centre. The side profile too falls in line with the boxy design and features gloss-black alloy wheels. In all, the Ignis does offer a compact footprint that makes it a great city car and features decent styling. A high-ground clearance and short overhangs further help it tackle extremely bad sections without any major issues.

Citroen C3 Maruti Suzuki Ignis
Length 3981 mm 3700 mm
Width 1733 mm 1690 mm
Height 1604 mm 1595 mm
Wheelbase 2540 mm 2435 mm
Ground Clearance
180 mm 180 mm
Tyre Size 195/65 R-15 175/65 R-15

Citroen C3 Vs Maruti Suzuki Ignis Engine, Gearbox, and Performance

Unlike the Maruti Ignis, the Citroen C3 is offered with two engine options – 1.2L NA Puretech82 and 1.2L Turbo PureTech 110. Speaking of the naturally aspirated unit first, this engine churns out a peak power output of 82 bhp while the peak torque output stands at 115 Nm. This engine is only available with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The second engine on offer is the 1.2L turbocharged three-cylinder Puretech110 petrol engine. This engine churns out 110 hp and has a maximum torque of 190 Nm. This engine comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and offers extremely strong performance and city driveability. Needless to say, no automatic variant is on offer at the moment.

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Citroen C3 vs Maruti Suzuki Ignis

The Maruti Ignis on the other hand is offered with a 1.2L NA four-cylinder K12B motor that churns out 82 hp and 113 Nm of peak torque. This engine comes mated to a five-speed manual gearbox as standard while the buyers can also opt for the optional 5-speed AMT gearbox on select variants. This engine offers better refinement and NVH levels. The high-speed performance too is decent for a car of this size. A quick spec comparison is given below in the table:

Citroen C3 1.2L NA Citroen C3 1.2L Turbo Maruti Suzuki Ignis
Engine 1.2L NA Puretech 82 1.2L Turbo PureTech 110 1.2L NA K12
Power 82 bhp @ 5750 rpm 110 hp @ 5500 rpm 82 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 115 Nm @ 3750 rpm 190 Nm @ 1750 rpm 113 Nm @ 4200
Gearbox 5-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual 5-Speed Manual
5-Speed AMT

Fuel Economy

Citroen C3 1.2L NA Citroen C3 1.2L Turbo Maruti Suzuki Ignis
Fuel Economy (Claimed) 19.8 kmpl 19.4 kmpl 20.89 kmpl (MT)

Final Verdict

The Citroen C3 is a great choice for anyone who is looking for a comfortable and powerful hatchback that offers decent capabilities and impressive build quality. However, there is no denying the fact that the car lacks many important features including features like automatic climate control, auto-dimming IRVM, and tachometer while the after-sales support too is not as vast as the rivals. The Maruti Ignis on the other hand offers a practical VFM package to the buyers. It also offers a super-refined engine and a feature-rich cabin. However, the Ignis lacks the overall comfort levels and in-cabin experience that the C3 has on offer for the buyers.

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Nitin Kadian

Nitin Kadian

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An engineer by education and a motorhead by heart, he loves spending time behind the wheels. In the age of SUVs and crossovers, he still adores old-school low-slung sedans and drools over the Mustang '69.