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Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Hatchback Review

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Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Overview

Maruti Suzuki has sold more than 22 lakh units of the WagonR ever since it was launched in 1999. This itself proves how successful this hatchback has been and continues to be ever since. Now with changing times and buyers’ increasing demands, the carmaker has launched the new-gen WagonR. It looks trendier, gets more modern creature comforts and is underpinned by Suzuki’s new A plus Heartect platform. What’s more, there’s a new powerful engine with automatic versions too. Plus, the latest iteration claims to offer better value for money than before. To know more about car loans visit Fincarz.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Design

As is fairly obvious, the new car still looks pretty much like a Wagon R. The sharply sculpted headlamp edges, the handsome shoulder line that steps up and then down again as it runs along the flared waist, and the tall waterfall tail lamps increase the style quotient slightly. However, it is a surprise to us that Maruti did not build on the crisp style that they used on the previous generation WagonR Stingray. Thankfully though, it doesn’t look slab-sided like it did before.

On the upside, the new DNA makes the Wagon R kinder to the eyes thanks to its new proportions. It is longer by 56mm and also boasts a stronger footprint. The wheelbase is stretched by 35mm, to 2435mm, and the wheels have been pushed out further, by 140mm at the front and 150mm at the rear! This makes the Wagon R a much bigger vehicle now and the 165/70 R14 tyres look a bit skinny. This tall boy’s mini-MPV-like aura is a bit deceptive because the Wagon R’s length is still 45mm less than the Ignis!

Before you ask, no. There are no LED DRLs (daytime running lights) or alloy wheels on offer. Surprising, since the Stingray had these on a VXI+ variant!

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Cabin

Like the old car it is easy to get in and out of the new Wagon R thanks to the wide opening door and the ideal seat height. Once inside you are greeted by a cabin that looks much more contemporary as compared to the old car. It’s a well thought out cabin as all the frequently used features like the infotainment system and air con controls are placed higher up. Unlike the old car the new Wagon R now gets the top ZXi variant that adds a lot more features than before. The seven inch touchscreen infotainment system dominates proceedings. It’s a brand-new unit and it features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Maruti has also developed a SmartPlay Studio app that connects to the system. Through this app you get music, offline navigation and many more features. The screen quality and touch sensitivity is good too. Overall interior fit and finish has taken a big step-up over the old car, but still it isn’t as good as the recently launched Santro in this respect.

Thanks to the bigger body and better packaging interior space has grown in all directions. The front seats are accommodating and offer good support. But it’s at the back where space and comfort has taken a big leap forward. The new Wagon R offers much more knee room and the wider cabin gives it an airy ambiance. As compared to the Hyundai Santro, the new Wagon R has 30mm more knee room, 70mm more headroom and 70mm more shoulder room. This results in a car that can easily accommodate three adults at the back in good comfort. The rear bench itself is well shaped and the upright backrest gives good good support too. What would have made the rear seat even better is better under thigh support and adjustable headrests.

Boot space is humongous for a car of this size. You get a massive 341 litres of luggage space and the boot is deep and well-shaped too. To put things into perspective, the Wagon R’s boot is 50mm longer, 10mm wider and 100mm taller than the Hyundai Santro’s 235 litre boot. You also get 60:40 split folding rear seats for added convenience.

Although there are plenty of storage spaces in the cabin this is one aspect where the new Wagon R doesn’t improve upon its predecessor. You do get large door pockets, storage in front of the gearlever and a decently sized glovebox. But it misses out on unique storage options like the twin gloveboxes and cup holder in front of the AC vent of the old car.

In the top ZXi trim the Wagon R comes equipped with touchscreen infotainment system which houses Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation and bluetooth telephony. Apart from this the Wagon R gets all the basics like air conditioning, key-less entry, parking sensors and a comprehensive trip computer. Missing equipment includes seat height adjust, reversing camera, rear air con vents and alloy wheels. In terms of safety, Maruti is offering single airbags (dual for top variants) and ABS with EBD as standard across the range. You don’t get ISOFIX anchor points which is glaring omission in our eyes. (None of its rivals offer this features as well)

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Performance

The older 67bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit continues to power the lower variants. On the other hand, a more powerful 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine is seen under the hood of the top-end variants of the WagonR. This is the one we sampled and it clearly comes across as a peppy and refined engine. It’s the same unit from the Swift and the Ignis, producing 82bhp and 113Nm of torque. This may or may not be the fastest off the mark, but it certainly helps attain speeds quickly and make progress swiftly. The engine is responsive, rev-happy and also makes the WagonR feel smoother. It becomes noisy only post 5,000rpm, the territory where there hardly would be any need to rev to. Otherwise, the car nicely marches along thanks to the readily available torque. The punchy mid-range is respectable to get going in at 2,500-3,000rpm. The lighter kerb weight of 825-845kgs further helps its case in moving around effortlessly. For more information on Maruti Suzuki Wagon R  check Kotra

As for the five-speed manual transmission, the gears slot in well and the short throws and light controls help in making driving an easy affair. What’s more interesting, is the AGS (AMT gearbox) that eliminates the use of the clutch and adds to the ease in traffic. There’s almost no delay in shifting to higher gears and with a sudden change in throttle input, it slots into a lower gear without any fuss. Thankfully, the head nod akin to most AMTs isn’t prominent here and builds a strong case for being one of the smoothest AMTs available in its segment.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Driving

But where the Wagon R has improved the most is in terms of its ride. Over any surface, at any speed, the Wagon R felt unfazed and the refined suspension simply goes about its job, keeping you isolated from the biggest of potholes. It’s only at low speeds that you feel some stiffness and the sharp bumps do jar you a bit. We drove the car on the in and around Udaipur. With hardly any corners to speak of, it was difficult to assess its handling prowess. But first impressions are pretty positive. The steering though a little vague at first feels surprisingly direct as you add more lock and the Wagon R felt rock steady at high speeds too. What has also helped the new Wagon R’s dynamics is the new torsion beam rear suspension as compared to the rudimentary ITL (Isolated Trailing Link) setup on the old car.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Safety

Higher levels of safety on the new Wagon R start with the platform. The Heartect platform uses 40 per cent high-strength steel and this improves the rigidity of the chassis. Along with this Maruti is offering ABS with EBD, seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters as standard. Dual airbags are offered as standard only on the top end Z variant. In all other variants, the passenger airbag is an option.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Price in Chennai

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 4,93,374 to 6,10,853 for variants Wagon R LXI and Wagon R VXI AMT Optional respectively. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R is available in 6 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Wagon R variants price in Chennai. Check for Wagon R price in Chennai at Carzprice.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Summing Up

There are very few reasons not to. The new Wagon R is a huge step ahead of its predecessor in almost every department. That is a huge compliment for a car that was already selling in big numbers. It gets a more premium cabin, good interior space, loads of equipment, is very practical and more importantly, it now drives well too. What makes the deal even sweeter is the price which is in the same ballpark as the old car. So like before, the new Wagon R remains a hatchback that is great value for money but unlike the old car, it is less compromised and has improved in almost every department.

For the very first time, the new WagonR is available with the top end ZXI variant. The base LXI and the mid-level VXI variant are also offered. The Wagon R is offered with a choice of two petrol engines and two transmission options. The base L variant is available only with the 1-litre engine and a manual gearbox. The V variant can be had with a 1-litre or 1.2-litre engine, while the top end Z variant is offered only with the 1.2-litre engine. The automatic gearbox, the AMT or AGS, is available from the V variant onwards.  For price details  on Maruti Wagon R check AutoZhop.

None of these variants get alloy wheels but the LXI variant does with smaller 13” rims compared to the 14” on the higher variants. The Wagon R is available in six colours: Silky Silver, Magna Grey, Autumn Orange, Nutmeg Brown, Poolside Blue and Superior White.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Facelift Performance & Test Drive

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Maruti Suzuki S Cross Overview

Maruti Suzuki India Limited has launched the all new S-Cross in India and has priced it at Rs 8.49 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The S-Cross facelift will be available in four variants- Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha and it comes with a reworked body styling and some new features making it a better offering than before. Maruti Suzuki has worked quite a lot on the S-Cross facelift and the company, along with its suppliers, has invested over Rs 100 crore towards development of the new car because of which it comes with over 95% localizat ion. Check for Car loans at Fincarz.

The new S-Cross facelift will continue to be retailed via Maruti’s premium dealership chain – Nexa and like the current Nexa products will boast some new premium features. For instance, the updated Maruti Suzuki S-Cross will come with an all-new face dominated by a new chrome grille and a pair of redesigned headlamps. Projector lights with LED DRLs, new beefier front bumper with a wider airdam, and restyled foglamps are some of the new addition we’ll see. The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross facelift will also feature a sportier set of alloy wheels and redesigned ORVMs with integrated turn signal lights. The top-spec model is likely to get LED taillamps, while there will be a revised rear bumper as well.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Exteriors

Designing has been a bit of a sore point of the S-Cross as it resembles a crossover and not an SUV. The facelift comes with a bigger 10-slat grille and larger headlamps which make the car look butch, on the side there’s cladding which further enhance the car’s appeal. On the back you get LED elements however housing remains the same. This time around, you also get wider tyres that provide better grip and improve the handling somewhat.

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross images reveal its low profile and low ground clearance which give it a crossover-like stance. Front, in particular, bears resemblance with the dated SX4 sedan no more available in India. A set of projector head lights infused with LED daytime running lights is the first thing you would notice. Radiator grille in front comes with 10 vertical slats. Lower bumper comes equipped with fog lights surrounded by dash of chrome elements. The black cladding present all around lends the requisite sporty appearance. Side view is impressive. The SUV doesn’t seem to be under-tyred and the creases ascend from front to rear, stretched up till the tail lamps. Window frame gets four glass parts.

The outside door handles and rear view mirrors are painted in body colour. ORVMs get integrated LED turn indicators and can be adjusted electrically. The 16-inch alloy wheels feature multiple spokes. Roof rails are equipped atop but they are not functional. Rear is impressive; the angular tail lights are striking while the integrated rear spoiler looks sporty. The M symbolizing Maruti has been dropped, featuring Suzuki’s S. Besides, a rear wiper, reflectors at the bottom of black bumper and a hint of silver insert ornate the rear profile. Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Color options include Nexa Blue, Caffeine Brown, Granite Grey, Premium Silver, Pearl Arctic White and Maruti Suzuki S-Cross variant options include Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Interiors

The interiors are quite familiar and largely carried over, and, though there are more soft-touch materials, the overall cabin feels quite plasticky and lacks the luxury quotient of cars in this price bracket. The touchscreen display is the same, but it now supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We had a go at the latter and found it nice to be able to use the phone functions from the car’s screen; but the system is a bit slow to respond. On the top two variants, the dashboard uses a new, high-gloss piano-black treatment and also gets some satin-polished chrome trim. If you opt for the top Alpha variant, you’ll get leather upholstery as well.

The front seats are comfortable and supportive and the driving position is quite adjustable thanks to rake and reach adjustment for the steering wheel. The rear remains quite spacious and comfortable, but passengers at the back will miss having AC vents. The 375-litre boot houses an additional 12V power outlet and is large enough to hold luggage for a short vacation. The seats fold flat in a 60:40 split, allowing you to further increase space as needed.

The S-Cross has a good feature set in the top model, including auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control and more. The switchgear is shared with most Maruti products and you don’t get the lovely full-colour multi-information display from the Baleno. Buyers at this price point will have liked the option of a sunroof too. Happily, the S-Cross now offers dual airbags, ABS and rear Isofix mounts as standard on all variants. The vehicle has been tested at Maruti’s state-of-the-art R&D facility at Rohtak and the company says it is fully compliant with the upcoming safety regulations, including frontal offset crash, side impact and pedestrian safety.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Gearbox

The Maruti S-Cross was launched with two diesel engines earlier, both sourced from Fiat, one being the 1.3-litre unit which needs no introduction while the other was the 1.6-litre unit that belted out 120 BHP and 320 Nm, it was quite a fun motor but being imported, was costly. Maruti has now ditched the big 1.6-litre oil burner and the S-Cross is now only available with a 1.3-litre engine.

Better known as DDiS 200, this motor, as you guessed it, produces 200 Nm of torque and 89 BHP of power. Changes have been made to this engine, it now gets SHVS aka Suzuki’s smart hybrid tech along with engine stop-start, brake energy regeneration and an integrated starter generator motor which has a mild torque assist function, thereby improving acceleration slightly. The most obvious benefit is a boost in fuel economy from the previously claimed 23.65 km/l to 25.1 km/l.

The 1.3-litre engine is more than up to the job to get the Maruti S-Cross moving as in city conditions, one won’t miss the bigger engine. However, out on the highway, the performance of the smaller diesel mill isn’t in the same league as it is slower to reach to the ton and thereafter as well. One needs to work the gearbox to extract the best from the engine, more so because there is low-end lag and the powetrain only wakes up past 2000 RPM, redlining all the way at 5300 RPM. NVH too isn’t the best and the engine has started to show its age with the drivetrain being quite vocal at high engine speeds. The 5-speed gearbox offers short throws but the shifts aren’t smooth and at times you have to try twice to get to a gear, the clutch is also on the heavier side.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Driving

Indians prefer buying an SUV these days, mostly due to the uneven road conditions. So Maruti Suzuki has also made sure on optimising the S-Cross’ McPherson struts and torsion beam coil spring suspension according to such road conditions. As a result, the S-Cross offers a comfortable ride even on rough tarmac and over small potholes. Sure there is side-to-side movement of passengers at slow speeds, but the damping settings are well adjusted to take such paths with ease. Still the suspension is a bit towards the firmer side, so sharper potholes do sent a jolt into the cabin.For more info on Maruti S Cross check Tamc2011

On the brighter side, this helps the S-Cross remain flat around corners and makes it stable at higher speeds. But then again, even if the steering has a good feedback, it would have been a delight if it would have been more direct. Nonetheless, the wider 215-section high profile JK tyres stick to the road like a slug and boost confidence to go around bends faster. The sure-footed crossover has all disc brakes with remarkable bite. Thanks to this combination, the S-Cross didn’t lose its poise even under hard braking.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Safety

Dual airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX child mounts come standard across the S-Cross range, kudos to Maruti for that. However, there are no side and curtain airbags like the European-spec S-Cross which scored a full 5 stars in the Euro and ASEAN NCAP crash tests. However, the S-Cross facelift also gets all 4 disc brakes. We all are aware what is the reach of Maruti’s network in India. A service centre can be found even in the remotest of areas. However, the S-Cross facelift will retail only through the NEXA channel, which is quite less in number when compared to the regular Maruti dealerships.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Cost in Chennai 

Maruti Suzuki S Cross On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 10,12,088 to 13,73,728 for variants S Cross DDiS 200 Sigma and S Cross DDiS 200 Alpha respectively. Maruti Suzuki S Cross is available in 4 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki S Cross variants price in Chennai. Check for S Cross price in Chennai at Carzprice.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Summing Up

Not much details of the Indian spec S-Cross is available at this moment but expect the facelift Crossover to get this completely new aggressive design which definitely has made the Crossover appear less like a sedan and more SUV’ish just like we mentioned earlier. The interior however won’t see much of change inside but expect it to get an updated infotainment system. The biggest change however is expected under the hood of the car, the facelift Crossover will most probably get a completely new 1.5 Litre petrol engine under the hood. However we also do feel that Maruti might also introduce the 1.0 Litre Boosterjet unit as well which will debut in the India market with the all new Baleno RS in March.

BMW 5 Series Facelift Review & First Drive

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BMW 5 Series Overview

It has almost become a norm to launch a vehicle in both petrol and diesel variants. At least when it comes to the Indian automobile market, one cannot think of launching a high priced car without enough fuel economy to please the customers. Not just India, most of the global developing nations face the concern of fuel. And it has gone beyond mere fuel economy, it is now a matter of accessibility too.Apply Car loan for Skoda Rapid.

One cannot find enough fuel around the world hence the additional avenues such as electric and hybrid car technologies are at an all time high. So when a big manufacturer like BMW enters Indian market, they take note of it too. The BMW 5 Series is one such class that is offered in both petrol and diesel variants in India. The vehicle is impressive due to the unending list of offerings that have been offered in terms of exterior specifications, interior features, a range of engine performances and most importantly different fuel options. However India has only diesel variants at the moment. So this can be seen as an expansion strategy by BMW where it is specifically targeting fuel economy vehicles.

BMW 5 Series Exteriors

The first thing which will catch your attention is the fact that the new 5 series borrows most of its design cues from the new BMW design language and also from the bigger flasgship 7 series sedan. What is even more interesting is also the fact that the 5 series is actually also longer, wider and taller than its predecessor.

If we talk about other aspects of styling the 5 series sedan now shares the same front face with the updated BMW range of cars. The new face now features bigger and slightly wider front grille. While the headlamp units too looks flatter and slightly more aggressive, the headlamp units in particular gets adaptive LED lamps with BMW selective beams.

The side profile of the car now looks even more pronounced and looks like a miniature version of the 7 series sedan. Just like the 7 series the 5 series too has that character line on top of the side skirts area. The newly designed wheel too looks good on the new car. Towards the rear the new 5 series gets mild updates as well which includes new duel tail pipes and also updated taillamp units as well.

The new 5 series also gets sports design package as standard. This package gets includes new aero kit and performance upgrades. The sports package will also include larger wheels and tyres as well along with a tweaked suspension setup.

BMW 5 Series Interiors

Just like the exterior the interior too borrows its styling heavily from the bigger 7 series sedan as well. The sedan is also longer and more spacious and as a result the rear passengers can enjoy an extra amount of knee and leg room. The front passengers get sports seats as standard which can be adjusted in 16 different ways. BMW also offers 20 ways adjustable seats as well s an option which can be also equipped with an optional additional massage function.

We are also happy to inform you that the new 5 Series not only has borrowed only the styling from the bigger 7 series but also some of its technological features as well. The sedan has now gets a bigger heads up display whose size now has been increased by 70 percent. The sedan also features BMW’s latest generation i drive system as well. The new infotainment system displays navigation, telephone and entertainment features, plus vehicle functions, on a high-resolution 10.25-inch screen. The entire system can be operated with the help of iDrive Controller, by voice command or gestures and even by touching the display controls directly. For the comfort of the passengers inside the interior gets four-zone climate control complete with ionisation and discreet air fragrancing. The entire cabin is also quiter than before all the thanks goes to the acoustic glazing for the windscreen and the acoustic headliner.

Just like the bigger 7 series the 5 series too now gets the optional Remote Parking system which allows the person manouver their car in the tightest parking spaces by just using the car key. The car remains connected with the rest of the world via the help of Apple CarPlay, and WiFi hotspot. For more information on BMW 5 Series  check Kotra

BMW 5 Series Gearbox

All the variants are interestingly of a 2.0 litre capacity with only the BMW 5 Series 530d M Sport and BMW 5 Series GT 530d LE offered as a 3.0 litre engines. The engine performance of the BMW 5 Series 525d Luxury+ is slightly tweaked to offer higher power compared to the usual engine variant. The three key variants however are BMW 520d, BMW 525d and BMW 530d. The BMW 530d produces a maximum output of 258 bhp and the torque reaches a peak of 540 Nm at 1500 rpm. The BMW 525d however offers 218 bhp out maximum output. The third variant BMW 520d does not fall short in terms of performance and generates a maximum output of 184 bhp decent 380 Nm or torque at mere 1750 rpm which shows the effective power distribution inside the vehicle. Following Common Rail Direct Injection in combination with a turbocharger, the BMW 520d offers a top speed of a remarkable 231 kmph.

Since all the variants are predominantly diesel oriented, they come with impressive mileage. BMW 530d offers an impressive mileage of 14.69 kmpl while the BMW 525d offers a slightly higher 17.09 kmpl. However most impressive of the lot is the BMW 520d which generates 18.48 kmpl mileage. The emission figures of all the vehicles comply the national regulations and are noted to be at 154.75 gms per kilometre and 114.47 gms per kilometre for BMW 525d and BMW 520d respectively.

BMW 5 Series Driving

One might argue that it is solely the innovative chassis that offers the unique driving experience to BMW that it has. The aluminium structure of the chassis manages to create a perfect mix or strength, agility and light weight characteristics enabling an aerodynamic ride. The chassis is sporty enough to allow the car to be ridden with ease on any terrain without anything to hamper the experience. Driving Experience Control is another key feature in the vehicle which allows the driver to choose between a Comfort Mode or ECO PRO mode or the Sport Mode. Among these, the ECO PRO mode creates an optimum solution to the accelerator, air conditioner or heater and transmission channel so as to create a perfect mix of all the resources available in the car that might hamper the fuel efficiency. The eight speed automatic transmission too helps in offering a fluidic riding experience despite the diesel roots of the engine.

BMW 5 Series Safety

The driver assistance systems offered with the new BMW 5-Series include an all-new Parking Assistant, Top View cameras, and Frontal Collision Warning with application of the brakes when ordered with Active Cruise Control plus Stop & Go. Other driver assistance features available include Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, a Head-Up Display, BMW Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection. The handling is brilliant and the car just flows unlike any other.

BMW 5 Series Price in Bangalore

Bmw 5 Series On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 66,55,468 to 82,93,039 for variants 5 Series 520d Sport Line and 5 Series 530d M Sport respectively. Bmw 5 Series is available in 3 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Bmw 5 Series variants price in Bangalore. Check for BMW 5 Series price in Bangalore at Carzprice.

BMW 5 Series Summing Up

The new 5 series sedan definitely hasn’t changed a lot in terms of overall styling what BMW did instead is that they have actually moulded the 5 series with their modern design language and styling which the other BMW cars too adopted as well. There is denying the fact that the new 5 series is a technologically advanced machine which and also is one of the most fuel efficient sedans now on pen and paper. This new sedan surely will give its rivals some hard time when it finally makes its presence felt in the Indian market by next year end. For price details on Bmw 5 Series visit AutoZhop.