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.

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