Wagon R is the preferred workhorse from the stable of Maruti Suzuki and its sales are showing no signs of abatement in Indian market. The tall boy design is the highlight of the Wangon R and Maruti’s decision to free up space vertically has been gone down well with the buyers. The cabin is spacious and even over 6-feet tall passengers won’t complaint about the headroom. That said, the width of the Wagon R won’t allow three adults to sit abreast at the rear in comfort for long journeys. The 3-cylinder 1.0-liter K-series petrol engine putting out 68PS/90Nm propels the front wheels of the car through 5-speed manual transmission and Maruti is offering the convenience of AMT on VXi trim as well. Priced in the range of Rs 4.10-5.31 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Wagon R is taking on the Hyundai Grand i10, Tata Tiago, and Honda Brio among others.
Maruti Wagon R Exterior and Interior
The last styling update the WagonR received was back in 2013 when the 'stylish' Stingray variant was launched. Maruti continues to sell two versions of the WagonR side-by-side; the LXI/VXI variants look like the older 'blue-eyed-boy' car launched in 2010, while the VXI+ variant is the Stingray without the badge. In short, the WagonR looks old, though not offensively so. The VXI+, with its projector headlamps, alloy wheels, skirts and spoiler does look a tad more modern.
One of the few hatchbacks in India that hark back to the days of 'tall-boy' space-enhancing designs, the WagonR uses vertical space to compensate for its short length. The LXI and VXI variant feature beige and black interiors while the VXI+ variants feature all-black interiors. The age of the WagonR shows through, though. For instance, the features on the inside are now almost half-a-decade old. While the car is spacious, it does suffer from not having enough space to store knick-knacks. At 180-litres, the boot space is also not the best in the segment.
Maruti Wagon R Specifications
The Maruti Suzuki WagonR is offered with a single engine: a 998cc, 3-cylinder, petrol/CNG. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual or a convenience-enhancing 5-speed AMT. The engine develops 68PS of maximum power (59PS with CNG) and 90Nm of peak torque (77Nm on CNG). This engine is tuned for efficiency rather than performance. The AMT (or AGS) automatic transmission offers similar mileage figures as the manual.
Maruti Wagon R Variants
Maruti Suzuki offers 12 variants of the WagonR. The base LXI is priced at Rs 4.14 lakh, while the top-end VXI+ AMT (O) costs Rs 5.35 lakh. Those looking for the most efficient variant can choose to go for any one of the two CNG variants of the car, though the LXI (O) variant is recommended as it is offered with dual front airbags and ABS. The VXI (O) variant makes most sense for those looking for features and safety, while the VXI AMT (O) offers most convenience in the city. The VXI+ variants offer a bit more style.
Maruti Wagon R Competitors
Tata Tiago: This is the newest car in this class and offers more features for the price without any compromise on space and quality. The Tiago has the best sound system in this segment and also gets smartphone-linked functions for the infotainment system. The petrol-AMT variants add to its appeal as a city-centric family hatchback.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio: The car that introduced Indians to affordable automatic-transmission cars, thanks to its AMT, the Celerio was launched to fill in the grey area between the Wagon R and the Swift, after the Ritz was discontinued. Three years on, the Celerio is not easily recommended, nor easily dismissed.
Datsun Go Plus: The Datsun Go Plus is the stretched version of the Go hatchback and offers the most space in this price range. It is also powered by a fun 1.2-litre engine, but the G0 Plus suffers in terms of quality and safety.
The Maruti Suzuki WagonR is still one of the best hatchbacks to buy in its segment, in spite of it being given a major upgrade back in 2010! Nothing combines space, performance, fuel-efficiency, low running costs and long-term reliability like the WagonR. There is even a more stylish version of the WagonR if the design of the standard car looks a bit too sedate to you.
Recently Asked User Questions and FAQs about Maruti Wagon R
User Questions and Answers
Jami_Khan asked a question on 4 April 2018
Q.I am looking to buy Wagon R LXI petrol variant with company fitted CNG. Any advice please?I am looking to buy Wagon R LXI petrol variant with company fitted CNG. Any advice please?
Yes it is nice one, but I have a petrol modelYes it is nice one, but I have a petrol model
answered by yogesh_jadhav on 8 April 2018
Sitansu_Mohapatra asked a question on 18 March 2018
Q.I am interested to buy wagon r vxi amt(o) , i want to know the performance of automatic version of wagon r. is it ok to buy?I am interested to buy wagon r vxi amt(o) , i want to know the performance of automatic version of wagon r. is it ok to buy?
I have been using Wagon R Vxi model since last one year &two months with full satisfaction. Since my car is chauffer driven,have opted for manual transmission.I have been using Wagon R Vxi model since last one year &two months with full satisfaction. Since my car is chauffer driven,have opted for manual transmission.
answered by Ranjan_Mukherjee on 21 March 2018
India_Tech asked a question on 17 March 2018
Q.I want to buy wangor r cng cars please tell me the best oneI want to buy wangor r cng cars please tell me the best one
Wagonr LXI - cng model. It is the only model in wagonr which provides cng option. In this model cng comes company fitted.Wagonr LXI - cng model. It is the only model in wagonr which provides cng option. In this model cng comes company fitted.
answered by Rhythem Raswant on 23 March 2018
Frequently Asked Questions
Q.What is the price of Maruti Suzuki Wagon R?
The starting price of Maruti Wagon R in top cities are:
Segment-first projector headlamps, spacious and practical cabin, peppy engine
High NVH levels, less than ideal safety features, small luggage compartment for its size
The Maruti Suzuki WagonR is a good option for those looking to buy a spacious and practical city car, the new VXi+ trim add a dose of style to the range too. The WagonR's peppy motor, convenient AMT gearbox,money-saving CNG variants and the company's trusted after-sales network make it an irresistible buy.