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Is The Maruti S-Presso Close Enough To The Bigger Wagon R’s Perch?


We pitch the reliable Maruti Suzuki Wagon R against the new kid on the block, the S-Presso, and tell you if the veteran is worth the extra dime

The Maruti Suzuki S-Presso is India’s largest carmaker’s first foray into the mini-cross hatchback segment. The carmaker has already tasted some success with the S-Presso, racking up 10,000 bookings in just 11 days since launch. Another plus for the S-Presso is its price tag of Rs 3.69 lakh to Rs 4.91 lakh (ex-showroom). It is also future-proof and comes with a BS6-compliant engine. While the S-Presso’s primary rival is the Renault Kwid, it must be mentioned that the top-spec variant of the S-Presso is just Rs 38,000 shy of the Wagon R. This gap closes quickly if you pick some accessories for the S-Presso. The Wagon R is a bigger and more premium offering and also has more space inside. Maruti is also prepping up a more premium avatar of the Wagon R called XL5, which will be sold via Nexa showrooms. But with the XL5 yet to arrive, should you extend your budget and go for the Wagon R or ride the S-Presso wave?

 

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso VXI+

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R VXI (O) 1.0-litre

Difference 

Prices (ex-showroom Delhi)

Rs 4.48 lakh (MT)/Rs 4.91 lakh (AMT)

Rs 4.86 lakh (MT)/ Rs 5.33 lakh (AMT)

Rs 38,000 (MT) / Rs 42,000 (AMT)

As seen in the above table, the top-spec 1.0-litre variant of the Wagon R costs Rs 42,000 more than the top-spec S-Presso. Let’s compare the two:

Dimensions:

 

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R

Length (mm) 

3565

3655

Width (mm)

1520

1620

Height (mm)

1564

1675

Wheelbase (mm)

2380

2435

 

Though both models are based on different iterations of Maruti’s Heartect platform, it is clear that the Wagon R is the bigger car here. It is 90mm longer a full 100mm wider and 111mm taller than the S-Presso. Even the Wagon R’s wheelbase is longer by 55mm. This also reflects in the… 

… Interior Dimensions:

 

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R

Front Kneeroom (Min/Max)

590mm to 890mm

595mm - 835mm

Front Headroom (Min/Max)

980mm

995mm - 1030mm

Front Cabin Width

1220mm

1315mm

     

Rear Kneeroom (Min/Max)

670mm - 910mm

605mm - 810mm

Rear Headroom 

920mm

1000mm

Rear Cabin Width

1200mm

1300mm

     

Boot Space (litres)

270 

341

The Wagon R being the taller car, has more headroom at the front and back. The full 111mm width advantage over the S-Presso means the Wagon R has better cabin width and is your best bet if five people will be using the car often. That said, the S-Presso has equivalent minimum knee room at the front while it trumps the Wagon R in terms of rear knee room. This comes as a surprise as the S-Presso is a full 90mm smaller than the Wagon R.

Meanwhile, the WagonR utilises it's extra length in the cargo department, by offering 71 litres of additional boot space compared to the S-Presso.

Features:

 

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso VXI+

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R VXI (O)

Headlamps

Halogen headlamps

Halogen headlamps

Tail lamps

Halogen tail lamps

Halogen tail lamps

Infotainment

7-inch touchscreen

2-Din unit with Smartplay Dock

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Yes

No

Manual HVAC

Yes

Yes

Steering Mounted Audio Control

Yes

No

Multi-info display

Yes

Yes

Tachometer

No

No

Power Windows

Front-Only

Front and Rear

Remote locking

Yes

Yes

Electrical Adjustable and Foldable ORVM

No

Adjustable Only

Rear Central Armrest

No

No

The top-spec variant of the Wagon R 1.0-litre is the VXI (O), which is a step below the S-Presso’s VXi+ variant. That means, the Wagon R lacks some niceties such as a touchscreen infotainment unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and steering mounted controls both of which the S-Presso offers. That said, the Wagon R still comes with a two-din infotainment system with a SmartPlay dock. 

 

On the other hand, the Wagon R packs in rear power windows and electrically adjustable ORVMs   two important convenience features that the S-Presso lacks and can be crucial for senior drivers. 

Meanwhile, common features on both models include a manual HVAC, multi-info display and remote locking function. 

Safety Features:

 

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso VXI+

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R VXI (O)

Airbags

2

2

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Rear Parking Sensors

Yes

Yes

Driver and Co-driver Seat Belt warning

Yes

Yes

High-speed Alert

Yes

Yes 

Both models stack equally in the safety department and come with dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, driver and co-driver seat belt warning, and a high-speed alert. 

Powertrain Options:

 

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso 

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 1.0-litre

Displacement

1.0-litre

1.0-litre

Cylinder

3

3

Power (PS)

68PS @5500rpm

68PS @5500rpm

Torque (Nm)

90Nm @3500rpm

90Nm @3500rpm

Transmission Options

5-speed MT / 5-speed AMT 

5-speed MT / 5-speed AMT 

Fuel Efficiency (Claimed)

21.7kmpl

22.5kmpl

BS6-Compliancy

Yes

No

Both models come with a 1.0-litre K10B petrol engine that develops 68PS of power and 90Nm of torque. However, the S-Presso’s unit is BS6 compliant while the Wagon R still chugs on with a BS4-compliant unit. Having said that, the S-Presso’s BS6-compliant unit is a tad less fuel efficient than the Wagon R’s BS4. Transmission options on both models include a 5-speed manual and AMT.  

The Wagon R also offers you an eco-friendly CNG option while the top-spec ZXI variant comes with a  more powerful 1.2-litre K12B engine option. 

Verdict:

The Wagon R is pricier by Rs 42,000 and the major negative is the lack of a touchscreen infotainment system and steering mounted controls. It also comes with a BS4-compliant engine, unlike its smaller sibling. That said, the Wagon R is the bigger car here and packs in additional convenience features. If you accessorise your top-spec S-Presso, the bigger Maruti Wagon R seems like a more value-for-money proposition.

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