on 07, Feb 2019

New Maruti Suzuki WagonR Review: Now Is The Time For You To Know The Truth

Maruti Suzuki entered the Indian market in 1983. Currently owning the highest shares, The Japanese carmaker Suzuki, started production of Wagon r that first came to the Indian market in 1993. Wagon R was introduced as a kei car which in Japanese features smallest highway-legal passenger cars.

The kei car category was first introduced by the Japanese government in 1949 which explains the unique design of wagon r. The parameters of kei cars have changed a lot since then but the idea remains the same.  The kei category also consists of microvans and kei trucks.

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The older version of wagon r dominated the Indian market since its launch In 1999. Since then it has taken over the automobile industry with its 2 generations being sold over 2.2 million units. Combining the best of a minivan (space, length, look) and hatchback (compact for city commute) the car became even more popular as the modern family car. Not to mention, for the same reasons it also became the most popular car in the public transportation department as a taxi.

Starting the year with the launch of the 3rd generation of Wagon R, Maruti Suzuki remembered to address the issues with the older version of the car

So what is the difference between the older version and the 2019 version?

Inspired by Ignis, the new wagon R that is built on a heartec platform which is wider, taller and longer than most cars. Addition to this, Maruti also managed to include 40% high strength steel making the new wagon r around 65kg lighter. The new car is more rigid and stronger than its predecessors making it more acceptable by the safety point of view.

The new wagon r comes in 3 variants, L, V, Z and is priced between Rs. 4.29 lakhs- Rs.5.79 lakhs.

New Maruti Suzuki WagonR Exterior

The new wagon r again features the kei category but now it’s taller, the wider frame also sports a wider modern grille and tall headlamps. The tall headlamps also come with a dual split giving the car a more modern look. Bold front fog lamps and electrically retractable orvms also does justice to the new styling of this car. It also features a lot of new creases and curves giving a more curvier look to its otherwise boxy design. The new wagon r comes with bigger tail lamps which justify the sculpted rear design.

New Maruti Suzuki WagonR Interior

The first thing that can be noticed about the new model is its abundance of space inside. Wagon r is a family car and it can get a really crowded cause of the luggage. Recognising this issue, this car gets A 341 litres of boot space.

Such massive boot space is too much for any 5 seater hatchback and can accommodate a lot of luggage because of its well thought out and designed boot space. For added space and convenience, the new wagon r comes with a 60:40 split at the rear.

Since there is no shortage of space, the new wagon r has wide and comfortable seating with enough shoulder and knee space. The new modern cabin features a 7-inch infotainment system, steering mounted controls, electric ORVM controls. A new Zxi variant comes packed with a lot of features.

The new wagon r also comes with large door pockets, storage in front of the gear lever and a decently sized glove box. The only thing that seems absent in the new version is the twin glove boxes and cup holder in front of the AC vent which is a huge disappointment.

New Maruti Suzuki WagonR Engine and Variants

The new wagon r comes in three variants: L, V and Z. The new car gets a zxi variant which was not included in the previous version.

The engine options are a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder unit that produces  68PS of power and 90Nm of torque and a 1.2-litre 4-cylinder engine that churns out 83PS power and 113Nm of torque both of which comes in 5-speed manual and automatic transmission. The new wagon r offers an automatic gear shift version that automatically changes gear ratios. The new generation is not offering a CNG version as of now but is expected to be launched soon.

One more area where the wagon r improved a lot is its suspension. This is a huge step up from the older version and also a great feature compared to other cars in its class. The suspension is stronger even on every surface on all speeds.  The petrol MT and AGS offer a mileage of 21.5kmpl.

New Maruti Suzuki WagonR Features

The new wagon r offers safety features like a driver airbag, ABS with EBD, front seatbelt reminder, speed alert system and rear parking sensors. The top-spec Z and optional L(O) and V(O) variants offer The co-passenger airbag and front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters.

On the exterior feature front, the car gets roof antenna and body coloured bumpers with steering mounted controls. The interior offers dual tone, 3 front cabin lamps and a driver side sun visor with the ticket holder. Even though the seating is comfortable, the new model could benefit by improving the storage space for the car.

The new car also includes a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Apple carplay and Android Auto, steering-mounted controls, manual AC, all four power windows, electrically adjustable and foldable orvms, 60:40 split rear seats, rear washer and wiper with defogger and fog lamps.

New Maruti Suzuki WagonR Colours

  • New Maruti Suzuki WagonR in Silky Silver

  • New Maruti Suzuki WagonR Poolside Blue

 

  • New Maruti Suzuki WagonR Nutmeg Brown

 

  • New Maruti Suzuki WagonR Magma Grey

 

  • New Maruti Suzuki WagonR Autumn Orange

 

  • New Maruti Suzuki WagonR Superior White

 

New Maruti Suzuki WagonR Specifications

Wagon r sports length of 3655mm a width of 1620mm and height of 1675mm. With a wheelbase of 2435mm and kerb weight of 845kgs which is 65kgs lighter than its predecessors. The new wagon r offers a fuel tank capacity of 35 litres. The car uses a MacPherson Strut as front suspension and Torsion Beam With Coil Spring as rear suspension.

New Maruti Suzuki WagonR Competitors

The new wagon r is competing against the new and improved Hyundai santro, Maruti Suzuki celerio, Tata Tiago and Datsun go.

New Maruti Suzuki WagonR Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • As it goes with any kei car, its easy to get into and get out of this new wagon r.

  • The new wagon r comes with an abundance of space. Even though being soo spacious the new wagon r still manages to be compact enough for the city traffic.

  • The highlight of this car, the massive 341-litre boot space is the most ant car is offering in its segment. Not just that, most cars from this segment above are not big enough compared to this car.

  • Even though only petrol option is available now, both the engine options come with AGS in both the engine options.

  • The rear seat provides a 60:40 split which is unique in a car of this segment.

  • The use of 40% high strength steel is another feature to be appreciated. Making the car lose at least 65kgs of its weight while making it stronger than ever.

  • Abs and driver’s airbag is available as standard. The higher version also comes with contemporary features like infotainment system, steering mounted control, voice command activation and electrically adjustable orvms.

  • The dual tone interior really gives the car a classic yet modern feel to it.

  • Very good suspension compared to most car In its segment. The car glides smoothly even on deeper potholes.

Cons:

  • Only petrol option is available as of now. CNG option is expected to be introduced later.

  • Poor noise isolation. The traffic noise is even audible inside the cabin. The engine is too noisy, better noise isolation was expected.

  • Poor storage space design. The new car misses on a lot of storage space crucial for any car and it is something that Maruti Suzuki should improve upon.

  • Wagon r could improve upon or provide more features for the price it's asking. Wagon r misses out on features like alloy wheels, rear adjustable headrest etc. Which are offered by its rivals?

  • Even though the cabin looks good, the plastic quality used inside needs improvement.

Even though the new wagon r needs improvement in a few places, it is mostly receiving compliments and praises all around. Maruti Suzuki made the already popular wagon r even more popular and it is expected to dominate the market in the coming years. This new spacious and improved version is a much better family car for city and has a lot of upsides that even the higher priced cars are not able to provide.

Now you can book the new wagon r for just rs. 4.29 lakh - 5.79 lakhs (ex-showroom) based on the variant you choose. Log onto mynewcar.in to search, compare and select the car of your dreams. Mynewcar.in also provides you with the ‘advice’ column that is a set of articles mainly designed to answer the day to day car related questions of a customer. From buying advice to new car launches, latest offers and automobile news, mynewcar.in got, you covered for all. Not just that, mynewcar also provides you with car maintenance tips and also with car driving tips which makes caring for your car much easier.

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