Expert Review

Maruti-Suzuki Wagon R

Maruti launched the WagonR in 2019 and this was the new generation of the now iconic hatchback from Maruti. The WagonR has been hugely successful and the new one has been even more successful. The new WagonR gets a new platform plus it has two petrol engines and even an AMT option this time. There are a lot more features on offer too. There are various trims like LXI, VXI, ZXI along with the optional and plus trims. MyNewcar recommends the VXI AMT. There are colour options like Solid White, Silky Silver, Magma Grey, Autumn Orange, Nutmeg Brown, Poolside Blue.


The new WagonR looks a lot more appealing than the earlier one and that helps its cause. The car looks much bigger and has the SUV like styling. You will see much more detailing now with large headlamps/tail-lamps plus a more stylish bumper. There is even a floating c-pillar. In terms of dimensions it has a length of 3655 mm, width of 1620 mm, height of 1675mm and a wheelbase of 2435 mm.


The interior of the WagonR is a much improved from its predecessor and the focus is on quality now. The design is much more modern and there are a lot of features on offer too. There is much better looking sportier steering wheel while the centre console is well laid put with a 7inch touchscreen in the middle. The instrument cluster is also much neatly designed. Quality is better now while space is brilliant along with excellent storage. Getting in and out is easy while even the boot is big. It also gets latest smartphone features while it also gets steering controls now plus dual airbags on the top-end trim.


The new wagon R has two engine options and the one to buy is the 1.2 petrol while we also recommend the AMT version even though the standard 5-speed manual is quite good. The 1.2 petrol has a lot more power and refinement over the 1.0 petrol. The AMT is also one of the best from Maruti. The WagonR is quite quick and in-fact it is amongst the fastest among the hatchbacks. The steering is light though and the car has some body roll but it is much better to drive than the earlier car.


The current generation Wagon R is still petrol powered, but it also has a CNG option. The petrol-only engine is the 998cc all- Aluminium K-Series K10B engine. It has 3 cylinders and 12 valves. It produces maximum power of 67bhp at 6200rpm and maximum torque of 90Nm at 3500rpm. It has a fuel efficiency of 20.51km/litre.

The CNG engine is the i-GPI engine. Its maximum power is 58.3bhp at 6200rpm and maximum torque is 77Nm at 3500rpm. It comes with a petrol-powered engine, in such a case, the power source can be changed with a smart switch at the driver side. When running in CNG, it has an efficiency of 26.6km/kg and in petrol mode, it is 19.3km/litre.

There are two transmission options- 5-speed manual transmission is available in all variants, but the Automated Manual Transmission (AGS) is available only in VXI and VXI+ trims.


The Wagon R has a host of safety features. The body structure is so made to absorb the energy of a crash. Dual front airbags and ABS is noteworthy. Seat belt indicator is a welcome addition here. The rear wiper comes with rear washer and defogger for enhanced visibility. Headlamp levelling switch, security system and i-CATS anti-theft system are all in line to complete the Wagon R’s list of safety features.McPherson Strut with Coil Spring suspension in front and Isolated Trailing Link with Coil Spring in rear provides the stability to the car. Ventilated disc brakes in front and drum brakes in rear provide the braking needs.


If we consider that the car is driven for 1000km in a month which amounts to 12,000km in a year, the cost of ownership for Maruti Suzuki Wagon R can come up to Rs. 55,398 for one year. This includes Rs. 13,300 of insurance cost, Rs. 931 of maintenance cost and Rs. 41,167of fuel cost. We have not factored in the loan interest as it depends on person to person and the percentage of amount taken in loan.


The Maruti WagonR competes with the likes of the Tata Tiago and Hyundai Santro.

The blue-eyed boy has got rivals. These are the Hyundai Grand i10, Honda Brio, Chevrolet Beat, Nissan Micra and Renault Pulse. However, it doesn’t matter how tough the competition is as the Wagon R has satisfied many middle-class Indian households for 18 years and will continue to. So, only future will tell that will it remain strong, or lose its charm to its rivals.


Price range of the Wagon R is the only reason why many middle-class Indian families consider it as the first choice- Rs. 4.4 lakh to Rs. 5.8 lakh. The Wagon R has a long and rich history, and the latest generation will never disappoint Indians. The engine has an improved performance and the option of AGS is certainly a boon. Also, one has an option of CNG, by which you can save environmental pollution. Its tall height and stylish interiors are well-suited for you, if you are a tall person. Overall, the Wagon R will always be the first choice for those who are seeking to buy a car of a low budget.