Maruti-Suzuki Wagon R Overview
Maruti Suzuki cars are well-known for its affordability and style with decent features. After the successful decade with launch of Maruti 800, 1000, Omni, Alto, Esteem and Zen, in December 1999, Maruti launched its first compact hatchback, the Wagon R. The Wagon R became an instant hit with the middle-class families becoming proud owners of this affordable and feature rich car. Its first facelift came in 2003 and came with a MAV variant. The second facelift version, which is most seen in Indian roads today, came in 2006. The third facelift, which is called as the “Blue-Eyed Boy”, came in 2010, and is the current version available in showrooms today. This car’s affordable pricing along with world-class features made it a steal for many Indian car buyers.
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Maruti-Suzuki Wagon R Exterior
The new Wagon R retains its old boxy body, but with new design improvements. It is a tall car, synonymous with its tall boy stance. The LXI and VXI versions have a length of 3599mm, width of 1495mm and a height of 1700mm. The top-end VXI+ version is a bit shorter, with a length of 3636mm, width of 1475mm and height of 1670mm. The wheelbase of 2400mm is common in all variants, but people in rear seat will lack leg space. When the car is not loaded, the minimum wheelbase is 165mm. The base LXI trim gets 145/80 R13 tyres while the VXI and VXI+ get 155/65R14 tyres.
Taking a look at its exterior styling, it is simple, yet trendy. The front projector headlamps with blue eyebrow on top earns its “Blue-Eyed Boy” nickname. Gunmetal grey coloured alloy wheels add the style to the top-end trims. Side skirt and a trendy rear spoiler adds more style. Roof rails add further convenience to the storage needs. The rear door garnish with Wagon R lettering is indeed stylish.
Maruti-Suzuki Wagon R Interior
As you know that this is the tallest car in its class, the expectation of a tall interior is indeed true. This car is well-suited for tall persons. The doors open wide for easy entry and exit. The interior is dual-tone with black and beige finish. The dashboard looks stylish with its piano finish. At the driver’s seat, the speedometer has a digital fuel display indicator with double trip indicator and gear shift indicator. The steering wheel is adjustable to suit the driver’s needs. The driver’s arm rest gets electric ORVM and power window controls. The integrated audio system gets Eagle Wings design and comes with USB feature. The inner rear view mirror gets a day/night dimming feature. The passenger seat gets a retractable cup holder. The VXI and VXI+ trims get rear cabin lamp. There is a rear luggage parcel tray too.
Maruti-Suzuki Wagon R Driving
The best part about this is the 3-cylinder engine which likes to get to high revs quickly, making it exciting to drive. With manual transmission, to get to higher speeds, a few more revs were needed, but with AGS, improved responses at low speed can be seen. The AGS gets in action, as soon as the accelerator is pushed, giving you a thrilling ride. The gear shifts are smoother and the speed engage quickly as well. And in slow-moving traffic, with the AGS, the car moves forward slowly (the Creep function) and in hilly slopes, it prevents the car from rolling back. So, with the AGS, the car is smooth and fun to drive.
Maruti-Suzuki Wagon R Engine
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.
Maruti-Suzuki Wagon R Safety
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.
Maruti-Suzuki Wagon R Value
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.
Maruti-Suzuki Wagon R Maintainence
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.
Maruti-Suzuki Wagon R Maintainence
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.