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  • August 22, 2019

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R First Drive Review


Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Overview

The Maruti Wagon R has been among the top choices for buyers looking for a practical and utilitarian hatchback for over two decades. The tallboy boxy design of the previous generation Wagon R was a functional choice aimed at making it more practical than any other hatchback on sale. But as market trends, customer preferences, as well as safety and emission norms evolve, so has the WagonR. Naturally, we had to take the recently launched third-gen Wagon R 2019 out for a short spin to find out whether it has only built upon its core values of practicality or if it has become a tougher all-rounder to take on its fierce rivals.

While the new design isn’t striking, Maruti has made sure that it isn’t boring to look at like the previous models. The design will eventually grow on you as it grew on us. With the third-gen WagonR, Maruti aims to play its practicality card once again. The carmaker has taken its game a rung higher with the new Wagon R. The increased footprint has even resulted in a spacious cabin and a humongous boot. On top of this, it’s also available with a more powerful engine.

That said, the new WagonR isn’t perfect, especially when it comes to the rear seats. But it is better armoured than ever and is ready to challenge its rivals that have been setting new benchmarks one after the other. And the marginal price hike has sweetened the deal further.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Exteriors

One look and it’s clear that the signature tall-boy stance has been retained. Rightfully called the ‘Big WagonR’, this new model is infact bigger than ever with increased dimensions. And even though the overall design, as compared to the older car, isn’t poles apart, the changes make it look more modern. Especially the fascia with the new ‘arrow-shaped’ headlamps, a simple yet tastefully done grille and redesigned bumper. Moreover, the sculpted lines for the wheel arches add some glamour even though the doors remain more or less unchanged. Another stylish touch on the sides is the blackened C-Pillar that lends a floating roof look. Additionally, the elongated tail lamps with rounded-off edges at the back add to the car’s persona. Overall, Maruti has made a great effort in redesigning and reducing the rather boxy shape which many didn’t like earlier.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Interiors

The new Maruti WagonR interior is offering a lot of new features and also looks distinctively premium when compared to its prior versions. The new offering in the interior are the ‘X’ themed instrument panel paired with a strong 3-D Cross section, floating dashboard, the best-in-class boot space offering, a spacious cabin for the driver and co-passenger comfort, and a magnificent instrument cluster. Alongside, the interior includes rear 60:40 seat split fold, multi-finish accentuated AC vents, day-night adjustable inside rear view mirror and an ample amount of storage space along with bottle/magazine holders.

There is still a lot more that the all-new Maruti Suzuki WagonR features in addition, like the 7-inch touch screen infotainment system, SmartPlay Studio for in-car entertainment, steering-mounted audio and calling controls, remote keyless entry, tilt adjustable steering wheel, revolutionary Auto Gear Shift (AGS), and electrically retractable ORVMs paired with side indicators. The dashboard feels chunkier than ever and also carries a glove box for storing things of personal use.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Gearbox

The older 67bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit continues to power the lower variants. On the other hand, a more powerful 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine is seen under the hood of the top-end variants of the WagonR. This is the one we sampled and it clearly comes across as a peppy and refined engine. It’s the same unit from the Swift and the Ignis, producing 82bhp and 113Nm of torque. This may or may not be the fastest off the mark, but it certainly helps attain speeds quickly and make progress swiftly. The engine is responsive, rev-happy and also makes the WagonR feel smoother. It becomes noisy only post 5,000rpm, the territory where there hardly would be any need to rev to. Otherwise, the car nicely marches along thanks to the readily available torque. The punchy mid-range is respectable to get going in at 2,500-3,000rpm. The lighter kerb weight of 825-845kgs further helps its case in moving around effortlessly.

As for the five-speed manual transmission, the gears slot in well and the short throws and light controls help in making driving an easy affair. What’s more interesting, is the AGS (AMT gearbox) that eliminates the use of the clutch and adds to the ease in traffic. There’s almost no delay in shifting to higher gears and with a sudden change in throttle input, it slots into a lower gear without any fuss. Thankfully, the head nod akin to most AMTs isn’t prominent here and builds a strong case for being one of the smoothest AMTs available in its segment. For more info on Maruti Wagon R check Ogequipment

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Driving

The ride quality of the third-gen WagonR has vastly improved over the second-gen model. This is down to the new stiffer chassis, wider tyres and a relatively softer suspension setup. Unlike before, bumps and undulations do not upset the tallboy much. The four-pot engine produces lesser vibrations when compared to the older model powered by the 3-cylinder engine.

The steering is slightly on the heavier side at city speeds and is a bit vague as well. We would have preferred if the steering had a bit more feel to it. And while the front wheel well is partially covered, the rear doesn’t get any cladding. Hence, debris that hit the wheel well are audible inside the cabin. If these had adequate cladding, it would’ve polished off the overall ride experience even further. But these bits aren’t deal breakers given the segment the WagonR competes in.

The Wagon R still doesn’t like sharp turns as it simply rolls. This is partly due to its height and softer suspension setup. Like other cars in the segment, it prefers to be driven in a gentle manner.Driven in such a manner within city limits, the WagonR will impress you, especially with its new peppy 1.2-litre motor and plush ride quality. The small turning radius of the WagonR also makes zipping past traffic in the city easy and will prove to be useful while parking in tight spots.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Safety

The all-new Maruti Suzuki WagonR reviews fairly well as it is intelligently equipped with a strong HEARTECT platform, ABS along with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and dual front airbags to ensure maximum safety of the passengers. The car surely offers a good performance on city roads and highways. It offers features like speed alert system, front seatbelts pre-tensioners with force limiters, front seatbelts reminder and integrated reverse parking sensors which are coming standard across all the variants.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Price In Pune

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R On Road Price is 4,89,084/- and Ex-showroom Price is 4,28,999/- in Pune. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R comes in 8 colours, namely Passion Red,Silky Silver,Bakers Choclate,Ecru Beige,Breeze Blue,Bakers Chocolate,Superior White,Glistening Grey. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R comes with FWD with 998 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 67 bhp@6200 rpm and Peak Torque 90 Nm@3500 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 18.6 seconds . Maruti Suzuki Wagon R comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .Check for Maruti Wagon R price in Pune at Tryaldrive.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Final Word

This 2019 WagonR surely has some big shoes to fill and it gladly meets all expectations. In fact, with enhanced looks, a more spacious and feature packed cabin, excellent ride and better performance, it takes this proposition a notch higher. All the more, its on-road pricing between Rs 5.14 lakhs and Rs 6.88 lakhs still makes it a viable option. This third-gen WagonR has progressed nicely to give a tough fight to the Hyundai Santro, Tata Tiago and Datsun Go in this competitive segment then.


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