Unlike potential rivals, Wagon R does not sport an out of the box styling; it is rather simple yet appealing. Chrome is used subtly, giving prominence to the black finish. Front radiator grille is small topped by a brief chrome garnish. Head lamps are large and don a basic design. Black finished fog lamp housings in front flank the large air-intakes. View from side isn’t very pleasing; the boxy window frame is designed in line with the overall squarish silhouette. Wheel arches are flared but the tyres appear under sized and the void between arches and wheels is visibly awkward. A black moulding placed on the side adds to the sporty flair. Rear looks decent with a large rectangular wind-screen, integrated spoiler with stop lamp, vertically mounted tail lamps and chrome garnish on the boot lid.
Wagon R Interiors
The front and rear rows are well spaced offering generous leg room to the passengers. Dual themed dashboard gets a flat centre console, atop sits an integrated audio system, the temperature dials appear dated and dash-mounted ac vents are placed on both sides of the console. The quality of material used in Maruti’s hatchbacks (excluding the premium range) is usually mediocre; the plastic used on the dashboard appears hard and hence kills the overall look of the cabin. For storage Maruti has provided a glove-box, door pockets, bottle/cup holders, coin holders, rear parcel tray etc. Seats are covered with fabric upholstery and doors feature fabric trims.
Wagon R Engine Specifications & Transmission
Power is derived from a 998cc, three-pot, all aluminium light weight K10B petrol engine that delivers power in two states of tune at varied RPM in petrol, AGS and CNG versions. The petrol only manual version mated to a five-speed transmission delivers 67bhp at 6,200 RPM. CNG powered variants yield a relatively less output of 58.3bhp at 6,200 RPM in CNG mode while in petrol mode the engine propagates similar number as the regular petrol version. Power production for the AGS version is same as petrol only variant at 67bhp but it is achieved at 6000 RPM. A five-speed manual gearbox is mated to the petrol motor and there is also an option of AMT transmission.
Wagon R Features
Most of the styling is visible on the outside as the hatchback gets blue tinted head lamps and chrome accentuated radiator grille up front. Characterized by a sporty stance, Wagon R features silver finished roof rails on the top. Bumpers in front and rear along with outside rear view mirrors are coloured in body paint. Step inside and you will notice use of silver around the steering wheel, inside door handles, gear knob and instrument panel. Ergonomically designed seats in front and second row are equipped with adjustable head rests. Other features such as day and night inside rear view mirrors, sunvisor, vanity mirror sunvisor and speakers are also incorporated inside. Floor console gets an integrated cup holder and a 12V accessory socket. The round instrument cluster comes with a tachometer, digital fuel indicator with double trip meter etc.
Wagon R Performance & Mileage
Claimed fuel economy for this petrol powered hatchback is imposing at 20.51 kmpl for petrol only and AGS version, CNG version on the other hand delivers 26.6 km/kg and in petrol mode it vouches to return 19.3 kmpl. The manual equipped Wagon R has a few challenges that are not encountered in the AMT version which is more refined and responsive.
Wagon R Accessories & Infotainment
The music system incorporated inside is very basic featuring a digital clock and USB port, there is no provision for AUX-In.
Wagon R Braking & Handling
Power is retarded by ventilated disc brakes in front and drum brakes at rear. Anti-lock-braking system is optional on all variants except for the CNG version.
Wagon R Safety & Security
Safety is compromised, nothing concrete on this front, the airbags for driver and co-passenger can be availed as add-on across line-up. Features equipped for safety of driver and occupants include 2 speed front intermittent wiper, rear wiper, washer and de-fogger, driver seat belt warning, child proof rear door locks, unique high mount stop lamps, security system, i-CATS, fog lamps in front/rear, collapsible steering column, ELR seat belts in front/rear.
Wagon R Comfort & Convenience
In retrospect, Maruti has upgraded Wagon R in terms of equipment, but it does not feature any exclusive feature absent in rivals. The tilt steering can be adjusted and operated electrically. Power windows are provided in front and rear. Central locking is available in all four doors. Front seats can be reclined, slid and folded flat, whereas rear seats come with 60:40 split & folding functions. Air conditioner comes with heater and gets dash-mounted rotary AC controls. Cup holders are present on right as well as left side. An under seat tray is present on the passenger side in front. For storage Wagon R gets various practical points like map pockets in front door, driver side storage space, push type I/P storage box etc.
Maruti Wagon R Wheels & Tyres
Alloy wheels have been given a miss, the lower trims feature full wheel covers and top end variant features full wheel cap mounted on the 155/65R14 radical tubeless tyres. The top end CNG and petrol trims feature 145/80R13 tubeless tyres.
Maruti Wagon R Competition
Wagon R has been around for quite some time now, the popular hatchback has witnessed various contenders in the segment retire owing to poor sales. Driving past competitors like Maruti Estilo and Hyundai Santro, Wagon R has moved on to challenge the newer offerings like Hyundai i10, Datsun GO, Maruti Celerio and even Renault KWID. Agreed that KWID falls in the A segment or more commonly known as the first time buyer division but considering its size, treatment given to the exteriors and even the features on board it easily fits into the entry level B segment.
Tall boy design
Responsive AMT gearbox.
Low quality plastic
Narrow door pockets
Basic interior styling.