In this car review, you’ll know the most important details of the big new Maruti Suzuki Wagon R.
The sober looks, tall height and sufficient space of Maruti Wagon R have always synced well with the Indian buyers. The Japanese automaker has kept the car fresh by giving it timely updates and upgrades. The latest iteration of the Wagon R was launched in 2019 and features a host of new additions which underline its utilitarian and practical appeal.
While the competition has revamped in style and features (read Hyundai Santro), the Maruti Wagon R continues to retain its two-decade-old DNA albeit with the addition of new convenient features. It gets two petrol engine options with a choice of manual and automatic transmissions. The car has grown in proportions adding more space to its already spacious cabin.
To know it better, let’s have a closer look at the third-generation Maruti Wagon R.
The Wagon R continues to host the trademark boxy design; however, the automaker has tried to refresh its looks, especially the front with chrome grille and restyled multi-reflector headlamps. The front fascia is flatter with fog lamps integrated into the bumper. It gets prominent contours on the side while the rear is mostly plane except for the Volvo-inspired tail lamps.
A look at the new Wagon R makes it clear that the small car is no-more smaller, it has grown up. The bigger dimensions are evident at a glimpse.
It is one of the longest, widest and tallest cars in its segment and thus, carries the best cabin space as well. Despite enough legroom for both rows, it gets 341-litres of ample boot space.
The tall design and easy opening of doors ensure the ingress and egress is effortless, especially for senior members of the family, in the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R. Up front, the Wagon R borrows the steering of the Ignis without the premium bits of the hatchback. The redesigned dashboard gets dual-tone beige-black combo with silver accents.
The third-gen model gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit for the first time ever in a Wagon R. Everything is neatly positioned in conventional areas so getting used to it isn’t a problem. Light coloured seats offer adequate cushioning and support. You continue to get plenty of storage spaces likes its predecessor. Seating three abreast in comfort in the Wagon R is now possible with increased width.
Engine & Specifications
The Maruti Wagon R is available with two petrol engine options – 1.0-litre and 1.2-litre. The smaller K10B engine develops max power of 50kW and 90 Nm, whereas, with CNG combination the figures drop to 43.5kW and 78Nm. The 1.2-litre K12M petrol produces 61kW and 113Nm. Both the powerplants can be had with a manual as well as an automated manual transmission.
With the 1.0-litre petrol, it returns 21.79kmpl with both manual and AMT versions. The 1.2-litre delivers a claimed mileage figure of 20.52kmpl with either gearbox.
The new Wagon R gets adequate features such as electrically adjustable and retractable ORVMs, rear wiper, rear washer, steering mounted audio & voice control, 60:40 split seat, power windows, remote keyless entry, rear defogger, Bluetooth, 2 speakers, USB connectivity, rear parcel tray, co-driver side under-seat storage tray and tilt steering.
It packs in a 17.78cm touchscreen unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. The instrument cluster displays an array of features such as distance to empty, low fuel warning, door ajar warning lamp, tachometer, fuel consumption (real-time & average) and others.
Maruti Suzuki has bestowed the Wagon R with a decent number of safety features. It gets dual airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), speed-sensitive auto door lock, front fog lamps and several more.
Pros & Cons
- Spacious interiors
- Bigger boot space
- Automatic transmission available
- No alloy wheels offered
- Noise insulation needs improvements
The big new Wagon R is meant for convenient urban rides and is good for those who look for a reasonable car with great brand value and low running costs. It is offered in automatic transmission choices for both 1.0L and 1.2L engines, adding more convenience to those who drive often in cities. The basic safety features such as ABS with EBD, Airbags, etc. make the Wagon R more a considerable choice in the entry-level hatchback segment.