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Maruti Suzuki WagonR 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Saurav Kumar - Senior Editor Apr 02 2020 Share this blog

WagonR was first launched in the year 1999, that was the era when Maruti 800 and Alto happens to be the first choice for most Indian buyers, which may have diminished the fame of the first generation. Therefore, after a long pause, the second generation was launched in the year 2010, which showcased the ‘Tall-boy’ design of WagonR, which uplifted the brand of the car with its practicality and affordability. At that time, the company offers CNG, LPG, and two Petrol engines in WagonR. The current generation WagonR went through some minor and major upgrades, and the company claims that this update is more refreshed. Let’s go in-depth review of third-generation WagonR and find out why the company still claim it as a value for money product.

Blue colour Maruti Suzuki WagonR rear side profile


It is powered by the 1.0 L, 3-cylinder petrol engine, producing the maximum power of 69 bhp at 5500 Rpm and 90 Nm of torque at 3500 Rpm, whereas the more powerful 1.2-L, 4-cylinder petrol engine used in Swift and Baleno as well, generating 82 bhp at 6000 rpm and 113 Nm of torque at 4200 rpm. Both engines are available in manual and automatic transmission. The new-gen WagonR price in India starts from INR 4.19 lakhs (ex-showroom), which goes up to INR 5.49 lakhs (ex-showroom).

Along with the engine update, WagonR has received numerous cosmetics changes. The new sharp shoulder lines and spacious cabin retains the "tall boy" design, eliminating the boxy appearance of the previous generation. Now car sits on the HEARTECT platform (Advanced High Strength Steels) designed by Maruti Suzuki for a safe and smooth drive. The new generation WagonR is the top-selling car in its segment, with a growth of 35% in sales compared to last year (Oct 2018). Whereas Santo decline in sales by 31%, while Tiago followed a drop of 28%.

What will impress you?

The new WagonR is more spacious, and the dual-tone interior feels fresh and bright:

  • Leg and headroom for rear passengers

  • 7-inch Touchscreen Infotainment system

  • Boot space

  • 60:40 split-folding rear seat.

  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity

  • SmartPlay Studio

What Won't?

  • Plastic quality

  • Excessive body roll

  • Position of Air conditioner vents

  • Slow cooling Air conditioner

  • Unimpressive High-Speed Dynamics

What's New in 2020 WagonR?

For the 2020 model year, the Maruti Suzuki WagonR has gone through several changes both in exterior and interior modifications. Some of the significant upgradations are:

  • More powerful 1.2 L petrol engine

  • 7-inch Touchscreen Infotainment system

  • SmartPlay Studio

  • Cloud connectivity

  • Android and Apple car play

  • Standard Airbag and ABS with EBD

  • Advanced HEARTECT frame

  • Steering mounted controls

  • Architectural front grille

  • New headlights and tail lamps

Discount Offers/Scheme on Maruti Suzuki WagonR (March 2020)

Car
Discount Scheme
Maruti Wagon R BS6
Rs. 15,000 Cash + Rs. 20,000 Exchange Bonus + Rs 2500 Corporate

*Consumer Offer Applicable on Select Maruti Suzuki Arena Models in Delhi, NCR 

Maruti Suzuki WagonR Variants and Features

There are a total of 3 variants offered in the Maruti Suzuki WagonR with two engine options. The range starts from Rs. 4.19 lakhs and goes as high as Rs. 5.49 lakhs. The LXi version is available only with 1.0 L engine, and the powerful 1.2 L motor is constrained to VXi and ZXi variant. And you also get a 1.0L engine option in VXi.

Trim

LXi 1.0L

VXi 1.0L

VXi 1.2L 

ZXi 1.2L

Price Manual (Ex- Showroom) in INR

4.19,000

4,69,000

4,89,000

5,22,000

Price AGS (Ex-Showroom) in INR


N/A

5,16,000

5,36,000

5,89,000

Features 


Gear shift Indicator

Remote Keyless Entry

Includes features of VXi 1.0L and these

Includes features of VXi 1.2L

Recline and Front sliding seats

2nd row 60:40 split seat

Silver garnish Gear knob

Tachometer

Driver Airbag

Power adjustable ORVMs

Gear Position Indicator

Rear defogger

Rear Parking Sensors

Speed Sensitivedoor lock

Steering mounted audio controls

7-inch Smart Infotainment

Reddish Amber Instrument

All door power

Window

Speed alert system

Electric Retractable ORVM

ABS with EBD

Smart play dock Infotainment


Apple CarPlay, Android Auto



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The WagonR is a city car and known for its practicality. The VXi 1.0L variant could be the best option to choose from other variants. The new VXi 1.0L comes with all standard safety aspects, the primary entertainment system, Airbag, ABS, steering mounted control, electric adjustable outer mirrors and all the necessary elements, which makes it the value for money car. Just like other Maruti product, WagonR is also the low maintenance and enjoys the good resale value. All variants of WagonR comes with 14-inch steel wheel there is no option of Alloys. So, in terms of looks, VXi and Zxi looks similar and you can any time upgrade the look with accessories offered by Maruti Genuine.

Also Read:

How is the new Hyundai Santro against the WagonR?

Will Tata give a befitting reply with its Tiago?

2020 Maruti Suzuki WagonR Engine and Performance

New WagonR is powered by the K-series 1.0 Litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine, meant to produce maximum power of 69 bhp at 5500 Rpm and 90 Newton meter of torque at 3500 Rpm, whereas the more powerful 1.2-L, 4-cylinder petrol engine, generates 82 bhp at 6000 rpm and 113 Newton meter of torque at 4200 rpm. 

Maruti Suzuki WagonR engine bay


Both engines are available in manual and automatic transmission. The new-gen WagonR price starts from INR 4.19 lakhs (ex-showroom), which goes up to INR 5.49 lakhs (ex-showroom).

Models

Maruti Suzuki WagonR

Hyundai Santro

Tata Tiago

Price (Ex-Delhi) in INR

Rs. 5.49 Lakhs

Rs. 5.50 Lakhs

Rs. 5.59 Lakhs

Engine (Petrol)

1.2L K-Series VVT 4-cylinder

1.1L Epsilon 4-cylinder

1.2L Revotron 3-cylinder

Engine (Diesel)

N/A

N/A

1.05 L Revotorq

Transmission (Petrol)

5 Speed Manual

5 Speed Manual

5 Speed Manual

Transmission (Diesel)

N/A

N/A

5 Speed Manual

Power (bhp)

82@6000rpm

68@5500 rpm

P- 84@6000

rpm

D- 69@4000 rpm

Torque(N-m)

113@4200

rpm

99@4500 rpm

114@3500 rpm

Maruti petrol engine is fun to drive and the addition of a new 1.2L engine amuse the drive of 2019 WagonR with more punch and power. Now the car allows effortless overtake and you relax on the pedal as the Manual transmission requires less gear change. The AGS (Auto gear system) is quick and responsive.

How well does the WagonR accelerate?

With a gentle tap it the car moves without hassle. The 1.2 L engine is tuned to overtake quickly. In just 12.15 seconds WagonR reaches from 0 to 100 kmph, where Tata Tiago and Hyundai Santro thrive to achieve the pace of the car by scoring 15.23 and 15.24 seconds on the chart sheet. On an open road, Tata Tiago is more fun to drive and the handing is supreme too.

At low-speed car remains stable, and the light setup of the clutch makes the city drive comfortable. Hence, the 1.0L engine feels a bit underpowered which makes you have to downshift the gear for fast overtakes.

Models

Maruti Suzuki WagonR

Hyundai Santro

Tata Tiago

0-100 kmph

12.15 sec

15.23 sec

15.24 sec

30-80 kmph

10.22 sec

11.91 sec

12.66 sec

Engine

1.2L K-Series VVT 4-cylinder

1.1L Epsilon 4-cylinder


1.2L Revotron 3-cylinder


Here the light body frame helps WagonR to go quicker than others but Tiago rules when it comes on highway drive. In terms of weight, WagonR is 50kg lighter than Hyundai Santro and 100kg lighter than Tata Tiago

How does the car ride?

WagonR is a driver's delight car and a family car too. The 14-inch wheel and the soft suspension setup of the new-gen WagonR provides a premium hatchback's comfort and stability to all passengers. But at higher speed, a pothole or a bump the softer suspension bangs harshly, which hinders the pleasure of the passengers.

Front side profile of wagonR


The light electric steering wheel is very responsive for city traffic but it feels a bit nervous at high speed on the highway. The 165 mm of ground clearance manages to tackle the rough roads which also gives excessive body roll to the occupant at the corners.

Is the WagonR braking powerful enough?

The car gets ventilated discs up front and drums at the rear that get Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) as standard. Though the car got a technical upgrade in this section, and also this is not the right car to test the efficiency of the ABS, as it kicks early and makes a scary halt.

Maruti Suzuki WagonR wheel


Model

Maruti Suzuki WagonR

Hyundai Santro

Tata Tiago

Front Brakes

Disc

Disc

Disc

Rear Brakes

Drum

Drum

Drum

Kerb Weight (kg)

845

901

950

Though the car is lightest among the rivals but in terms of braking WagonR is not as efficient as Hyundai Santro and Tata Tiago.

How much mileage does the WagonR return?

According to the fuel-efficiency tests conducted by the ARAI, Maruti WagonR petrol version runs around 15.2 kilometres in a litre of fuel and CNG runs around 34km in a kg. The lower kerb weight of the vehicle and the CNG option makes it the most efficient car in its segment.

Model

Maruti Suzuki WagonR

Hyundai Santro

Tata Tiago

Mileage (Kmpl)

15.20

14.25

15.12

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

35

35

35

Range (Km)

525

499

530

Here, every car has a similar tank capacity but the light frame of WagonR makes it the efficient of all.

2020  Maruti Suzuki WagonR Exteriors

Is the exterior look improved now?

The new Maruti Suzuki WagonR has received numerous cosmetic changes and has also strengthened the core value of the previous generation. Now the 2020 WagonR is 13mm longer, 125mm wider with the more extensive wheelbase, which goes ideal with its wider stance and Strong shoulder lines. 

Side profile of 2020 Maruti Suzuki WagonR


The side view of the car retains the tall boy design, even without the roof rails. In the rear, a new set of vertical taillights and the new bumper looks more fresh and modern. The Architectural grille and dual split headlamps feel robust and are a head-turner too.

Model

Maruti Suzuki WagonR

Hyundai Santro

Tata Tiago

Kerb weight (kg)

845

901

950

Length(mm)

3655

3610

3746

Width(mm)

1620

1645

1647

Height(mm)

1675

1560

1535

Ground clearance (mm)

165

165

165

Wheelbase (mm)

2435

2400

2400

The side view of the car retains the tall boy design, even without the roof rails. In the rear, a new set of vertical taillights and the new bumper looks more fresh and modern. The Architectural grille and dual split headlamps feel robust and are a head-turner too.

Exterior Features:

  • Electric retractable ORVM

  • Blacked B & C pillars

  • Roof antenna

  • LED indicators on ORVM's

2020 Maruti Suzuki WagonR Interiors

Maruti Suzuki WagonR dashboard

The doors of WagonR opens to a spacious cabin, dual-tone dashboard houses 7-inch touchscreen infotainment on the centre, which looks a part of the dashboard. Thanks to the bigger and wider body, the new WagonR offers better packaging inside all directions. The front seats also offer good support. You get an ample amount of knee space along with an airy cabin. 

Front seats on Maruti Suzuki WagonR

Rear seats accommodate three passengers easily, which makes your family drive peaceful and comfortable. The more extended wheelbase adds extra knee room and headroom for all passengers. Now the front occupant doesn’t sit too close.

Model

Maruti Suzuki WagonR

Hyundai Santro

Tata Tiago

Kerb weight (kg)

845

901

950

Length(mm)

3655

3610

3756

Width(mm)

1620

1645

1647

Height(mm)

1675

1560

1535

Ground clearance (mm)

165

165

165

Wheelbase (mm)

2435

2400

2400

Compared to the Hyundai Santro, the new Wagon R has 30mm extra knee room, 70mm more headroom and 70mm more shoulder room. This makes easy accommodation of three adults at the rear ensuring good comfort. The rear bench offers upright backrest that gives good support to the passengers. The under-thigh support and adjustable headrests are bliss for the rear seat passengers.

What features come with the infotainment system?

The infotainment system of the new Maruti Suzuki WagonR comes with Smartplay Studio, which connects the vehicle to the cloud. And an AHA radio phone application allows you to connect your smartphone to a 7-inch Infotainment that houses all the top class features like Apple and Android car play, Bluetooth connectivity, FM, AM, USB, Aux, Navigation system, and phone connectivity. 

2020 Maruti Suzuki WagonR infotainment system

The all advanced system enhances the driving experience, and for the safe drive, you also get vehicle health alerts on the device.

Interior Features:

  • 7” Touchscreen Infotainment system

  • Apple Car Play and Android Auto connectivity

  • Bluetooth, FM, AM

  • Steering mounted audio controls

  • Navigation with Live traffic updates

  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity

  • Call assistance

  • Vehicle Alerts

  • Smartplay Remote

  • 1L bottle holder on all four doors

  • Door ajar warning lamp

  • Rear defogger

  • Silver finish on gear knob

How much boot space does the new WagonR offer?

New WagonR offers boot space of 341 litres, which can accommodate two large trolley bags and a couple of duffels bag too. And after folding the rear seat, you could shift your home as well.

2020 Maruti Suzuki WagonR boot space


Model

Maruti Suzuki WagonR

Hyundai Santro

Tata Tiago

Cargo Volume (Litres)

341

235

242


Whereas its rivals Santro comes with only 235 litres of boot space and Tiago offers 242 litres of luggage space. Thus, WagonR provides the most significant boot space in its segment, which also makes a unique selling point for the company.

2020 Maruti Suzuki WagonR Safety Ratings and Reliability

Now, Maruti WagonR is safer than its predecessor. The car comes with standard driver-side airbag and ABS with EBD. And just by paying extra Rs 6000, you can get dual airbag variants. In the crash test conducted by GLOBAL NCAP, New WagonR has scored only 2-star, although the car is equipped with all standard safety features and sits on the Suzuki’s advanced HEARTECT platform, the body shell of WagonR is rated unstable. The crash test was conducted at the Speed of 64kmph by Global NCAP, but with standard Indian Speed (56 kmph), the new-gen platform absorbs the force and keeps you safe.

Front passenger and driver airbags inside WagonR


Hyundai Santro shares the same safety rating as WagonR, and officially there is no data for Tata Tiago. Tata has worked on the safety of its car and happens to be one of the Unique selling points of their product as recently in a crash test one of its product ‘Tata Nexon’ scored 5-star safety rating in all aspects. So, with this aspect, Tiago could be the safest of all.

Safety Features:

  • The Maruti Suzuki safety features on offer include:

  • Speed-sensing door lock

  • Dual airbags

  • ABD with EBD

  • Rear Parking Sensor

  • Engine immobilizer

  • Driver side Load Pre-tensioner and limiter

  • Driver Seat Belt reminder

  • Open door warning

2020 Maruti Suzuki WagonR Head-to-Head Competition Check

Maruti Suzuki WagonR vs Hyundai Santro

Hyundai launched Santro in 1998 as a successful entry product for the Indian market. Back then, Maruti happens to be the first/Only choice for the Indian buyers and it was challenging for an Automobile manufacturer to gain the trust of Indian buyers. In the year 2014, the company discontinued the car and after a pause of 4 years, Santro was relaunched in 2018 with advanced features and new exterior design.

Hyundai Santro Vs WagonR
Both cars are designed for affordability and reliability, along with all essential features. Here Santro cabin looks more up-class than WagonR but is not as spacious as WagonR. In terms of drive, the Santro’s 1.1L Epsilon 4-cylinder engine feels underpowered and is not as quick as the Maruti K-series engine.

Maruti Suzuki WagonR Vs Tata Tiago

Tiago is the youngest car in the segment which offer more advanced feature than WagonR. Tigor is a flagship product from Tata and it has helped the company in retaining the brand value. Both cars deliver similar has powertrain and the same fuel efficiency.

Tata Tiago Vs WagonR
 WagonR is 150 kg lighter than Tiago, which helps the WagonR to crosse the 0-100 kmph mark in just 12.13 seconds, where Tiago manages in 15.24 seconds.

Final Verdict 

WagonR is the third-highest car sold in the Indian market after Alto and Swift. The car is spacious and carries the reliability of Maruti Suzuki as well. If you are looking to buy a hatchback, compatible with a city drive and family comfort, then WagonR could be the right option to choose. In the city traffic, the 1.0L engine maneuvers effortlessly and for overtaking, you have to shift down the gear, where the more powerful engine 1.2L engine option eliminates the issues. At slow speeds, the soft suspension absorbs the potholes and speed bumps without causing any trouble to the passenger.

The AC vents are oddly placed and this makes the steering cold, and the driver’s hand as well. It also takes more time to cool the cabin compared to its rival. If you are looking for a city driving car 1.0L engine option of WagonR could be the perfect one and for the driver enthusiast 1.2L engine could be best enjoyed in Maruti Suzuki Swift. And for the highway drive Tata Tiago could be the right option.