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Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Overview

The Maruti WagonR 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 WagonR 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 WagonR 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.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Look

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.Check for Maruti Suzuki Wagon R price in Pune at Tryaldrive.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Comfort

Like the old car it is easy to get in and out of the new Wagon R thanks to the wide opening door and the ideal seat height. Once inside you are greeted by a cabin that looks much more contemporary as compared to the old car. It’s a well thought out cabin as all the frequently used features like the infotainment system and air con controls are placed higher up. Unlike the old car the new Wagon R now gets the top ZXi variant that adds a lot more features than before. The seven inch touchscreen infotainment system dominates proceedings. It’s a brand-new unit and it features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Maruti has also developed a SmartPlay Studio app that connects to the system. Through this app you get music, offline navigation and many more features. The screen quality and touch sensitivity is good too. Overall interior fit and finish has taken a big step-up over the old car, but still it isn’t as good as the recently launched Santro in this respect.

Thanks to the bigger body and better packaging interior space has grown in all directions. The front seats are accommodating and offer good support. But it’s at the back where space and comfort has taken a big leap forward. The new Wagon R offers much more knee room and the wider cabin gives it an airy ambiance. As compared to the Hyundai Santro, the new Wagon R has 30mm more knee room, 70mm more headroom and 70mm more shoulder room. This results in a car that can easily accommodate three adults at the back in good comfort. The rear bench itself is well shaped and the upright backrest gives good good support too. What would have made the rear seat even better is better under thigh support and adjustable headrests.

Boot space is humongous for a car of this size. You get a massive 341 litres of luggage space and the boot is deep and well-shaped too. To put things into perspective, the Wagon R’s boot is 50mm longer, 10mm wider and 100mm taller than the Hyundai Santro’s 235 litre boot. You also get 60:40 split folding rear seats for added convenience. Although there are plenty of storage spaces in the cabin this is one aspect where the new Wagon R doesn’t improve upon its predecessor. You do get large door pockets, storage in front of the gearlever and a decently sized glovebox. But it misses out on unique storage options like the twin gloveboxes and cup holder in front of the AC vent of the old car.

In the top ZXi trim the Wagon R comes equipped with touchscreen infotainment system which houses Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation and bluetooth telephony. Apart from this the Wagon R gets all the basics like air conditioning, key-less entry, parking sensors and a comprehensive trip computer. Missing equipment includes seat height adjust, reversing camera, rear air con vents and alloy wheels. In terms of safety, Maruti is offering single airbags (dual for top variants) and ABS with EBD as standard across the range. You don’t get ISOFIX anchor points which is glaring omission in our eyes. (None of its rivals offer this features as well) To know more info on Maruti Suzuki Wagon R  visit Oprst

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Transmission

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.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Driving

But where the Wagon R has improved the most is in terms of its ride. Over any surface, at any speed, the Wagon R felt unfazed and the refined suspension simply goes about its job, keeping you isolated from the biggest of potholes. It’s only at low speeds that you feel some stiffness and the sharp bumps do jar you a bit. We drove the car on the in and around Udaipur. With hardly any corners to speak of, it was difficult to assess its handling prowess. But first impressions are pretty positive. The steering though a little vague at first feels surprisingly direct as you add more lock and the Wagon R felt rock steady at high speeds too. What has also helped the new Wagon R’s dynamics is the new torsion beam rear suspension as compared to the rudimentary ITL (Isolated Trailing Link) setup on the old car.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Safety

The third-gen WagonR is available with a driver airbag, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat anchors and rear parking sensors as standard. The top-spec Z variant adds co-driver airbag as well as front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters. These two active safety features are available as optional extras on the L and V 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 .

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Final Word

The new Maruti Suzuki WagonR has evolved in almost every aspect, be it safety, performance, features or even design. 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 WagonR. 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.

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