Expert Review of Maruti Wagon R
Maruti Wagon R is one of the bestselling hatchback models in the entry level hatchback segment as it is very affordable and reliable. The Indian automobile major Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) is offering this entry level hatchback in three trim levels LX, LXI and VXI, with diesel engine under the hood. Also the company is offering the CNG kit with the mid range LXI trim, which will further improve the fuel efficiency and will reduce the cost of running. The company blessed this affordable hatchback with a BS IV compliant, 1.0-litre all aluminum light weight K10B petrol engine that produces a displacement capacity of 998cc. Most impressive aspect about this hatchback is its incredible interior space that can host at least five passengers inside. It has a great height, larger wheelbase and decent width that contributed for the improvement of interior space. On the other hand, the company has taken care of the passenger comforts by blessing this trim with numerous features. Inside this hatchback, you will be able to find numerous features including air conditioner with heater and rotary AC controls, electronic power steering with adjustable tilt column, electric ORVMs, 60:40 split and folding rear seats and lots of other aspects. This hatchback is purely designed for individuals who prefer affordable cars with low maintenance cost.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
The Maruti Wagon R is one of the most fuel efficient hatchbacks available in the automobile market at present. This hatch has under petrol mode can deliver a peak mileage of about 20.51Kmpl, while under the CNG mode it can give away a staggering 26.6 Km/kg, which is incredible. Also it can produce a decent mileage of about 14.6 Kmpl under the LPG mode.
The Indian auto major Maruti Suzuki India Limited is selling its affordable hatch Maruti Wagon R in overall seven stunning color shades. These exterior paints includes a sporty looking Passion Red, a subtle looking Glistening Grey, a refined looking Baker's Chocolate shade, a magnificent looking Superior White color, a stylish looking an Ecru Beige shade and a pleasant looking Breeze Blue paint.
Acceleration and Pick up
The Maruti Wagon R has been blessed with an all aluminum K-series, 1.0-litre petrol engine, which is perkier in terms of acceleration. It takes only about 15.9 seconds to obtain a speed mark of 100 Kmph, which is far better in comparison with other hatchbacks. On the other hand, this hatchback has the ability to reach a top speed of about 148 Kmph.
The style and appearance of the Maruti Wagon R is very decent and it has a boxy body design that is decorated with striking exteriors. The company has designed trendy looking exteriors to this hatch that made this vehicle look attractive. To start with the front profile, the Maruti Wagon R comes fitted with a large headlight cluster incorporating powerful headlights and turn indicators. In the center there is a radiator grille that is decorated with a chrome strip and with a company logo. Just under this grille, there is a body colored bumper that is incorporated with a large air dam along with fog lights that adds to the elegance of the front while improving the air intake for engine cooling. Coming to the side profile, the wheel arches have been designed pretty well and have been fitted with conventional steel wheels. The doors have been fitted with black colored side mouldings along with body colored ORVMs and handles. Also there is a turn indicator placed just above the front wheel arch. The roof rails on top of this hatch will further add to the style and its elegance. Coming to the rear profile, the windscreen is very large and it is accompanied with a wiper along with a defogger that will enhance the visibility of rear. The taillight cluster is very large, the boot lid is expressive and the rear bumper looks very simple. The beauty of the rear profile is enhanced by the thick chrome strip with Wagon R badging that is fitted on to the boot lid.
There are number of comfort features you can find inside this affordable hatch that pays complete value for money. Despite being the entry level four wheeler in the hatchback segment, it gets some of the most impressive features. The list of comfort features includes an electronic power steering system with adjustable tilt steering, electrically adjustable ORVMs, key less central door locking, front and rear power windows, IP integrated push type cup holders, front passenger under seat tray, air conditioning system, reclining and sliding full flat front seats and lots more. Apart from these, the company also blessed this variant with an integrated music system with digital clock and USB along with Tachometer, glove box, 12V power socket, and a digital fuel indicator with double tripmeter.
The Maruti Wagon R hatch comes with decent dimensions that makes it look compact yet spacious from inside. This hatch has a total length of 3599mm and a decent width of about 1495mm. The height of this hatch is very impressive with 1670mm while the wheelbase is 2400mm, which is large in comparison with other hatchbacks of same class.
The Indian automobile company has fitted the Maruti Wagon R with an all aluminum lightweight K10B, 1.0-litre petrol engine that produces 998cc displacement capacity. This engine is designed with 3-cylinders and 12 valves. Out of three variants, the mid range trim has been made available with bi-fuel option. This engine under the LPG mode produces a maximum power of about 61.64bhp at 6200rpm, while generating 85Nm of torque at 3500rpm. Under the CNG mode, it can produce a maximum 58.19bhp of power at 77Nm of peak torque at 3500rpm. This 1.0-litre K10B engine has the ability to produce 67bhp of maximum power at 6200rpm and yields a peak torque output of about 90Nm at 3500rpm. The company has coupled this particular engine with an advanced 5-speed manual transmission gearbox.
The base and mid range variant in its model series have been fitted with 13 inch steel wheels that are further covered with 145/80 R13 sized tubeless radial tyres. On the other hand, the top end variant is blessed with 14-inch steel wheels and are covered with 155/65 R14 sized tubeless tyres.
MSIL, India's largest passenger car maker hasn't compromised on the suspension system of this affordable hatch. Its front axle has been blessed with McPherson Strut type of suspension system loaded with coil springs. The rear axle of the Maruti Wagon R has been bestowed with Isolated trailing link type of suspension that is further accompanied with coil springs.
Handling and Control
Coming to the handling and controlling aspects, the front wheels of this hatch have been fitted with ventilated disc brakes, while the rear wheels have been equipped with drum brakes. The company is offering the anti-lock braking system as an optional safety feature for the top end VXi trim, which will enhance the safety aspects.
Numerous utility and comfort features, great cabin space, affordable pricing.
Engine power is less, protective functions needs to improve.