Expert Review of Maruti Wagon R VXI BS IV
Maruti Suzuki India is one of the most reputed and leading car makers in the Indian car market. This car maker has some of the best selling cars, which have been doing extremely well since their respective launch in the country. One such best seller in their stable is Maruti Wagon R, which was launched in the Indian market way back in year 1999. This hatchback has quite a number of variants on offer and is being sold in petrol as well as a CNG engine option. The mid level trim in this impressive hatchback model series is the Maruti Wagon R VXI. This hatchback has been gifted with some exciting interior as well as exterior features to spice it up for the customers. The company has fitted this hatchback with a all aluminum light weight K10B, 998cc petrol engine, which is quite peppy and generates adequate torque and power that is rather good for the Indian road and traffic conditions. The suspension and braking system is also very sturdy and keeps this hatchback well balanced. This hatchback has been developed and manufactured on an all new platform and is being sold in quite a few other international car markets as well. This hatchback has been localized to a great extent to gel with the Indian preferences and have a few trims to choose from. This Maruti Wagon R VXI has quite a number of incredible safety and comfort aspects. There is also an option of integrating this Maruti Wagon R VXI hatchback with the advanced anti lock braking system along with dual front airbags as well, which is available as a combination and not individually unlike in other vehicles. It has been quite a few years now that this hatchback has been one of the most liked hatchbacks in the Indian automobile market and the company is expecting it to further generate impressive sales.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
The company has fitted this Maruti Wagon R VXI with a impressive 998cc petrol drive train. This lively engine is a all aluminum light weight K10B power train that is equipped with a multi point fuel injection type of a supply system, which enhances the mileage of this hatchback. This performance packed 1.0-litre petrol mill has been fine tuned to be extremely fuel efficient and the company claims that it can generate an outstanding mileage of 18.9 Kmpl, under standard driving conditions and this has also been approved by the reputed ARAI as well.
The company is offering this Maruti Wagon R VXI in quite a number of vivacious and refreshing exterior paint options. The list includes a magnificent Midnight Black, a graceful Bakers Chocolate, a vibrant Breeze Blue, a flamboyant Fire Brick Red, a dapper looking Glistening Grey, a soothing Silky Silver and also a brilliant looking Superior White metallic finish as well.
Acceleration and Pick up
The 1.0-litre petrol drive train fitted in the Maruti Wagon R VXI churns out pertinent power and torque output. This helps the engine in generating a good acceleration and an impressive pick up as well. The company claims that this hatchback can attain a top speed in the range of 150 – 155 Kmph, while this petrol hatchback apparently can break the 100 Kmph barrier in just under 15 seconds from a stand still, which is rather thrilling.
The outsides of this charming hatchback are quite arresting and entice's you with its tall boy design. The frontage has a neatly designed front grille, which has quite a bit of chrome on it. The head light cluster is quite large and has been fitted with high intensity lamps that have shade of blue tint to it and provide excellent view for the driver. The big body colored front bumper has been integrated with a couple of bright fog lamps, which further enhance the visibility of the driver, even in adverse weather conditions. The large wind screen gives a clear vision and has been integrated with a pair of 2 speed + intermittent wipers, which clean the windshield efficiently. The roof is slightly slanting and this hatchback has been given a pair of stylish roof rails as well, which add to the sportiness of this car. The body colored external rear view mirrors along with body colored door handles add to the stylishness of this petrol hatchback. This Maruti Wagon R VXI trim also has smart flared fenders and also tinted glass for all the four windows. The back end has a rear wiper, washer as well as a defogger for better vision in the rainy season. Apart from this, Maruti Wagon R VXI also has a stylish tail gate, which is flanked by a bright tail light cluster that has crystal effect lamps. These radiant lamps are visible clearly in the dark and make it easier for the other car drivers to spot this hatchback. Apart from all the above, this variant also has a chrome polished back door garnish, amber colored side turn blinkers, side body moldings and a pillar antenna as well.
The insides of this Maruti Wagon R VXI have been done up with style and lavishness. The seating arrangement is comfortable and is covered with premium fabric upholstery. This compact hatchback has a sophisticated cabin with lots of space that is quite good and can easily accommodate five passengers effortlessly. This hatchback has dual tone interiors, which make it look urbane and chic. The instrument panel has been treated with quite a bit of chrome, which further makes it look classy. All the seats are ergonomically designed to augment the comfort of the passengers. The molded roof lining and needle punch for the floor carpet adds to the up market look of this new hatchback. This hatchback has door trim fabric along with a parcel shelf at the back to keep some handy things. There are front and rear cabin lamps, which can be adjusted in three positions. The seats have stylish and adjustable head rests for both front and rear seats. The internal rear view mirror is anti glare and helps the driver to avoid the sharp lights in the night from heavier vehicles. There is a sun visor for the driver side along with a ticket holder, while there is a vanity mirror in the sun visor of the front passenger side. All these above mentioned aspects and a few more of such exciting and impressive features, which will certainly make an instant impact on the buyers. Apart from all these aspects, the company has also integrated this hatchback with a lot of other features as well. The list includes an adjustable tilt EPS (electronic power steering) wheel that is very responsive, electrically adjustable external rear view mirrors, all four power windows along with a central door locking and a keyless entry for added protection, reclining and sliding front seats with 60:40 split and folding rear seats, foldable assist grips, integrated push type cup holders, an seat under tray for the front passenger seat, map pockets for the front doors along with driver side storage space as well. Then the front console also has a cup holder, a highly developed integrated 2-din music system with four speakers along with USB input, digital fuel indicator, double trip meter, tachometer, key reminder as well as lights ‘on’ warning buzzer, 12V accessory socket, contemporary styled air conditioning vents, foldable utility hook and a large glove box as well.
The overall dimensions of this petrol hatchback are very appealing with a total length of 3595mm along with a total width of 1495mm. Whereas the overall height of this hatchback along with the roof rails is 1495mm and it has a roomy wheel base of 2400mm. The ground clearance is remarkable with 165mm and this Maruti Wagon R VXI takes about 4.6 meters as its complete turning radius.
The peppy petrol engine of this Maruti Wagon R VXI is quite similar as the regular variants. This 1.0-litre all aluminum light weight K10B power train can displace close to 998cc and is complaint with all the norms of Bharat Stage IV. This drive train has 3 cylinders and each of these cylinders have been equipped with four cylinders to make it smooth and easy, while driving. This performance packed petrol engine has the capability to produce a peak power output of 66.64bhp at 6200rpm in combination with a maximum torque yield of 90nm at 3500rpm. This energetic engine has been skillfully mated with an efficient five speed manual transmission gear box.
The company has fitted the neatly done up wheel arches of this Maruti Wagon R VXI with a sturdy set of 14 inch steel wheels. These robust steel rims are further covered with tubeless radial tyres of size 155/65 R14, which have a superior road grip. These rims have been covered with full wheel covers that has a 'S' badging embossed on them.
This Maruti Wagon R VXI hatchback has been fitted with a robust suspension system, which helps this hatchback in being stable and well balanced. The front axle of this hatchback has been fitted with a McPherson strut type of a mechanism along with a coil spring. While, the rear axle has been equipped with an isolated trailing link with a similar coil spring that is in the front axle.
Handling and Control
Apart from the well balanced suspension system, this hatchback has also been fitted with a proficient braking mechanism as well. The braking system of this Maruti Wagon R VXI hatchback has ventilated discs for the front wheels, while the rear wheels have been equipped with drum based brakes. Apart from these, the company has also fitted some other aspects as well, which will aid in better handling and control of this hatchback. The list includes a collapsible steering wheel, an energy absorbing body along with side impact beams, front and rear ELR seat belts for the passengers, halogen head lamps with a leveling device, front and rear fog lamps for enhanced visibility, rear wash, wipe and a defogger, seat belt warning notification lamp for the driver, child proof rear door locks, high mounted stop lamp, intelligent computerized anti theft and security system (i-CATS) and a dual horn as well. All these and many more other security features which takes care of the passengers as well as the vehicle.
Good Interiors, safety and comfort aspects, a short turning radius.
Engine can be made more powerful and the exteriors can be made better.