Maruti, the biggest domestic automobile brand in India has tasted the sweet success with its WagonR model. The engineers at Maruti while brainstorming about how to recreate the magic of its iconic 800 model must have hit upon the idea of providing more space in its new model, the WagonR. The extra space this car provides to its riders in the small category vehicle has made it a runaway success.
Maruti WagonR has come a long way from the time it was first introduced in the market. Although its boxy looks remain the same, the designers have tried to improve its looks with a few design tweaks, which is like putting old wine in new bottle. The new model has more chrome embellishments on its engine grill that tries to tear away your look from its ungainly looks. The wheels are plainly designed and are covered with bulging wheel arches that improve its looks by a few notches. This hatchback is the tallest car in its category, so the chances of knocking your head while entering or exiting the car are few. The rear side of this car holds no special treatment. It has a smart looking handle for the back door and a trendy tail light. The only design parts that will pull your eyes toward them are the beautifully designed engine grill and superbly crafted headlamp cluster with cornering lights. While it is true that this car is not a head turner, but it has a quiet elegance that will force you to give it a second look. As this car is the economic model of Maruti Suzuki, do not expect the finesse in construction quality that you will otherwise expect in a premium hatchback. However, it is not all that bad as it has a dominating presence on the road thanks to its tall profile and you will not find anything creaking (which is always a good sign!) when you are riding this car.
Maruti Suzuki, hatchback WagonR is an entry-level model, so do not dream of finding any high-end comfort feature when you enter this car. However, saying that, one thing you have to acknowledge is the acres of space that designers have been able to provide the riders so that they can ride restfully rather than being cooped up with their knees pressed back uncomfortably. While the extra space sounds exciting, other features, especially those related to comfort can be best described as satisfactory. When we talk about interiors the first thing that comes to our mind are the seats. While Maruti has advertised this car is a five-seater, we have our doubts about it. The rear seats, which though provide good legroom, are hardly wide enough to seat three adult people without being squeezed (hardly the way to enjoy your long drive!). However, if you have a small family, then this car will do just fine. Looking at the furnishing, you will find the seat covers are made up of fabric and the dashboard has a plasticky feel to it. The instrument box though is intelligently designed so that the driver can look at all the dials with a single glance. Talking about the driver, the seat behind the wheel, though comfortable comes without height adjustment feature. Therefore, if you are too tall or short, then you need to make the necessary body contusion to sit without hitting the roof or sinking in your seat.
This car is made especially for city ride where you do not face any challenging terrain and the ground clearance is not a big factor. This car is powered by a 998 cc petrol mill. Although the engine is efficient, you will find that getting adequate power at lower rpm a big challenge. However, once you have crossed the 3000 rpm, then you will be able to witness how superbly it performs. This car is available both with manual as well as with an automatic gearbox. The base and the mid-level trims are equipped with a five-speed manual transmission, which is pretty smooth to operate. The upper-end trim is powered by an automatic five-speed transmission system. The clutch at lower rpm is a bit jerky, but the moment you increase the rpm, it becomes smoother. One problem that you will face when you drive the car at high speed is that the suspension pitches and rolls. However, this car is not for a high-speed drive or taking tight corners at top speed thanks to its top-heavy configuration. The top speed of this car is 155 km and it gives a decent mileage of 17 km.
Maruti WagonR is an entry-level hatchback and it has a lot of competition in the market. The entry-level trim of this car is priced at Rs. 4.15 lakhs (approximate) for the Lxi model and the highest trim is priced at Rs. 5.39 lakhs (approximate) for the AMT Vxi Plus Option trim. The main competitors of this car in the market are Renault KWID, Maruti Celerio, Maruti Ignis, Maruti Alto, Hyundai Grand i10, and Maruti Alto 800. Among these, only Hyundai Grand i10 and Maruti Ignis are more expensive than the WagonR. These cars also come with better engines and more comfort features.