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Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Facelift First Drive Review

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Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Overview

The Wagon R has some history associated with it and has been a favorite small car for many years. The first of the tall boy design from Maruti, the Wagon R has been a success story for almost ten years. Competition is slowly and steadily eating away into Maruti’s pie and Maruti has responded by rolling out the all new Wagon R. This car is effectively made from scratch and offers more space, better driving dynamics and improved overall quality. We take the new Maruti WagonR for a spin and judge for ourselves. Check for car loans at Fincarz.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Exteriors

Now let us clear all your confusion…The updated 2017 model gets the few minor updates which comes in the form of a slightly redesigned grille which will geta dash of chrome to it to make it look slightly upmarket. While there is still enough confusion but we think that Maruti will provide projector headlamps only with the top end VXI+ trims only. While the lower end LXI and mid level VXI trims will get the usual halogen units as you have seen on the current hatchback.

Thus expect the updated Wagon R LXI and VXI trims to receive the same halogen units and perhaps a slightly updated grille like we already mentioned above. Some other changes that you can expect on the updated hatchbacks exterior may include slightly restyled front and rear bumpers, chrome accentuated back door badges, body coloured bumpers, silver roof rails, body coloured ORVM’s etc.In addition to all these changes the top end VXI+ trims will be based on the Stingray variants and will get the projector headlamp setup. The top end VXI+ trims also gets gunmetal gray alloy finish which you can also notice in the Stingray variant, Blacked out B-Pillar, a roof integrated rear spoiler and side skirts as well.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Interiors

The interior feels more comfortable, spacious and elegant when compared to its strong competitor Chevrolet beat; however the Hyundai i10 is still better. The overall dimensions of the car have been increased with a purpose to make it more spacious. Now, it measures around 3595 mm in length, 1495 mm in width and 1700 mm in height. With increased legroom and headroom, this boy can easily accommodate four passengers. Due to the narrower design, the shoulder space is less that it gets congested for three passengers on the rear seat. However, there is good legroom and flat floor to make passengers more comfortable in the cabin. The increased legroom takes on boot space, which is quite limited (180 litres) in this version. For more  info on Maruti Wagon R check Igc2016

With a combination of rich blue and black upholstery, the seats look stylish. With mediocre thigh and lumber support, it offers moderately comfortable seating position for both rear and front passengers. The wider rear windscreen rewards fine visibility. The grey-coloured dashboard doesn’t add to its elegance, but it’s surely better than the regular Maruti cars. The dashboard offers can holders, glove compartment and enough storage space. There is a digital fuel gauge, two trip meters and a tachometer. The stereo system is available with its top-end variant with good-quality sound; and features like FM, CD player, and USB and Aux ports. With its other variants, you have an option of audio installation. The climate control unit is an additional advantage with its top-end variant. The plastic quality is nothing to explain about.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Perfromance

The WagonR was one of the first cars from the MSIL stable to get the potent K-Series motor. The new motor not only complies with the updated emission norms but is also comparatively refined and rev-happy. The hatch harbours a 3 cylinder, 1.0-litre motor that develops 67PS of power and 90Nm of torque. While the figures don’t look as impressive on paper, the motor performs really well in day to day scenarios.

Turn the key and the engine comes to life with vibrations inherent to 3 cylinder engines. We found that the NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) levels were distinctly higher compared to the i10 or the Micra. The engine lacks low-end grunt, which means you would need to be heavy on the throttle to exploit gaps in traffic. As the revs climb, the engine becomes very audible inside the cabin. The engine is tuned for the city and efficiency. Naturally, at highway speeds, the WagonR feels out of breath — it is best behaved when driven under 120kmph.

The WagonR gets an automated manual transmission as well. There are just two pedals, and the operation is like a conventional automatic vehicle. Slot the gear lever in D, let go of the brakes and the car creeps forward on its own. The operation of the clutch is controlled by a hydraulic actuator, thereby relieving your left leg. The AMT on the little Maruti isn’t the most polished units around. There are slight jerks when the car upshifts or downshifts, but they can be easily overlooked during daily commutes. You can also take charge of the gears yourself by shifting it into manual mode.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Driving

The new series engine gives a feel of driving a compact A-star model. The 5-speed manual transmission is now geared with cables as opposed to linkage which means better driveability and better performance from the new 3-cylinder engine. The big windscreen is definitely welcome in the new model and gives a better road view. The suspensions have also improved which gives better, sweat-free smooth ride. You may find the car a little bumpy around sharp corners. Something that is not felt while driving Hyundai Santro which is more manageable even with its tall stance.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Safety

Brakes are efficient and prove to be great performers during panic braking situations or unexpected road surprises. The front and rear brakes of new WagonR are ventilated disc brakes and drum brakes with 8-inche booster assisted brakes respectively. The VXI variant, which comes with optional ABS, is certainly a better vehicle in terms of safety, as it prevents the wheels from locking up during panicbraking situations.

The new WagonR comes with a good number of active and passive safety features, especially in its top-end variant. There is a dual SRS airbag that provides great protection against collision by offering cushioning. ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), halogen headlamps, front and rear fog lamps, front and rear ELR seat belts, child proof rear door locks, rear wipers, high-mounted stop lamp, warning lamps, de-fogger, and washer are other features on offer.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Cost

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 5,17,098 to 6,40,300 for variants Wagon R LXI and Wagon R VXI AMT Optional respectively. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R is available in 6 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Wagon R variants price in Bangalore. Check for Wagon R price in Bangalore at Carzprice.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon Summing Up

The new generation Wagon R will be a stylish car. One can be rest assured that Maruti will leave no stone unturned in giving this car a more premium look. the new platform will be lighter and stronger. This will improve its performance and fuel efficiency. It will be the same platform that underpins the Ignis. The boxy look will be carried forward because that is the car’s USP. The practicality of the car will be retained but it will get enhanced styling to make it more attractive and modern. In terms of features there are more additional options on offer. The all new Wagon R will be offered with more features than the current one.

 

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