The Maruti Suzuki Wagon R is an inexpensive small car that’s roomier than most city cars and pretty economical. The interior feels fresh and you get plenty of standard features.
The new Wagon R retains it’s tallboy styling like the previous generation Wagon R but looks more modern than the old car. It comes with more kit, a bigger 341-litre boot and a far more spacious cabin, too.
There are scratchy plastic on the dashboard and doors but it feels airy and, in top-spec ZXI trim, comes with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay.
Don’t think this cheerful semi boxy car is dull to drive; its handling is right up there with the class leaders. Its lightweight chassis helps it carve through tight corners with ease while its pair of 1.0-litre and 1.2-litre engines will help you make the most of in city roads and flat highways respectively.
Settle into a motorway cruise and you’ll find both units are frugal and fairly refined – both the 1.2-litre K12M and 1.0-litre K10B can return a wallet-friendly 22.5 kmpl.
Unfortunately, the WagonR doesn’t ride quite as well as some rivals – hit a speed bump a little too fast or fail to spot that monster pothole until too late and you’ll feel a jarring thud through the cabin. Thankfully, wind noise is kept to a minimum and tyre roar only really makes an appearance when you’re travelling at motorway speeds.
Far from being a jack-of-all-trades, the Wagon R is a genuinely capable little car. Not only does it cover all the important cheap car bases – it’s efficient, comfortable, good looking and well equipped.
The new infotainment system and more modern design has improved the interior tremendously.
The Wagon R has lots of room for passengers inside, both in the front and rear, and for that, it does not sacrifices boot space.
Passenger shoulder room has been significantly improved over the old car while the Wagon R’s newly lengthened wheelbase means legroom receives a healthy boost, too. As a result, there’s more than enough room in the back for three kids and two tall adults should be comfortable over long journeys. The front and rear doors open nearly perpendicular to the body making it as easy as possible to jump in the back or attach a child seat.
The Wagon R stands stellar from the competition in terms of interior storage space. Both the front and rear doors boast dedicated bottle holders. The glovebox is quite small and, besides a cupholder in the centre console, the only easy-to-reach cubby is a small tray behind the handbrake.
Suzuki has not sacrificed boot space in an attempt to make the Wagon R’s cabin feel as spacious as possible. At 341 litres with the rear seats in place, it still beats the competition by a huge margin.
The rear seats fold down in 60:40 ratio. Unfortunately, there’s both a significant load lip and a large step in the rear seats that makes sliding in bulky items a real pain. The rather wide boot opening is another good advantage.
The new Wagon R’s interior boasts a more pleasing, minimalist layout than the old car’s cabin. The top-level ZXI model features a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
The beige and black interior combination brightens things up and the eyes are instantly drawn to the new touchscreen, which Maruti describes as a ‘Smartplay Studio’.
The three-spoke steering wheel has a nice sporty feel, but I find the A/C vents completely mismatched and unaesthetic. The ones at the two ends of the dashboard are round, while the ones in between are almost rectangular and placed vertically.
The top-level ZXI models come with a large seven-inch touchscreen display that’s angled straight forward. It’s fairly easy to use and boast clear, colourful graphics on a high-contrast black background.
The ‘Smartplay Studio’ has a very useful and impressive looking graphic for instantaneous fuel economy, range, etc. It has vehicle alerts that keep you informed of door open, parking brake, seat belt and low fuel. It also has a display with a cool clock and the day and date. The integrated reverse parking sensors have a smart graphic display too.
Specs & Features:
|Convenience & Comfort
· Power Steering and Power Windows
· Multi-function Steering Wheel
· Voice Control
· Accessory Power Outlet
· Foldable Rear Seat (60:40 Split)
· Adjustable Steering Column
· Digital Clock
· Electronic Multi-Tripmeter
· Electric Folding Rear View Mirror
· Rear Window Defogger
· Outside Rear View Mirror Turn Indicators
· KeyLess Entry
· 7″ Touchscreen Infotainmet
· Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
· Smartplay Studio Connectivity
· Speakers Front – 2
· Anti-Lock Braking System
· Parking Sensors
· Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock
· Driver and Passenger Airbag
· Seat Belt Warning
· Door Ajar Warning
· Front Impact Beams
· Anti-Theft Device
· Anti-Theft Alarm
The new Maruti Suzuki WagonR will continue to pleas even more Nepali consumers now. It has grown up in size, comes with more powerful engine, better-equipment and better-built. The new Wagon R has a lot to offer. Also, it’s fairly priced as well. At starting price of Rs.24.99 lakh to Rs 27.99 lakh for top end ZXI 1.2 variant, it under cuts its rivals as well. It is certainly for those looking for a good city commuter and not a car to buy if you enjoy driving. Its appliance-like character won’t appeal to enthusiasts either. It retains its original formula of spaciousness and sheer practicality. Its chief rival in our nation has to be the Ford Figo which goes on head to head with Wagon R. In our thought it is one of the best buy in the segment as it is budget friendly and has the trust worthy Maruti Suzuki badge along with it.