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Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2015 - Introduction

WagonR Rear

Maruti Suzuki has recently launched a face-lifted version of its ‘Blue-Eyed-Boy’ – the WagonR hatchback at a price of Rs 3.77 lakh for the base LX variant, ex-showroom Kolkata. The new Maruti WagonR gets a refreshed look with a few exterior and interior tweaks. However, mechanically the new WagonR remains unchanged from its outgoing sibling. It will continue to be powered by the same K-10 engine producing 68PS of maximum power at 6200rpm and 90Nm of peak torque at 3500rpm.


Senior management in Maruti Suzuki India Limited has claimed that “the changes introduced on the new WagonR are in line with the customer feedback received through regular customer engagement programmes.”


The refreshed Maruti Suzuki WagonR will also be available in two new colour options – Passion Red and Ecru Beige in addition to the previously existing Glistening Grey, Superior White, Breeze Blue, Silky Silver and Baker’s Chocolate.


We took the blue-eyed-boy for a spin around town and this is what we discovered.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2015 - Design & Engineering

WagonR Headlamp

The moment you lay your eyes on the new Maruti WagonR either in visuals or in flesh, the first distinctive difference between the new WagonR and its outgoing sibling is its refreshed front grille which is now narrower and has a single horizontal strip compared to three on the outgoing model. The WagonR also gets a new bumper with a larger air dam and refreshed fog lamp housings. The higher LXi and VXi trims get additional chrome detailing.


Take a walk along the side and there is no difference with its outgoing sibling. The rear too is absolutely identical. The VXi variant that we drove came with body coloured bumpers, ORVMs and door handles. Tubeless tyres come as standard fitment across model range.


WagonR Alloy


The new WagonR is 3599mm long (34mm longer than the Santro), 1475 mm wide and stands 1670mm tall without the roof rail (80mm taller than the Santro, which results in more head room). The longer wheelbase 2400mm (20mm longer than that of the Hyundai Santro) also translates to more cabin space. And although looks are subjective, however, in my opinion the new Maruti WagonR looks slightly sharper than its closest rival – the Hyundai Santro Xing.


Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2015 - Interiors & Comfort

WagonR Dash

The interiors of the new Maruti WagonR have also been reworked. The dashboard now gets a beige and black dual-tone colour scheme. The base LX and mid-range LXi variants get dual beige and black colour seats, while the top-of-the-line VXi gets all-beige upholstery. Also exclusive to the VXi trim is a fully integrated audio system with USB input with speakers on all four doors, adjustable tilt steering, electrical ORVMs, rear power window, keyless central locking, front passenger under seat tray and tachometer. In addition to the exiting glove box, Maruti has added another storage box on the dash placed in front of the front passenger which will prove quite useful to store music CDs and other knick-knacks. But this additional glove box means that there is no possibility of any passenger airbags as a result. There are also cup holders for the driver and front passenger tucked away in the dashboard. 


Getting in and out of the new Maruti WagonR is a breeze. Both front and rear seating is comfortable and offers good head, shoulder and leg room. The high seating position is definitely a positive and offers excellent visibility to the driver and front passenger. The quality of plastics used is of good quality and much better in comparison to the one used in the Hyundai Santro.


WagonR Boot


The longer wheelbase 2400mm (20mm longer than that of the Hyundai Santro) also translates to more cabin space. However, when it comes to luggage space, Santro’s 218 litre boot is 38 litre more spacious than the new Maruti WagonR.  


Features like 60:40 split and folding rear seats and air conditioner with heater comes as standard across model range. High roofline and folding seats add to the versatility and enables to accommodate bigger luggage when the need may arise. 

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2015 - Performance & Handling

WagonR Front

Under the hood of the new WagonR is the tried and tested 3-cylinder K10 petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The engine produces 68PS of maximum power at 6200rpm and pumps 90Nm of peak torque at 3500rpm.


The moment you crank the key, the K-series engine starts with a slight vibration, a known characteristic of this 3-cylinder motor. And once you start driving the new Maruti WagonR, it won’t be long before you reliase that the gearshift is a bit notchy, although there is a slight improvement over the much earlier model thanks to the cable-operated gearshift.


The steering felt very light and lifeless around the straight-ahead stretches at high speeds, although negotiating the car through city traffic felt like a walk in the park. Given its tall boy design, one is bound to feel some amount of body roll, especially while turning at sharp corners, however, it’s nothing major to unnerve you. Besides, it would be unfair to expect sports car like grip in a car like this.


The suspension system in the new WagonR comprises McPherson Strut with coil spring at the front and isolated trailing link with coil spring at the rear. The suspension felt slightly stiff and while driving over potholes, some amount of jerks was felt inside the cabin. This is also partly due to the lower profile tyres on the VXi variant we tested. The LX and LXi have slightly taller tyres, which help to take the edge off potholes. Although, if I compare it to its main competitor – the Hyundai Santro Xing – then the WagonR will be able to more than hold its ground. 


The ground clearance in the Maruti WagonR is adequate and the under-carriage stays clear of most of the bumps. The ride is comfortable and the top-of-the-line VXi variant that we tested came equipped with 14 inch wheels, which assist in better handing. However, don’t try anything fancy around roundabouts, as the tall stance is a detriment to quick cornering. Ventilated disc on the front and drum on the rear ensure more or less prompt braking, although there is still room for improvement. Overall, the WagonR does well as a city car.


Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2015 - Fuel Efficiency

WagonR Engine

The new Maruti WagonR boasts of an ARAI ratified fuel efficiency of 20.51kmpl (Hyundai Santro ARAI mileage: 17.92kmpl) and although we didn’t get a chance to do a mileage test, however, it’s anybody’s guess that the real world figures will be much less. Interaction with Maruti WagonR owners over the past have revealed that the WagonR should comfortably deliver about 12kmpl within the city with air conditioning. On the highway, expect to get around 15kmpl, which isn’t very good, but then the bread-box aerodynamics are to the car’s detriment.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2015 - Safety

WagonR VXi

On the safety front, the new Maruti WagonR gets a computerised anti-theft system, child rear door locks, front and rear three point ELR seat belt, side-impact beams and collapsible steering column as standard across model range. More crucial safety features like ABS and driver side airbag is offered as an optional extra on the VXi trim only at a premium of Rs 32,000.  However, the additional glove box on the dash means that there is no possibility of any passenger airbags as a result.


I firmly believe that given the driving conditions and state of roads in India, essential safety features like ABS should be provided as standard across model range. Also considering that most parts of our country receive substantial amount of rainfall, features like rear wiper, washer and de-fogger should at least be available as cost option if not provided as standard. Unfortunately, in the new WagonR, only the top-of-the-line- VXi trim comes equipped with these features.


At a time when car manufacturers across the globe are waking up to the fact of making their vehicles safer, leading Indian manufacturers like Maruti should spare some thought on this issue and there is still plenty of room for improvement. Besides, if ever legislation is passed in India making safety features like ABS and airbags mandatory, then having such features in the car now will lead to better resale value in the future.


Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2015 - Verdict


If one is willing to look at the new Maruti WagonR as a city car, then you would find plenty of reason to smile. The high seating position which offers great visibility, good head, shoulder and leg room, light controls and responsive engine make it quite effortless to drive the new WagonR around town. And the best bit is that the WagonR delivers class-leading fuel economy (20.51 ARAI figure) and is backed by Maruti’s trusted after sales service. Now that is assurance enough and will definitely make the new Maruti WagonR a good choice as a city car. Speaking on the pocket pinch, the price of the new Maruti WagonR starts from Rs 3.77 lakh for the base LX variant and goes upto Rs 4.66 lakh for the VXi trim with ABS and airbags. For those of you who don’t care much about the very mediocre integrated music system that comes with the VXi trim or don’t want the ABS and airbags, then opting for the LXi variant (Rs 4.08 lakh) might prove to be a more economical and prudent choice.  

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2015 - Competition Check

Hyundai Santro Xing


Length x Width x Height (mm) 3595 x 1495 (VXi - with side mouldings) x 1475 (without side mouldings LX, LXi)
Wheelbase (mm) 2400
Ground clearance (mm) 165
Turning circle dia (m) 9.2
Kerb weight (kg) 860 (LX), 870 (LXi), 885 (VXi with ABS and Airbag)
Fuel tank capacity (lt) 35
Engine & Transmission
No of cylinder & configuration 3
Valvetrain 12V
Capacity (cc) 998
Power (PS @ rpm) 68 @ 6200
Torque (Nm @ rpm) 90 @ 3500
Gearbox 5Speed Manual
Suspension & Brakes
Front suspension McPherson Strut
Rear suspension Isolated trailing link with coil spring
Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Drum
Wheels & Tyres
Tyre size and type 155/65R14 (VXi), 145/80R13 (LX, LXi)

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Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2015 Review

Recent User Review

by Vipul Prajapati, 08

The New Maruti Suzuki Wegonr is best for me. It is Best Performance and Space in its class with 19 km/Ltr milage. it has great handling and comfort to drive. wagonr has very very sporty new look and great 998 CC k10 series engine with zero maintanace for 25000 km. i am very Very setisfied with this car. Thanks


After an extensive research, reviews, showroom visits, talks, suggestions....I decided to go for Maruti Wagon R VXI as it suits my need of mileage, easy on maintenance, value for money, drive comfort and fits the small family outing. The new Wagon R is filled with many surprises, to name a few, the front grill, the rear wiper, defogger, audio system, cup holders, easy to reach charger point, and the most exciting the tilt-able steering. I got the Bakers Chocolate color and its amazing on the road. Thanks Maruti for building a great car...

by Mandar G. joshi, 27

To start with, let me confess first that in 2011, till the time I finally decided that I will buy this car, I never thought I will buy a Wagon R in my life time. Typical car of a tall boy design, I hated the boxy shape of this car of older models and would have only liked it if some one had gifte it. But today as I am using this car for a little of 3.5 years and have driven it 40K+ KMs, I feel my decision was a right decision.

by sivakumar, 12

Best Vehicle in low price, with petrole + cng, excellent millage. bit fatty modal. styling and finishing just average, of-course price too. ac ,breaks and power staring is pretty good. fuel efficiency safty also good. Best car for budget price.

by Divyansh, 11

door plastic very low quality

by Yagnesh Kotadiya, 11

I used Maruti Wagon R Last 5 Years, first I Buy Old Model And after i buy new model. we are very happy & enjoy Journey with wagon r. i always used for this car my relatives are always use this car. This car are comfirtable for me

by Zaheen Nagingar, 23

I Purchesed new wagon R Lxi in 2009 Dec i m realy very happy with it, there no maintenance compare to other brand of this segment, I love one of the best feature is space & comfort it is very comfortable for tall & healthy users recommended to all if you are searching for value for money car Wagon R is one you can buy

by Sourav Bhowmick, 26

Mileage is quite good for both city ride as well as highways.pick up is also very good. comfortable seats and spacious as compared to other cars in the same segment. good sales and service from Maruti. Overall a good value for money car.

by Kapil Nathani, 12

The new Wagon R is truly class aprt in terms of ride comfort and value for money. It has stuck to its milage of 16kmpl and the seating style gives good comfort to the lower back for everyone on front and back seats. I would say that the experience has been excellent.


Good style, fuel economy, time tested model, smooth gear shifts, AC and overall performance, Space, Better styling than the old one, Better fuel economy , Awesome features, Drivability, Best in class fuel, easy to manure in the traffic.



by Jagdish Jani, 26

Car which is found everywhere & trusted by everyone. gr8 fuel efficient & balanced car of this category

by Abhijit Bhattacharjee, 06

It is a supreb fuel efficiant , spacious car. I will list the cons as other than this every thing about this car is a pros. Cons 1) After you switch on the AC , the car becomes very sluggish. You cannot manoeuvre skillfully whle the ac is on. 2) The AC is not that efficient in extreme Kolkata Temperatures 3) The boot space should have been a bit bigger to accomodate 2 big suitcases 4) The seats could have been better 5) Glovebox is missing. Much unutilized spaces

by Pankaj, 15

I Would say Wagon R VXI is absolute value for money with all luxury facility inbuilt in that. Bet its looks, milage, performance it is supereb.

by Harsh Hingorani, 12

WagonR is a good compact sized car. Good for those which are still learning to drive the safety levels provided in this car is average.

by ARUN VG, 31

I should tell my car is a real SUV. It lead me comfortably everywhere. Till now i have not faced any trouble, nor caused any problems from him. He is really muscular.

by Aloke Mishra, 01

This is THE CAR if Economy & Value for money is considered. Feature wise, it is great. Fuel economy is optimum. maintenance is almost nil.

by Prabhat Khandelwal, 30

Easy driving & comfortable . High speed driving is not so safe because of less improper width to height ratio. Also bumpers design is not so good & sleek

by Mohit Sharma, 30

I m using wagon-r Lxi. This is very economicalas per Delhi standards. Very fuel effective car. Perfectly made for Delhi roads in small car segment

by Dinesh Kaushik, 29

I am into sale profiles and was looking for a car that can provide good mileage with good AC cooling and has found the WagonR CNG above my expectation.

by Ankur Gala, 29

Very successful car in india by cost, maintenance wise. Also feature wise its great its pickup also good.

by sk synul islam, 28

wagonR is less maintainance car of maruti suzuki. journey comfortable, inner space & luggage space excelent, out look is very good. driving so comfortable. finally in a word it is just excelent..

by hrishikesh kale, 26

First of all my car model is not new wagon r...its the first model of wagon r,,(2003 make) i bought it second hand condition...but still even after 10 years i can assure that its a good car, has a good height, comfortable space & areal value for money.


I am using a the old 2006 model Wagon R-LXi. I am getting a mileage of 19 -20 in the highways. No doubt that i have choosen the right car for my parents and for my family. I looked for the height of seat and riding comfort, but in bonus i gave me all the sufficient things a family needs, as well as for me as a driver (because i only drive my car) My car is best car i have chosen.

by Raja, 25

4 years back, I purchased this car. Till now, it plays an unique role in our family. It gives economy, leg room, head room, utility boot area, nice manoeuvring. Above all, it looks great. I bet none other car looks this much beautiful. I drove 78k kms so far. I spend only for petrol & periodical oil change. No other expenses.. How great..!

by Naresh, 09


by Subhasish Gupta, 05

The WagonR is a superb hatchback, suited for Indian roads. Spacious interiors and top roof facility have added value to its overall charm. Power steering and power window as well as excellent mileage of 14 km/litre underline its true essence.

by Dwaipayan Mitra, 25

I am using a Wagon R VXI since a couple of years now. It seems to be a perfect car for a small family. I learned driving in this car and it has so far never frustrated me. The interior is spacious. fuel economy is good in city traffic. i don't like the music system, there is no USB option. low maintenance is a plus point for maruti cars.

by Amalendu Chakraborty, 22

It is feature packed small car and driving experience is very good. you can park it easily due to its shape almost flat on edges. as a maruti car the reliability, fuel efficiency and maintenance is very good and you can trust this car. I had gone on long drives with my family and no issues till now.

by Gautam Sharup, 21

Wagon R is a smooth ride if you are not speed buff. The kind of leg room & head room we get from this car at this price is unparalleled. Most important is getting in & out of it is very easy for any age given its higher seating. Mileage has been 16~18 kmpl in city & 18~20 kmpl outside. Sluggish pick-up makes it an overtakers’ nightmare. Overall its a good buy for me.

by Kamalendu Sengupta, 17

Small is beautiful. This small car possesses immense strength. Being an old car it has turned into fuel-consuming one but previously I was totally satisfied with its fuel economy.

by P.K. Chatterjee, 17

It is an excellent car. I will give 9 out of 10 to this car as for the last 2 years it gave me sufficient company with hardly any trouble. Be it fuel economy or comfort factor, this car is simply wonderful.

by S. Maitra, 17

It is definitely a good car. Apart from the leg-space, everything seems perfect. Moreover, keep in mind that this car is good value for money.

by Saibal Chakraborty, 17

It is a very good car for me. After driving this car, I don't like to drive any other car. I am complete at ease with its wheel.

by Sumanta Sanyal, 17

It is definitely a very good car. I enjoy driving the car a lot. Moreover, it carries a low maintenance cost too.

by Deep Dasgupta, 10

As this is from maruti suzuki, you can expect a reliable and value for money car. But honestly, I find this an average car from Maruti. It is comfortable and easy to get in n out than other small car. It gives average mileage. and also other features like AC, control, pick-up are average. Maruti service and finding a service station wherever you go is the best thing when you buying a maruti car.

by Amit Kr Chanda, 15

it is a nice car with an average boot space but good leg space. Gives a mileage of around 15- 16 km/l in city without the ac. Overall is a good car for a family man.


Excellent car to buy. Overall experience is awesum. Quite spacious. A good,comfort and economical car. Seat heights are good for comfort of younger and specially for elder persons

by mohit singh, 26

i love the car .i bought it last week it is awesome .the car has awesome features and this is the best car

by Sudeep S Patil, 27

Tall car with very nice look. Very comfortable to enter in as the doors open 90deg. Aged people usually find difficult to get into other small cars as doors cannot be opened to 90 deg. Seats are comfortable. Powerful & efficient engine. Brakes are smooth & steering glides.

by Mayank Mantri, 19

I must say Wagon R is a very good car within the budget wirh lots of space and comfortable for driving on long distance for any age group. It is fuel efficient with nice pick up and power and is true value for oney

by Rejo Thomas, 10

talking about VXi , it has good leg space very comfortable to ride through traffic. could have improved on interior.

by Neelesh Kumar, 07

A good,comfort and economical car. Seat heights are good for comfort of younger and specially for OLD person Maruti should improve on AC and Music System(bring more option)

by Ravish Tank, 02

Car is good but it is not spacious from inside. AC for 2 years is good but as the time passes it gets weaker. Body is very good and maintenance wise it is good.

by DB, 30

It is extremely good. Fuel economy car with affordable price.Style fit & finish wise it is the best car