2019 Maruti WagonR Review: A Big New WagonR

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The 2019 Maruti Suzuki WagonR has been launched in India at the starting price of Rs 4.19 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the base variant. Here’s a close look of the big new WagonR in India.

Since the first Maruti Suzuki WagonR hit the Indian roads in 1999, Maruti Suzuki has sold over 2.2 million units of the tall-boy hatchback over the last two generations. Used to being cited as one of the biggest blockbusters in the domestic automotive industry, the Maruti WagonR is not ready to be put down. In its latest generation, the Wagon R is far more modern in all aspects, right from the design and interior to the platform and the specifications. Do they help India’s most-celebrated automotive company to satisfy the higher aspirations of the modern gearheads? Why, yes! 

2019 Maruti WagonR Review: What has changed on the outside?

When the WagonR is among any conversations, it is often praised for being a big, tall and boxy hatch. That's why Maruti Suzuki has kept the formula intact. The 2019 Maruti WagonR still sticks to the tall-boy silhouette but gets the increments in terms of dimension. The new car is 125 mm wider and has a 35 mm longer wheelbase, which makes it larger than all the previous generations.

2019 maruti wagonr blue front view

The 2019 Maruti WagonR continues to be a boxy tall-boy hatch with slight changes on the interior

With the all-new Heartect Platform that the Maruti WagonR is based on, the new-gen WagonR shares the architecture with the Maruti Swift, Baleno and Ertiga siblings. It enables a lighter curb weight but has a stronger and more rigid body structure when compared to the model it has replaced.

2019 Maruti WagonR dimensions

Length

3655 mm

Width

1675 mm

Height

1620 mm

Wheelbase

2435 mm

Maruti Suzuki developed a fresher design for the new WagonR. The 'big new Maruti WagonR', as the company calls it, comes a sleeker honey-comb matte black grille, a new trapezium-shaped airdam housing bold front fog lamps and the curvy cat-eyed dual-split headlamps. The robust design philosophy is streamlined on the side and rear profile of the hatchback with strong shoulder lines, sculpted rear bumper and Ertiga-like taillights. Besides, the well-proportioned wheel arches and black plastic claddings on the C-pillars give the floating roof effect. Overall, the third generation of the WagonR has definitely offered a sturdier and more attractive look than its predecessors.

2019 Maruti WagonR is offered with well-sculpted design on the exterior

2019 Maruti WagonR: How is it on the inside?

While the Indian auto enthusiasts are shifting their attention towards cars with the feature-rich cabins, Maruti Suzuki, of course, could not shut its eyes. The carmaker has made the WagonR’s interior look a tad more upmarket by adding two-tone black and beige theme with a minimalized but versatile dashboard. For the very first time, the company’s new Smartplay Studio touchscreen infotainment system debuts inside a WagonR’s cabin which gives away the spectacular in-car entertainment. Meanwhile, the tilt adjustable steering wheel with mounted audio and calling control contributes to a refreshing driving experience for the ones who are behind the wheel.

2019 maruti wagonR cabin

The cabin is enlarged to offer the feeling of home-on-the-go drive

The instrument cluster is well-lit by amber and white light and offers functionalities like low fuel warning, Tachometer, gearshift indicator, distance to empty, door ajar warning lamp, headlamp on warning and real-time fuel consumption.

Once you get inside the car, you'll be quick to notice the abundance of space on offer. The seats are bigger than that of the outgoing models while 125 mm width increment leads to an ample shoulder space. The headroom and legroom of the car are also more generous thanks to the larger dimensions of the WagonR. 

smartplay studio infotainment screen

The SmartPlay Studio infotainment system marks its debut with the latest Maruti WagonR.

Safety Features

As you know, the all-new Maruti WagonR has been developed on the new Heartect Platform that ensures better safety and stability with the impact absorbing structure. Driving the WagonR hatchback gives out not merely the supreme convenience and comfort but also the utmost liability and confidence on the go. The safety features package has been extended with driver airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), speed alert, front seatbelt reminder with buzzer, central locking, rear parking sensors and child-proof rear door lock.

2019 maruti wagonR blue front angular look

Maruti Suzuki excels in making the WagonR the big new confident hatch on every place it goes

2019 Maruti WagonR: Most Powerful Ever!

It can be obviously seen that Maruti Suzuki WagonR, in spite of its popularity, was still an anaemic family carrier with regards to the performance, especially on the highways. The good thing is, the all-new powertrain system on the new WagonR is available with the1.2-litre K-series petrol engine along with the 1.0-litre K10 motor of the previous version. PLus, the reduction in the vehicle’s curb weight from the usage of the Hearect platform further aids performance. The four-cylinder gasoline motor is capable of churning out 83 PS of max power and 113 Nm of torque.

2019 maruti wagonr engine

The updated K12M petrol engine is one of the biggest changes on the WagonR

The 1.0-litre K10B 3-cylinder petrol engine, on the other hand, releases 68 PS of power and 90 Nm torque. While the bigger four-cylinder motor unit is more powerful than the smaller variant, even the three-cylinder unit is sufficiently powerful and is even quite fuel efficient. The 2019 Maruti WagonR comes with manual and AGS (Auto Gear Shift) transmissions. The all-new Maruti WagonR 1.2L petrol is claimed to get the fuel efficiency of 21.5 kmpl for both manual and AGS variants while the 1.0L counterpart offers an ARAI-tested mileage of 22.5 kmpl. These figures are around 10% higher than the mileage of the outgoing Maruti WagonR. In brief, the ride quality of the third version of WagonR has been enhanced considerably to meet any fastidious expectations for a family vehicle in the space.

2019 Maruti WagonR: Price and Personal Verdict

The 2019 Maruti WagonR is on sale in a price range of Rs 4.19 Lakh to Rs 5.69 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The attractive prices of the WagonR make it the most value-for-money family mover in the auto market now. The tall-boy hatch should continue to stay ahead of the competition like the Hyundai Santro, Tata Tiago or even the Maruti Celerio. In fact,  the WagonR received a positive response from the Indian gearheads right from its launch with more than 16,000 bookings registered in no time. Here are the specs and the features of the latest-gen Wagon R.

 2019 Maruti WagonR Specs
 Variants  LXI 1.0L & VXI 1.0L  VXI 1.2L & ZXI 1.2L
 Engine  Engine Type  K10B  K12M
 Displacement  998 cc  1197 cc
 Cylinder no  3   4 
 Power  68 PS @ 5,500 rpm  83 PS @ 6,000 rpm
 Torque  90 Nm @ 3,500 rpm  113 Nm @ 4,200 rpm
 Transmission  MT/ AGS   MT/ AGS 
 Brakes  Front  Disc 
 Rear  Drum 
 2019  Maruti WagonR Features
Variants  LXI 1.0L  VXI 1.0L  VXI 1.2L  ZXI 1.2L
 Exterior  Roof Antena  y  y  y  y
 Power Adjustable ORVM  -  y  y  y
 Power Retractable ORVM  -  -  -  y
 Rear Wiper & Washer  -  -  -  y
 Body Coloured Door Handles  -  y  y  y
 Body Coloured Bumpers  y  y  y  y
 Body Coloured ORVMs  -  y  y  y
 B-Pillar Black Out Tape  -  -  y  y
 Interior  Instrument Cluster  y  y  y  y
 Dual-tone interior  y  y  y  y
 Tilt Steering  -  y  y  y
 Silver Door Handles  -  y  y  y
 Silver Finish Gearshift Knob (AGS)  -  y  y  y
 Front cabin lamps  y  y  y  y
 Day/ Night IRVM  -  y  y  y
 2nd Row 60:40 Split Seat  -  y  y  y
 Remote Keyless Entry  -  y  y  y
 AC & Heater  y  y  y  y
 Rear Parcel Tray  -  y  y  y
 1L Bottle Holders  y  y  y  y
 Reclining & Front Sliding Seats  y  y  y  y
 Power Windows  y  y  y  y
 Safety Features  Driver Airbag  y  y  y  y
 Passenger Airbag  O  O  O  y
 ABS with EBD  y  y  y  y
 Seatbelt pre-tensioners  O  O  O  y
 Seatbelt reminder  y  y  y  y
 Speed Alert  y  y  y  y
 Auto Door Lock  -  y  y  y
 Rear Parking Sensors  y  y  y   y
 Central Locking  y  y  y  y
 Child Proof Rear Door Lock  y  y  y  y

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