2018 Hyundai Santro Vs New Maruti Suzuki WagonR- Spec Comparison

by Harish Kumar | 10/01/2019
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With the 2019 Maruti Suzuki WagonR is all set to come in the Indian market, it was touch-and-go whether the 2018 Hyundai Santro could retain its status of the best-selling car in India. Let’s take an insight into how the tall-boy hatchback challenges the Santro in 2019.

We are coming closer to the official launch date of the awaited Hyundai Santro’s rival-Maruti Suzuki WagonR in the Indian market. The generation change of the Maruti WagonR is on the cards, and the new model will be launched on January 23 of 2019 that will heat the competition in a combative spirit with the already-launched South Korean brand’s Hyundai Santro. Here’s we draw out the detailed comparison between upcoming Maruti Suzuki WagonR with the 2018 new Hyundai Santro.

2018 Hyundai Santro Vs new Maruti Suzuki WagonR Dimension

Hyundai Santro 2018 Front Angular Look

The 2018 Hyundai Santro is a sleeper hit in the Indian market

Undergone a massive overhaul from the old racehorse, the all-new WagonR is slated not to resemble its predecessor and witness a substantial change regarding dimension as well, making a longer and broader vehicle. Accordingly, the Maruti Hatchback undercuts its fierce rival- the Hyundai Santro as its celebrated sizes.

Dimensions   2018 Hyundai Santro  2019 Maruti Suzuki WagonR
 Length  3,610 mm  3,655 mm
 Width  1,645 mm  1,620 mm
 Height  1,560 mm  1,675 mm
 Wheelbase  2,400 mm  2,435 mm

The all-new WagonR gets a 40mm longer, 115 mm higher and a 35mm increase in the wheelbase as compared to the 2018 Hyundai Santro. The WagonR’s 3,655 mm in length makes the car even longer than the outgoing Stingray (WagonR VXi+) in the market. However, the 2018 Hyundai Santro still takes on the WagonR in the roominess with a 1,645 mm wide over the WagonR’s 1,620 mm in large.

2018 Hyundai Santro Vs new Maruti Suzuki WagonR Exterior

When it comes to hitting the dealers in October 2018, the Hyundai Santro rode a wave of public interests thanks to its elegant exterior design. Returning to the tall-boy silhouette, the car has been redesigned to offer more well-crafted and imposing presence. The Santro makes a KO over the WagonR counterpart by its sportier and more gorgeous stylish design in every turn such as

  • The cascading chrome-finish front grille

  • Robust rear aesthetics

  • Turn Indicators on Outside Door Mirrors

  • Top-notch quality detailing

  • Seven colour body paints: Polar White, Typhoon Silver, Star Dust, Imperial Beige, Marina Blue, Diana Green, Fiery Red

Hyundai Santro 2018, Golden, Front Right Side

The premium looking of the 2018 Santro is one of the South Korean carmaker's culmination

Maruti Suzuki WagonR  2019, White

The exterior of the WagonR has been leaked when it's spied testing on the roads

Although receiving major tweaks to get a bolder premium appearance and boxy dimensions, the WagonR is still inferior to the Santro in its aesthetical look. The car seems to be less suitable with the urban traffic scenes but more off-roading spirits. The taller headlights with lower bumpers and sleeker mirrors are the key highlights of the car’s exterior updates.

>>> Also Read: Hyundai Santro Xing 2018 Review in India

2018 Hyundai Santro Vs new Maruti Suzuki WagonR Engine Details

Seems like one of the most aggressive parts of the competition, the new WagonR is expected to fight tooth and nail with the 2018 Hyundai Santro in powertrain specifications. Both cars come available with 4-cylinder engine options that make the race becomes fiercer and fiercer.

Hyundai Santro 2018, Golden Colour

The engine-transmission is a fierce part in the comparison between the Santro and WagonR

Meanwhile, the Hyundai car is powered by a new 1.1-litre 4-cylinder Epsilon engine tuned for the maximum power output of 69 PS and 99 Nm of torque. It will be married to a 5-step manual gearbox as a standard option along with a first-in-its lineup 5-speed AMT transmission available only on the top-spec Magna and Sportz variants.

Despite having not come officially yet, the Maruti Suzuki WagonR revealed with some important details under the bonnet. It is more likely to hit the Indian roads with a similar heart as the Ignis and the Swift siblings. The WagonR will deprive the power of a 1.2-litre K12 engine option that churns out 84 PS of max power and 110 Nm of torque units together with the old 68PS 1.0-litre motor in the outgoing generation. The mills will be offered with a 5-speed manual transmission as standard while an AMT is claimed to come in the mix a little later. The new version will also be sold with CNG and LPG kits as the options.

Maruti Suzuki WagonR 2017, Right Side

The all-new WagonR will bring in a very much-awaited powertrain system in the market

 Model/Spec  2019 Maruti WagonR  2018 Hyundai Santro
 Engine  1.0-litre/ 1.2-litre  1.1-litre
 Power  68 PS/ 83 PS  69 PS
 Torque  90 Nm/ 110 Nm  99 Nm
 Cylinder  3/4  4
 Transmission  5-speed MT/AMT  5-speed MT/AMT

All-new Maruti Suzuki WagonR Vs 2018 Hyundai Santro Safety & Features

In this round, all cars here comes offered with a commendable list of features and safety kits on board. The interior of the Hyundai cars is very premium and sophisticated with an augmented dashboard. Offering the best-in-class features inside the cabin, the entry-level Hyundai Santro managed to captivate the customers’ attention right from its launch by its superior convenience and comfort.

2018 Hyundai Santro, Interior Look

The supreme driving pleasure is delivered by the commendable Santro's interior


  • Premium Dual Tine Beige and Black Interior Colour

  • Touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

  • 2.5-inch multi-info display

  • Rear Washer Wiper

  • Power Windows

  • Electric adjustable ORVMs

  • Rear AC vents

  • Room lamps

  • Champagne Gold Interior Colour Garnish

  • Micro Antenna

  • Steering Wheel Mounted Controls

>>> Also Read: Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Variants Explained

Safety kits

  • Strong body shell

  • Rear Parking Sensors with Rear Parking Camera (Asta trim)

  • Rear Defogger

  • Immobiliser

  • Day& Night Rear View Mirror

  • Speed-sensing auto Door Lock/ Unlock (Asta Trim)

  • Child Safety Door Locks

  • Front Seatbelts Pretensioners

  • Dual Airbags

  • ABS with EBD

  • Fire Extinguisher (CNG only)

Hyundai Santro 2018, body structure

The 2018 Santro came to grasp for the most significant attention with a robust body structure

Concerning the soon-to-be-launched Maruti Suzuki WagonR, though its detailed cabin features are still under the wraps, we could get some interior information from some teasers, and spy shots surfaced on the Internet in the last few days. As my verdict, the interior fitments and safety features of the WagonR is not impressive as compared to its enemy. It comes with the same steering wheels with audio controls like the Ignis and a new instrument cluster as well.

Maruti Suzuki WagonR 2017, Interior Look

It is expected to be a fierce competition of the new WagonR when it comes to its launch in India

>>> Also Read: 4 Notable Features Of 2019 Maruti Suzuki Wagon R

Features (expected)

  • Ignis-like Steering Wheel

  • A new touchscreen infotainment system

  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

  • Electrically operated ORVMs

  • Power Windows

Safety kits

  • Dual Airbags

  • Anti-lock braking system

  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution

  • Rear Parking Sensors

  • Seatbelt reminder

  • Speed Alert System

  • ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts

2018 Hyundai Santro and 2019 Maruti Suzuki WagonR Prices

The third-gen Hyundai Santro launched in the Indian market on October 2018 with the initial pricing range of Rs 3.89 Lakh for the base variant and Rs 5.65 Lakh for the range-topping model. Regarding the upcoming Maruti Suzuki WagonR, we can anticipate that the next-gen iteration of the hatchback to get the price tags of around Rs 4 Lakh to Rs 5 Lakh. The current-gen WagonR is positioned at the price of Rs 4.14 Lakh (base trim) and Rs 5.35 Lakh (top-spec variant, ex-showroom).

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