Maruti Suzuki Wagon R vs Maruti Suzuki Swift – A thorough comparison

by IndianAuto Team | 18/03/2019
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Here are the detailed comparison between the Wagon R and the Swift regarding exterior, interior, specifications, mileage, features, and design.

Being launched on 23 January 2019, Maruti WagonR 2019 is undoubtedly a big deal in the Indian market. With two generations, the model has rolled out over 2.2 million units which are a fixture on India’s top sellers’ list. The car is packed with a bigger dimension, a mighty engine option along with a host of premium features making a leap from its predecessor. Additionally, the Wagon has opted the new Heartect platform along with the K12M petrol engine which is similar to the Maruti Suzuki Swift. This advanced feature has brought the model closer to teeming B1-segment hatchback. Let’s find out the detailed difference between this tall boy hatchback and its sibling Swift.

Maruti WagonR vs Maruti Swift

The Heartect platform has brought the WagonR closer to the Swift in its segment

Maruti Wagon and Maruti Swift – Price

Concerning the price, the Wagon R has always been more affordable than the Swift. However, for the variant Wagon R 1.2 and Maruti Swift 1.2 petrol versions, Suzuki Maruti has set the price quite close to each other. The Wagon R with 2 engines - 1.0 and 1.2 is overlapping the Maruti Swift as for the price. 

For the variants, the 1.2-litre option of Wagon R comes with VXI and ZXI trims while the Swift offers 4 grades which are

  • LXI trims

  • VXI trims 

  • ZXi trims

  • ZXI Plus trims

Notably, the WagonR 1.2 VXI is Rs 10,000 less than the Maruti Swift LXI, in which, both models are available with an optional AMT. However, as for the top-specs Swift petrol, it is even Rs 2 lakh costlier than the top-trim 1.2 Maruti WagonR. 

Model Price Range (Ex-showroom)
 Maruti Suzuki Swift 1.2  Rs 4.89 - 5.69 lakh
 Maruti WagonR 1.2  Rs 4.99 - 7.85 lakh

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R and Maruti Suzuki Swift – Design

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R

With the design, previously, the old Wagon R models were built on the smaller A platform. Now, the third generation of Wagon R can benefit from with the new advanced Heartect platform in terms of the performance in crash tests with a lighter kerb weight, dynamics as well as the roomier cabin.

However, the outgoing model still misses out the appeal as regards to the width. It is among the argument that this new model of WagonR is bolder with moderness but is boring with flab-sided.

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The Wagon R with lights on road

The Wagon R now offers a lighter kerb weight and more spaces for the cabin

Maruti Suzuki Swift

Conversely, the Maruti Suzuki Swift is among one of the funky and sporty models in its segment. Albeit retaining the design essence of the earlier models, the Maruti Suzuki Swift still offers a modern look. As a matter of fact, an increase as for the dimension has contributed to the sportier stance. Hence, as a competition for the beauty look, it is undisputed that Swift would be the one who wins the game. 

The Swift parking on road

The Swift looks funky and sporty

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Maruti Suzuki Wagon R and Maruti Suzuki Swift – Dimension

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R

Being the trusted nameplate, the Wagon R has all the ingredients, including the large dimensions which make the car a lot more proportionate. Viewed from outside, it gains several curves along its body along with many angles resembling the old model. 

 Dimensions Old WagonR  New WagonR 2019 
 Length  3599 mm  3655 mm
 Width  1495 mm  1620 mm
 Height  1700 mm  1675 mm
 Wheelbase  2400 mm  2435 mm

WagonR boot trunk

The Maruti WagonR offers with a roomy space in the boot

Maruti Suzuki Swift

As for the Swift, it is a bit longer and also wider than the WagonR. However, speaking of the the height, it cannot be compared to the tallboy WagonR with 1700 mm in height, while the Swift stands at 1530mm.     

 Dimensions Old Maruti Swift New Maruti Swift 2018
 Length  3850mm  3840mm
 Width  1695mm  1495 mm
 Height  1530mm  1530mm
 Wheelbase  2430mm  2450mm

The Swift red color parking from left to right

The Maruti Swift is longer and wider but it is still humble than the WagonR with height aspect

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R and Maruti Suzuki Swift – Exterior

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R

If the second generation of WagonR equipped with projector headlamps and alloy wheels in the top-spec Vxi+ variant which is named as the Stingray, this new WagonR will be offered with multi reflector halogen headlamps. Meanwhile, the full wheel covers will be reserved for the top-spec variant, the Zxi. Maruti Suzuki also offers 14-inch alloy wheels as optional accessories for the third-gen of WagonR. Apart from the large pull-back headlamps, the side profile also witnesses a shoulder line running along the car. 

At the rear, the license plate is placed quite unusual on the boot lid. The tail with water-fall shape also makes the car look contemporary. However, the WagonR still misses out the DRLs (daytime running lights) even with the top-spec variant.

The WagonR headlamps

The WagonR is available with multi-reflector halogen headlamps


Maruti Suzuki Swift

Regarding the Swift, its front fascia looks more mature than the old Swift and also the Wagon R. The car model gets a redesigned headlamp unit which sports the projector headlamps and LED daytime running lights which is lacked on the WagonR. The new Swift has witnessed turn indicators in the headlamps unit that are pushed towards the grille, instead of being placed away like the earlier models. It is equipped with a large hexagonal grille along with vertical slats in the honeycomb mesh. On the side profile, the handle of the rear door is placed on the C-pillar seen on the Chevrolet Beat. Additionally, it is packed with new precision-cut dual-tone alloy wheels. At the rear, the car offers LEDs in a refreshed tail lamp unit with wider boot lid and a new bumper.

The Swift parking on street

Maruti Swift is well-equipped with a large hexagonal grille along with vertical slats

Interior feature 

 Wagon R 1.2 VXI - Rs. 4.99 lakh

Maruti Swift 1.2 LXI - Rs. 4.99 lakh
 Adjustable Headlights  Yes  Yes
 Fog Lights - Rear  No  No
 Manually Adjustable Ext. Rear View Mirror  No  Yes
 Heated Wing Mirror No  No
 Rear Window Wiper  No  No
 Rear Window Defogger  No  No
 Alloy Wheels  No  No
 Tinted Glass  No  No
 Removable/Convertible Top  No  No
 Sun Roof  No  No
 Side Stepper  No No
 Integrated Antenna  Yes Yes
 Chrome Garnish  No No
 Roof Rail  No No
Trunk opener Lever Remote
 Fog Lights - Front  No No
 Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View Mirror  Yes No
 Electric Folding Rear View Mirror  No  No
 Wheel Covers  No  No
 Outside Rear View Mirror Turn Indicators  No  No

Maruti WagonR and Maruti Swift – Interior

Maruti WagonR

Regarding the interior, the WagonR comes with a dual-tone beige-black colour scheme, in which the lighter colour theme seems to dominate the dark theme. 

The WagonR top specs variants are well-equipped with the smart-play studio function. This is also the latest technology of Maruti for the touchscreen infotainment unit. Additionally, it offers Apple CarPlay apart from Android Auto along with bluetooth which is available in 2 front speakers delivering quite medium sound quality.

The safety features are also enhanced than its previous version. The tallboy comes with a driver airbag, ABS, speed-sensing door lock,  ISOFIX child-seat function, high-speed alert, impact-sensing door unlock as well as front-seatbelt warning across all the variants. The top-end trim will be available with a front airbag for passengers and central locking with remote-control.

Maruti Wagon R front seat

The WagonR comes with a dual-tone beige-black colour theme

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Maruti Swift

Be identical from the dual tone them of the WagonR, the Maruti Swift interior gets a black colour concept. This also makes it sportier than the Wagon R. However, it still lacks a great headroom like the Wagon R. The Maruti Swift is available with touchscreen infotainment equipped Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Rather than that, all models of the funky car are available with dual-front airbags and ABS.

Although the longer size of wheelbase helps the Swift offer a tad higher leg room, it falls to provide enough luggage carrying space. In particular, the Swift offers a boot capacity of 268-litres. This is considerably less than the 341-litres the Wagon R offers.

Maruti Swift sports interior

Maruti Swift sports an all-black colour interior

Interior feature 

 Wagon R 1.2 VXI - Rs. 4.99 lakh

Maruti Swift 1.2 LXI - Rs. 4.99 lakh
 Air Conditioner  Yes  Yes
 Adjustable Steering Column  Yes  Yes
 Electronic Multi-Tripmeter  Yes  Yes
 Fabric Upholstery  Yes  Yes
 Lighting  No  No
 Digital Clock  Yes  Yes
 Cigarette Lighter  No  No
 Electric Adjustable Seats  No  No
 Driving Experience Control Eco  No  No
 Dual Tone Dashboard  Yes  No
 Heater  Yes Yes
 Tachometer  No No
 Leather Seats  No No
 Leather Steering Wheel  No No
 Glove Compartment  Yes  Yes
 Outside Temperature Display  No No
 Digital Odometer  Yes Yes
 Folding Table in The Rear  No  No
 Height Adjustable Driving Seat  No  No
 Ventilated Seats  No  No

Maruti WagonR and Maruti Swift – Engine

Maruti WagonR

As aforementioned, the Maruti WagonR 2019 is only available with 2 petrol engines which are underpowered 1.0-litre and the more powerful 1.2-litre since the CNG variant is not on offer. The underpowered K10 petrol engine is also seen in the earlier model. Now, it will be equipped the latest model without any tweaks. It can develop a maximum power of 67 PS and a peak torque of 99 Nm.

Notably, the bigger one is also the K12M motor powering the petrol variant of the Swift. All of which are based on the same latest tech of Maruti, Heartect platform. This motor can generate 83 PS and 113 Nm outputs.

Maruti Wagon R engine

The Maruti WagonR 2019 comes with 2 petrol engines and no diesel options

Maruti Swift

Apart from the similar Wagon R K12M  engine which is the 1.2-litre petrol mill, the Swift also offers a D13A 1.3-litre diesel engine. All that mentioned come with a 5-speed AMT and a 5-speed manual. Since this K12M 1.2-litre petrol engine is also seen on the WagonR, it delivers exactly the same maximum power which is 83 PS with a peak torque at113 Nm. For the latter, it can churn out 75 PS and 200 Nm. 

In the competition of powertrain, we could say there is no obvious winner since the K12M engine in the new Wagon R is as powerful as the Swift.

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 Specifications Maruti Suzuki Wagon R  Maruti Swift Swift
 Fuel  Petrol/ Petrol  Petrol/ Diesel
 Engine  1.0-litre/ 1.2-litre  1.2-litre/ 1.3-litre
 Power  67 PS/ 83 PS  83PS/ 75PS
 Torque  99Nm/ 113 Nm  113Nm/ 200Nm
 Transmission 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT (Petrol and Diesel)

Maruti WagonR and Maruti Swift – Mileage

Despite powering the same petrol engine, the Maruti WagonR fails to compete the Swift as for the fuel efficiency. Particularly, the Wagon R 1.2 offers 21.5 km/l in terms of ARAI certified fuel efficiency. Meanwhile, the petrol variant of the Swift can manage to offer a bigger ARAI mileage figure of 22 km/l.

However, surprisingly, the WagonR 1.0 with less power than petrol variant of the Swift, offers 22.5 km/l which is slightly higher than the Swift. As a matter of fact, the mileage from the two variants of the WagonR and the petrol powered Swift could be the same.

More importantly, the diesel powered Maruti Swift can offer an ARAI tested fuel efficiency of up to 28.4 km/l. This also makes the way for Swift to the top one of the most fuel efficient cars in the segment. 

Model ARAI Mileage
 Maruti Suzuki Swift 1.2  21.5 km/l
 Maruti WagonR 1.2  22.0 km/l

Maruti WagonR and Maruti Swift – Verdict

Both carrying the Maruti Suzuki’s prestige, Maruti Swift and Wagon has done well in the segment. However, it could be the WagonR winning our heart with terrific pricing, a strong performance from the 1.2-litre engine and also higher practicality.

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