New Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Vs Tata Tiago – Detailed Comparison

by Mohammed Burman | 12/02/2019
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Launched last month at INR 4.19 lakh (ex-showroom), the 2019 Maruti Suzuki Wagon R competes directly against the Tata Tiago. In this article, we will provide you with a detailed comparison between the two hatchbacks.

One week after its launch, the new 2019 Maruti Suzuki Wagon R managed to clock over 16,000 bookings. Although the latest hatchback of Maruti is a newcomer, the booking number clearly shows its popularity among the Indian auto buyers. Let’s come to a detailed comparison between Maruti Suzuki Wagon R and an already popular hatchback in India, the Tata Tiago, and see which one is the better choice for you.

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This article is going to provide you with a detailed comparison between the Maruti Wagon R and the Tata Tiago

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R vs Tata Tiago Features

Exterior Features

Each of the two vehicles manages to have its advantage in this comparison. While the Wagon R still maintains its tallboy and sporty design from the outgoing model as one of the identifying features of the hatchback, the Tiago still looks quite fresh and muscular despite being on sale in the market for quite a long time. The two vehicles are different since one is a tallboy hatchback, the other maintains traditional hatchback design traits. Refer to the table below to have an insight into the comparison between the most outstanding exterior features of the two hatchbacks.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R

Tata Tiago 
  • Front: Dual-split square headlamps, redesigned grille with chrome ornaments

  • Side profile: Blacked-out B-pillars, black finish on the C pillar

  • Rear: Vertical taillights

  • Front: Projector headlamps, chrome-surrounded fog lamps

  • Side profile: 15-inch alloy rims

  • Rear: Strong body panels, redesigned shut lines

Interior features

The cabin of the two vehicles have both similarities and differences. To be more specific,

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R

Tata Tiago 
  • Completely redesigned dashboard with black shade on top and beige shade for the rest

  • Multifunction driving wheel

  • 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment setup which supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity

  • A restyled instrument cluster with MID

  • Multifunction driving wheel

  • 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto connectivity

  • Temperature control

  • Two-tweeter audio setup

 

Maruti Wagon R vs Tata Tiago cabin

The cabin of the two cars have both similar and different interior features

Safety features

Both of the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R and the Tata Tiago gets some similar safety features like a standard driver airbag and passenger airbag on the higher variants, ABS with EBD, front seatbelt alert, rear parking sensor and central locking. The main thing that sets the two vehicles apart from each other is the fact that the Wagon R base variant offers more safety features as standard, different from the Tiago which offers more on the top-spec one.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Vs Tata Tiago Specifications

Dimensions

The 2019 Wagon R is 3,655 mm long; 1,620 mm wide; 1,676 mm high with a 2,435 mm wheelbase. The Tiago is 3,746 mm long; 1,647 mm wide; and 1,535 mm high with a 2400 mm wheelbase. So, the Tiago is wider and longer, but the Wagon R is higher and has a 35mm longer wheelbase. The Wagon R has a boot capacity of the Wagon R of 341 litres while that of its rival is 242 litres.

Underpinned by the new Heartect chassis, the Wagon R has a lower weight of 805 kg, which is 275 kg lighter than the Tiago. The former has a 32-litre fuel tank capacity while the latter comes with a 35-litre one. The Wagon R rides on 13-14 inch alloy wheels; Tiago features 14-15 inch ones but misses out the alloy units.

 

Dimensions

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Differences 

 Length

 3,665 mm

 3,764 mm

 - 99 mm

 Width 

 1,620 mm

 1,647 mm

 - 27 mm 

 Height

 1,675 mm

 1,535 mm

 + 140 mm

 Wheelbase

 2,435 mm

 2,400 mm

 + 35 mm

 Boot space  

 341 litres

 242 litres

 + 99 litres

 Tyre Size

 13 - 14 inches

 14 - 15 inches

 1 inch

 Fuel Tank

 32 litres

 35 litres

 - 3 litres

Performance

Model

Engine types 

 Max Power

 Peak torque

Transmission 

Mileage 

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R
 

 1.0L 3-cylinder petrol

 68 PS

 90 Nm

  5-speed AMT/MT 

 22.5  kmpl 

 1.2L 4-cylinder

 82 PS 

 113 Nm

  5-speed AMT/MT 

 21.6 kmpl

 Tata Tiago

 1.2L petrol 

 85 PS

 114 Nm

  5-speed MT/ AMT 

 23.84 kmpl

 1.05L diesel

 70 PS

 140 Nm

 5-speed MT

 27.28 kmpl

 

The Maruti Suzuki Wagon R is powered by two petrol motors options. While the 1.0L 3-cylinder motor can produce 68 PS against 90 Nm, the 1.2L 4-cylinder unit is good for 82 PS against 113 Nm. Both of the two engines are coupled to a 5-speed AMT/MT gearbox. The mileage figures of the two engines are 22.5 kmpl and 21.6 kmpl, respectively.

The motor options of the Tata Tiago include a petrol engine and a diesel motor. The 1.2L petrol motor is good for 85 PS against 114 Nm. The 1.05L diesel unit is one of the most powerful motors which powers a hatchback in India with power/torque figures being 70 PS against 140 Nm. While the transmission options on the petrol motor include 5-speed MT and AMT unit, the transmission duties on the diesel engine are undertaken by only a 5-speed MT gearbox The two motors have fuel efficiency figures of 23.84 kmpl and 27.28 kmpl, respectively, both of them are higher than those of the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R.

2016 Tata Tiago red angular left

The Tata Tiago is the winner in the performance comparison because of its more various motor options

Handling and Ride Quality

In terms of handling and ride quality, the Tiago outdoes the Wagon R. The latter performs badly around corners with a lot of numb and body roll. To make matters worse, it ranks the lowest in terms of safety around the corner, due to the over-assisted steering. On the other hand, the Tiago, with a quick-responsive chassis and steering makes the handling at the corner a simple task. The Wagon R also operates much worse at high speed on the highway in terms of stability and under emergency braking circumstances.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R vs Tata Tiago Price

 Model  Price
 Maruti Suzuki Wagon R  INR 4.19 lakh - INR 5.69 lakh
 Tata Tiago

 INR 3.39 lakh - INR 5.64 lakh (petrol)

 INR 4.20 lakh - INR 6.38 lakh (diesel)

The price of the Wagon R starts at INR 4.19 lakh for the entry variant and can reach INR 5.69 lakh for the top-spec one. The Tata Tiago petrol is priced in the range of INR 3.39 lakh for the base variant to INR 5.64 lakh for the top variant. On the other hand, the diesel variant is priced from INR 4.20 lakh to INR 6.38 lakh. It is apparent that the Tata Tiago.

2016 Tata Tiago white angular left

Coming to the price, the Tata Tiago continues to be the winner with a more reasonable price

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R and Tata Tiago pros and cons

Pros

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R

Tata Tiago 
  • Amber cabin, thanks to the increased dimensions as compared to the outgoing model

  • More versatile with larger boot space and 60:40 seats

  • More safety features offered on the base variant

  • Both motors come with AMT gearbox

  • Being well-designed

  • Excellent suspension offering good riding and handling quality

  • Top-notch interior with no sign of cost sacrifice

  • Being available in both petrol and diesel motor options with the diesel unit being one of the most powerful in the segment

 

Cons

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R

Tata Tiago 
  • Bad performance when cornering and on highways

  • Braking system having room for improvement

  • Rear seat row lack lower-thigh support

  • Tata’s after-sales services are not as good as that of Maruti

Generally, in this comparison, it is totally up to your personal choice as to which car is more suitable for yourself. If we have still to choose, we would recommend the Tiago over the Wagon R because of its various motor options, better mileage, price as well as riding and handling quality.

Have you decided on the vehicle for you? Share with us in the comment section below.

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