Review: 2017 Maruti Suzuki Wagon R VXi

15 December 2017, Neil Parkhi


The Suzuki Wagon R is a kei car produced by the Japanese manufacturer Suzuki since 1993. The R in the name stands for Recreation. It is one of the first cars to use the "tall wagon" or "tall boy" design, in which the car is designed to be unusually tall with a short bonnet and almost vertical hatchback, and sides in order to maximize the cabin space while staying within the kei car dimension restrictions. The Wagon R has been the best-selling kei car in Japan since 2003; and in 2008, Suzuki produced its three-millionth Wagon R. It has been a profitable car for Suzuki even in the International market, mainly since introducing the car in India. Sales of Suzuki Wagon R have reached 5 million units at the end of February 2010. The Maruti Wagon R is an Indian version of the international Suzuki Wagon R, manufactured and sold by Suzuki's Indian subsidiary Maruti Suzuki. For the current model, Maruti Suzuki launched a new 5 speed vehicle with the same engine and the same body. This version came only in the top model that is the VXi which had ABS as standard. Also, Maruti launched ABS as an option for all Wagon R and Stingray variants. The Wagon R was priced at 4.14 lakhs, or 414000 translating to about 6400 U.S. dollars, while the Stingray model is priced 20,000 more rupees or 310 more dollars more than the standard Wagon R.


The Wagon R was launched in December 1999, and has since undergone four upgrades (one in 2003, another in 2006, another in 2010 and the most recent in 2013). When the second-generation Wagon R was launched in 2010, the car was built on a newer platform, and claimed more interior space, and new features such as an under-seat tray below the front passenger seat (top-end only).


Steering and Transmission
Steering Type Electric Assist, Rack and Pinion Power Steering
Transmission Type 5 Speed Manual
Wheels and Tires
Front Wheel Type 14 inch steel wheels with 5 spoke wheel caps
Rear Wheel Type 14 inch steel wheels with 5 spoke wheel caps
Front Tire Type 155/65R14
Rear Tire Type 155/65R14
Front Brake Type Ventilated Disc
Rear Brake Type Drum
Front Suspension Type MacPherson Strut
Rear Suspension Type Isolated Trailing Link
Suspension Features Coil Springs, Gas Pressurized Shock Absorbers
Length (in, mm) 141.7in, 3599mm
Width (in, mm) 58.9in, 1495mm
Height (in, mm) 67in, 1700mm
Wheelbase (in, mm) 94.5in, 2400mm
Weight (lb, kg) 1962lb, 890kg
Engine Specifications
Engine Type 1.0 litre 12 valve petrol inline 3 cylinder
Power (bhp, PS, kW) 67bhp, 68PS, 50kW @ 6200RPM
Torque (lb-ft, Nm) 66lb-ft, 90Nm @ 3500RPM
0-60 mph (0-97 kmph) 18.5 seconds
Top Speed (mph, kmph) 94 mph, 152 kmph
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Fuel Tank Size (gal, L) 9.2 gallons, 35L
Fuel Type (AKI, RON) 87 Octane/AKI Petrol (92 RON)
City Fuel Economy (mpg, kmpL) 40mpg, 17kmpL
City Fuel Economy (mpg, kmpL) 47mpg, 20kmpL
Cargo Specifications
Cargo Space (ft3, L) 6.4ft3, 180L
Max. Cargo Space (ft3, L) 6.4ft3, 180L