Tata Tiago vs Maruti WagonR vs Hyundai Santro | Hatchback Face-Off

Tata Tiago vs Hyundai Santro vs Maruti WagonR

This pandemic is not going to fade away soon. All you can do to stay protected is practice social distancing. Avoid using public vehicles to commute. What’s the best way to do so? Use a personal vehicle! And if you are planning to buy one, we are here to help you. If you are confused between the hatchbacks such as Tata Tiago, Maruti Suzuki WagonR and Hyundai Santro, take a look at the in-depth comparison here. Let’s get started!

Tata Tiago vs Maruti Suzuki WagonR vs Hyundai Santro | Performance

Engine Specifications and Performance

Model Tata Tiago Maruti Suzuki WagonR Hyundai Santro
Engine 1.2-litre Revotron Petrol 1.0-litre K10B Petrol / 1.2-litre K12M Petrol 1.1-litre Epsilon Mpi Petrol
Power 84.8hp@6,000rpm 67.05hp@5,500rpm / 81.8hp@6,000rpm 68.05hp@5,500rpm
Torque 113Nm@3,300rpm 90Nm@3,500rpm / 113Nm@4,200rpm 99.04Nm@4,500rpm
Transmission 5-speed Manual/AMT Manual 5-speed / AGS 5-speed Manual / Smart Auto AMT
Fuel mileage 20kmpl 21.79kmpl / 20.52kmpl 20.3kmpl

Tata Tiago emerges to be the best in terms of the performance. Although the torque figures are same for the Tata Tiago and Maruti Suzuki WagonR, the peak torque is achieved at a much earlier rpm in Tiago as compared to the WagonR.

In the department of fuel economy, Maruti does take a lead here, though there is not much difference that can be seen here. It is interesting to know that both Maruti Suzuki WagonR and Hyundai Santro are offered in CNG variants. As for the Tiago, there is no such provision from Tata. Let’s see the comparison of the other two on the grounds of CNG.

CNG Variants | Performance

Model Maruti Suzuki WagonR Hyundai Santro
Engine 1.0-litre K10B Petrol+CNG 1.1-litre Epsilon Mpi Petrol+CNG
Power 58.33hp@5,500rpm 59.17hp@5,500rpm
Torque 78Nm@3,500rpm 85.31Nm@4,500rpm
Transmission 5-speed Manual Manual (5-speed)
Fuel Mileage 32.52km/kg 30.48km/kg

It is clear from the comparison that when it comes to power and torque figures, Hyundai Santro’s extra 100cc does add up. But when it comes to mileage, WagonR would cover an extra 2.04kms per kg of CNG. None of the hatchbacks come with a diesel engine option.

Safety Features and Rating

Tata Tiago is known to be the best-in-segment as far as safety is concerned. It has scored a 4-star rating at the Global NCAP crash testing. The other two hatches in this league scored a 2-star rating for their 2019 models. Let’s take a look at the basic safety features these cars have.

Safety Features

Model Tata Tiago Maruti Suzuki WagonR Hyundai Santro
Driver Airbag
Co-driver Airbag
Overspeed Alert
Rear-Parking Assist Sensors
ABS with EBD
Corner Stability Control
Fire Extinguisher N/A (Only in CNG)

Tata Tiago seems to have more safety options such as co-driver airbag and Corner Stability Control. Moreover, the 4-star Global NCAP rating does add to confidence. WagonR has been improved a lot in terms of safety though we will never know the new ratings in the near future as Maruti Suzuki has decided not to send their cars for Global NCAP crash test. According to Maruti Suzuki, their cars meet the latest BNVSAP rules in India and comply with all the required safety measures. Hyundai Santro seems to have basic safety features too.

Note: All the safety features mentioned above are for the base variants.

Comfort and Convenience

All three cars have a lot to offer when it comes to features related to comfort. Note that the features mentioned below are not available across the trims.

Tata Tiago

At the exterior the Tiago gets: 

Tata Tiago Black Roof
  • Sleek tri-arrow designed piano black front grille.
  • Contrast black roof.
  • R15 Dual-tone alloy wheels.
  • Stylish dual-tone bumpers.
  • Sporty headlamps and taillamps.

Inside Tata Tiago, you will get:

Tata Tiago Interior
  • Elegant dual-tone dashboard.
  • Tri-arrow designed dual-tone seat fabric.
  • 7″ touchscreen infotainment by Harman.
  • 8 speaker surround system.
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Connectivity.
  • Park assist display.
  • Fully automatic temperature control.
  • Digital Instrument Cluster.
  • Flat-bottom steering.

Maruti Suzuki WagonR

This car is simple in terms of design as well as being loaded with features.

At the exterior, you get:

WagonR’s Headlamps
  • Modern architecture grille.
  • Unique dual-split headlamps.
  • Electrical retractable ORVMs.
  • Full wheel caps.

Inside, you’ll find:

Maruti Suzuki WagonR Interior
  • Dual-tone interiors.
  • Tilt steering.
  • Smartplay Dock and Maruti Suzuki SmartPlay Studio System.
  • Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
  • Best-in-class boot space.

Hyundai Santro

The South-Korean carmaker is known to load its cars with a plethora of features. And Santro is no exception.

At the exterior you will get:

Santro’s Headlamp
  • Swept Back Headlamps.
  • Cascade Design Chrome Front Grille.
  • Turn Indicators on ORVM.
  • R14 Steel Wheel with Cover.
  • Dual Tone Bumpers.

Inside, you will find:

Hyundai Santro Interior
  • 17.64cm Touchscreen AV System (1st in the segment)
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
  • Rear AC Vents (1st in the segment).
  • Steering mounted audio and Bluetooth Controls.
  • Propellor design Air-Con vents (Best in the segment).

Price Comparison | The Utmost Priority 

With all the things compared, let’s have a look at what goes out of the pocket while you plan to buy one of the three.

Price Comparison

Models Trims Price (Ex-Showroom)
Tata Tiago XE ₹4,60,000
XT ₹5,20,000
XZ ₹5,70,000
XZ+ ₹5,99,000
XZ+ with Dual Tone Roof ₹6,10,000
XZA ₹6,20,000
XZA+ ₹6,49,000
XZA+ with Dual Tone Roof ₹6,60,000
Hyundai Santro Era Executive MT ₹4,57,490
Magna MT ₹5,03,990
Sportz MT ₹5,40,490
Magna AMT ₹5,52,990
Asta MT ₹5,78,490
Magna MT CNG ₹5,84,790
Sportz AMT ₹5,98,490
Sportz MT CNG ₹6,20,290
Asta AMT ₹6,25,490
Maruti Suzuki WagonR LXI 1.0-litre ₹4,45,500
(O) LXI 1.0-litre ₹4,52,500
VXI 1.0-litre ₹4,90,500
(O) VXI 1.0-litre ₹4,97,500
VXI 1.2-litre ₹5,13,501
(O) VXI 1.2-litre ₹5,20,500
LXI CNG ₹5,25,000
(O) LXI CNG ₹5,32,000
VXI AGS 1.0-litre ₹5,37,500
(O) VXI AGS 1.0-litre ₹5,44,500
ZXI 1.2-litre ₹5,48,000
VXI AGS 1.2-litre ₹5,60,500
(O)VXI AGS 1.2-litre ₹5,67,500
ZXI AGS 1.2-litre ₹5,94,800
MT – Manual Transmission | AMT – Automated Manual Transmission | (O) – Optional

Which car should you buy and why?

If you are willing to spend more, you must definitely go for Tata Tiago as the hatchback comes with safety none of the rivals can match. Performance and other features offered are act as cherry to the cake. If you are looking to save money initially as well as afterwards, you can choose to go for either Maruti Suzuki WagonR or the Hyundai Santro.

If you choose Tata Tiago, which variant should you buy?

The basic safety features such as dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors and much more, are offered across all the variants of Tata Tiago. So if you are only looking for safety, you can go for the base variant. But if you want safety as well as features like an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Support, steering mounted controls, height-adjustable driver seat, rear defogger, front fog lamps, rear parking sensor with display, follow-me-home headlamps and rear parcel shelf, you can opt for the XZ variant which has both manual and automatic transmission options.