The Maruti Suzuki WagonR has had an amazing ride as of now.
Launching in 2019, in the last 20 years, the humble hatchback from Maruti Suzuki has sold itself quite well. It has been loved by many families, provided to be useful for many cab drivers and played a versatile role since then.
It was the pre-Alto era and many people actually adored the WagonR for the extra inches of headroom.
Even after all these years, the ‘tall-boy’ has still been able to find a spot in most of the top 10 sold cars list in the country. This and many other facts, go on to state the presence and the impact this car had on the Indian market.
This love that it gathered in the last 20 years has surely translated into something more. For every car that’s been loved has a certain set of stereotypes around them.
So, what are they for the WagonR?
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It’s a cab, right?
This is one of the most annoying aspects of owning a Maruti WagonR. Considering the fact that most of the taxi aggregators have a Maruti WagonR on their fleet, even a personal vehicle turns out to be ‘taxi-able’.
On top of that, if the car turns out to be white, you are bound to be presumed a taxi cab for life. All the best.
Isn’t it a CNG?
Again, a presumption and rather a stereotype. When you own a Maruti WagonR, it is always presumed that it’s probably a CNG. Adding to the predicament is the fact that when one clears the fact that it’s petrol, the suggestion you get is- “Get a CNG bro“.
While one is appreciative enough of the suggestion, it does get a tad bit irritating at times.
The ‘tall boy’ design of the Maruti WagonR has earned it loads of praise in the past. Launched as a competitor to the Hyundai Santro, the WagonR did offer a lot of headspace for an entry-level hatch.
The extra few inches of headroom made it a comfortable choice for many. So, that’s one fact that we’d like to (proudly) continue about the Maruti WagonR.
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Now, don’t get us wrong here. The Maruti WagonR is an amazing city car with all the various aspects checked. But as soon as you want to accelerate on a highway or even want to take over the curves, it does feel a little unstable.
While the car can take on the Indian roads, it surely isn’t the one you choose for highway cruisin’.
Ever heard “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger“? This might even be a fact rather than a stereotype for the WagonR.
While the extra headroom was a pro for the tall passengers sitting inside the car, it didn’t reflect rather well on the outside. The tall boy and boxy design elements made the car look rather outdated.
However, the further generations did try to shed away from that image with a slew of upgrades in place.
Overtaking? Let it be.
Overtaking a Maruti WagonR can turn out to be a daunting task. Even though the current Maruti Suzuki WagonR is offered with three engine options, this is a myth that’s widely circulated.
As of now, the WagonR is offered with Maruti’s K10 engine displacing 998CC and 1197CC. Adding to the list is the CNG variant coming in again with a 998 cc engine. From producing a mere 67 PS in 1999, the WagonR has surely come a long way.
“Can you drift bro?”
We sincerely request you to hold that thought. The Maruti WagonR was designed to do that sliding and drifting.
There have been many instances where how a sudden turn of the steering has turned out to be lethal in the Maruti WagonR.
Due to its tall boy design, the car isn’t actually the best to fulfil your adolescent driving dreams.
What about the safety though?
The Maruti Suzuki WagonR might not be the safest vehicles out there back when it was launched in 1999. The car was taller than usual, had skinny 14-inch tyres and wasn’t actually equipped much with safety features.
However, it still continues some of the characteristics, there have been many obvious changes to the car, its design and its handling. The height of the car has been reduced and reworked a lot to make it a bit more friendly to the road conditions.
A Tin Can? Eh, well.
The Maruti WagonR is a light vehicle. With a kerb weight of around 800-850 kilograms and a gross weight of 1,341 kilograms, it doesn’t sound rather suitable.
While this is done to increase the efficiency and mileage, it doesn’t advocate for the car’s safety.
Conclusion | Maruti WagonR
The Maruti WagonR has maintained its name for the last 20 years now. The two-decade-long journey isn’t what many cars are able to experience.
While there are a lot of naysayers when it comes to the Maruti WagonR, it surely is doing something right.
In the end, it’s one of those ‘hate it, love it but you can’t ignore it’ situations that best defines the Maruti Wagon-R and the myths around it.
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