Maruti Alto 800 Vs Estilo Vs Wagon-R– Which Is Better Value For Money Car?


Yesterday was an important day for Maruti Suzuki as it launched the much awaited Maruti Alto 800. The company was so full of confident not just because of its new model being launched but because of the response it received well ahead of the announcement of the prices. As per the company it has already registered 10,000+ bookings for the Maruti Alto 800. We have already compared the Maruti Alto 800 VS Old Model Alto and also with the nearest rival Maruti Alto 800 Vs Hyundai Eon.

Now coming to the soul of this post now, we wish to find out whether the Alto 800 is better than its entry level siblings such as the Maruti Zen Estilo and Wagon-R? Let us find out.

Maruti Alto 800 Vs Wagon R vs Zen Estilo

Exterior & Interior Comparison– Alto 800 Vs Zen Estilo Vs Wagon-R

The Alto 800 is an all new car and is not on the lines of any of the previous or existing Maruti models. It looks refreshing mainly because of its design, though the overall profile has been kept similar to the Alto and Maruti 800. Contrastingly the Estilo and Wagon-R sport a tall body design which could seem favorable for many people who want a good ride height.


The design elements of the Estilo and Zen are completely different from what you see on the Alto 800. Body design wise the Alto 800 does look curvy because of the character lines but essentially features a boxy make, and so does the Wagon-R. The Estilo on the other hand has a curvy profile which though makes the car look good, compromises on the interior space.

Maruti Zen Estilo

On the inside, the Alto 800 does have get tremendously improved plastics quality and also a refreshing design, over the previous Alto or Maruti 800. The Wagon-R and Estilo interiors are different from each other as well as different from Alto 800. The Estilo has a very curvy styling whereas the Wagon-R features a flat dash design.


In terms of space, the Alto 800 has much to offer alike any other Maruti model, but when it comes to real space the Estilo and Wagon-R do a much better job. The Wagon-R is the most spacious of these cars and if you really want an airy feel on the inside, no look further than the Wagon-R.

Maruti Alto 800 Interior

Maruti Wagon-r interiors

Maruti Zen Estilo Interiors

Engine – Alto 800 Vs Estilo Vs Wagon-R

Maruti Alto 800

  • 3 Cylinder MPFI Petrol Engine
  • Engine displacement 796 CC
  • Max power of 47.5 BHP @ 6000 RPM
  • Max Torque of 69 Nm @ 3500 RPM
  • ARAI Certified mileage of 22.7 KMPL
  • 5 Speed Manual Transmission
  • Kerb Weight of 720 Kg
  • Power to weight ratio of 66 BHP Per 1000 Kg

Maruti Alto Engine

Maruti Wagon R Engine Specifications

  • 998 CC New KB-Series MPFI Petrol Engine
  • Max Power – 67 BHP @ 6200 RPM
  • Max Torque – 90 Nm @ 3500 RPM
  • 5 Speed Manual Transmission
  • Fuel Consumption – around 18.9 KMPL as per ARAI ratings
  • 5 Speed Manual Transmission
  • Kerb weight of 870 kg (avg)
  • Power to weight ratio of 77 BHP per 1000 Kg

Maruti Zen Estilo Engine Specifications

  • 998 CC New KB-Series MPFI Petrol Engine
  • Max Power – 67 BHP @ 6200 RPM
  • Max Torque – 90 Nm @ 3500 RPM
  • 5 Speed Manual Transmission
  • Fuel Consumption – around 18.9 KMPL as per ARAI ratings
  • 5 Speed Manual Transmission
  • Kerb weight of 850 kg (avg)
  • Power to weight ratio of 78 BHP per 1000 Kg

As you must have noticed here, the Wagon-R and Estilo equip the same K10B 998CC engine which puts out a max power of 67 BHP at 6200 RPM and a peak torque of 90 Nm at 3500 RPM. The new Alto 800 features the improved FD8 engine that is good for 47.5 BHP of max power at 6000 RPM and peak torque of 69 Nm at 3500 RPM. Evidently there is a big gap between the power and torque outputs of the Alto 800 and Wagon-R & Estilo. So one may feel underpowered in the 800 but not to forget that this car offers better fuel efficiency than the Estilo and Wagon-R. The Alto 800 returns 22.7 KMPL as against the 18.9 KMPL delivered by the other two.

Price – Alto 800 Vs Estilo Vs Wagon-R

All prices are Ex-Showroom New Delhi

  • The Alto 800 is priced between Rs. 2.44 lakhs and Rs. 2.99 lakhs
  • The Wagon-R is priced between Rs. 3.50 lakhs and Rs. 4.18 lakhs
  • The Zen Estilo is priced between Rs. 3.40 lakhs and Rs. 4.30 lakhs

Conclusion– Maruti Alto 800 Vs Zen Estilo Vs Wagon-R

Let us start with the Alto 800- It is the cheapest of the three cars and is a seriously cost down car. Maruti has designed the car while keeping in mind the need of a cheaper alternative to the Alto, which has the looks but is also very much affordable at the same time. The base variant of the Alto neither has power steering nor an AC, while the top end comes with both these features as well as front power windows. The Wagon-R and Estilo also come with an LX base variant which lacks a power steering but does offer other basic features.

Now it is quite simple to understand that Alto 800 is meant for people who don’t need much features and only want a simple car that is comfortable and offers a good fuel efficiency. The Wagon-R and Estilo are relatively upmarket products and are targeted at prospective buyers who want features, comfort, better performance and space at the same time. Although these cars cost more, but if you need a larger car with more space and features, then Estilo or Wagon R are better options, but it will cost more too.

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  1. The comparisons are really good. Am driving a WagonR Lxi petrol car 2009 August model. Because of petrol prices would it be wise to change the car now or convert the same toCNG?
    Good job…. think should be useful to any buyer…
    keep it up..
    thank you

  2. Thank You! this is what I was looking for; I am planning to buy one of these car and it makes lot of things clear to me. I was little confused after the launching of Alto 800.