In this detailed comparison report, we are pitching the soon to be launched 2018 Hyundai Santro vs new Maruti Wagon R. We tell you what you can expect from the next-generation iterations of these compact hatchbacks. And, hence, also, how these two arch-rivals are going to compare against each other.
Come winter in 2018 and India is going to witness the launch of two of its favourite compact hatchbacks. On one hand, Maruti Suzuki is working on the next-generation iteration for the WagonR, meanwhile, Hyundai is also prepping to re-launch the 2018 Santro in our country. Just like before, these two vehicles will be competing with each other in the compact hatchback segment. And, the segment already has several other new players in the market, which will make the competition even tougher. Both these cars, in their generation updates, are expected to get a sizable jump in terms of features and creature comforts. Also, the design will also get a major overhaul. In this report, we are comparing the 2018 Hyundai Santro vs new Maruti Wagon R to see what you can expect and how do they score against each other in terms of specifications.
2018 Hyundai Santro Vs New Maruti Wagon R- Exteriors
From the outside, the next-generation Hyundai Santro is going to get a complete overhaul. However, judging by the spy shots of its test mule circulating on the internet, it seems that the new Santro’s exterior profile will take some inspiration from the Grand i10. Furthermore, the aesthetics will be based on Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design scheme. At the front, the hatchback will get a large cascading grille with sweptback headlamps. Furthermore, top-spec versions will get LED daytime running lights.
Coming to the new Wagon R, with this generation update, it will continue to retain its tall-boy design. Going by the spy shots of the test mule, it seems that there is no change in terms of the vehicle’s overall silhouette. Expect the new Wagon R to come with an aggressive front fascia. We believe that the 2018 Wagon R could even take its design inspiration from the Suzuki Solio. This vehicle is currently on sale in Japan. And was recently seen testing on Indian roads.
2018 Hyundai Santro Vs New Maruti Wagon R- Interiors
Hyundai is known for making good quality interiors. We expect this streak to continue with the 2018 Santro as well. So far there is no concrete information regarding the cabin layout of the next-gen Santro. That said, we can safely assume that the cabin design is going to be in-line and inspired by other Hyundai’s. It will have lots of storage spaces. And is going to be very ergonomic in nature. To offer a premium feel to its occupants, the hatchback can get a dual-tone colour scheme for the cabin.
Coming to the new Wagon R, we expect the cabin to get a major overhaul. The design will remain neat and simple. Just like the current spec version, it will have plenty of storage space onboard. In addition to this, the interiors will be roomy enough to accommodate 5 people. The quality and finish of the materials are going to be decent. We expect Maruti to stick to a single tone colour scheme for the cabin. Likely to be primarily black in nature with several silver accents.
2018 Hyundai Santro Vs New Maruti Wagon R- Features
Hyundai is known to load its cars right up to the brim with features and creature comforts. despite the new Santro being an entry-level product, it is going to get a decent equipment list. Top-spec versions could get a touchscreen infotainment system. Furthermore, it could also come with features like automatic climate control, reverse parking camera, day-night IRVM, steering mounted audio control to name a few. In addition to this, all the trims will get dual-airbags with ABS and EBD as standard.
Coming to the Wagon R, it will too come with a decent equipment list. The top-end variants are likely to offer a touchscreen infotainment system which comes with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. In addition to this, it will also get features like automatic climate control and reverse parking camera with sensors. Across all the variants, the 2018 Wagon R is going to get dual-airbags and ABS with EBD.
2018 Hyundai Santro Vs New Maruti Wagon R- Engine Specification
The new Santro is going to get only a petrol derivative. The engine in duty is going to be a 1.1-litre iRDE gasoline motor. This engine will produce 70 BHP of power along with 100 NM of peak torque. All the variants of the hatchback will come with a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. Hyundai can also include an AMT gearbox in the model line-up as well.
The 2018 Maruti Wagon R is going to come with the current generation’s 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine. The hatchback will not get a diesel derivative. The petrol engine produces 65 BHP of power along with 91 NM of peak torque. The hatch will come with a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. Maruti will include an AMT gearbox in the mix as well.
2018 Hyundai Santro Vs New Maruti Wagon R- Price and Launch
Both the cars will compete in the compact hatchback segment in India. Consequently, we expect the prices to fall in the range of INR 3.5 lakh to INR 5.5 Lakh. Furthermore, we expect the 2018 Hyundai Santro to Launch in India sometime around the month of August. While the New Wagon R could make its debut towards the end of this year.
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