2018 Hyundai Santro Vs new Maruti Wagon R brings you a detailed comparison of what you can expect from these two upcoming compact hatchbacks in India. We compare these two cars against each other on the basis of prices, features, specifications, mileage and other important aspects.
Maruti Suzuki India is soon going to launch the next-generation iteration of the Wagon R hatchback in India. The launch of this vehicle is likely to happen sometime around the festive season this year. Going by recent developments, the 2018 iteration of this hatchback will be steps ahead of the current spec version. However, the run for the new Wagon R is not going to be that smooth. We say that because, around the same time, Hyundai is also planning to bring back the next-generation iteration of the Santro to India as well. Both the cars will fall in the same price range of INR 3.5 lakh to INR 5.5 lakh. Hence, will once again be each other’s biggest competitors. In this report, we pitch the upcoming iterations of both these compact hatchbacks and bring you a detailed analysis of what you can expect.
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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