2018 Hyundai Santro Vs new Maruti Wagon R puts the newly launched 2018 Santro against the soon to be launched generation update of the Wagon R.
Hyundai has today launched the third generation Santro hatchback in India at a very competitive price of INR 3.89 lakh (ex-showroom). Its top-end variant, for now, is going to cost INR 5.45 lakh. With this, it has become the newest contender in the compact hatchback arena which is currently populated by models which running out of breath. However, Santro biggest competitor, as it was with its earlier generation model, is going to be the Maruti Wagon R. The latter is due for a big generation update next year.
So in this article, we pitch these two cars against each other on the basis of their specifications to see which one is going to be the best pick of the lot.
2018 Hyundai Santro Vs New Maruti Wagon R- Exteriors
From the outside, this third generation iteration of the Santro (Read More) is completely different from its earlier generations. Its exterior design is based on Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 philosophy. Hence, you get a very sharp yet sophisticated persona. Up-front, you get a large grille, Hyundai’s cascading grille design. The side profile with the slight kink on the rear window makes it look quite youthful. At the back, Hyundai has kept things simple yet elegant. The square tail-lamps looks very basic but couple them to the otherwise sharp creaes, the whole rear fascia looks quite appealing.
Coming to the new Wagon R (Read More), 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
In typical Hyundai fashion, the interiors of the Santro feature a very sophisticated look. In order to keep things interesting, the dashboard comes with an augmented layout. The dual-tone colour scheme adds premiums to the cabin. And the ‘elephant inspired’ centre console gets looks quite nice as well. Overall the touch and feel of the cabin are quite nice, something which you expect from an Hyundai nevertheless.
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 for offering a decent amount of feature across its vehicles. The Santro being an entry-level product you might expect an exception, however it isn’t. On the top-end variant, you get features such as a touchscreen infotainment system, electrically controlled ORVMs, rear parking sensors, rear camera, power windows among other to name a few. In terms of safety equipment, the Santro comes with driver’ airbag, ABS along with EBD as standard. Only on the top-end variant, you get dual-airbags.
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 comes with a 1.1-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine. It is capable of producing 69 BHP of power along with 99 NM of peak torque. As standard, there is a 5-speed manual gearbox on offer. That said, Hyundai is also offering a 5-speed AMT unit as well. This economical automatic gearbox is available only on the mid-spec Magna and Sportz variants.
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 these cars fall in the compact hatchback segment. The 2018 Hyundai Santro starts at a price of INR 3.89 lakh. The top-end variant retails at INR 5.45 lakh. Expect the prices of the new Wagon R to cost around the same price bracket.
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