Toyota Etios Liva Vs Maruti Suzuki Wagon R- Which Is Better And Why?

The Toyota Etios Liva has already made its mark by entering the Indian automobile sector with  appreciable sales in a very short time. Alike Toyota Etios the Liva is being loved by everyone is getting all the attention it needs.In the same very segment of small cars, there is another tough competitor from Maruti Suzuki known as Maruti Wagon R.

With all grace the Liva has entered the market but the company is very much familiar with the competition it is going to face from rest of the segment leaders. Today we are going to compare the very recent Etios Liva and the new Wagon R.


Toyota Etios Liva Exteriors Vs Maruti Wagon R

To leave a good impression on the buyer’s mind for the very first time, a car has to act like an eye candy. As far as the looks of both the cars are concerned, we see the Liva taking the edge over the Wagon R. The new Wagon R is quite sporty with redesigned front and rear bumpers. The car also gets sporty roof rails and side skirting.

On the other hand Liva is also not far behind with impressive looks, similar side skirting , a rear spoiler etc. Maruti’s product is a Tall Boy one, which points at the car’s tallness being better than the rest. The Liva is sits pretty low making this car look more towards the ground for more stable drive at higher speeds and better handling characteristics in cornering.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Dimensions

  • Length = 3595mm
  • Width = 1495mm
  • Height = 1700mm
  • Wheelbase = 2400 mm

Toyota Etios Liva Dimensions

  • Length = 3775 mm
  • Width = 1695 mm
  • Height = 1510 mm
  • Wheelbase = 2460 mm

Studying the dimensions, the Liva is better in terms of length and width and even has a longer wheelbase but when it comes height, the Wagon R is simply ahead. This means that the Wagon R has more headroom than the Liva and taller people would feel more comfortable being in a Wagon R than in Liva. Talking in terms of ride height, the ground clearance of the Wagon R is more than Liva but the overall appearance of Liva pleases us more.

Toyota Etios Liva Interiors Vs Maruti Wagon R Interiors

The new Wagon R was introduced last year while the Liva is a recent one, so on the interiors the Liva is certainly more appealing. The Maruti’s are never up to the mark in terms of quality and they always lack something or the other.


The Liva and Wagon R, both have nice interiors  but the feel of real sportiness comes from the finish of Liva’s seats and the Wagon R gives the impression of a family car yet again. The console of the Wagon R is the pretty old one whereas the Liva’s center cluster is quite innovative.

The placement of the AC vents is not conventional at all and have a unique orientation with the central vents being placed one over the other so as to direct the air coming out of the vents at the passengers sitting behind and there is no obstruction by the seats to the flow . So in general, with a better length and sportier interiors, the Liva wins this round as well.

Toyota Etios Liva Petrol Engine Vs Maruti Wagon R Petrol Engine

Engine Specifications of Toyota Etios Liva:

  • 4 Cylinder 3NR-FE Engine
  • 1.2 Liter / 4 Cylinder / 16 Valve DOHC
  • Max Power output of 79 BHP @ 5600 RPM
  • 104 Nm Torque @ 3100 RPM
  • 5 Speed Manual Transmission
  • ARAI Certified Mileage of 18.31 KMPL

Engine Specifications of Maruti Wagon R:

  • 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

Technically there is a huge difference between the power and torque values of both the cars with the Wagon R falling behind by an appreciable 13 BHP in power output and by a 14 Nm in terms of torque. The RPM range is also pretty low for the Liva making it perfect for the Indian city conditions. On the grounds of fuel economy both have almost similar ratings and hence the Liva excels once again.

Toyota Etios Liva Price Vs Maruti Wagon R Price

The New Wagon R Ex-Showroom Price in Delhi are as follows :

  • Price Of New Wagon R Lx is Rs. 3.28 Lakhs
  • Price Of New Wagon R Lxi is Rs. 3.57 Lakhs
  • Price Of New Wagon R Vxi is Rs. 3.81 Lakhs
  • Price Of New Wagon R Vxi with ABS is Rs. 4.12 Lakhs

Toyota Etios Liva Hatchback Ex-showroom prices in Delhi are as follows:

  • Toyota Etios Liva J is priced at Rs. 3.99 Lakhs
  • Toyota Etios Liva G is priced at Rs. 4,59 Lakhs
  • Toyota Etios Liva G (SP)* is priced at Rs. 5.05Lakhs
  • Toyota Etios Liva V is priced at Rs. 5.49 Lakhs
  • Toyota Etios Liva VX is priced at Rs. 5.99 Lakhs

When it comes to pricing, this is where Wagon-R takes the lead with base variant starting at Rs.3 .28 whereas the Liva base model costs Rs. 70,000 more. The top variant of Wagon R is again placed at R. 4.12 Lakhs making it way too cheaper than the Liva. But the catch here is that out of the five models of Liva listed below, four are equipped with ABS and EBD.  On the other hand only the top of the line variant of Wagon R gets ABS and EBD.

Car Blog India verdict – Toyota Etios Liva Vs Maruti Wagon R

We would like to mention here that both the cars are differentiated by the segments they fall in. The Wagon R is targeted at customers who would like to buy a car which fits in their pocket and delivers class leading economy. The Liva contrastingly, is more inclined towards the quality and safety aspect. So if one is looking for a car that is cheaper, roomier and fuel efficient, then the Wagon R is the one to be bought.

If the buyer is not planning to compromise safety, comfort and performance over the price of the car and wishes to shed more money  then the Liva is the one to be picked.

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