When one of our long-term cars, a poolside blue-coloured 2019 Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, was loaned to me to elaborate on my experience of living with the new-generation model, the implication was clear. As an owner of a 2015 Wagon R, I was better positioned to compare and contrast with the new model, a top-spec ZXI 1.2 AMT variant.
My association with Maruti Suzuki has been a long-standing one, and most likely it was an inherited interest. My family always had this peculiar love for Maruti Suzuki badged cars. We first had the SS80, then the Esteem and finally, the Alto 800 before we bought the 2015 Wagon R. And like all the Maruti Suzuki cars we owned before it, this one too, suited perfectly to our requirements. It fit right into our modest budget of Rs 5.0 lakhs. Space, reliability, easy ingress and egress, and efficiency were some of the key factors that we were considering for our next purchase. So, the 2015 Maruti Suzuki Wagon R VXI (a top-spec back then) turned out to be right up our alley. The petrol-manual had all the convenience features that we can expect from a modern-day top-spec variant.
The new Wagon R, which is based on a Heartect platform, has undergone a sea change in the way it drives and the space that it offers. Interestingly, with a 1.2-litre engine, the new model is not only faster but also lighter by 65kgs. The platform 40 per cent high strength steel, thereby making it 1.5 times more rigid and compliant with all future crash test norms. Outlined below is my experience with the new Wagon R AMT.