Everyone who sat in the new Wagon R for the first time had the same thing to say – how spacious this hatchback has become. Especially if you compare it with the outgoing model. Capitalizing on its tall-boy design, Maruti Suzuki has increased the headroom of this hatchback, so no matter how tall the passenger is, there’s still sufficient head and knee room, especially on the rear bench. Besides, three could easily fit in the back and not feel cramped even for longer, traffic-proned commutes. In addition to the roomy cabin, the large glasshouse and thin pillars provide a good view outside for all the passengers.
More importantly, the large boot has been a delight, especially to our camera persons. Its 341 litres of space is quite large. Also, the loading lip is low and there are no intrusions on either side of the cargo area, making the boot furthermore usable. But it would have been really helpful if Maruti had provided the strings on the parcel tray which could hold it up when the tailgate is open. Because sometimes while stowing away luggage in the fairly deep boot, the parcel tray tends to cause hindrance. And if you open it up and try to reach into the boot, it may fall right down on your face.
Speaking of practicality, the cubby hole in the centre console does look big enough to hold all your knick-knacks. However, when you shove something in, you’d realise that the cubby hole could either hold your phone or your wallet, not both – owing to the USB, AUX and 12V outlet placed there. So instead, you can use the little square area beneath the handbrake for the wallet, which incidentally, has a perfect dimension for it. But the handbrake always comes in the way when trying to reach for the wallet placed there. Thankfully, the cup holder behind the gear lever and the bottle holder in the door pockets proved to be very useful in the summer. We are also delighted that Maruti has provided a dead pedal in this automatic hatch which may seem like a trivial thing. In fact, it is an imperative feature to have with a two-pedal set-up.