Maruti’s tall boy refuses to die, Tiago has been on the free run for some time now, and Hyundai breathes life back into the Santro, heating the battle in the budget hatchback segment. How do they fare? lets find out in this Maruti WagonR Vs Tata Tiago Vs Hyundai Santro head to head.

Maruti WagonR Vs Tata Tiago Vs Hyundai Santro: The Platform

The 2019 Maruti WagonR, currently in its 3rd generation, is underpinned by a HEARTECT platform. The old WagonR was known for its spacious interior, yet city friendly dimensions. The new WagonR takes that game to top gear. The Tata Tiago is based on the heavily modified X1 platform that is derived from the Indica. It was the model that set TATA’s cash registers ringing. Based on the IMPACT design philosophy, Tata managed to entice the customers in the passenger car segment, who were unlikely to turn towards TATA otherwise. The all-new Santro is based on the entirely new K1 platform. Hyundai is looking to ride high on with looks of the original i10 and the name from Santro, both of which were a hit with the Indian masses.

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Looks

The Tiago, with the extended smiling grill or humanity line that stretches all the way to the wrap around projector headlamps, strong character lines that merge with the tail lamps are the ‘fantastico’ elements of this car.  The 2019 update brings in projector headlamps, dual tone roof that adds a sporty feel to the small car. The Tiago also comes in an angrier, JTP avatar.

Tata Tiago
Tata Tiago

The WagonR has always been a boxy car, with a function-over-form attitude. The new model represents a significant shift in design theme. The divided headlamps, bolder grille, floating roof illusion, and prominent x-mas tree headlights inject much-needed freshness to a very strong brand.

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2019 WagonR

The Santro too adopts tallboy construction as its predecessors, but boomerang curves and few quirky bits add a more youthful appeal, which otherwise would have been an i10.

Maruti WagonR Vs Tata Tiago Vs Hyundai Santro: Dimensions
Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Tata Tiago Hyundai Santro
Length 3655 mm 3746 mm 3610 mm
Width 1620 mm 1647 mm 1645 mm
Height 1675 mm 1535 mm 1560 mm
Wheelbase 2435 mm 2400 mm 2400 mm
Boot Space 341 L 242 L 235 L
Kerb Weight 830 Kg 930 Kg 855 Kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 32 35 35

 

The Tiago happens to be the longest and widest of them all, while the WagonR is the tallest and the lightest. The new WagonR offers largest boot space of them all, at 342L, followed by the Tiago at 242L.

Infotainment system

All the cars now offer a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Android auto and apple carplay. The Tiago offers the best in class 8 speaker surround sound system. This is the car for Audiophiles. The touchscreen by Harman provides for an extraordinary infotainment experience in the Tiago.

The Santro, on the other hand, offers 1st in segment smartphone audio remote control features and steering mounted voice recognition.

Hyundai Santro
Hyundai Santro

Maruti calls theirs, Smarplay studio and also has steering mounted voice recognition system.

Maruti WagonR Vs Tata Tiago Vs Hyundai Santro: Features and Equipment

The Tiago is the only car to provide a projector lamp setup of the three. It also has dual tone alloy wheels. You also get blacked out roof and roof spoiler to add to the sporty look of the cute car. The interiors are done on dual tone black and grey. The AC vents in the Tiago can be customized to your liking. Tiago’s segmented MID has a gear shift indicator, Dual trip meter, average fuel efficiency among others. Tiago is offered in 5 trim levels viz., XE, XM, XT/ XTA, XZ/ XZA, XZ+

Touchscreen-tiago
Touchscreen-tiago

The Santro offers a premium dual tone beige & black interior, whereas Sporty Black Interiors with Diana Green Inserts are available as an option. The air vents remind us of those present in the mercs. The Mid reads out Average Fuel Consumption, Average Speed, Instantaneous Fuel Consumption and Distance to Empty. There is also a swachh can inside the Santro. There are 5 variants to choose from in the Santro D-Lite, ERA, Magna, Sportz, Asta

Santro_interior
Santro interior

The interiors of the WagonR is done in dual tone beige and brown upholstery. We get a redesigned instrument cluster. The WagonR offers a Tilt steering, 20:40 split 2nd row, Day/Night IRVM among other features. It offers utility tray under both front seats. The MID reads average, instantaneous fuel economy, distance to empty and gear position indicator. WagonR is offered in three trims, Lxi, Vxi and the Zxi.

2019 WagonR Dashboard
2019 WagonR Dashboard
Maruti WagonR Vs Tata Tiago Vs Hyundai Santro: Engines

Powering the new WagonR are two engines – 1.0 litre and 1.2-litre petrol. Both engines are offered with either 5 speed MT or AMT. The 1-litre option delivers 68 PS and 90 Nm, while the 1.2 litre delivers 81 PS and 113 Nm. Mileage claimed is 21.5 kmpl and 22.5 kmpl respectively.

In comparison, Tiago is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol and 1.05-litre diesel engine. The petrol engine puts out an 85 PS @ 6000 RPM and 114 Nm, whereas the Diesel engine puts out 70 PS @ 4000 RPM and 140 Nm. The engines are offered with a 5 speed MT or AMT. Hyundai Santro is powered by a petrol 1.1-litre engine. It is also offered with a dual fuel CNG option.

Maruti WagonR Vs Tata Tiago Vs Hyundai Santro: Safety

The WagonR offers Driver Airbag, ABS with EBD, Rear parking sensors, seatbelt reminder as standard across all variant. Higher variants offer a passenger airbag and speed sensing door locks.

The Tiago lets down here. Only the higher XZ variants get dual airbag. The lower variants don’t get even a single airbag as standard. Tata should offer standard, at least driver airbag in all variants. But, ABS with EBD is standard on all variants. Other safety equipment includes Speed dependent auto door locks, Follow-me-home lamps, Park assist with rear sensors and display, Day & Night IRVM

The Santro gets ABS with EBD and Driver airbag as standard on all variants. Asta variants get an additional airbag, Front Seat Belt Pretensioner with Load Limiter, speed sensing door lock and impact sensing door unlock.

Maruti WagonR Vs Tata Tiago Vs Hyundai Santro: Pricing

Considering the 2019 WagonR is available only with petrol engines, we’ll be taking the petrol version prices into consideration. Prices for the Wagon R start at INR 4.19 lakh for the base version, but the Hyundai Santro is more competitively priced starting at INR 3.90 lakh. The Tata Tiago base variant is priced at INR 4.25 lakh respectively.

The mid variants of the new Maruti WagonR has priced at INR 4.69 lakh and goes up to INR 5.36 lakh depending on the engine you choose. Tiago mid-variants are priced between INR 4.41-5.22 lakh which makes it slightly more priced over the Hyundai Santro that is priced between INR 4.25-5.47 lakh.

The Top of the line variant in the Tiago, is priced at INR 5.75 lakh, followed by the WagonR at 5.69 Lakh. The Hyundai Santro remains more competitively priced at INR 5.46 lakh.

 

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