Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Vs Hyundai Santro: Which Hatchback To Buy At Rs 5 Lakh?
In the compact hatchback segment in India, you get a total of five cars to choose from: Tata Tiago, Datsun GO, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki WagonR and Hyundai Santro.
In this report, we compare petrol-manual version of the WagonR and Santro that you can buy around the Rs 5 lakh (ex-showroom) mark. At this price, you can either go for the Sportz variant of the Santro or the VXi(O) variant of the WagonR. Prices of both these cars are as mentioned below:
In terms of size, the WagonR is clearly the bigger car of the two and given that its wheelbase is also larger than that of the Santro, it is likely to be the more spacious car as well.
The WagonR is also the more powerful car here. It gets a bigger 1.2-litre engine that makes 14PS more power than the Santro’s 1.0-litre unit. It must be noted that the WagonR can also be had with a 1.0-litre, 60PS petrol engine, but it’s the 1.2-litre unit that is more enjoyable to drive.
Talk of those features that are common in both the cars, and you will notice that both the WagonR and Santro get enough equipment to not appear stripped in any sense. On the outside, both the cars gets body-coloured bumpers, ORVMs and door handles, and there are wheel covers on offer too.
Inside, basic convenience features like central locking, four power windows and keyless entry are there. You will also get an audio system with both the cars, but it’s the Santro that gets a touchscreen infotainment system. The WagonR, instead, gets a dock.
From the perspective of safety, both the cars are available with a driver side airbag and ABS with EBD. WagonR takes the brownie points here as it can be had with a passenger-side airbag as well.
Talk of unique features, and apart from the passenger-side airbag, the WagonR gets a 60:40 split rear seat, tilt steering and rear parking sensors. While these do make the driver’s life easy, features like rear defogger and fog lamps that you get in the Santro make driving in harsh weather easy. If you just see the value that each of the unique feature offers, then the Santro turns out to be the car that takes the top spot.
WagonR vs Santro: Which car to buy?
Santro is equipped with more features compared to the WagonR and it is also priced lower. However, absence of a passenger side airbag means we won’t recommend the Santro to anyone who usually drives with someone sitting in the passenger seat. If you’re someone who drives alone or in the rear seat with a chauffeur, you can go for the Santro.
Despite being more expensive and equipped with less features, the WagonR has to be the choice for most, thanks to the availability of passenger-side airbag. It must be noted here that the WagonR can be had with a 1.0-litre engine as well that is also priced Rs 15,000 lower than the Santro Sportz, but the 1.2-litre engine is a better unit in terms of overall drive experience.