Hyundai Santro Vs. Maruti Suzuki Wagon-R

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When I bought my car, I did a comparison of the available choices. Many friends have been asking me my views on the Hyundai Santro Vs. Maruti Suzuki Wagon-R since these are the most sought after. Both are very popular hatchbacks sold in India. Here are some of my thoughts.

Hyundai being the underdogs is always the first to offer better features such as MPFI engine and ABS. They also tend to be more aggressive and Maruti dealers have the take it or leave it attitude.

Maruti has a bigger service network and the cost of spares it cheaper.

Both cars are tall boy model and have high seating. This add to driving/seating comfort and makes it easy for people to get in and get out.

Here is the comparison.

Santro Pros:

  • Better Looks (as compared to Wagon-R).
  • More comfortable to Drive.
  • Better Service.
  • Better Pickup.
  • Provision for 4 speakers, Wagon-R has provision for only 2.
  • Perceived to be more expensive.
  • Air conditioning more effective hence cooling is better.
  • Ability to adjust the side view mirrors from inside.
  • Seat belts for 5 passengers, Wagon-R has only 4. Santro is also approved for 5 people and Wagon-R has got approval for only 4 passengers. Not that anyone ever checks but still.

Wagon-R Pros:

  • Better resale value.
  • Cheaper cost of spares.
  • Bigger service network than Hyundai.
  • Slightly more fuel efficient. Although now Santro has new eRLX engine which is suppose to have improved mileage.
  • Better Engine and electronic power steering.
  • Cheaper.
  • Option for Airbags (only available in the top of the line model).
  • Slightly more leg space and better comfort for tall people.
  • The seats can be dropped completed to create a bed or even a double bed. Useful while traveling and someone can sleep.

I also suggest that irrespective of which car you decide to buy, don’t compromise on safety. Pay that extra for ABS and Airbags (only in Wagon-R).

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  1. i wan’t to buy a car but can’t decide which one Waganor Or Santro Xing.

  2. Who says Santro shakes above 90 Kmph? I drive a Santro from last 4 years and in recent times when I am on long drives, I consistently touch 160 Kmph on NH4. I have done this almost 8-10 times now. The Car is very stable except for a few vibrations around 120-130 Kmph (may be resonance), my observations or maybe specific to my car. However, it is extremely comfortable to drive.

    People sitting in backseats of Santro often complain about more bumps as compared to front seats, especially in high speeds (happens with me a lot :-)).

    Piece of advise though: don’t touch speeds above 100 Kmph if you (and people sitting beside you) are not confident about it! Speed thrills but yes, it also kills…

  3. Believe it or not, i have been driving Santro for more than 7 Years now,it’s awesome,and no comparison between low space,good looks,engine performance,because I know after running it 120 Kms a day,the reading is now more than 1,35000,and still the car is as perfect as it was new,I can’t rely on Wagon-R,this much,though I can’t negotiate,with small capacity (Engine,Performance,Shape,Tyres,Width,Etc).It look’s like Maruti has started copying the models of car’s from other Manufacturers,as their last try to remain in the market,and one more thing Wagon-R part’s are cheap,I say in both terms.

  4. Hi I am planning to buy a Santro, I travel daily around 75-80kms and on the weekends approx 300kms, I read that on rough roads WagonR is not advisable, I got a slip disc and am looking for comfortable cars will WagonR be the right choice as it has many pros in terms of money. Please let me know.

  5. Maruthi waronr vxi model has very surprise facilities like, tray under seat, can tilt steering , mirror can adjust electronically

  6. I like both cars, but I would choose Hyundai over Maruti Suzuki as I find it a bit better and like its ride more.

  7. Very bad experince with New Wagon R purchased on 9/6/10 & with the maruti team. They have no concern with customer satisfaction & service.The car is with dealer from 19/6/10 to till date.Please help me to give contact details of any director of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.

  8. 1st no safety in wagon r…….. n full cheaper items …….. its like chinamade … shame on u maruri suzukichainamade

  9. wagnor is very bad car. Maruti gave cheaper item and the bed experience. I never buy this car. Maruti used cheap material.maruti suzuki’s maximum car used market works. Maruti suzuki gave only 2 speaker and bad colling and bad pickup. But hyunai gave better service and better pickup and hyundai gave 4 speaker.sound system is very better . Hyundai engine is very better then maruti suzuki. Maruti suzuki engine have ability only 100000km but hyundai have 300000km engine ability.

  10. mr.arpit garg wt about the service station in hyundai,wt about the price of the parts of hyundai…sir may be particular in ur car have some problem but it does not mean that marutisuzuki’s product is bad,if u think that maruti suzuki is cheaper then why dont u go for BMW?????

  11. mr. arpit sorry for ur experince.but think about maruti network. ur family used cheap car this is ur negative think. B-positive u have maruti network Badrnath to kerla. and ur marketing is gud for hundai ur complaint is small but marketing is..,.

  12. I have been studying both cars for some days and finally I decided to buy Wagon R VXi since, it has many new facilities than santro

  13. I hav ownd wag0nr for 6yrs, i lov its luks, v.gud mileage, tall , more spacious, need less maintaince , power breaks and accelator r too gud and it got nearly a high speed of 151km/hr. And my brothr hav santro xing for same 6yrs, santro shape is like an egg, less mileage, less safety, day to day u get more sound frm engine, need maintaince, and at last santro’s high speed is nearly 130km/hr. . . .
    At last i prefer MARUTI SUZUKI WAGONR

  14. Dear All,

    This posting is only for all the relatively new / upcoming car owners. I suppose the old car owners (who has spent 10+ years) would find it relevant and support it.

    First of all it would not be justifiable to think Wagon-R as one of the competitor of Santro Xing (all variants). Various scientific reasons are there. No way Wagon-R can be competitor. To become each others competitor either party should be equally equipped.

    1. Wagon-R is a 3 cylinder (approx. 1000 CC/each) car where as Santro is a 4 cylinder (1100CC/each) car.
    2. Many said that Wagon-R delivers better mileage than Santro. Yes!!! The verdict is correct. But one should know why and what they would be sacrificing if they blindly go about Wagon-R simply because it gives better mileage. In-fact they should know how significant it is.
    I. Certainly Wagon-R would deliver better mileage as it has 3 cylinders (compromising overall BHP and driving comfort).
    II. But who significantly Wagon-R saves fuel? Um-hu max. to max. it can deliver a mileage ranging from 15-17 KM/Ltr.
    III. Average mileage of Santro (any variant) varies b/w 13-14.5 KM/Ltr.
    IV. Hence the tolerance is 1.5-3 KM/Ltr.
    V. A guy who buys a Wagon-R can save few $$$ compromising driving comfort and obviously the stability of the car.
    VI. Santro (any variant) is appreciably stable, delivered with measured/comfortable pick-up and over and above with a good appreciable mileage.
    VII. BHP of Santro is well managed and balanced (delivered by 4 cylinder) which delivers driving comfort at slow as well as at high pick-up.

    Please note this is not that Santro has got 4 cylinders. Every vehicle which is delivered with 4 cylinders is far comfortable and scientific.

  15. i think new wagon r vxi is better than santro in every field.bcoz it is bigger and its look is really big than santro…fuel efficiency of wagon r is too good than santro..wagon r gives 16 km/l but santro gives only 11.5 km/l..big difference…pickup of maruti wagon r is not bad..santro’s pickup is high compare to wagon r…but only pichup has no matter…wagon r ac, high speed. mielage, look, boot space, tilt stearing and seating comfort all are better than santro Xing…

    so choose wagon r top model..

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  17. Dear Sir,
    No one has Mentioned it that new wagor is having only three Cylinders wherin santro has 04 Cylinder, one should always know that more the cylinder better the engine performance( Low noice and less Vibrations) and one should also know that engine cylinders No. should always be in even no’s.

  18. Moreover if you want to compare both the cars then drive it on a good Highway on a speed more than 120 KM/H and you will come to know which car is better,
    You will feel lot of Vibration in wagon R wherein santro will remain very smooth, this observation is not by driving a single car this is a observation by driving 3 to 04 Different wagon R’s and Santro’s

  19. in fact i am using santro xing xl. its mileage is 16 kmpl. so far the comfort is concerned, it is far ahead than wagon-r. i have driven it at 150 speed but no vibration.

  20. I recently bought Wagon-R.. I am very happy with service of Maruti and this is very much believed brand . Anyone can buy Maruti’s any car if he is looking for maintenance, mileage and service network. I think many of us ned these basic things so if you are confused between maruti and Hyundai , i recommnd to go for MARUTI any time.

  21. If you are a fast and aggressive driver who likes to shred through the city traffic, buy a Santro …… it has decent engine power and great maneouverability and the fact that its profile is narrower than other more powerful cars enables it to squeeze through some unlikely gaps. On the highway, it easily does 150 kmph. Swift, beat etc. go even faster on the highway but are wider and slightly less maneouverable inside the city.
    If you are a laidback driver who takes more pleasure in analysing the pros and cons than in driving, buy a Wagon-R!!!

  22. I have purchased 2007 santro car of 31000 kms in good condition and well maintained car.

    My first purchse and I am satisfied with performance of car.

    I viewed with my freind who owe wagon-r realise that santro is better choice than comforts,engine performance and spacious in side.Power full AC.LOOK of couse.


    I feel alto/wagon-r seems to be service class people who cares average and resell.

    To spend little more on petrol gives royalty of midium leval buisness person.


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    Still I actually love this particular 1, “Hyundai Santro Vs.

    Maruti Suzuki Wagon-R | Prakash Advani’s Blog” the very best. All the best ,Geraldo

  24. i heard that k-series engine of wahonr is not good can any body tell me that either it is true??

  25. Hi, does fuel(petrol) gets consumed in car(santro xing xp)when we put on the air conditioner(ac)?

  26. I own a Wagon R and also driven Santro xing but I think Wagon R has got better ground clearence so we can move easily on city roads where u find a number of speed breakers. Also Wagon R is more spacious from inside.