Why Maruti Wagon R rarely goes out of the top 5 cars list every month even after two decades? Here’s the answer.
The Wagon R’s journey started in December 1999 when Maruti Suzuki forayed into a new segment in response to the Hyundai Santro. Unlike the traditional ‘car’ body type, it had the combination of wagon and car. It was the first time when even the taller passengers could seat comfortably inside a hatchback in the country. It would not be an understatement to say, it revolutionized the segment. It embraced many segment-first features and within no time, shot up to the numero uno position in its category. The small car continues to feature in the top 5 cars list almost every month.
What are the real reasons which made Wagon R fly from showrooms even after two decades? Let’s dig deep to find the reasons.
Tall-boy design to welcome everyone
There is no denying the fact that one of the prime reasons for Wagon R’s overwhelming success is its tall boy design. Whether Maruti 800 or other small cars of that era, none offered adequate headroom for tall passengers. The introduction of Maruti Suzuki Wagon R helped the tall souls enjoy the drive.
It continues to grow on space & practicality
It was able to hit the sweet spot by not only offering great headroom but also sumptuous legroom and knee room. With every update, the Japanese carmaker has made it more value for money and more desirable than ever. The dimensions of the 2020 Maruti Wagon R are as below:
Unlike other cars in the competition, it always got a ‘no offensive’ styling with an appeal to every age group. Despite facelifts and new generation models, it always featured the signature boxy styling of the Wagon R. It got the first major facelift after 7 years of its introduction in 2006. In 2010, ‘the Blue Eyed Boy’ Maruti Wagon R was launched, which was also the second generation of the hatchback. The last generation change was in 2019 where it received a new platform, new features and new motors. It also became the biggest of the Wagon R’s launched till date. On a side note, CM of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal who represents modesty also drives the blue colored Maruti Wagon R.
Easy on the pocket, powerful on the road
Right from the start, Maruti Wagon R has been loved for its low maintenance and high fuel efficiency. While initially it was loved for its powerful engine, the high mileage was another factor that raced it into the most preferred buy in the list of first-time car buyers. Easy availability of parts and widespread network of aftersales service stations of Maruti Suzuki across the country have ensured it continues to top the sales charts. Do you remember the “Kitna deti hai” advertisement? Well, every Maruti flaunts that including the Wagon R.
Although the reasons for its overwhelming success could be more, we have listed the major ones. Maruti Wagon R is a family car and there are no two ways about it. It had served generations and is now set to cater the next-generation with its evolving designs and mechanicals. Despite the flurry of new vehicles in its segment, Wagon R has kept its unique appeal intact.
If you own the Maruti Wagon R, what’s your reason to stay with it? Do let us know in the comments section below.