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I have to choose one out of WagonR or Santro GLS. Certain questions that i would like to ask are: (i) Santro is about 30,000 cheaper than wagonR, is that a pricing strategy or i have heard that robustness of santro has been doengraded lately specially from people who are using the car for the past 2-3 yrs. (ii) Santro is not as comfortable as wagonr specially on bumpy roads, now, is that in the old santro or is the same case with XING also, pls clarify bcoz i would really wnat the car to be comfortable driving as my parents would be using the car. (iii) Which one out of the two is taller? if there is a differece, how much is it? its a strange question but since my mom has a slight knee problem, she would prefer a taller car. Pls advice...!!
By Sumit Anand 07 July 2009

Go for WagonR.. I had Santro before WagonR.. and I experienced WagonR is much much better than Satro... But look wise I like Santro

Answer by Jeet Malik 07 July 2009

take wagonr its a good tall boy car. low maintanence and good on mileage also.

Answer by Dheetaj 07 July 2009

Wagon R is taller,has more seating space. About jerks on bumpy roads- sorry cant say as not much experienced on santro. Santro geras are more easy and soft when compared to reverse gear of wagon r. Fuel efficiency of wagon r is about 15-16 with AC, its pick up is better and my vehicle in past 9 years has never given major problems. Wogon r has bigger dicky.
But make sure wagon r is with power steering else its like a truck.

Answer by AKB 07 July 2009

To be frank u should go with what u have in mind after all u should enjoy what u have still im a fan of santro looks is gud comapared to wagon r which looks like milk van, yes wagaon r parts are bit cheaper compared to santro s bit not much and i feel santro is much safer and comfortable then wagon r on highways especially. In short both has got pros and cons but as said u should go for what u enjoy driving.

Answer by Jay 07 July 2009

I own a santro. I feel the drive quality is better in santro than wagon R. Wagon R may shiver if you cross 100KM but santro u can go up to 120KM with out any problem. I use to take my car for long drives. City drive is very good with the car. But ya wagon R lill under powerd than santro buy fuel economy is more in wagon. I feel Santro model will fade out as hundai has introduced I10 . same on wagon as maruti have introduced A star and Ritz. But to be frank i am not sure.Back side leg room is less in santro.I some how like driving santro. Bumpy roads and all i felt its ok with santro. As you said the new santro versions are not coming with ABS etc and also there is reduction in the price.
I would suggest to go for a test drive with your parents on both the vechile and decide.

Answer by Ajay Menon M 07 July 2009

Well Sumit as m myself driving Santro Xing for past 4 1/2 yrs so my vote will definitely go to Xing.
I have driven Wagon R as well but i dint find it at all comfortable as compared to R both in driving as well as sitting. Moreover technologywise Hyundai is much ahead of Maruti.
When it comes to a/c d moment a/c is turned on in R u can note the drop in pick-up but in Xing there's no change.
yeah i agree spacewise R is much btttr ythan Xing but when compared to other comforts it's nominal.

Answer by Sumit Agrawal 07 July 2009

Much has been said about the pros & cons of both these cars. As far as I have experienced as the owner of a Wagon R for the last 41/2 years and a Maruti 800 earlier is that the parts are easily available at affordable cost and there is an excellent network of authorised service centres. This aspect should be considered when buying a car.

Answer by Robin Pal Choudhury 07 July 2009

well santro is having good pickup,smooth & silient engine better in technology, better AC ,look wise good but less fuel efficient ,not comfortable even to driver as seating is such that when in top gear the gear touches your left leg so u hav to adjust yourself so its tiring in long drive, not suitable on bumpy road specially rear suspension are worst in its class, also costly than w-R so i would suggest u to analysis yourself on these points and better to take Ritz as its new model and more comfortable.

Answer by Rudra 07 July 2009

Hi Sunil,

Personally I'd prefer WagonR as it more reliable and comfirtable then Santro. As far as the hight is concern Wagon R(1660 mm) is 70 mm taller then Santro (1590 mm). One thing you need to know that Maruti is going to discontinue this model of WagonR and laaunch another one (I heard it from horse's mouth) which will fatch you a real good discount on this car (Somawhare around 25k-30k on may bee more).

Answer by Anand 07 July 2009
Expert`s comment:

According to your requirments Wagon R taller,better coushioning effect.Santro has better leg space and comfortale for 5 passengers. If looking for used car, Santro wil be a better selection.If going for New car , you can test drive Punto Active Petrol.

Answer by Shiva Shankar 07 July 2009
Expert`s comment:

Santro is the smoothest and fastest car, i think height of santro is
enough for any adult.

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Ashrafrr ali

Answer by Shiva Shankar 07 July 2009

Hi, Sumit,

I am also planning to buy a new car.
After a detailed study and test rides of R & Xing and I found Wagon -R is a complete family car. Externally it is not as good as Xing but internally I mean the dash board is much better than Xing.

Maruti WagonR VXI BSIII V/S Hyundai Santro Xing GLS

Maruti WagonR VXI BSIII has got

Power Door Locks
Front Fog Lights
Rear Defroster
Defogger (Rear) which santro does not have
Mileage (Highway) 17.3 km/liter 17.8 km/liter
Mileage (City) 13.9 km/liter 13.7 km/liter
Mileage (Overall) 14 km/liter 14 km/liter
Maximum Speed 154 Km/Hour 141 Km/Hour
0-100kmph 17.4 seconds -
1/4 Mile 21.2 seconds -
Engine Type In-Line Engine Hyundai Epsilon Engine
Displacement 1061 cc 1086 cc
Power 64@6,200 (PS@rpm) 63 @ 5,500 (PS@rpm)
Torque 8.6@3,500 (kgm@rpm) 9.8 @ 3,000 (kgm@rpm
Valve Mechanism - SOHC
Bore 68.5 66
Stroke 72 77
Valves per Cylender 4 3
Clutch Type - Stick gear shifting & frequent
Front Suspension McPherson Strut with torsion type
roll control device McPherson Strut with Stabilizer Bar
Rear Suspension Coil Spring with three link rigid
axle & isolated trailing arm Torsional Beam Axle, 3 Link Offset
Coil Spring
Minimum Turning
Radius 4.6 m 4.4 m
Front Brakes Disc Ventilated Disc
Wheel Type steel Pressed Steel
Wheel Size 13 inch 13 Inch
Tyres 155/80 R13 155/70 R13
Overall Length 3520 mm 3565 mm
Overall Width 1490 mm 1525 mm
Overall Height 1690 mm 1590 mm
Wheel Base 2360 mm 2380 mm
Ground Clearance 165 mm 164 mm
Rear Track 1,290 mm 1,300 mm
Boot Space - 218
Kerb Weight 850 kg 854 kg

Rest choice is yours.

Good luck.

Answer by Manoj 07 July 2009

HI Sumit

I own 2004 model Santro Zing. My vehicle is sturdy. Expecially the engine is maded out of steel which is worth mentioning, but I was told that Wagon R comes with Alluminium Engine, which may account to fuel efficiency. However, sturdiness and longevity of the engine should also be considered. I am getting 15kms per ltd. in city limits.
Speaking of leg space, height & boot space, it is not a big difference any way. Road grip wise, Santro is better than Wagon R, because of the broad tyres base, broad body & weight of the engine, body gauge.

The only feature I liked in wagon R is that it has got a sharp initial pickup.

Better go for second hand 2004 model Santro Zing with PS & AC.
All the best.


Answer by James 07 July 2009
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