Maruti Suzuki WagonR vs Hyundai Santro vs Tata Tiago vs Datsun Go: Comparison

By Divyank Kushagra Bansal | on January 29, 2019

The hatchback space has just been given another worthy contender in the form of the 2019 Maruti Suzuki WagonR. The only thing left to do then is to see how it stacks up against its closest competition.

The new launch of the segment, the Maruti Suzuki WagonR, has been updated to accommodate more modern-day features and fresh styling. Coupled with a more powerful engine, the 2019 WagonR is indeed aimed at a much younger customer base. However, with worthy competitors from Hyundai, Tata and Datsun stables, it will be an uphill task for the WagonR to gain a respectable market share in the segment. Let's see how the 2019 WagonR compares against its chief rivals . . .


The 2019 WagonR, despite having bigger proportions, owing to Maruti's Heartect platform, still doesn't offer class-leading length, as it falls short of the Tiago and the Go (the longest out of the four). However, the WagonR and Datsun Go both share a comparable wheelbase figure, which means that both cars have more or less the same legroom. However, headroom won't be a problem in the WagonR, for it is the tallest in the group, thanks to its 'Tallboy' design. While all four cars have similar width, it's the Go that offers the best ground clearance, thereby, making it the most speed-breaker friendly in the group. It should be noted, however, that official ground clearance figure of the WagonR is not yet available.

  Maruti Suzuki WagonR Hyundai Santro Tata Tiago Datsun Go
Length (mm) 3,655 3,610 3,746 3,788
Width (mm) 1,620 1,645 1,647 1,636
Height (mm) 1,675 1,560 1,535 1,507
Wheelbase (mm) 2,435 2,400 2,400 2,450
Ground Clearance (mm) N.A. 160 170 180


For the first time, the WagonR gets multiple engine options, and this certainly helps the car in terms of its youth appeal. While the Santro and Go might seem underpowered in front of the Tiago, the WagonR puts up a good fight against the Tata Tiago, as they both offer 80+ bhp from their respective 1.2-litre motors. In terms of driving refinement though, the WagonR stands beside the Santro, for only these two offer a 4-cylinder engine option. The Datsun Go faces a serious disadvantage in this comparison, for it is the only model on the list that lacks an AMT gearbox option on offer.

  Maruti Suzuki WagonR Hyundai Santro (Petrol) Tata Tiago (Petrol) Datsun Go
Engine 998cc 3-Cylinder K10B / 1,197cc 4-Cylinder K12M 1,086cc 4-Cylinder 1,199cc 3-Cylinder 1,198cc 3-Cylinder
Power 67bhp / 82bhp 68bhp 84bhp 67bhp
Torque 90Nm / 113Nm 99Nm 114Nm 104Nm
Transmission 5-Speed Manual / 5-Speed AMT 5-Speed Manual / 5-Speed AMT 5-Speed Manual / 5-Speed AMT 5-Speed Manual

Features and Equipment

This is where things get a little interesting. All four models here are more or less similar, for all of them offer two airbags (driver + front passenger), ABS, a touchscreen infotainment system and remote keyless entry. However, the Santro is the only model here that offers a rear parking camera – the other three only offer rear parking sensors – and rear AC vents, which is a segment-first feature. In terms of premium features, the Tiago and Go score higher, as they both offer alloy wheels, but it’s the Tiago that emerges as a clear winner overall, for it also offers projector headlamps and automatic climate control, albeit only in the top-spec ZX+ variant.

  Maruti Suzuki WagonR Hyundai Santro Tata Tiago Datsun Go
Airbags 2 2 2 2
ABS Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rear Parking Camera

No (Sensors only)

Yes No (Sensors only) No (Sensors only)
Touchscreen Infotainment System Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rear AC Vents


Yes No No
Alloy Wheels No No Yes Yes
Remote Keyless Entry Yes Yes Yes Yes
Projector Headlamps No No Yes No
Air Conditioning Manual Manual Manual Automatic

Price Range

While the prices of Tiago and WagonR start beyond the ₹ 4 lakh mark, the Santro and the Go offer better value to first-time car buyers who are more likely to opt for a base variant. But for those who want a balanced blend of reasonable space, practicality and a premium feel, the Santro and WagonR seem to be good choices. However, for the enthusiastic buyer who would like to have good power, decent cabin space and a fair list of premium features, the Tiago offers the best value proposition.

  Price Range (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
Maruti Suzuki WagonR ₹ 4.19 lakh - ₹ 5.69 lakh
Hyundai Santro (Petrol) ₹ 3.89 lakh - ₹ 5.46 lakh
Tata Tiago (Petrol) ₹ 4.20 lakh - ₹ 5.74 lakh
Datsun Go ₹ 3.29 lakh - ₹ 4.89 lakh

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