KUV100 vs WagonR Comparison

Mahindra KUV100 vs Maruti-Suzuki WagonR Comparison
Overall, The KUV100 diesel is our pick of this test. It is more than 1 lakh rupees cheaper than all the other alternatives here. Plus it has excellent drivability, space, and superior rough road ability than the WagonR. Although it doesn’t have the convenience of the WagonR AMT’s automatic gearbox, if you are really looking for a automatic geared vehicle from Maruti-Suzuki’s stables, the Celerio AMT is a way more superior vehicle than the WagonR. We do not recommend the manual geared WagonR & KUV100 petrol at all.

Pricing & Features: The top-of-the-line WagonR ‘VXi’ variant, retails for 4.30 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), which is without doubt one of the most popular hatchbacks in the country. The same prospective customers now have the option of a micro-SUV the KUV100 ‘K4’variant for 50,000 Rs. more i.e. 4.80 Lakh. (WagonR VXi AMT Petrol costs 4.77 lakh and KUV100 K4 Diesel costs 5.60 Lakh ex-showroom Delhi)

Common Features: AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Wheel Covers, Tilt Steering
Extra Features in KUV100 (K4): ABS
Extra Features in WagonR (VXi): Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux + 4 Speakers, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Fog Lamps

Performance & Drivability: The sheer ease and effortlessness of the WagonR AMT automatic is unmatched by the manual cars. Amongst manuals, the diesel KUV100 has far better drivability than the petrol powered WagonR and KUV, which is not surprising given that it has 50% more torque and almost no turbo-lag. This makes it immensely easy to potter around town. The KUV100 is also surprisingly refined for a diesel, and though it is still not as refined as the WagonR’s petrol engine or even the KUV petrol for that matter. Although, its refinement is well within the acceptable limits of even the most ardent critics of diesel engines.

Power (PS@rpm): KUV100 (Petrol) – 82@5500, WagonR (Petrol) – 68@6200, KUV100 (Diesel) – 77@3750
Torque (Nm@rpm): KUV100 (Petrol) - 115@3500, WagonR (Petrol) – 90@3500, KUV100 (Diesel) – 190@1750-2250
Kerb Weight (kg): KUV100 (Petrol) – 1075*, WagonR (Petrol) – 875, KUV100 (Diesel) – 1175*
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): KUV100 (Petrol) – 76, WagonR (Petrol) – 78, KUV100 (Diesel) – 66
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): KUV100 (Petrol) – 107, WagonR (Petrol) – 103, KUV100 (Diesel) – 162

Fuel Efficiency: In our real world tests, the KUV100, diesel was almost 2 kmpl more efficient than the WagonR petrol, both manual & automatic (plus diesel is cheaper). The WagonR itself (manual as well as auto) was consistently 2 kmpl more efficient than the KUV100, petrol.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): KUV100 (petrol, manual) – 18.15, WagonR (manual & auto, petrol) – 20.5, KUV100 (diesel, manual) – 25.32
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh): KUV100 (petrol, manual) – 4.10, WagonR (manual & auto, petrol) – 3.55, KUV100 (diesel, manual) – 2.20

Space & Comfort: The KUV100 is significantly wider than the WagonR. Unlike the WagonR, which is meant strictly for only 2 passengers at the rear, the KUV100 can easily accommodate three full-size adults. The front bench seat of the KUV100 is more of a gimmick due to safety concerns, but could come in handy for ferrying an extra passenger on rare occasions. The KUV100’s 243 litres of boot-space is also far more capacious than the pathetically small 180 litre boot of the WagonR. Head-room and knee-room are more than adequate in both the cars.

Length (mm): KUV100 – 3675, WagonR – 3539
Width (mm): KUV100 – 1715, WagonR – 1495
Height (mm): KUV100 – 1655, WagonR – 1670

Ride Quality & Handling: The KUV100 has a far better ride quality than the WagonR. It absorbs broken surfaces with aplomb and isolates the occupants from road undulations really well. The WagonR on the other hand has one of the worst ride qualities in the market. Sharp bumps and ruts can be painfully punishing especially for the rear seat passengers. Even the stability at highway speeds and under hard braking is far superior in the KUV100 compared to the WagonR. Both cars have horrible handling though. There is immense body roll coupled with a dead, feedback-less steering which make them utterly disappointing around the bends.

Ground Clearance (mm): KUV100 – 170, WagonR – 165
Tyre Size: KUV100 – 185/65R14, WagonR - 155/65R14 (VXi), 145/80R13 (LXi)

Reliability and After Sales Service: Maruti is by far the leader of Service support in our country in terms of reach and quality combined and it has an excellent track record for product reliability as well. Mahindra is still a long way behind both in terms of reach as well as quality. Add to that the fact that the KUV100 has all new petrol and diesel engines, which are bound to have teething troubles. Thus we recommend a wait and watch policy for the first six months before putting down your cash on the KUV100.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
KUV100 (Petrol manual) – 2.64, WagonR (Petrol automatic) – 2.74, WagonR (Petrol manual) – 2.47, KUV100 (Diesel manual) – 3.22

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
KUV100 (Petrol manual) – 6.17, WagonR (Petrol automatic) – 5.58, WagonR (Petrol manual) – 5.38, KUV100 (Diesel manual) – 4.59


Verdict: The KUV100 diesel is our pick of this test. It is more than 1 lakh rupees cheaper than all the other alternatives here. Plus it has excellent drivability, space, and superior rough road ability than the WagonR. Although it doesn’t have the convenience of the WagonR AMT’s automatic gearbox, if you are really looking for a automatic geared vehicle from Maruti-Suzuki’s stables, the Celerio AMT is a way more superior vehicle than the WagonR. We do not recommend the manual geared WagonR & KUV100 petrol at all.

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