You made a good choice choosing Wagon R over i10
Sometimes i find the comparison pretty absurd between the two in driving experience.
Wagon R's K10 Engine is free revving unit and feels happy at revs above 1800rpm.
Sometimes you won't even come to know that you touched 3K RPM while accelerating.
But the low end suffers, you cannot lug this engine. Always stay above 1500RPM for this engine.
But does more revvs means more hit on FE. Seems to be NO, it yields better figures if you keep the revs between 1500-2500RPM and drops below 1500RPM.
The figures you can get from this engine would be better being 3 pot engine.
Just as a comparison we get 20kmpl on highways with AltoK10 so 18kmpl in Wagon R won't be an issue.
Contrary, i10's low end is much better, 45km/h and 5th gear, no problem. 2nd gear response, lovely and 4 pot engine's thrum.
i10 feels upmarket and relatively easier than Wagon R to drive but the ride quality suffers, well in Wagon R too but i feel more here.
The FE figure from 4 pot engine won't match 3 pot.
Also, I found no. of owners with glitches in their i10 were more from IRDE engine than Kappa. I doubt their QC for this engine.
Some High points
- Drop in performance is more felt in i10
- Driving fatigue is less in i10
- Gearshifts of i10 are much better than Wagon R
- Maruti After Sales Service is cheaper and better than Hyundai's.
Overall, if one looks for practicality, it's Wagon R.
Relatively Plush car is i10
P:S1: My views are on performance and driving front.
P:S2: All of the views are subjective to author's opinion. Forum has no connection with them