suzuki_wagon_r_211

 

Specs:

  • JDM Engine Option 1: 600cc Petrol
  • JDM Engine Option 2: 1000cc K10B 12V I3 Petrol
  • JDM Engine Option 3: 1200, 1300 K12A cc Petrol Engine
  • Fuel Consumption: 3.5 lt / 100 km (fifth generation)
  • Curb Weight: 825 Kg (1,819 lb)
  • Size: L 3,520 mm x W 1,475 mm x H 1,660 mm

The Good

The Suzuki Wagon R will always be the type of car that will make you question size. All Kei cars are like this and, considering that this Japan-favorite is currently at its fifth generation, then Suzuki must be doing something right.

This model is manufactured all over the world, but under different names.  For example, in India it goes by the name of Maruti, in Indonesia it’s Karimun, Pak Suzuki in Pakistan, while in Hungary it keeps the original Suzuki name.

The newest version comes with a hybrid system, featuring regenerative breaking, resulting a very low fuel consumption. As a side note, the fifth generation can go as low as 3.5 l / 100 km in the city. This and the interior size are the major pluses of this car. Loads of head room, decent amount of equipment for the base model, but horrendous luggage space. However. this problem was solved with the Wagon R – Wide. Another thing that we found impressive is the low power electric AC unit, connected to the batteries, meaning that even with it turned on you won’t see a significant increase in fuel consumption.

Moving on to the transmission type, you can choose a CVT Automatic or a normal manual. If you had read some of our other reviews you probably already know our opinion on CVT. Like always, it’s clunky, doesn’t revmatch correctly and takes forever to change gear. To make your life easy, always choose the manual version. It’s weird that the automatic is so annoying when the manual transmission on all Suzukis are very good.

Another positive point is that it will never let you down, because it’a Suzuki Most of the people who have owned the car, including older generations, had never complained about engine failure, faulty electronics or bad gearboxes.

The Bad

Sadly, the advantages of the kei car are nothing if we consider the disadvantages.

It’s ugly. We’re sorry to say this, but no generation of the car looks good. The Wagon R – Wide version is not a Kei class car and because of this you will have to pay extra taxes in Japan.

It has a tall center of gravity and even though it comes with ESP and stability control, it always feels wobbly in the corners. The steering wheel has no special feeling, but the visibility is decent, mostly because of that tall driving position.

Conclusion

If you ask us, we would choose the normal version of this car so that is remains in the kei class. It is a very good city car because you get extremely low fuel consumption, it is very spacious and the taxes for the kei cars are very low. However, in our opinion, the bad things that we have presented are a bit problematic, but if you would live in Japan you would quickly see why this car is very popular there.

What other say

www.parkers.co.uk: “This Wagon R+ is curvier and less van-like than before, but retains the practicality that’s won it a niche following.”

www.rac.co.uk: “The Suzuki Wagon R+ is a car that makes a good deal more sense after you’ve used it for a while. The amount of space inside, the no-nonsense mechanicals and the low running costs make it a very practical urban scoot that’s not averse to the longer journey.”