I bought my Suzuki Wagan -R Auto new over six years ago and i have only had two faults with the car during that time, one wheel bearing which only went six months ago and an indicator switch which snapped off (however, my wife is a bit cac-handed and tends to bang the switches up and down a bit, she has been known to snap off the gear stick of our next doors van in the past)other than the normal replacement of disc pads,tyres, wiper blades and bulbs there has been no other repairs needed.To date the car has covered 61,000 miles, fuel consumption is about average for an auto of 30mpg around town and 42mpg on a motorway journey.The performance is nippy with a nice light steering and smooth gearbox. Seating is high and firm which suits both my wife and i. The only down side is the steering wheel position is set too high and no arm rest between the front seats tends to make your arms ache a bit after an hour or so of driving(this i understand has been corrected on the new 2008 model with an adjustable rake). Overall this has been a very good car indeed, I intend to buy another new car this year, I would love to buy another but the new auto version now called the "Splash" costs £10,500 unfortunately there are other cars out there for a lot less for the same spec,for eg. The "Hyundi i10" with a very similar spec plus a 5 year warranty at £8,400 is a much better buy (sorry Suzuki).
My review is based on my ten-day drive while I was given this as a courtesy car. The very first impression was that it felt like driving a tractor. Vauxhall's 1.2 L engine is vocal even at low speed. The acceleration is not quick.
However, the inside is very roomy for a small car. Four adults can sit comfortably. Headroom is amazing (probably too much). Visibility is excellent throughout. the driver's seat is height adjustable and there is enough legroom. Luggage space is a small but it's a small car anyway.
For the 1.2L model, both engine and gearbox comes from Vauxhall's (GM). AC was not fitted in my car and the radio/CD player looked cheapo. Although it uses a Corsa engine, the driving experience is far better than that of Corsa! The high driving position is excellent. Brakes are very good.
A few things could have been better: In my most comfortable position, the power window switches were near my elbow! For a small car, fuel consumption could have been better. Can't comment on reliability as I didn't own it for long. But people rarely complain about the WagonR's reliability.
Remote central locking and immobiliser comes as standard and it's not an attractive cars for nicking. It can cruise on motorway at 70 mph, but town driving is its forte. Compact size makes parking a breeze. Many people dismiss it saying it is a box on wheels, but I won't agree with that.
I have now owned this car for just over a year. When I first had it, the ride was very stiff, (see previous entry), but when it was returned from the dealer, with a new suspension strut fitted, it had changed for the better.
My annual mileage is only about 3.5K, but it is very easy to drive, although being an automatic, it is a bit thirsty - I rarely get much over 30mpg, which is a bit disappointing considering it is only a 1.3-litre engine.
I got it in the first place because my wife has arthritis, among other things, and found the low-slung Citroen ZX a problem getting in and out without help, but the R+ is a lot easier.
We owned a 1.3GL for four years, covering 35,000 miles. We bought it because we wanted a cheap to run, spacious small car with an upright seating position. My wife loved the front seats and found it very easy to park.
It's surprisingly nippy, with 0-60mph in less than 12 seconds. It is extremely practical, and has a well made interior with split rear seats that folded down with one movement. However, the ride was a little choppy.
The main problem, though, was very sharp, sudden clutch engagement that made smooth starts a problem when my two youngest children started to learn on it. It's very easy to stall, which made smooth driving a problem. It's also not as economical as I had hoped - generally it returns around 38mpg and the best we ever got on a longer run was around 44mpg.
We also had occassional problems with a binding handbrake, but otherwise it was reliable. If economy were improved and smoother driving was easier, I would rate it very highly as a cheap, practical, amazingly spacious car.
We replaced it last summer with a Honda Jazz auto. It's much nicer to drive and much more economical, but the front seats are not as comfortable as the Wagon R.
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