What used Suzuki Wagon R estate will I get for my budget?
How much does it cost to run a Suzuki Wagon R estate?
The Wagon R isn't as cheap as some similarly sized city cars of the time, such as the Daewoo Matiz, but it's by no means expensive. Also, you'll pay a lot less for the Suzuki than you will for a Vauxhall Agila, which is mechanically identical.
Running costs aren't bad. The 1.0-litre will give you 47.1mpg and cost you a group 2 insurance premium. And, although the 1.2 gives better fuel economy of 47.9mpg, its insurance classification jumps to group 4. The later 1.3 model will cost you more because it's a newer car, but an average fuel economy figure of 46.3mpg is competitive, and an insurance grouping of 3 makes it cheaper to cover than the 1.2.
Servicing might cost a lot however, because the Wagon R needs routine maintenance every 6000 miles. Even if you find a garage charging rock-bottom labour rates, the sheer number of visits you'll need to make add to the expense.