After clocking nearly 8,000kms in just over six months, it’s now time to bid adieu to the trusted Wagon R. With just 783kms, last month has been rather slow but since this is a wrap-up, let me give you an overview of how the Wagon R has behaved over these few months.
First, Maruti Suzuki calls this ‘the big new Wagon R’, and it’s big indeed. For a car that is just 3.7 metres in length, it is extremely spacious. It is one of the few cars out there that can actually seat five in good comfort. At 341 litres, the boot space hasn’t been compromised either. And I just love how practical the cabin is. Door pads on either side can easily hold large 1-litre bottles, there are two cup holders near the hand brake and a small cubby hole below the air-con controls for your wallet.
Moving on to the driving bits – the 1.2-litre motor in the Wagon R was indeed a great move by Maruti. The car feels quite sprightly. Sadly, the vague steering wheel steals some of the fun from the overall driving experience. That said, the Wagon R is primarily a city commuter, and it does that job perfectly well. I wish it was fitted with more powerful headlights though. While driving in the city, the headlights just don’t illuminate the road well enough.
Leaving aside a few downsides the Wagon R has, it has performed most of its duties magnificently. It is comfortable, spacious, has a peppy motor, and above all, is reliable. No wonder, then, that it’s a crowd favourite.
When it came: February 2019
Current Odo reading: 11,064kms
Mileage this month: 783kms
Fuel efficiency: 13.7km/l
What’s good: Practical cabin, boot space
What’s not: Steering feel, headlights