This month, I have pretty much driven the Wagon R in the city, except for one quick trip to Alibag. The peppy nature of the new 1.2-litre motor is pretty likeable within the city limits too. It's free-revving and eager, which makes overtaking quick and easy, even in moderate traffic conditions. Speaking of which, the light clutch action is a huge boon as well. With the rain pouring down with all its might last month, most roads in the city have been washed away, leading to massive jams. Even after driving in such conditions for over an hour, you don’t quite feel strained.
I am not a huge fan of the new design, but I have to admit, just like the outgoing model, visibility from behind the wheel is good in this one too. You can get a good sense of where the corners are, making it exceptionally easy to park even in the tightest of spots.
One thing that really needs improvement is the build quality. While the dash and the rest of the interior and plastics are reasonably good, it’s the body shell that feels extremely flimsy. It is this aspect that makes the car feel nervous when driving on the highway with heavy cross winds. A slightly sturdier built would have worked well in making the car feel confident.
When it came: February 2019
Current Odo reading: 10,281kms
Mileage this month: 1,730kms
Fuel efficiency: 12.1km/l
What’s good: Light clutch, visibility from cabin
What’s not: Build Quality