We covered a lot of ground this month with the Wagon R – almost 2,500km. Driving between Mumbai and Pune, as well as to the hill station of Lonavala, for all of our shoots, the Wagon R still continues to be a great car. However, there are now a few issues. The first is that the AC has started to lose its cooling effect. It might be because of the size of the cabin, but even after an hour of driving, it seems that the AC is not living up to our expectations. The brakes are also still really weak and the steering starts to shake a little when you apply the brakes with great pressure. The steering itself is also really light and feels wobbly on the highway at high speeds now.
What’s great though is the car still has very smooth ride quality and the suspension setup is fantastic for all kinds of road conditions. On the highway, you can cruise at decent speeds and the engine is very peppy when it needs to be. The cabin is also comfortable for long drives. In the city though, is where the car really excels and it’s a joy to ride. Thanks to the light steering it’s easy and manageable to live with every day, and the cabin once again offers you a great environment, even when you are driving through hell. The car now needs to get its first servicing, and hopefully, the brakes and the AC issues will be sorted out when we get it back. Other than that, the car is still running in tip-top condition and performs very well and is extremely practical for all the right reasons.
When it came: February 2019
Current Odo reading: 6,910kms
Mileage this month: 2,506kms
Fuel efficiency: 15km/l
Faults: Air-conditioning, brakes
What’s good: Effective air conditioning
Also read - Maruti Suzuki WagonR Long Term Report: June 2019