Suzuki Wagon R+ Misc Documents Car Test PDF

Car test
R0076
See also R0056
December 2000
Suzuki Wagon R+
AT A GLANCE
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SPECIFICATION
engine 1298cc, 4-cylinder, petrol;
76bhp at 5500rpm, 85 lb ft at 4250rpm;
belt-driven single overhead camshaft, 16
valves
transmission 5-speed manual, front
wheel drive; 18.8 mph/1000rpm in 5th,
15.8 in 4th
suspension front: independent
damper/struts with integral coil springs.
Rear: torsion beam (dead) axle, coil
springs and a Panhard rod
steering electric power assistance; 3.3
turns lock-to-lock; 10.25m diameter
turning circle between kerbs (16.0m for
one turn of the wheel)
brakes solid discs front, drums rear, with
ABS anti-skid control optional extra
wheels/tyres 4½in steel with 165/60R14
tyres (Michelin on test car); full size spare
LIKES ...
unobtrusive seatbelts in use
no door sills to speak of
light, powerful handbrake
cool heads/warm feet easy to attain
… and GRIPES
miniscule radio controls – set low
interior lamps’ switch too stiff
clutch too sudden – easy to stall
demise of under-seat plastic bucket!
THE WAGON-R RANGE
body mini/city MPV-style hatch (mid
priced)
trim levels GA, GL
engines petrol: 4 cylinder/1.3 litre/76bhp
diesel: none
drive front-wheel drive, 5-speed manual;
4-speed stepped automatic (with torque
converter) optional
I
F YOU CAN BUY THE SAME CAR AS
a Vauxhall, why buy a Suzuki? There
are fewer dealers, the list price is
higher ...
Clearly, anyone serious about owning the
Wagon R should refer to our Agila report as
well. However, there are differences
subtle but significant – and despite a recent
price rise, the Suzuki’s standard kit,
ready-for-the-road, would actually cost
nearly £200 more on the Agila.
Of course, the Wagon R has been selling
well for several years back home in Japan.
This latest European version is built in
Hungary and obviously has much in
common with the Polish-assembled Agila.
The biggest difference is under the
bonnet. Enlarged from 1.2 to 1.3 litres, the
Suzuki all-alloy engine is quicker, but
brasher than the Agila’s 1.2 unit and its
pattern of thirst is different too see our
‘Fuel Economy’ panels on both cars for the
details, including a cheaper car tax band.
Not only in power-delivery but in matters
of suspension and seating too, the Wagon
R is firmer, trying to be tauter, more
extrovert. The wider, lower-profile tyres
succeed in giving better emergency
braking but no one could describe this
Suzuki as a sports hatch. Indeed, it has a
four-speed automatic option of the
old-style, inefficient but user-friendly kind;
this should improve its town-car appeal
even more but expect to suffer an overall
5-7mpg loss as well.
No, the real advantages of the Wagon R
are not dynamic, but emerge when it
comes to negotiating narrow or
congested roads or tricky parking slots,
or when you need to convey three
full-sized passengers on a regular basis.
The interior finish is surprisingly posh as
well, with a rear-seat folding
arrangement that is second-to-none.
More’s the pity therefore that its clutch
engages early and unprogressively and
that several items are too stiff for arthritic
hands. The heater too, suffers from
uneven side-to-side warmth at lower
temperature settings bad news if your
regular passenger likes more warmth
than you, the driver.
VERDICT
Some people choose a car because
of its looks, others by what they think
they look like, being seen in it. We
have to say that even this perked-up
Wagon R is unlikely to appeal to
either sort. No, the main reasons for
preferring either the Agila or Wagon
R will be to make your domestic
motoring cheaper and more
hassle-free. In town or around the
lanes, they succeed admirably, with
the Wagon R showing to advantage
in both acceleration and fuel
economy, at such times. However,
the Agila is less of a fidget, more
easy-going. The choice is yours.

Suzuki Wagon R+ Misc Documents Car Test Summary of Content

Car testR0076See also R0056December 2000Suzuki Wagon R+AT A GLANCEOvertaking ability Space/practicality Controls/displays Safety Handling/steering Comfort Fuel economy SPECIFICATIONengine 1298cc, 4-cylinder, petrol;76bhp at 5500rpm, 85 lb ft at 4250rpm;belt-driven single overhead camshaft, 16valvestransmission 5-speed manual, frontwheel drive; 18.8 mph/1000rpm in 5th,15.8 in 4thsuspension front: independentdamper/struts with integral coil springs.Rear: torsion beam (dead) axle, coilsprings and a Panhard rodsteering electric power assistance; 3.3turns lock-to-lock; 10.25m diameterturning circle between kerbs (16.0m forone turn of the wheel)brakes solid discs front, drums rear, withABS anti-skid control optional extrawheels/tyres 4in steel with 165/60R14tyres (Michelin on test car); full size spareLIKES ...unobtrusive seatbelts in useno door sills to speak oflight, powerful handbrakecool heads/warm feet easy to attain and GRIPESminiscule radio controls set lowinterior lamps switch too stiffclutch too sudden easy to stalldemise of under-seat plastic bucket!THE WAGON-R RANGEbody mini/city MPV-style hatch (midpriced)trim levels GA, GLengines petrol: 4 cylinder/1.3 litre/76bhpdiesel: nonedrive front-wheel drive, 5-speed manual;4-speed stepped automatic (with torqueconverter) optionalIF YOU CAN BUY THE SAME CAR ASa Vauxhall, why buy a Suzuki? Thereare fewer dealers, the list price ishigher ...Clearly, anyone serious about owning theWagon R should refer to our Agila report aswell. However, there are differences subtle but significant and despite a recentprice rise, the Suzukis standard kit,ready-for-the-road, would actually costnearly 200 more on the Agila.Of course, the Wagon R has been sellingwell for several years back home in Japan.This latest European version is built inHungary and obviously has much incommon with the Polish-assembled Agila.The biggest difference is under thebonnet. Enlarged from 1.2 to 1.3 litres, theSuzuki all-alloy engine is quicker, butbrasher than the Agilas 1.2 unit and itspattern of thirst is different too see ourFuel Economy panels on both cars for thedetails, including a cheaper car tax band.Not only in power-delivery but in mattersof suspension and seating too, the WagonR is firmer, trying to be tauter, moreextrovert. The wider, lower-profile tyressucceed in giving better emergencybraking but no one could describe thisSuzuki as a sports hatch. Indeed, it has afour-speed automatic option of theold-style, inefficient but user-friendly kind;this should improve its town-car appealeven more but expect to suffer an overall5-7mpg loss as well.No, the real advantages of the Wagon Rare not dynamic, but emerge when itcomes to negotiating narrow orcongested roads or tricky parking slots,or when you need to convey threefull-sized passengers on a regular basis.The interior finish is surprisingly posh aswell, with a rear-seat foldingarrangement that is second-to-none.Mores the pity therefore that its clutchengages early and unprogressively andthat several items are too stiff for arthritichands. The heater too, suffers fromuneven side-to-side warmth at lowertemperature settings bad news if yourregular passenger likes more warmththan you, the driver.VERDICTSome people choose a car becauseof its looks, others by what they thinkthey look like, being seen in it. Wehave to say that even this perked-upWagon R is unlikely to appeal toeither sort. No, the main reasons forpreferring either the Agila or WagonR will be to make your domesticmotoring cheaper and morehassle-free. In town or around thelanes, they succeed admirably, withthe Wagon R showing to advantagein both acceleration and fueleconomy, at such times. However,the Agila is less of a fidget, moreeasy-going. The choice is yours.