Review: Wagon R after 40 thousand kms
It’s such a strange thing that I havent written about my car. I am into fifth year (yeah last year of EMI) and done forty thousand kilometers in last four years. I think now the time is ripe to write about it. Even though the initial plan was to use it only inside the city, I have done many long drives and including whole night drives without any problem. I haven’t faced any problem on highway or inside the city. Its been always pleasure to drive my first car. Here is the complete review after driving it for about 40k kms.
Ease of Driving:
Let me tell you, this wasn’t my favorite small car. It was MS-Zen. But then by the time I was capable enough to buy a car, Zen was phased out. WagonR’s engine is pretty capable for a small car with 1.1lt, 64bhp. But because of its tall body it can’t handle the curves well at above 60kmph and wind above 90kmph. But that said this car is very zippy between 40 to 60, can be as good as Zen inside the city. Since the driver almost sits on the front wheels you know where exactly they are, very important when you are competing with autos. It’s small, enough capable and easy to drive. Its an amazing city car but an average highway car.
It’s comfortable and its poor-man’s MUV:
One of the reasons I bought this version of the car was split back seats. They are full push backs, so I have a car with all four seats as push back seats. It’s very important if you plan to take your parents on a long drive. Along with good head room this makes the best back seats in small car segment. The shock absorbers are not best in the class but I heard the recent model has better gas-filled suspension.
Since it is tall and also the back seats can be folder front (one or both), it gives you lot of luggage space. We have carried almost everything at the back.
If you are a cyclist, it can easily take two bicycles without any problem. So for me its an affordable MUV.
No problem car and sure value for money:
I have few hundreds of kilomteres in a day (Many five hundreds, few 800+ and 1k). I have done 300km in one stretch. I have done that on some of the worst road. I haven’t faced any problems except for occasional punctures. Its been truly a no problem car.
I have a petrol variant and it gives about 13/14kmpl. It’s not great but neither its very bad. I think it’s on par with cars in its segment (except the ones run on LPG/Diesel). At 4lakh, I think its worth every rupee.