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As someone who hates conforming to popular trends I was imidiatly drawn to the unique shape and style of the wagon R. With my first car being a nissan micra I wanted something completly different with lots of room and easy to drive and this car definatly ticked all the boxes. Although I have had to put up with the usual peer mocking and hilarious "postman pat van" jokes I can quite easily brush these off as I love the shape of my car and find it completly suits my personality. The car has some good features which include the height, when driving you feel you tower over cars which I quite like, also the engine is small and neat and vey quiet and the fact that the back seats fold flat to create a large boot area I find particulaly usual when carrying large loads, not to mention the electic windows, central lock button and electic mirrors. There are some draw backs however mostly the annoying 2 back seats not 3 which when needing to drive more than four passengers is extremly irritating since there is plenty of room in the back for a middle seat. I have also found myself having to replace tyres quite frequently and the car does eat a lot of petrol but I have found the more you put in the more miles you get. This car is definatly a more girl ycar as my boyfriend has recently started driving this and really hates the shape of it. All in all this car makesa great first car and good little run around for anyone.
I feel this car is made with the older generation in mind., however, as a younger driver I found this car was ideal- despite its unconventional looks (I think it looks quite cute- but that's personal taste)
It has a 1.3L engine which is perfect for tootling about to and from work; and the petrol lasts for ages providing you don't go on the motorway- then it gets really thirsty- and being a car aimed at the older community means its cheap on the insurance.. It has substantial headroom- and with more upright seats (think van) makes it easier to get in with dodgier knees. But being 8 months pregnant- I find this car deals perfectly with my ever expanding waist.
As a 4-Seater MPV- it's meant to be a family car, spacing in the front is lovely! but opposite in the back- being 5ft this is adequate for me, but if I take other taller family members out there are often complaints about their knees around their necks and so forth.
The only issues I've had with the car MOT-wise is the brake disks; the back right disk has a habit of sticking so wears down more frequently. Other than that its been completely problem free.
I would really recommend this as a first car- I *love* it; its cheap to run, trouble free (for me at least) and has just enough room to ferry about their friends to and from school/McDonalds (or whatever kids do for fun these days) I wouldn't give it to them as a suprise on their 17th birthday though- as the look of the car really is a huge factor, and they might not be as appreciative at finally getting a car as you'd think.
This is a great little car. Loads of room if you put the seats down at the back, even more head room and a great driving position for the older member of the community. There's no sitting on the floor feeling with this car. My Dad has one and he loves it because it's so easy to get in and out of. Plenty of room in the back for the dog, it even came with a simple roof rack as standard. The engine is pokey albeit a little thirsty for what it is. Being a tall and narrow vehicle the handling isn't amazing. It does tend to lean over a little too much but then again, this is no boy racer car just because it has the badge "type r". It's a car for the older generation, and it does it's job very well despite the bland interior. Basic, useful and fundamental is what I would call it.
You know what, it's a weird looking car. I love weird, so I loved the car. MINE, I shouted across the forecourt. If you're not a pensioner, expect weird looks. Jeremy Clarkson would piss himself should he find out a 17 year old bought a Wagon R+.
But you know what? It's a good little car. IT does what I want. It drives. It accelerates acceptably. It has needed a LOT of labour to get it running right, though, after 10 years and third-hand-ness.
I like that it's taller than other cars - it's hardly ladylike to flash your fanny when you get out hte car, and the Wagon means you can swish down elegantly. Albiet from the car that looks like what it does.
If your'e not bothered on looks, you've got kids or are elderly, this is perfect. I like it because it's quite cheap to run and it's not exactly a common car to have, which I hate when driving around in my parents' Priuses.
As an accountant I don't usually buy a brand new car, but for the best part-ex deal on my dying Clio I decided that needs must! After trying numerous cars I decided on the Suzuki Wagon R+ Special. Initially it wasn't even on my list of cars to try but I decided to test drive it on the recommendation of a friend who has had several happy years of motoring with hers, and also because the garage happened to be near to one that I had decided to visit anyway. So what is so special about the car that swung it? SAFETY FEATURES * both the driver and passenger have airbags fitted as standard. * the front and rear doors have side impact bars ( and also have arm rests, not common in a car of this size). * it has a pedal release system on the pedals to help reduce leg injuries in the eevnt of an accident and also a collapsible steering wheel. SECURITY FEATURES * the car comes fitted with central locking as standard and also an anti-hijack facility so that in the event of somebody near the car when you come to get in, then you are able just to open the driver's door. * an immobiliser is fitted as are deadlocks. OTHER FEATURES * my version has a radio and CD player with a removable front. The specs promised only a tape so the CD was a pleasant surprise. The sound quality is quite impressive and the volume is equally good in the back and the front. * adjustable steering wheel height * adjustable seat height which caters for the smaller driver(like me!) and those who are six foot. There is pleny of head room clearance for those who are 6 ft 4ins too. * 5 doors as standard * power steering * electric front windows * split rear seat My special addition version also comes equipped with * alloy wheels. * front fog lamps. * remote central locking SPEED, ETC The car proves to be very good for darrting in and around town. It has a 5 speed gear box and
a 16 valve 1298cc engine. The combined fuel consumption figure is 46.3mpg. I have already noticed that my weekly fuel bills have reduced slightly. WHAT I LIKE BEST * the radio / cassette is controlled from the steering column so you don't have to take your hands off the wheel to change channels or adjust the volume. The controls are perfectly positioned. * the ability tohold the road well along the winding country roads that I have to negotiate daily. * the fact that the car runs equally well on the motorway. * good fuel consumption WHAT I DON'T LIKE * the lack of a control for the radio on the steering wheel. SUMMARY All in all, this was one of the best small cars that I had driven. It is easy to park, gives a good view for driving and is easy to get in and out of. It falls into about group 3 insurance and is in the lower road fund tax category. My insurance renewal was £100 less than with my Clio. Also when I purchased my car I got 3 years free servicing and also three years free breakdown coverage (though of course I hope not to need the latter!)
When my car goes in for it's sevice the courtesy car is a wagon R, the first time I was told I would be swapping my much loved Grand Vitara for one of these I wasn't looking forward to it. I must say that having now 'borrowed ' a wagon R twice I have completly changed my opinion of these practical little cars, there are so many advantages and good design features its hard to know where to start. The seating is high like a small 4X4 so you get a good view of the road, the all round visibility is superb, the layout of the dash is logical and functional, there are nice and unexpected touches with power windows and mirrors and a good face off stereo system, the seats are broad and reasonably supportive but they are designed to fold in different ways so the inside can make a sort of settee, great fun if you go to the beach or for a picnick, if the kids get tired on the way home their individual split fold rear seat can be reclined and they can rest in comfort while you drive home in equal comfort. they have loads of little storage bins , trays under the seats, and the passenger seat squab lifts to reveal a space big enough to put two bags of shopping in. Cheap to run, if you can bring yourself to look beyond the outside and take a test drive I guarantee that you will be impressed. Smiley family transport that can be whatever you want it to be (except a sports car)