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Suzuki Wagon R+ review (1998-2007)

Co-developed in association with General Motors, this Hungarian built compact car has, in its previous form, consistently been a best seller in its native Japan.

Suzuki Wagon R +
Overall Auto Express Rating

3.0 out of 5

Co-developed in association with General Motors, this Hungarian built compact car has, in its previous form, consistently been a best seller in its native Japan. The much improved all-new model still features the slab-sided styling of its predecessor but the sharp ungainly edges have now been smoothed off improving the looks of the Wagon R+ dramatically. Those slab sides do, however, serve a purpose - maximising interior space. Ideal as an urban runabout the Wagon R+ is still presently only available in GL specification. That offers power steering, electric front windows, central locking and coloured bumpers as standard.

Despite its diminutive proportions, the Wagon R+ is a surprisingly roomy little vehicle with lots of space front and rear, and a useful boot too. Should you need more space though, the seats can be folded, giving the Wagon R+ van-like carrying capacity. Using a compact and light 1.3 litre, fuel-injected four-cylinder producing 56kW the Wagon R+ can be specified with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed electronically controlled automatic.

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