Maruti Suzuki WagonR

The WagonR has proved to be a great com­pan­ion in the city as well as the high­way

Evo India - - BENELLI LEONCINO - ⌧ Vishal Joshi (@vishal­lata­joshi)

IT’S TIME! TIME TO BID ADIEU TO per­haps the most pop­u­lar and used cars in evo In­dia’s garage and my sweet com­pan­ion, the WagonR. I knew this day would come, but not so soon. It’s been more than six months that I have been com­mut­ing, go­ing on long trips or drives with fam­ily, us­ing it for shoots of mo­tor­cy­cles, cars and even cy­cles. What I have re­alised is it not only makes for a good fam­ily car, but a spa­cious one for pho­tog­ra­phers as well.

For what it’s worth, both the rows were used to the fullest, even the boot. So what if it’s a small car and gets a 1000cc engine? There’s def­i­nitely more than what meets the eye when it comes to the taller, wider, longer WagonR. It’s not only spa­cious from within and has a but­ter-smooth engine, but is also the best look­ing Wagon R till date.

Ours came in Nut­meg Brown, not the first in a WagonR but the newly re­designed shape of the car goes re­ally well with the colour op­tions that Maruti Suzuki has given. And it isn’t just me. We know how pop­u­lar the WagonR is in our coun­try. Wher­ever I took the car, peo­ple not only gave that long stare at the car, but did not hes­i­tate to en­quire about it as well. And why not? The new up­right fas­cia with the wide, per­fectly-spread square dual-split head­lights that ac­com­pany the smart grille, the float­ing C-pil­lar that hints at a modern and stylish pro­file and then the squared-off rear flanked with the elon­gated tail lamps that give it a butch look from the rear. Place it next to your choice of SUV and you will see how the boxy stance of the WagonR meets the mas­cu­line build of that SUV. Not only that, step in­side and you will feel the am­ple­ness of space, the room around you and the pas­sen­gers as well.

Ev­ery time I squeezed the fat key into the ig­ni­tion, the but­ter smooth engine would come to life with­out mak­ing any­body re­alise that it has. The WagonR has re­ally come a long way. The K12 engine has been com­pe­tent and it feels so peppy because how light­weight the boxy hatch is, it ac­cel­er­ates and does triple-digit speeds with­out any has­sle. Be it when cruis­ing swiftly on the high­way or even when do­ing close to tripledigi­t speeds on long roads in the city. Well, what re­ally kept me cau­tious was the time when I was at a sig­nal though. The jump it gives ev­ery time I re­leased the brakes while in ‘D’ needed a lot of cal­cu­la­tions, to avoid scar­ing the rider in the front. But, that is just one thing.

It’s been a great com­pan­ion for short city run­abouts. Heck! Even the Ed who needed to make a quick dash to the den­tist as his wis­dom tooth needed some work picked the WagonR for this jaunt. It has also taken me out of the city with my bi­cy­cles, driv­ing me up to roads that are per­fect for a quick dash on two wheels and then carts me back home. You will be missed, WagonR!

Date ac­quired Fe­bru­ary 2019 To­tal mileage 8127km Mileage this month 162km Costs this month `0 Over­all kmpl 16.9kmpl

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