Used SUZUKI WAGON R For Sale – RAC Cars

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Below are a sample of used SUZUKI WAGON R cars for sale, please use the search filter to refine your results and find the car of your dreams.

A history lesson

The Suzuki Wagon R originated in Japan back in 1993, where it was offered as a small yet practical family car with plenty of space inside.

It didn’t arrive on the European market until 1997, at which point it was explicitly altered in order to cater to audiences outside of Japan.

Although it was bigger and less quirky in its design, the Wagon R remained a somewhat unusual and underappreciated vehicle in its early days over here, although with its combination of compact city car sizing and competitive features and extras it gradually gained traction.

A second European generation was introduced in 2000 and further modified the look of this boxy beast to give it a better chance in the UK.

The basic 1.0 litre engine of its predecessor was replaced by a meatier 1.3 litre power plant and it was so well liked by the executives at General Motors that the Wagon R managed to spawn the Vauxhall Agila.

2002 saw the Suzuki Wagon R receive a minor update, while in 2006 the range got a new 1.2 litre engine which was intended to offer better fuel efficiency than the already frugal 1.3 litre alternative.

The Wagon R was pulled from the UK in 2008, although it continues to be a big seller in Suzuki’s native Japan. As such you can find plenty of decent used models on the market, most of which are more affordable than you’d think.

Bang for your buck

The Wagon R is definitely an odd looking thing, particularly here in the UK where we’re a bit more used to curvaceous European cars rather than this angular, box-like design.

However, to counteract the potential confusion over its style, Suzuki made sure that the first generation of the Wagon R for sale was available over here with all sorts of interesting trim and colour options.

On a basic level the first gen Wagon R offered plenty of benefits, including self-levelling headlamps, plenty of internal storage compartments and full electrics on the GL iteration.

Safety features are also more than acceptable first time around, with twin airbags up front and impact bars built into the doors helping to offset the feeling that this dinky car is a bit of a weakling.

For the second generation the people carrying potential of the Wagon R was increased thanks to the addition of a full three point seat belt and extra headrest in the rear, allowing for three adults to buckle up with greater comfort.

Of course since the actual measurements of the car didn’t change a huge amount, you’ll find that its narrowness might make those with particularly broad shoulders and barrel-like chests feel the squeeze. However, that’s inevitable with this kind of urban auto and it tries harder than its closest rivals to accommodate as many passengers as possible.

What you’ll pay

You can get a decent first generation Suzuki Wagon R for £500 or so, while second generation cars will set you back between £1000 and £5,000 depending on the age and trim level.

Insurance is understandably cheap thanks to the low powered engines onboard, with groups 2 to 4 fairly typical.

What to check

While most owners of the used Suzuki Wagon R will probably have stuck with city driving and generally avoided long motorway journeys, that’s not to say that used examples with only a few miles on the clock won’t have taken some punishment.

The interior is likely to have suffered most, so watch out for any damage here. Also make sure that you’re confident in the service history, particularly with older examples.

Otherwise, you can be pretty sure that a used Suzuki Wagon R will remain a tough little brawler for many years to come.


While the engines require official Suzuki parts, the second gen Wagon R benefits from its relationship to the Vauxhall Agila and allows you to find cheaper bits and pieces that will do the job.

The clutch will be £130 to replace, while a pair of brake pads sits at £50. Things get expensive when it comes to other mechanicals, such as the £400 alternator or £300 starter motor.

How it drives

You’ll have to sacrifice speed for fuel economy with the Suzuki Wagon R, but then that’s entirely the point. Even in the city you’ll get at least 36mph from the 1.3 litre engine, while the 1.2 litre model can top 46mpg combined.

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