Cohort Outtake: Suzuki Wagon R – The Xb’s Little Brother

Suzuki Wagon R

Yes, I have a thing for tall, boxy cars. And the Suzuki Wagon R was on my radar back in the late 1990s when the wider, non-kei version Wagon R+ was imported to Europe and was a minor hit there. Marlin shot this fetching purple one at Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria Australia. I can’t readily tell whether it’s a kei-car Wagon R or the Wagon R+, with a 1200cc Suzuki four under its hood. It is from the first generation (Marlin says its from 1997-2000), and the fifth generation is still being built, but it’s reverted back to kei-only (660 cc) status.

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Like so many Suzukis, the Wagon R was built in numerous places around the world, and under different name plates. Opel sold it as the Agila (above), from 2000 – 2007. It made a great city car, with deceptive amounts of room. It really is quite similar to the gen1 Scion xB/Toyota bB, although narrower and shorter yet.

So if I lived in Austria, a Wagon R+ might quite likely be what you might see me in. I like plenty of airspace above my head. And something easy to park.

Suzuki wagon R 2104

Here’s how the current version looks.