Suzuki Wagon R Stingray Test Drive: Chevy-style with a bold design and exhilarating turbo (N. Shimazaki)

The Stingray, with its strong countenance and Chevrolet-like style, makes a strangely bold impression. This may just be my personal opinion, but it certainly exudes a powerful presence… Take that as you will.

Our test drive model was the Hybrid T grade with its 3 cylinder engine granting 64ps/10.0kgm in terms of specs. As for how it drives, the power you can feel while riding along leaves a lasting impression, leaving nothing to be desired when accelerating on city streets or otherwise. While I unfortunately didn’t get the chance to experience this during our test drive this time, I’m guessing that even when driving on the highway there shouldn’t really be anything that would cause stress in the driver. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that you can shift manually with paddles, and with its motor assist, control of the whole car is smooth to say the least.

Another merit of the Stingray is its suspension. The car’s standard 15 inch tires definitely work to keep the power of the Stingray in check while also affording guaranteeing a stable and sporty ride reminiscent of a compact. There’s no rigidity, giving a very modern feel, and for drivers that like to put their foot down, there’s plenty of reasons to give the Stingray a shot.

The instrument panel, black with red lines, is perfect for drivers looking to buy this kind of ride. Nonetheless, with the storage space under the passenger seat, umbrella holders on the rear doors, the new model’s more level and flat backseat setup makes for a very practical choice.

5 Star Rating:
Package: 5/5
Interior: 5/5
Power: 5/5
Footwork: 5/5
Recommendation: 5/5

Naoto Shimazaki, AJAJ Member
Born in Tokyo in 1958, after graduating from university, Shimazaki worked for an editorial company for over 9 years. After gathering experience writing, editing, and shooting for magazines and other publications, he became a freelance journalist in 1991. Other than automotive magazines, he also writes for the web and publishes on his own. Though he calls himself a journalist for convenience sake, he writes more as a driver than a reporter.

Written by Naoto Shimazaki

(Translated by Bryce Clarke)