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nippyalto

Nippy Alto

SUZUKI ALTO 1.0 SZ2 5dr (Review date: 12th July '14)

4.8

This car has been a pleasure to own. It's been 100% reliable and easy to drive and park. It feels nippy in traffic with good steering, but is less powerful (understandably given the engine size) on the motorway. The interior is compact but can easily fit 4 people in.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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altomio

so far so good!

SUZUKI ALTO 1.0 SZ2 5dr (Review date: 29th April '14)

4

I am finding it hard to drive this car because it is very small, but I love the fact that it doesn't pay any tax, no MOT, very economical on petrol, easy to park and go through narrow spaces, perfect for my job at the rush hour and for going shopping or to the gym, a real compact city car and no worries about expenses for the next few years. Very modern and cute and even when I prefer bigger cars, this is lovely and cute.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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mikeyalto

Cheap to run good car.

SUZUKI ALTO 1.0 SZ3 5dr (Review date: 6th August '13)

4.5

This is our third Alto, each one was a different generation.

Good points

This new alto is very cheap to run. £0 road tax. I get 48 MPG with lots of very short journeys(many less than 1 mile) around town. On a 100 mile motorway run at speed limit I can get 66MPG which I think is quite good.

The new model is better at higher speeds than the previous version as that rolled a lot more. At high speeds and country roads the car is more composed.

Bad points, the driving position isnt that comfortable, the steering wheel is too far tilted away for me and the A pillar creates a blind spot. The boot is very small and only good for shopping but the rear seats do fold down but they are not split fold unless you get the top of the range version.

The ride is quite bouncy and uncomfortable at times.

Looks too cute at the front and not really stylish, although I like the rear of the car. The styling and image isnt up to the other small cars standards.

If you want a reliable and cheap to run car this is the one for you.

I am very happy with this car as this is my fuel economy car and is very cheap to run and good to drive. My other car is a 2.3 Turbo so the savings I make running the Alto gives me more money to rag my weekend car.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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opticalbabe

My little Alto

SUZUKI ALTO 1.0 SZ2 5dr (Review date: 8th July '13)

4.8

well Ive had it for a week now and Im loving it. I changed over from a swift and was a bit dubious about getting the Alto having read the reviews, but its brill.

Yes ok, after I have got all my bits in the boot like the jump power pack, first aid kit, tyre inflator, water bottle and spare oil there isn't much room for any shopping. But the five doors allows full access to the rear seats for the bags. the drivers seat is great and gives you a lovely clear view all around. other reviewers are right you do have to stretch the gears sometimes to get the best out of them, but you get used to this.

Parking in the tightest of spots if as easy as pie, esp when you get used to the mirrors. it is a bit weird that the interior one wobbles as much as it does.

Would I change back to a Swift...... not on your nellie. On one tank of petrol I have managed to do over 250 miles but I will have to do a few more to be able to compare it properly with my swift.

Don't want too much out of the Alto, and it will repay you. Its a small car that will work hard for you.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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Elisa Archer

SUZUKI ALTO 1.0 SZ3 5dr (Review date: 16th November '11)

5

Before I purchased the Alto I had to test drive every small car on the market. It turns out that it drives amazingly well in comparison. Easy to handle, park and manoeuvre in small spaces.

I find the Alto to be the most economical to run, cheep to insure, cheep on road tax, reliable, quite spacious for it size /at least it will fit four girls and few shopping bags/ and with 4 doors /great when you park anywhere/.

Under the bonnet the car is not overcomplicated like others, there is a lot of room, and the main components are easy to reach witch make it easier to work on.

The only downside I can find is the fact that my model had no door speakers which is now rectified.

Still it is the best value for money small car on the market.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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brillant

SUZUKI ALTO 1.0 SZ3 5dr (Review date: 1st November '11)

5

great little car suits my life style down to a tee

great little mover it can really go no complaints about this

little car it can move when asked this car i would reccomend to any one body is cutely desighned mine is in red and it really a nice little car it is the best car in its class at the price final thought

brillant

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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jamesW

The Suzuki Alto - A 2 year review

SUZUKI ALTO 1.0 SZ3 5dr (Review date: 31st October '11)

4

So, I should start by telling you that I'm a 19 year old medical student in London. This was my first car, so I lack a point of reference, however, I'd love to give you a glimpse of how the Alto is to live with.

I drive almost everyday, for usually small trips such as driving in to uni, however, I visit my home away from uni most weekends, which is 100+ miles away. Thus, the alto has served me well both n these short and long journeys. Granted, the alto's acceleration leaves alot to be desired, it's actually surprisingly nippy when you give it some juice.... That said, it really doesn't like hills...

Road tax is as good as non-existent and it's about £40 to fill up the tank from scratch. The alto is relatively comfy, aside from the slightly cheap material used to cover the seats, but the ride can be somewhat clunky at times, particularly over speed bumps even at low speeds. It's also great to park even in confined spaces, and has a fantastic turning ark. The sound system isn't actually fantastic, but that's definitely not what your paying for with the alto. I have in fact since upgraded the speakers.

For me; the car is perfect and would definitely suit some one as their first car (if expensive to replace parts) and is a lovely drive around cities. It's also completely practical for motorway driving too.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

3 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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jeffreyC

Agile small city car, although is 4 seated, but best for only 2 adults

SUZUKI ALTO 1.0 SZ4 5dr (Review date: 31st October '11)

4.5

Brought this car in June 2009. Have a few long journeys with it, including Lake District, Yorkshire Dale, Isle of Skpe, Loch Ness, John O' Groats, etc. Most of those journeys are in highland district, which involved pretty of uphill, downhill and narrow country roads. The car shown it agility and we have a lot of fun. It only struggles while driving uphill above 40 degree and have to stick to 1st gear to do so.

This is a great daily used city car, u-turn and parking are easily done due to it's small turning circle and great handling power. The EPS really kick in while driving in Winter icy road. The fuel consumptions is greatly improved after 8000 miles of driving.

However, due to it only have a 996cc engine, it is best suit only for occupy by 2 adults, 4 will be struggle a lot while doing uphill. The gear box is it weak point, it sluggish in gear changing occasionally.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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judithM

Suzuki Alto, the good and bad points

SUZUKI ALTO 1.0 SZ4 5dr Auto (Review date: 30th October '11)

4.3

I am a town driver and the Suzuki Alto is great. It has a good zip in traffic and is small for parking in London, which is a big plus. I was a bit worried about two recalls to have adjustments based on factors Suzuki worried about, but my car has not been a technical problem.

The main minus is the sightlines There are some blind spots, front on the driver side and back on the passenger. This makes one especially careful in judging cars on the inside lane, so using your mirror is a must. Also I am more wary on zebra crossings in case I miss someone walking out on the driver side at night.

Passengers have complained about a lack of handgrip above the door and I notice the lack of proper glove compartment, the the current arrangement is useful for maps and books.

The minuses make me a more careful driver, which cant be bad, and even so I enjoy driving the car. I do under 1,000 miles a year so cant comment on its long journey issues, but I am sure they may be discomfort; but for town driving it is good news.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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yuriD

A star among bug cars

SUZUKI ALTO 1.0 SZ3 5dr (Review date: 22nd August '11)

4.5

This car having being released 4 years after aygo-c1-107 has really made the best car in class.

It is amazingly quiet, comfortable and relaxe to drive as compared with the whistle kettle of the toyota engine.

In this car you hardly hear it unless when pushing it hard.

The gears are spaced wide with 4th gear only 4% below toyota's 5th. The 5th gear is more like a 6th gear and allows for really quiet and relaxed cruizing at 70+ mph

This car makes my jewish quater blood rejoice at the 55+mpg and £20 tax.

The cabin is very pleasant to the eye and the radio is great. It is said to play MP3s but I am using a transmitter so have not used the CD function yet.

The steering is not too light and have enough of a weight feeling.

The only gripe is a blind spot made by D pillars and yor really need to check twice moving to the left lane. My friend complained about the seats in his Cruise trimmed Alto but I find the seats comfortable even on long (2+ hours) journeys

Otherwise the car is perfect for commuting/or 2 people travelling.

Happy suzuking.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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