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Cheap to run good car.
SUZUKI ALTO 1.0 SZ3 5dr (Review date: 6th August '13)
This is our third Alto, each one was a different generation.
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.
My little Alto
SUZUKI ALTO 1.0 SZ2 5dr (Review date: 8th July '13)
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.
SUZUKI ALTO 1.0 SZ3 5dr (Review date: 16th November '11)
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.
SUZUKI ALTO 1.0 SZ3 5dr (Review date: 1st November '11)
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
The Suzuki Alto - A 2 year review
SUZUKI ALTO 1.0 SZ3 5dr (Review date: 31st October '11)
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.
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)
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.
Suzuki Alto, the good and bad points
SUZUKI ALTO 1.0 SZ4 5dr Auto (Review date: 30th October '11)
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.
A star among bug cars
SUZUKI ALTO 1.0 SZ3 5dr (Review date: 22nd August '11)
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.
My little Suzy alto
SUZUKI ALTO 1.0 SZ3 5dr (Review date: 13th August '11)
I have had my car for 2 years now and I love it. When we were looking to buy a new car I had set my heart on a totally different car and make but decided on my Suzy and I am very happy that I did.
The car is suprisingly spacious for passengers but not so much for the shopping as the boot is rather small. The inside of the car is a little plasticy but pretty easy to keep clean.The seats are nice looking and I find pretty comfortable compared to some cars . It has a very good raido and cd player that plays mp3's and not a bad sound to it either.
With the ever increasing cost of fuel these days we have noticed it with the car. But on the good side it is very economical to run. We have been getting upto 68mpg. We haven't had a problem with comfort on long journeys but the car does pick up the road noise on motorways. The car is pretty nippy too and can keep up on the motorways no problem. Parking is really easy for me too. I always used to have a problem with revese parking but now I can nip into most little spaces with ease.
Problems with the car:
I have had to have 2 new front tyres since having the car and they are not cheap. We thought they would have been considering how small they are but they cost me £55 each and I don't know if this is a common occurance or just my bad luck but I had to have a new wheel bearing. I also had a problem with my airbags were the light came on and stayed on. So a trip to my local dealer and the wheel bearing and the airbags was delt with straight away and under warranty. Also when going through the car wash dont forget to put your mirrors in unlike me as I didn't and had one knocked off. To have it replaced its a costly one but luckily my local dealer fixed it for me at no cost.
Servicing cost me £149. for the 1st year and 2nd year cost £179. plus I had a free year with the AA home start breakdown ..
Even though I have had those few little hitches I still wouldn't swop my car at all.. For what I have saved in fuel costs, insurance and tax costs that has more than paid for my 2 new tyres ..
Would I recommend this car to people.. YES and since I have had mine several friends have also invested in a lovely little Suzuki Alto
An exceptional all-round car!
SUZUKI ALTO 1.0 Cruz 5dr (Review date: 9th July '11)
We've had this fantastic little car for 6 months now, and we couldn't be happier.
Obviously, you get what you pay for, but this car is excellent value for money. It drives very well, is surprisingly nippy, and is ridiculously cheap to run/insure/tax etc.
It is a compact car but, in terms of space, it more than meets our needs. The small boot has plenty of room for a few shopping bags etc. and the rear seats fold down if you need more space. Inside, it's roomier than you'd expect for such a small car - I'm 6' tall and my husband is 6' 4" and we are both more than comfortable in both the driver and passenger seats.
The car handles well, and the ride is smooth and surprisingly quiet driving around town. It may be a bit noisier on the motorway, but it would be daft to expect otherwise. Its small size makes it very practical in town - it squeezes through the tiniest gaps and is very easy to park.
Obviously, I wouldn't recommend the Alto as a family car, but as a cheap run-around, spare car, first car etc. it's PERFECT. This is our main car, as it's just the two of us, and it suits us brilliantly. We can't recommend it highly enough!