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Maruti Alto 800 Test Review

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Maruti 800 Review

Car tested: 2012 Alto 800 LXi

Price OTR Mumbai: Rs.

Maruti Suzuki is known as the of small cars and leading the is none other than the Post the phase out of the legendary the Alto took over and sales which has helped largest car maker remain the king in the entry level With time, the Alto has to show its age and the 800cc model has got no in the past few years.

Now Maruti is all set to launch an upgraded Alto, in the of the Alto 800 (800 name is to differentiate it with the K10). We it to find out, if the Maruti 800 lives up to its name!

Exteriors – The styling of the Maruti 800 looks far from impressive. The old looked cute even it has been around for more a decade. With the Alto Maruti Suzuki has just to bring styling from the Alto and the A-Star, which give the Alto 800 an identity of its

The Alto 800 has very compact and the company has added new bits to the vehicle look modern. A new and roof has been added corrugations to boost stability. New rear view mirror has picked up from the Alto K10 but its too see no left side rear mirror as standard.

The door are body colored but the rear mirror is not. The full caps look good and the arches are slightly flared The increased height and high clearance makes the Alto 800 odd.

The Alto 800 is thus, no for the well styled Hyundai The conservative styling doesn’t much and the Alto 800 ends up very disproportionate.

Interiors – Step inside and you be greeted by the vastly improved which is all new. Small of silver are added on the dashboard AC vents, center console and wheel to be precise) and make the of the Alto 800 look very The steering wheel is 3-spoke and from bigger Maruti

India’s largest car maker has plastic quality too. they haven’t improved by is the space and the car continues to be very with not much space for passengers. The Alto 800 has the same as the old Alto, but the doors are now thinner, the of the vehicle has increased resulting in improved headroom.

There are on the rear of the front seats in marginally better legroom

Front headrests are now integrated in the (just like the Hyundai but there are no headrests for rear There are quite a few storage in the Alto 800 . including one above the few cubbyholes below the center and one storage bin for the driver, below the leveler. Front power are standard and are placed in the center, behind the gear lever.

The instrument cluster is one large (speedometer) with tell-tale (including CNG light, for the CNG variant will be priced at Rs. 40,000/- placed on the left and a digital for fuel, odometer and trip below it. The driver gets an as an option which is indeed a move on the safety front.

Suzuki M 800

The feel so much more than the old Alto and are definitely one of the plus points of the Alto

Boot space has been marginally, however the narrow prevents bigger bags to be The boot is best for small bags and one can’t really a car the size of an Alto to swallow in its trunk.

Performance – The Maruti Alto 800 to be powered by the age-old 796cc engine, which gets a sea of to improve power and torque Maruti Suzuki engineers made loads of changes to the of the F8D engine, resulting in a power of 47.5 BHP at 6000 RPM (3.5 BHP and 69 Nm of torque at 3500 RPM (7 Nm increase). The feels much more than before and one can up-shift without having to worry progress at low speeds.

There is amount of jerkiness to the 3-cylinder though but overall improvements are positive, resulting in improved and mileage (ARAI claimed km/l). The CNG powered Alto 800 a mileage of 30.46 km/kg as per

The Alto 800 feels quicker its predecessor and gearshift quality is just like the old Alto. is more than ample and torque for city driving and the 800 is quick to reach 80 km/h.

Ride, Handling and Braking – engineers have stiffened the chassis and also tweaked the Ride quality has improved but the does tend to get ruffled by bad easily. Handling has never the Alto’s forte and with the 800, things are not going to in this regard either. The 800 has 80-profile tyres, which point towards ride over handling. The tyre is the same as that of the old Alto.

The now has a heavier steering wheel offers little or no feedback to the The small and puny 12-inch don’t help matters but offer decent stability at Braking is good and the low weight of the does help in stopping although ABS should have offered, atleast as an option.

– Maruti Suzuki hasn’t many changes to the Alto which is essentially the Alto in clothing, with slight here and there. What results in, is a much better overall but is it enough considering is the first facelift to the Alto in While Maruti Suzuki’s name is more than to keep the Alto’s sales high, we were hoping for a improved Alto to compete the likes of the Hyundai Eon.

However, the changes to the Alto are than welcome and the refreshed new dashboard, marginally more slightly more eager and better quality of plastics is to justify the Rs. 30,000/- price which is expected on the new Alto.

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