Motor Mania Review: Alto 800
Having made its debut in 2000, the Maruti Suzuki Alto has completed two decades on Indian roads. And in case you didn’t know already, the carmaker has sold over 38 lakh units of the hatchback, and it was also India’s first entry-level car to become BS6 compliant.
The Alto 800 – the classic vehicle’s new generation rendition – is priced between Rs 3.15 lakh and Rs 4.82 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The previous variants of the hatchback were broadly divided into six variants: Std, Std (O), LXi, LXi (O), VXi, and VXi+. The 800 is supposed to be an amalgamation of the best qualities of all the previous versions.
The Alto 800 has also inherited its predecessor's six exterior shades, leaving potential buyers to choose from Silky Silver, Solid White, Granite Grey, Mojito Green, Uptown Red, and Cerulean Blue.
The car is powered by a 0.8-litre petrol engine that produces a power of 47bhp @6000 RPM and 69Nm of torque @3500 rpm in its petrol version. It also comes with a CNG fitted engine which, when switched to the CNG mode, the same motor has an output of 40bhp and 60Nm of torque. The power slightly drops but provides better mileage. It is connected to a five-speed transmission which shifts slick and smooth. It measures 3,445mm in length, is 1,475mm tall and 1,515mm wide and boasts 2,360mm of wheelbase. It has a seating capacity of two people at the front, and at the back, three children could fit comfortably, but only two adults can claim the same.
Although simple, the Alto 800 has a design that looks fresh and is accessible to the eye. The front single slat grille and compact design make the Alto look smart and winsome. We also get an option for chrome but with additional cost. The headlights and turn indicators are all halogens. It has a fuel tank capacity of 60 litres and gives a mileage of 22 kmpl for the petrol variant and 31.59 km/kg for the CNG. It also can travel up to 1320 kms on a full tank of petrol and 1895 kms for CNG. Discs do the braking in the front and drums at the rear.
Moving to the interior, we get a semi-digital instrument cluster that reads the trip metre, odometer, clock, fuel gauge, low fuel warning and seat belt warning. The cabin has an elegant two-tone dashboard with the centre stacked seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which includes integrated 2DIN audio with dual speakers in the front, front power windows, reverse parking sensors, front and rear bottle holder, a centre armrest at the back, remote keyless entry, and dual front airbags. The dashboard is covered in hard plastic with decent quality. The glove box is also a decent size. It also gets an AC for the front passengers.
It is also equipped with many safety features like ABS, central locking, child safety locks, side-impact beams, front impact beams, an engine immobiliser, EBD, anti-theft immobiliser and a speed alert.
The Maruti Suzuki Alto competes against the Renault Kwid in the budget hatchback segment but can easily be considered far superior in popularity considering Alto’s pedigree and its history of being the best suited mini hatchback for Indian roads.
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