Suzuki Alto Review

Suzuki Alto GL
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Suzuki Alto Review

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The new Alto is powered by a newly developed 1,061cc engine which produces 61.7bhp and is lively at town speeds.

How It Drove - Performance

The new Alto is powered by a newly developed 1,061cc engine which produces 61.7bhp and is lively at town speeds. The 5-speed all-synchromesh manual transmission is standard (a three-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission is an option) and the gear ratios are optimised to permit brisk and smooth gear changes around town. Only when you venture onto 'A' roads and the motorway do you notice that the Alto becomes noisier and acceleration begins to die off above 50mph.

Improved performance capabilities have realised a braked towing capacity of 1,653lbs (750kg), so the new Alto can tow a trailer carrying bicycles, motorcycles, or even a small boat.

How It Drove - Ride and Handling

The Alto's ride is surprisingly good at town speeds, the suspension is by MacPherson struts and coil springs at the front and Suzuki's original isolated trailing link and coil spring system at the rear which ensures a comfortable ride and precise handling.

However, on 'A' roads the steering lacks any real feel and the ride does become a bit harsher although you have to bear in mind that the Alto is a city car and not a sports car.

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Suzuki Alto Road Test Data
Model ReviewedSuzuki Alto 1.1 GL
  
Body Type5-Door Hatchback
ColourFantasy Black
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph16.8 seconds
Top Speed 96.3 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypePetrol - Unleaded
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban43.5 mpg
Extra Urban70.6 mpg
Combined57.6 mpg
  
Insurance Group5
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3-year/60,000 mile vehicle warranty (whichever comes first)
6-year anti-perforation warranty
3-year 24 hour roadside assistance
Price (when tested on the 05/09/03)£ At time of publishing special offer £4995.00 usually £5966.00

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