Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Review & First Drive

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Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Overview

The current-gen Maruti Suzuki Alto made its debut back in 2012 and in its 800cc (796cc, to be precise) avatar, has so far carried the ‘Alto 800’ name. The car has been given mild updates over the years; but this time around, it’s not just small tweaks here and there. It’s got a major upgrade with the engine having been made BS-VI-compliant and the body shell enhanced to comply with latest crash-test norms – oh, and this Alto has also dropped the ‘800’ from its name.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Style

It’s easy to think of the new-for-2019 Maruti Alto as a mere facelift. The petal-shaped headlamps, body panels, doors, boot lid and even the rear bumper have been carried forward. You can identify this as the latest iteration of India’s bestselling car thanks to its new front bumper, which gets a large air dam, replete with honeycomb-style plastic mesh. There are provisions for fog lamps but those can only be added as paid accessories. The front grille is also new and now sports a black surround. Anoraks will also note a new design for its outside mirrors.Check for Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 price in Pune at Tryaldrive.

The bigger upgrades to the car are under the skin. Maruti has strengthened the Alto’s front-end to comply with the latest crash-test norms (applicable to all cars from October 1, 2019). The new Alto is also 50mm longer than the outgoing version which measured 3,395mm. This increase in length is due to a new bumper design that helps the Alto clear the pedestrian safety regulations that come into effect on October 1, 2020. Additionally, the new Alto also gets a standard driver’s airbag in all variants along with ABS, EBD, rear parking sensors, a driver and front-passenger seat-belt reminder as well as a speed alert system, which are all now mandatory safety requirements. The base Std and mid-spec LXi trims get passenger airbags as an option, while dual airbags are standard on the top-spec VXi trim.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Space

The interiors of the all-new Alto 800 now come with a very different style as it features a dual-tone dashboard which effortlessly flows to the AC ducts to the new and stylish speedometer. The bottle holders at the rear and the ergonomic design give utmost practicality. The seat upholstery comes in fabric and vinyl with silver accents on door handles, steering wheels and centre garnish. Maruti Suzuki Alto Interior

The car now comes with remote keyless door entry, rear parcel tray, sun visors for the driver and co-passenger, assist grips for the driver, co-driver and rear, internally adjustable ORVMs, and 2 speakers in the front with a speaker grille. Other features include an audio system with USB, Aux-in and Radio integrated with Bluetooth connectivity, and AC with heater.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Gearbox

The 2019 Alto continues to be sold with the same three-cylinder 796cc F8D petrol engine, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. As before, there’s no option of an AMT auto, which is offered on the Alto K10. Even the CNG version of the Alto has been dropped from the range, for now. Apart from some software tweaks to the ECU, the car’s engine and gearbox remain the same. The 2019 Alto sees major changes to its exhaust, though, where a new unit replaces the earlier one and helps the car clear the stringent BS-VI emission norms that come into effect on April 1, 2020. The power and torque figures, at 48hp and 69Nm, remain the same as the earlier BS-IV model.

The updated Alto feels far more refined at idle with almost zero vibrations and there is negligible engine noise compared to the earlier car. Get moving, and the engine feels a bit lethargic. Throttle response isn’t as sharp as before, especially when driven with the air con on. Even power delivery isn’t very smooth, and it feels a bit jerky as the engine spins faster. The clutch has a springy feel but it is light and the travel is short. That, plus a smooth-shifting 5-speed manual transmission makes this car easy to drive in the city.

The increase in weight as well as the stricter emission-related tweaks, have resulted in a drop in the new Alto’s fuel efficiency figure from 24.7kpl of the previous model to 22.05kpl (ARAI claimed).

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Driving

There is a crispness to the throttle, the extra torque makes for smooth getaways and overall the way the engine spins up so very effortlessly means that much of the work on the old motor has seen it get a new lease of life. The overall actions on the pedals, the steering and the gear shifter are traditional Alto hallmarks improved even further while the air con is a terrific performer. However its true test would of course come in the hustle and bustle of the urban jungle in the major metros as well as the secondary towns all over which is where the price conscious segment resides. To know more details on Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 visit Kokoliko

The new Alto 800 impressed majorly in its ride quality and while the car I drove definitely had an issue with brakes that didn’t offer the right bite, overall the car registered very high on the appeal factor. Its ease of use and operation, its utility value and also its operational consciousness have been bumped a notch higher and that will help the Alto nameplate not just maintain its leadership perch but also stretch out the margin over its rivals. As I said at the very beginning, it is the classic evolutionary aspect prolonged and in this battle of evolution over revolution, it will be interesting to see which school of thought prevails, and by what margin.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Safety

As for the safety kit, the Alto now comes with anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic brakeforce distribution system (EBD) as standard. Other safety essentials that are now offered as standard include reverse parking sensors, a driver airbag, a speed alert system and seatbelt reminder for both front occupants. These changes are welcoming as it makes the Alto comply with upcoming crash and pedestrian safety regulations. While the top-spec VXi variant of the new Alto gets a front co-passenger airbag as standard, it is offered as an option on all other variants. The car also comes with an integrated stereo with Bluetooth connectivity.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Cost in Pune

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 On Road Price is 3,18,581/- and Ex-showroom Price is 2,77,448/- in Pune. Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 comes in 6 colours, namely Blazing Red,Silky Silver,Mojito Green,Cerulean Blue,Granite Grey,Superior White. Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 comes with FWD with 796 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 47 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 69 Nm@3500 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 20.0 seconds . Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 comes with Automatic Transmission with FWD .

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Final Thought

2019 Maruti Alto prices see a rise. Variant-to-variant, the Alto 800 is between Rs 25,000-38,000 pricier than the outgoing version. However, the added outlay also gets you safety kit like ABS, airbags and rear parking sensors, and it’s that little bit more reassuring to know the car is compliant with latest crash test norms.While performance is only adequate, rivals aren’t any better in this respect. The Alto doesn’t have the roomiest cabin and misses on some comfort features too, but for the first-time car buyers on a budget who make up the bulk of Alto sales, the car’s reputation for efficiency and low running costs will be the hook. The Alto has been at the top of the sales charts for a long time – and it seems its reign is all set to continue in an era of far-reaching norm changes.