Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Overview
There is no doubt in the fact that the Maruti Alto is the most popular entry level car of India and why not it carried forward the legacy of the Maruti 800 which was the only popular peoples car back then.
The Alto has been in the Indian market for a long time now and has broken many record and achieved many milestones. But recently Maruti seems to be little worried mainly because of their latest rivals the Renault KWID and the soon to be launched Datsun Redi-Go which has been gaining sales volumes mainly because of their Crossover styling and plenty of new features provided inside the cabin offered at almost the same price point.Check for Car Loan Interest Rate.
Now for quite some time Maruti was planning to launch the updated Alto800. The car was also caught few times being tested, the reports also stated that Maruti had plans to showcase the facelift Alto at the 2016 Auto expo, but somehow that did not happen. Now that Maruti has launched the facelift variant of the Alto800 in India finally we have provided you all the information which is available at this moment about the new facelift Alto800.
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Style
The styling of the Maruti Alto 800 looks far from impressive. The old Alto looked cute even thought it has been around for more than a decade. With the Alto 800, Maruti Suzuki has just tried to bring styling from the Japanese Alto and the A-Star, which doesn’t give the Alto 800 an identity of its own. The Alto 800 has very compact dimensions and the company has added new bits to make the vehicle look modern. A new and lighter roof has been added with corrugations to boost stability.
New outside rear view mirror has been picked up from the Alto K10 but its shocking too see no left side rear view mirror as standard. The door handles are body colored but the rear view mirror is not. The full wheel caps look good and the wheel arches are slightly flared too. The increased height and high ground clearance makes the Alto 800 look odd. The Alto 800 is thus, no match for the well styled Hyundai Eon. The conservative styling doesn’t appeal much and the Alto 800 ends up looking very disproportionvate.
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Space
Things are quite different on the inside. You now get a dark grey tone for the dashboard and new upholstery on the door pads and seats. The front seats are decent in comfort while frontal visibility is also excellent. The Alto gets a basic audio system, front power windows, power steering and AC. The AC has good performance and it fared nicely in our hot weather. With the facelift, the Alto 800 now gets a standard left hand side mirror, child locks at the rear and an optional driver-side airbag.
At the rear, you have good head room while leg room is also pretty decent thanks to the thin front seats. Shoulder space is decent but fitting 3 passengers at the rear could be a problem. However, the seats are lacking in terms of under-thigh support. You also feel a bit claustrophobic due to the small window area. The rear seats now come with integrated head rests. The rear doors finally get child locks now. There is a bottle header in front of the gear lever which can hold a 1-litre bottle. There is also a small storage area above the glovebox. The boot is pretty compact at 177-litres. For more info on Maruti Alto 800 visit Aryavarta
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Performance
Mechanically, the new 2016 Alto 800 remain unchangeds. This means that powering the refreshed Alto 800 is the tried and tested Suzuki F8D 796 cc, three-cylinder engine that comes mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. This motor pumps out a max. power of 47.65 PS @ 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 69 Nm @ 3500 rpm. The Alto is available in both Petrol and CNG avatars. Maruti could give the engine an ECU remap to further optimize the fuel mileage. As we said, the Diesel model of the Alto 800 won’t be launched anytime soon. However, powering the Diesel Alto will be a 800 cc, twin-cylinder engine that has a maximum power of 47.5 PS and peak torque of 120 Nm.
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Driving
The Alto 800 has a feedback rich steering though it feels a bit heavy at crawling speeds. However, the steering is very direct and despite being such a small car, the Alto is quite fun to drive. Thanks to its small footprint, you can easily drive it around and tackling too much traffic doesn’t get easier than this. The ride is very flat at low speeds and it tends to get uncomfortable when you hit broken or uneven surfaces at even moderately high speeds. The car remains decently stable at high speeds but it’d be best if it is driven below 90 km/hr. The body feels very light and the super thin tyres have questionable grip levels. Book Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Test Drive.
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Safety
The facelift Maruti Alto800 gets a driver side airbag only which is bit disappointing there is not even any option of a passenger side airbag as well.
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Cost in New Delhi
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 On-Road Price in New Delhi ranges from 3,01,952 to 4,56,699 for variants Alto 800 Standard and Alto 800 LXI CNG Optional respectively. Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is available in 10 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 variants price in New Delhi.
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Conclusion
Maruti Suzuki hasn’t made many changes to the Alto 800, which is essentially the Alto in fresh clothing, with slight upgrades here and there. What this results in, is a much better Alto overall but is it enough considering this is the first facelift to the Alto in 12-years. While Maruti Suzuki’s brand name is more than enough to keep the Alto’s sales flying high, we were hoping for a vastly improved Alto to compete with the likes of the Hyundai Eon. However, the changes to the Alto are more than welcome and the refreshed exteriors, new dashboard, marginally more space, slightly more eager engine and better quality of plastics is enough to justify the Rs. 30,000/- price hike which is expected on the new Alto