While most people feel Maruti is not a premium brand and feel
foreign brands give them an elevated status, most people don't realise that
Maruti Suzuki is probably one of the only brands which gives its customers the
best value for money.
In light of competition and staying contemporary in terms of design,
Maruti did away with the age old 800 and brought in two new offerings on the
Alto platform -- the Alto K10 and the Alto 800. The Alto 800 lies in the entry
level hatchback segment and is facing stiff competition from the likes of the
Renault Kwid. The soon to come Datsun Redi-GO is also expected to give the Alto
800 a tough competition.
Maruti Suzuki recently launched the new 2016 facelift version of the
Alto 800 and we at Motown India were one of the first to take it for a spin.
The new Alto 800 comes with a redesigned facade, the car gets a split front
grill like before with the lower section being broader than before and the top
slit being made slimmer and sleeker. The headlamp design has also been updated
and the car also has redesigned bumpers. Other subtle changes on the car is
that it is now 35mm longer than the previous version, while the wheelbase and
ground clearance remains the same and the width has been reduced by 25mm. On
the inside customers get integrated headrests in the rear seats and fabric
inserts in the door trims. The side and rear profiles of the car however remain
Rear: 3 Link Rigid
Fuel Tank Capacity
Top Speed/ 0-100kmph
140kmph/ 19 seconds
Rs. 2.5 lakh (ex showroom Delhi)
The Alto 800 is powered by a 796cc, 3-pot, petrol mill which puts
out 47.3bhp at 6000rpm and 69Nm of torque at 3500rpm. The engine output figures
are not too impressive but the fuel efficiency figures are mind boggling. The
petrol variant of the car returns 24.7kms to the litre and the CNG variant of
the car returns 34.4kms to a kilogram of gas. However the addition of a CNG
tank does compromise on boot space which is also the least in the segment
standing at just 117 litres, while the incoming RediGO has a 220 litre boot and
the Kwid has a 300 litre one. But if you want a vehicle which covers more
ground on less fuel then this is the best bet in the segment.
In terms of build quality the company has made it a constant
endeavor to improve standards efficiently. The new Alto 800 rides on a
McPherson Strut suspension in the front and a 3 Link Rigid type suspension in
the rear. The suspension tuning is ideal for Indian roads, it handles bumps
quite well and the smaller potholes aren't really a bother however the deeper
ones can cause a bit of trouble. The tyres are a 145/80 R12 which grip the road
quite well and provide a smooth ride. We carried out a few panic braking
exercises and the disc and drum set up fared quite well. The car came to a halt
from 80kmph within a matter of seconds.
On the inside the cabin is quite contemporary but is minimalistic
with only a few features to entertain the driver. The Alto 800 comes with a 12
volt power socket placed near the steering wheel for easy access, an audio
system with inputs for AUX and USB , front speakers, power windows, power
steering and manually adjustable ORVMs. It essentially carries enough kit
required by a person to move about with ease. Speaking of ease in commuting
this vehicle has a low turning radius of 4.6 meters making it exceptionally
maneuverable in city traffic. The seats are also quite comfortable in the car
and provide ample support to the occupants. Seating five people in this vehicle
may be a squeeze but four adults can fit in with ease. Maruti has also dropped
the price of the Alto 800 by Rs. 10,000 just lending it a more competitive
stand against competitors. If a bargain is what you love and want value for
every paisa you spend then Rs. 2.5 lakh (ex-showroom) for this vehicle is one
of the best deals you will get.
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