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Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 - Introduction

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The small car segment in India is a fiercely competitive space. A space which has been Maruti Suzuki’s forte, a zone where they have held a dominant position since a long time. And it was the Maruti Suzuki Alto which formed the backbone of this dominance. But recently, the Hyundai Eon threw a head-on challenge to the Alto, began eating into its market share and threatened to dethrone it. Maruti Suzuki took the challenge seriously, and has launched the new Alto 800 at the price of Rs 2.60 lakh for the base petrol variant, ex-showroom Kolkata.  

 

The Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 will be manufactured at the company’s Gurgaon facility and will be available in three petrol and three factory fitted CNG variants namely the Standard, LX and LXi. The Alto 800 Standard is the bare basic model with no AC, power steering or power windows. The Alto LX comes with all the standard features plus the AC, but no power steering or power window. And finally the top-of-the-line LXi which comes with the AC, power steering and front power windows.  The Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 will be offered in six colour options – Frost Blue, Superior White, Silky Silver, Granite Grey, Blazing Red and Torque Blue.   

 

We got behind the wheel of the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 LXi and took it for a spin around town to see how has the new Alto 800 fared and whether it’s good enough to hold on to its crown. Read on to find out.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 - Design & Engineering

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There is no denying that the new Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 looks more refreshing in appearance and contemporary in design in comparison to its predecessor. The newly styled bonnet, new two-part grille and the high-mounted petal-shaped headlights all lend a fresh look to the car. The side profile sports clean, balanced lines and marginally flared wheel arches. At the rear, the refreshed bumper and tail lamps also gives a fresh feel. In my opinion, the new Alto 800 is a definite improvement in comparison to its predecessor when you judge on the basis of external appearance.

 

The external dimensions of the new Alto have been slightly altered. The new Alto 800 is now 3395 mm long (previously 3495mm), 1490mm wide (previously 1475mm) and stands 1475mm tall (previously 1460mm). It means that the new Alto is both wider and taller which will translate in more cabin space. However, the wheelbase (2360mm), ground clearance (160mm) and turning radius (4.6m) have remained unchanged. Despite measuring 100mm shorter in length, the engineers at Maruti have ensured that the boot space hasn’t been compromised. The new Alto 800 has a 177 litre boot in comparison to a 170 ltre boot in the older Alto.

 

Headlight

 

The suspension set up of the Alto 800 has McPherson Strut with anti-roll bar doing duty at the front with three link rigid axle at the rear with gas filled shock absorber all around. Disc at the front and drums at the rear comprise the braking system of the new Alto.     

 

The top-of-the-line Alto 800 LXi that we tested came with body coloured door handles, body coloured bumper, full wheel covers and chrome accent front grille.

 

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 - Interiors & Comfort

Steering-Wheel

For someone buying an entry level small car, every iota of space is important. The slightly wider and taller design means that the new Alto 800 is more spacious with more head room. Two adults at the front and two at the back would be just perfect, however, if required three medium built individuals could just-about squeeze in at the rear on short trips. Leg room at the rear is an improvement over the earlier car, thanks in part to the slimmer seatbacks on the front seats, which have been scooped out to offer more knee room for rear passengers.

 

Rear Leg Space

 

The Alto 800 gets a new dashboard which in my opinion looks better that of the older version. The instrument cluster and centre console have been kept simple with rather large, easy to operate AC controls. It doesn’t really make a style statement but score points for convenience. The plastics used in the new Alto 800 are of an improved quality in comparison to the older Alto. The interior comes with an option of grey or brown on the top variant. I have had the opportunity to see both and personally vote for the brown over the grey. Brown manages to look classier in this car. The AC in the car proved to be quite effective and cooled the cabin rather quickly. However, even the top variant of the new Alto 800 doesn’t come with a music system. In comparison the top variant of the Hyundai Eon comes with a factory fitted 2 din music system with radio, CD player, MP3, auxiliary input and USB port.

 

The LXi variant that we tested came with AC, power steering, front power window, metallic finish three spoke steering wheel, fabric insert door trim and fabric seat upholstery. The Alto doesn't score too highly in offering too many conveniences to the driver, but at this price, Maruti have had to keep it simple.

 

 

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 - Performance & Handling

Rear-Track Shot

Under the hood of the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is the tried and tested 796cc, 3-cylinder, F8D petrol motor which produces 48PS of maximum power at 6000rpm and churns out 69Nm of peak torque at 3500rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission fitted with new cable type gear shift. The engine also has been tuned to deliver more power and torque (the outgoing Alto churned out 47PS of maximum power and 62Nm of peak torque).

 

The engineers has tuned the suspension system quite well to ensure that the Alto delivers surprisingly good ride quality for a hatchback and smoothly swallow uneven stretches of road without much trouble. The new Alto 800 also handles well but the 796cc will seem slightly out of breath on open stretches of road. Not really an enthusiast’s choice, but honestly someone buying an Alto would rather opt for it for its fuel efficiency, convenience and low running cost and not for power.

 

The improved linkages in the gearbox mean the new Alto 800 shifts gears with a pleasing snick-snick, with none of the earlier rubbery vagueness that characterised the shift quality in the earlier model. Clutch modulation is a little improved, but not by much, and the vague bite-point will see you lurching amateurishly at times. The electric power assisted steering in the LXi variant offers very little by way of feel, and does not have any self-centering action whatsoever, so you have to actively feed in the wheel back to the centre position. You get used to it in a few kilometres, but to be honest we prefer the non-assisted steering in the Alto 800 LX.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 - Fuel Efficiency

Engine-shot

At an ARAI ratified figure of 22.74kmpl, Maruti claims that the fuel efficiency of the new Alto 800 is up by 15 per cent which has been achieved by an increased compression ratio, improved volumetric efficiency and improvement in the engine intake system. We had an opportunity to do a fuel efficiency test in real world conditions with the AC on/off ratio being 80:20 and the new Alto 800 delivered 15kmpl. Not bad at all. Its closest rival, the Hyundai Eon claims an ARAI ratified figure of 21.1 kmpl and managed a 14.3 kmpl mileage in city traffic.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 - Safety

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The safety measures in the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 are very basic. Features like engine immobiliser, collapsible steering column and tubeless tyres comes as standard across model range.  Additionally, driver airbag will be available as a cost option (Rs 15,420) in the top-of-the-line LXi variant only.

 

But crucial safety features like central locking, ABS, fog lamps and rear wash and wiper aren’t available even in the top variant. Surprisingly, the LXi variant that we tested didn’t have a left ORVM and I personally felt a little uneasy driving in the absence of it.

 

In comparison, the top ‘Sportz’ variant of the Hyundai Eon comes with driver airbag, fog lamps, both ORVMs and central locking system. 

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 - Verdict

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In a price sensitive market like India, right pricing always determines the success and failure of a product. More so in the entry level small car segment where every rupee counts. Maruti Suzuki has priced the new Alto 800 in the range of Rs 2.59 – Rs 3.31 lakh for the petrol variants. In comparison, the petrol range of it arch rival, the Hyundai Eon is priced in the range of Rs 2.82 – Rs 3.90 lakh. So purely talking in terms of pricing, Maruti Suzuki has an advantage, although one has to bear in mind that if you do a model-to-model comparison, the Eon offers more features. And then there is the vital question of brand value. For years, Maruti Suzuki is a name people associate with small cars. It is a brand which people have come to trust over the years. Hyundai is yet to earn that magnitude of brand recognition, at least in the small car segment although they have done a brilliant job with the Eon.   

 

There is little doubt that the new Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is a definite improvement in comparison to its predecessor. It is now more refreshed and contemporary in appearance, more spacious and perhaps even more fuel efficient. But whether this would be enough to defend its crown is only something that time will tell. It’s going to be a tough fight for sure. 

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 - Competition Check

Hyundai Eon

Specifications

Dimensions
Length x Width x Height (mm) 3395 x 1490 x 1475
Wheelbase (mm) 2360
Ground clearance (mm) 160
Turning circle dia (m) 9.2
Fuel tank capacity (lt) 35
Engine & Transmission
No of cylinder & configuration 3 Cylinders
Valvetrain 12 Valves
Power (PS @ rpm) 48 @ 6000
Torque (Nm @ rpm) 69 @ 3500
Gearbox 5 Speed MT, All New Cable Type Gear Shift
Suspension & Brakes
Front suspension Gas Filled Mc Pherson Strut. Torsion Roll Control Device
Front brakes Solid Disc
Rear brakes Drum
Wheels & Tyres
Tyre size and type 145 / 80 R12 (Tubeless)
Wheel size and type Coil Spring, Gas Filled Shock Rear Absorbers with Three Link Rigid Axle and Isolated Trailing Arm






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Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Review

Recent User Review

9.9/10
by vivek gupta, 23

my alto car is best family car.best mileage, comfortable and easily accessible to every destination. i am happy to own this car as my family car. best car for small families in the world. i wish everyone have alto car as their family car.

9.9/10
by vivek gupta, 23

my alto car is best family car.best mileage, comfortable and easily accessible to every destination. i am happy to own this car as my family car. best car for small families in the world. i wish everyone have alto car as their family car.

10.0/10
by Kiran Kardani, 12

"Excellent Value for Money. Low cost to own & maintain" Engine Performance, Fuel Economy and Gearbox: This is the most familir engine, which most of the Indian motorists hace gone in some part of the life. This 800 CC motor is far superioe than Hyundai EON & Chevy Spark's much larger motors. Fuel efficieny...Kitna Deti Hai...? Best among all Petrol cars. Gearbox drivability is unmatched even by higher segment Santro & Beat Ride Quality & Handling: Being light weight its easy to drive. Low turning area makes handling & driving really fun. Its the best for rushy Indain traffic and on bad Indian roads, its maintenence cost is proven negligible

5.0/10
by SARADHA P, 01

It looks small but it is spacious inside and pick up also very good on rides. It gives smooth riding on a highways and gives a economical petrol consumption. To me, It is catchy and I love this car as my friend.

6.9/10
by anup gupta, 20

most efficient & economical car in lower middle class one can afford this car same as compare to any motor cycle i think so..

5.0/10
by UDAYAKUMAR VR, 10

VERY GOOD AND SMART CAR. SUITABLE FOR MIDDLE INCOME GROUP. MILEAGE - ECONOMY 18 -20 KMPL NICE ONE. BET BUY FOR SMALL SIZE CARS

6.1/10
by RAHUL U, 29

SMART AND STYLISH CAR. NEW LOOK. COMBINATION OF HIGH END MODEL ADOPTED IN THIS CAR. VERY COMFORTABLE AND FUEL ECONOMY.

7.4/10
by Jay Prakash Shaw, 17

Recently my Friend taken new alto800 lxi , it is really a nice car, best servicing, performance, good looking, good pickup, only the problem is leg room , but over all best car with best price.

5.0/10
by UDHAYAKUMAR VR, 10

I VERY MUCH THAT ALTO IS VERY COMPACT AND EXCELLANT IN DESIGN AND MILAGE. VERY COMFORT IN LOW END MODEL CARS. WORTH FOR MONEY AND MAINTENENCE FREE.

6.2/10
by nikhil chachapara, 04

NICE CAR IN SMALL BUDGET FOR SMALL FAMILY. WITH LOWEST RUNNING COST COMPARE TO OTHER CARS BECAUSE OF FUEL EFFICIENCY. CAR HAD A LOWEST MAINTENANCE SPARES PRICES ARE ALSO CHEAPER COMPARE TO OTHERS.

5.0/10
by ABID HUSSAIN CHOWDHURY, 03

this is a good family car for middle class families.... good pic up n comfort is much better than earlier models... overall a good car in a good price range

5.0/10
by Jigar , 25

maruti's car is like value for money.. low maintenance cost, better milege. and resale value is higher than other company's car...!!

5.5/10
by pranay rameshbhai shah, 05

1)F8D engine has excellent driveability & fuel economy. Neat gearshift too 2)Comfortable ride quality. Soft suspension is absorbent 3)Effective air-conditioner 4)Maruti's excellent after-sales service & fuss free ownership experience

5.0/10
by s de, 14

IT IS NICE CAR TO DRIVE, MILAGE IS ASLO GOOD, MAINTENANCE IS ALSO ECONIMICAL, BUT SITTING POSTURE IS STILL NOT UP TO EXPECTATION, FEELS PAIN IN LEG, AFTER AN HOUR DRIVE OR SO

5.0/10
by Gurjeet singh, 31

Really this car is completely family budget car greate milage,great look,completely confortable car for the long and smooth driving....car for year

5.0/10
by Jigar, 18

i used this car too much on highway and also in city. its milege is very good. its perfomance and handling is good. i like it.

7.2/10
by Mukesh Chand, 30

Its really wonderful, economical too, I am using it for the last 3 years and very happy with its performance.

5.0/10
by Anil, 30

Very Good Car, Good Average, Best Mileage thus low fuel cost , Effective A/c , have good engine speed even in extreme conditions & after all suitable for small family.. Thanks

9.0/10
by Ruchi Puri, 26

Maruti Suzuki Alto is an excellent car for the middle class people. Price segment, fuel efficiency, look, space is really excellent of this, THIS IS REAL VALUE FOR MONEY CAR.

9.6/10
by Nitesh kumar, 25

My alto a best car..forever family car because it's gave best mileage 21,where are we go all spare part available,low maintenance,really enjoy..

5.0/10
by Ayanava Sarkar, 21

Alto 800 is a great competitor of Hyundai E0N in th Indian Market. Newly launched by the Maruti company it really attracts the customers to own it. It is very fuel efficient car as well for its sleek design it a perfect car for the city traffic.I hope the engine compartmet is bigger & better than the normal Alto,& its interior space is also good for a 4 member family.Overall the car gives a good driving comfort with a cool ac & the mileage also is satisfactory along with the 24 hrs maruti service support across the country.This is a purely a middleclass family car coming from a MARUTI family.

5.0/10
by D.R. Shareen, 18

Alto 800 though being a small car, caters to various needs. It is ideal for my small family. For daily commuting and week-end leisure journey, it has proved its mettle as an ideal vehicle.

5.0/10
by Subir Chakraborty, 18

Buying Alto means 'satisfaction guaranteed'. Anyone who is looking for a small car to take his small family on a pleasure-trip will find this car quite ideal. It also serves as a solution to high-cost of fuel with its excellent mileage.

5.0/10
by Kaushik Ghosh, 18

This car is absolutely superb in its fuel efficiency of approx. 20 km/litre. Considering the fuel cost, it is a peace of mind no doubt.

5.0/10
by R. C. Roy Karmakar, 18

Due to its age, my Alto consume fuel a lot. It is not a bad car but its real performance varies a great deal as against its advertisements and promotions.

5.0/10
by Jayanta Chowdhury, 18

Despite being a small hatchback, the Alto 800 is really a Hercules in its performance. It delivers awe-inspiring performance that includes good mileage and optimum comfort. It is quite easy to operate too.

5.0/10
by Motilal Kowla, 01

The true essence of Alto lies in its superb fuel-efficient technology. For long drives it is ideal as it ensures good fuel-efficiency. It also ensures a comfortable ride too.

7.4/10
by SUBHAJIT KAR, 27

The best selling car Alto is back with new exterior styling. The interior comfort is same as the old alto. Fuel efficiency is a bit better than the other cars of same price range. Overall Alto 800 is good.

5.0/10
by Birvadra Nath Pal, 18

Alto is a good car in the budget section. Moreover, it is fuel economic too. As a suitable family car this is ideal for city dwellers.

5.0/10
by Sambhu Nath Rana, 18

I have been using this car for fee years. It is a perfect choice for those who need a car for daily commuting. Considering both mileage and comfort factor, it has been providing commendable service.

5.0/10
by Prabir Banerjee, 17

I own an Alto. It not only carries the impeccable service support and technology of Maruti Suzuki but also features additional benefits like smooth parking facility. It is fuel-saving car too.

6.7/10
by HARSH GUPTA, 15

Alto800 hold the exterior at its best in class. A fantasticly designed airodynamic car, with the royal looks of the front grill. by the front this car looks like the FABULOUS FIGO, which is the plus point of Alto800. now when we go towards the sides it give theABSOLUTE LOOKS LIKE ARTIGA made by the same manufacturar. while on the rear this new Miracle give us the ESTYLISH i20. Thats all on the basis of exterior YoU can enjoy 3in1! The all new Alto800 has lot of features required in a small hatchback. it has a powerfull ac according to the size of itself. Maruti gave power windows only in front windows.they had provided a pair of cup holder thats good. It has adjustable seats. This is the MOST AWAITED car for the middleclass families of INDIA. and by this product Maruti proved again that Y every first time buyer trust them. I JST LOVIN IT!!