Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Review & Performance

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Overview

It is not easy to step into the niche spot of an iconic model that had been loved for long. Introduced in 2012, Maruti Alto 800 successfully overpowered the image of the model it replaced. A mid-life facelift version of the mini-hatchback was launched in 2016 encompassing cosmetic tweaks on the outside and inside. Changes made to the hatch are subtle; the range is now available from Rs 2.49 lakh and goes up to Rs 3.76 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Under the hood, the 800cc petrol engine has been retained, which has been tuned to return 9 % higher fuel economy. Feature list has improved in retrospect; in fact the change is evident across segment. Maruti is known for making viable mini hatchbacks, but over the years some really good rivals have defied Maruti’s dominance in A segment. What really works for Maruti hatchbacks are factors like affordability, low running cost, reliability and thickly spread after service network that help them maintain their ace in A segment. Coming back to Alto 800, the hatchback is available in petrol and CNG fuel options at an extremely competitive price. Unlike its K10 sibling, Alto 800 lacks the AMT version and is available only with a manual version. Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 price range in India is between 2,61,923/-to 3,87,471/, check for detail pricing of Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 in Carzprice

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Design

Visually the Alto 800 is a completely new car. The all new front end is, well, all new and looks a lot like the A-star. The headlights are mounted higher now and has black detailing inside. The grille is very Ford Figo-esque and has a chrome strip running right across the middle. Under the small grille is the large expanse that is the air dam. Given an all black treatment the air-dam and the sculpted bumpers give the front a sporty feel. The A-star inspiration is again evident at the rear with the new tail lamps and bumper which give the car a very distinctive look. Rather than looking like an evolution from the previous Alto, the rear looks like it was inspired more from the A-star. What I don’t get however are those two little kinks on either side of the Suzuki badge. To me it looks like two dents and kind of hinders the flow of the rest of the bootlid. The side profile is again similar to the A-star. The rear window has become a bit smaller and the entire car has grown significantly taller.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Cabin

Maruti Suzuki has done a good job with respect to Alto 800. The newer version seems a completely advanced form of the original Alto. The increased dimensions allow more space and comfort, and make the car look more spacious and airy as compared to its predecessor. To make the offer better, Maruti offers Alto 800 in two tones: grey and brown. The quality of plastics used for dashboard and doors is average, and well explains the cost-saving strategy of the domestic maker. The dashboard of the car looks contemporary with a little more touch of chrome and new instrument panels. The steering wheel and gear shift look better while the accelerator pedal, armrests and door pockets look cheap and below standard. The AC seems borrowed from the old Alto. The power switches and plastic inserts in pillars give a standard look to the cabin, and provide sufficient lateral and rear view.

The seats are good and comfortable, and offer better headroom than the original Alto. The car carries an extended capacity to accommodate five adults in one go. The upholstery looks acceptable as per the car’s price. The front seats are adjustable and can be shifted back in case the back seat is vacant.The three-spoke steering bears a stretched horn pad but lacks tilt adjustability and mounted audio controls that are in vogue these days. The internally-adjustable ORVM is available at the driver’s seat but offered as an option on the passenger’s side in the LXi variant. Maruti also offers a cigarette lighter and a 12V power socket below the steering as a part of the accessories package. Other comfort add-ons include an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Conditioning) unit; single DIN music system; option to install speakers; storage spaces like bottle holder on the front, map pockets, and a deep and wide glove box; a foldable rear seat; and a boot space of 177-litres, which is sufficient to store your luggage for short journeys.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Engine

The technical specs of Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 are quite impressive with a 3-cylinder, 0.8-litre F8D power mill, which makes 48 PS against a peak torque of 69 Nm. This engine is a step-up in terms of not only power and torque, but also liveliness. It is easier to manoeuvre Alto 800 on traffic-stricken roads as compared to the previous Alto. It reacts in a much decent manner over low as well as medium speed range and gearshifts seem smoother as compared to its previous version. Unless you are crossing the 90-100 kmph speed mark, the car is a well-disciplined lad. In medium range, however, the engine begins to make some noise, which can be heard and felt easily given the low insulation of the car cabin.

Above 100 kmph, the engine gets really harsh and you wouldn’t hear anything except the harsh whining of engine. Along with this improved engine, Maruti Suzuki also bestows Alto 800 with a new transmission system. The new five-speed manual transmission of the car is much smoother as compared to the last one. In the city traffic, where you need to change gears frequently, it works as your best friend. The gear lever is small and handy, and doesn’t vibrate like the one noticed in Hyundai Eon. Considering the price of the car, Maruti has done a good job with the gearshift of Alto 800.

With the 0.8-litre F8D engine, the ARAI-approved mileage of Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is 22.74 kmpl. The CNG version, on the other hand, delivers a fuel efficiency of 30.46 km/kg. The car’s fuel tank has a capacity of 35 litres, which means that the car can travel 796 kms in a single tank fill. There is no other car in this section that can match Alto 800 in this respect.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Rideing

One factor where Maruti Suzuki gets full marks is the pickup and acceleration that it has blessed Alto 800 with despite placing it in the small car segment. Powered by the 0.8-litre F8D engine, the car can easily glide from 0 to 100 kmph speed mark in 16 seconds. The maximum speed that this car can achieve ranges from 140-145kmph. The CNG version, on the other hand, takes 17-18 seconds to slide from rest to the 100 kmph speed mark. A McPherson strut suspension system, accompanied by a disc and drum braking system, provides improved handling to Alto 800. The power and torque output delivered by the petrol as well as CNG versions of the car is equal, while the mileage is very good, which makes it the best option in small car segment. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Safety

Safety features are very basic, but there is an option for driver side airbag on the entire range. Apart from that, the hatchback gets central door locking, tubeless tyres, collapsible door locking, front wiper & washer, immobiliser, head light levelling and immobiliser. Outside rear view mirrors are fitted on driver and co-passenger side, but they lack electrical adjusting function. A three-position lamp is present inside cabin and the floor is covered with a carpet. Seats are covered with fabric upholstery. Inside door handles are finished in silver and fabric trims are present on doors. Accessory socket is provided in front and rear parcel tray is present at the back.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Price

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 2,61,923/- (Alto 800 Standard) to 3,87,471/- (Alto 800 LXI CNG Optional). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in India

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Verdict

So overall, the Alto has become a fresher, more contemporary package. At a time when the competition (read Hyundai Eon) was starting to eat away at a lot of the numbers that the Alto had for itself, the update is just what the doctor ordered. Now the only thing that remains is to see how Maruti will price this baby. If they get that right, this king will still remain atop the hill. But we’ll have to wait till 16th of October when the launch is to find that out.

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