Maruti is known in India for its flagship car Maruti 800 which was launched in 1983. And, since then it has revolutionized Indian small car market. It sales numbers are known to all and it is also known that it became an iconic car for India.
Maruti is a trusted brand for a middle class Indian family. Maruti 800’s lowest fuel consumption cost has made this car an evergreen choice for the buyer. Easy to park structure, smoothly drivability in an overcrowded street or in a narrow lane, small structure with 4.4 meters of radius has made it a user friendly car. It used to be the largest selling car in India until Maruti Alto recently took its title.
Even after all positives Maruti 800 had to succumb to pollution norms and Maruti India decided to phase it out from BSIV cities beginning April 2010. Since it is available in only BSIII models, Maruti 800 is not sold in metros and cities wherein BSIV norms are applicable.
In order to revive it and bring it back on the sales front, Maruti has decided to bring in all new Maruti 800 that is expected to be launched in early 2012. It will be BSIV compliant and is expected to be clad in entirely revamped looks more like its senior Maruti Alto.
Maruti 800 Mileage
Maruti 800 is known for its frugal nature. Being a small and compact car and with not much features on it besides the AC, Maruti 800 Mileage delivers of 15.7 kmpl in the city and around 19.9 kmpl on the highways. The LPG versions viz. Maruti 800 Std. LPG and Maruti 800 AC LPG returns a mileage of 12 kmpl in the city and 16.4 on the highways.
The all new Maruti 800 slated for a 2012 launch is expected to hold the same LPG trims. A CNG model is also a far possibility on the new car due to the surging petrol prices.
Power of Maruti 800
The Maruti 800 is powered by a 796cc, 4-stroke, water cooled SOHC engine. The engine has three pots and outputs 37 bhp at 5000rpm and a maximum torque of 59 Nm at 2500rpm. The lower rpm makes it best suited for the congested city roads in India. All the variants are powered by the same engine which is mated to a four –speed gearbox. It has a five-speed AC variant available. The all-new Maruti 800 is expected to have the same engine under the hood but with only five-speed transmission as standard.
Maruti 800 Colours
These colors are available with all variants of Maruti 800
Acceleration & Pick-Up
Being a small car, Accelration of Maruti 800 has a considerably decent pick up. It catches 0-100 kmph in 21 seconds. It has a top speed of 144 kmph. The all new Maruti 800 is expected to have better acceleration and pickup but the same top speed.
Maruti 800 Exteriors
Maruti 800 exterior appearance has inspired the hatchback segment in India and it became the iconic car in India. The typical hatch exteriors are somewhat mundane. The front has a characteristic shape with a long and slanting windscreen. The bonnet dominates the front coupled with the front grille that underwent several changes during the evolution of Maruti 800. The honeycomb shaped grille came at a later stage. Besides two headlamps recently got a makeover and were made sleeker and were integrated with barreled parking lights. The front bumper was also revamped and was made broader and extended to the front down of the Maruti 800. The sides are somewhat box type with ORVMs and side indicators on the side fenders. The base window line is almost flat with almost flat roofline. The typical appearance of a hatch dominates the rear with a big rear windscreen.
The all-new Maruti 800 is expected to have total revamped exteriors. It is expected to inherit some exteriors from its segment sibling Maruti Alto. However, it cannot be said that all-new Maruti 800 will be a look alike of Alto but it surely will derive its dimensions from it.
This Indian hatch is a compact small car and hence does not boast of big dimensions. New Maruti 800 is 1405mm high, 1440mm wide and is 3335mm long. Despite being a small car, it has a ground clearance of 170mm that is decent enough to handle the big pothole rich Indian roads. The wheel base of new Maruti 800 is 2175mm. It weighs 665kg. It has a fuel tank capacity of 28 litres. The all-new Maruti 800 is expected to have the same dimensions.
Maruti 800 Interior
Being an affordably low priced hatchback, nothing much is expected out of the interiors of Maruti 800. Despite this it is clad in impressive interiors. Getting inside the new Maruti 800 is easier. There is a seating for five people, four however can seat comfortably. The rear seats are bench type. The front seats have reclining and sliding function and are adjustable. There is no height adjustment available. The overall interior plastic quality is not much impressive but it is sturdy. The interior is clad in dual tone upholstery.
The dash is set in a cockpit shape. There is a two spoke steering wheel with the Maruti logo placed at the centre. The instrument cluster just besides the steering has minimal indictors. There is a large dial type speedometer at the centre and two small stay type fuel and temperature gauges on one side. On the other side of the speedometer there are indictors such as oil, battery etc. The Ac and other AC controls are mounted on the box that surrounds the instrument cluster. There are as usual four ac vents - two on each side and two at the centre. The central console houses the slot for music system, lighter and ash tray. There is also a utility box just above the two ac vents at the centre. There is also a sufficiently enough sized glove box on the left with an open space above the dash for keeping things. There are manually adjustable headrests on the front seats and two fixed foam type cushion based headrests on the rear seat. There is also an adjustable inside rear view mirror with room lamp.
Maruti 800 has lots of comfort features despite of being an entry level hatchback in India. The car offers basic functionalities such as manually adjustable sliding and reclining seats. There are manually adjustable head restraints. Furthermore there is also a large glove compartment on the dash with a central glove with lid. Besides this there are sun visors for both the driver and the front passenger. There is also a front door pocket on the front passenger door. In addition to this, there is ac with air flow control and a three position adjustable room lamp.
Despite being a small car, new Maruti 800 in no way compromises with the comfort of the driver and passengers. There is sufficiently good headroom and legroom on the front and equally at the rear. There is sufficient space for storage at the rear as well.
Maruti 800 Engine and Performance
The Engine Capacity of Maruti 800 is powered by a 796cc, three cylinder, four stroke water cooled SOHC engine. The engine is capable of producing 37 bhp at 5000rpm and a maximum torque of 59Nm at as low as 2500rpm. The Multi-point fuel injection (MPFI) engine is mated to a four speed gearbox in the standard equipment. A five-speed manual transmission option is also available on the new Maruti 800.
This small car by Maruti performs well in the city due to the high torque at low rpm and also offers decent mileage of around 17.5 kmpl in the city. It has a short turning radius of only 4.4m that makes it cruise through city roads with ease. Similarly the all-new Maruti 800 is expected to have the same engine and it is expected to far exceed the present Maruti 800 in terms of performance.
The Maruti 800 Wheels, it has a tyre Size of 145/70 R12 and the tyre type is radial. The wheel size is 12 x 4J. There is no alloy wheel option available.
Braking & Handling
The Breaking System of Maruti 800 is fitted with front disc and rear drum brakes. Handling it is easy even without power steering option as it has rack and pinion type steering. The front suspension is a McPherson strut and coil spring type while the rear suspension is a coil spring with gas filled shock absorbers type making even the bumpy ride a smooth one.
Handling & Safety
In due course of its evolution, Maruti 800 has upgraded itself in terms of safety features as well. However, not much safety features on Maruti 800 yet the standard safety features are there. It has an intelligent computerized anti-theft system in order to prevent the car being stolen. There are side impact beams that can withhold even larger impact in case of an accident. There are laminated windshields that ensure that if there the windshield gets damaged in an accident; the broken glass particles do not reach the occupants. In addition to it there are additional body reinforcements, high mount rear stop lamp and collapsible steering column safety features as well. Besides this there are also front and rear seat belts for driver and passenger safety and a headlamp leveling device to ensure hassle-free night driving.
Stereo & Accessories in Maruti 800
Being an affordably low priced small car, New Maruti 800 has minimal accessories available. However, the high end AC versions have more accessories.
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Pros & Cons
Maruti 800 Pros :
Over proved and tested brand, Compact car that suits Indian roads, Milege and fuel economy is good, Easy to Drive, Easy to park, Low maintainence, Maruti service station is easily available everywhere in India.
Maruti 800 Cons :
Too Outdated, Less spacious, Not enough Room for leg, AC is not good after 28 degree, Bad Interior.
Maruti 800 Price
Maruti 800 Variants Price
Maruti 800 prices were updated on 04 May 2013