Key Specs of Maruti Alto 800 2016-2019
|Mileage (upto)||33.44 km/kg|
|Engine (upto)||796 cc|
Alto 800 2016-2019 Latest Update
Latest Update: Maruti has given the Alto a makeover to meet new safety regulations. It gets a few cosmetic updates as well. Here are all the details.
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Prices and Variants: The Alto 800 is Maruti Suzuki’s entry-level offering in the Indian four-wheeler market. It is priced between Rs 2.53 lakh and Rs 3.83 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi) and is one of the most popular hatchbacks in its segment. It is available in five different variants: Standard, LXi, LXi (O), VXi and VXi (O). The CNG version, on the other hand, is only available in LXi and LXi (O) variants.
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Engine and Mileage: Powered by a 0.8-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine, the Alto 800 puts out 48PS of maximum power and 69Nm of peak torque, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The Alto 800 delivers a claimed mileage of 24.7kmpl for petrol and 33.44km/kg for CNG.
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Features: The Alto 800 received a facelift in 2017 and now sports a revised front fascia with a slimmer front grille and headlamp, and a larger air intake. Its cabin gets fabric upholstery for the seats and door pads. You also get front power windows and a central locking system. ORVMs (outside rear view mirrors) and full wheel caps are also a part of the package.
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Rivals: The Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 rivals the likes of the Renault Kwid 0.8, Datsun redi-GO 0.8 and Hyundai Eon. The top-spec variant of the Alto 800 will alo compete with the base variant of the Hyundai Santro.
Maruti Alto 800 2016-2019 price list (Variants)
|STD796 cc, Manual, Petrol, 24.7 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.2.52 Lakh*|
|Std Optional796 cc, Manual, Petrol, 24.7 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.2.58 Lakh*|
|LX796 cc, Manual, Petrol, 24.7 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.2.83 Lakh*|
|LX Optional796 cc, Manual, Petrol, 24.7 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.2.89 Lakh*|
|LXI796 cc, Manual, Petrol, 24.7 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.3.1 Lakh*|
|LXI Optional796 cc, Manual, Petrol, 24.7 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.3.16 Lakh*|
|Tour H796 cc, Manual, Petrol, 24.7 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.3.17 Lakh*|
|VXI796 cc, Manual, Petrol, 24.7 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.3.29 Lakh*|
|Utsav Edition796 cc, Manual, Petrol, 24.7 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.3.35 Lakh*|
|VXI Optional796 cc, Manual, Petrol, 24.7 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.3.35 Lakh*|
|CNG LXI796 cc, Manual, CNG, 33.44 km/kgEXPIRED||Rs.3.76 Lakh*|
|CNG LXI Optional796 cc, Manual, CNG, 33.44 km/kgEXPIRED||Rs.3.79 Lakh*|
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Maruti Alto 800 2016-2019 Review
Since 2004, Alto has been the top selling car in the country and to maintain the feat for more than a decade is nothing short of extraordinary. The new Alto 800 is built on the same platform of its predecessor but is now stiffer.
Maruti has stuck to the same formula of the old Alto and kept the changes to the design and ergonomics of the car much like the old one. The new Alto looks simple and aims to satisfy the mass market consumers with the basics.
The Alto 800 gets the basics of an entry level hatchback right. It’s easy to drive, has a peppy engine and the service costs don’t burn a hole in the pocket. The only bit missing from the package are anti-lock brakes and dual airbags.
The new Alto 800 is aimed to please all and thus gets a neutral design that neither stands out nor too plain. Maruti has used what they term as a Wavefront design which gives the new Alto its lines and curves.
At the front, the Alto 800 gets a sleek grille with the Suzuki logo placed under it. The petal-shaped headlamps budge out and features amber headlights with turn indicators. The new bumper sports cuts and creases and has provision for foglamps. Most importantly, the left side outside rearview mirror is now standard.
To the sides, there’s a prominent shoulder line that runs the length of the car and defined wheels arches add some emotion. However, the tiny wheels look almost cartoon-ish, giving the car a very tall stance. The window area is nice and large and takes up most of the real-estate on the side. It also gets some black moulding to protect it from nudges and dents.
The roof swoops down while shoulder crease goes up making the rear window smaller than the older car. At the rear, the Alto 800 looks simple but the higher stance and the smaller tyres look odd. The light weight of the car is displayed through light doors that feel fragile. The roof has been given a ribbed finish for added stiffness.
|Ground Clearance (mm)||170mm|
|Wheel Base (mm)||2380mm|
|Kerb Weight (kg)||-|
The Alto 800 is a rather narrow car. In fact, its width is lower than the Tata Nano too! This does hamper in-cabin space; a place where immediate rivals like the Kwid and the Datsun redi-Go score brownie points.
At 177-litres of space, the boot is good enough for the segment and the rear seat can be folded down to expand the luggage space.
Boot Space Comparison
The Alto 800 gets new fabric upholstery which are carried over to the door panels as well in the form of fabric inserts. The grey interiors combined with black steering wheel and dashboard look good. While the LXi comes with child safety lock, the VXi gets an additional remote entry, front power windows and central locking as standard. The seats are flat and don’t offer much cushioning, but that is expected for the price point of the car. The seating position is low as is the steering wheel. The front seats are good enough and offer reasonable support. However, if you are generously built, you will find yourself rubbing shoulders with your co-passenger.
At the rear, the going gets tough for more than two passengers. Even more if the front passenger and driver are big. It gets even worse if you happen to be tall. You will find yourself too close to the roof and the integrated headrests will be around the nape. Not a good place to be for tall blokes, that's for sure.
The steering wheel is of comfortable size and nicely placed to hold. The grainy texture on the steering wheel is slightly off-putting, but that is pretty much the norm in the segment. The access to the horn is comfortable and the placement of the pedals is also good, reiterating our point of functional design. The instrument cluster is a simple one with an analogue speedometer with everything else going digital. We have a odometer and two trip meters but a tachometer is absent. A simple, functional design - that’s about it.
The ‘V’ shaped centre console hosts the HVAC controls and only the top-end VXi and VXi (O) get audio system with USB and Aux-in ports. The centre AC vents sit atop a dome like design above the AC controls. The AC is a strong unit capable of cooling down the car adequately but the centre vents cannot be shut down completely. Storage space is there but in tiny proportions though the glove box is big enough. There’s a cut out above the glove box and another one at the bottom of the centre console for storing your oddities.
0.8l - Petrol
The Alto 800 runs with the same F8D 796cc that its predecessor passed on to it, but gets some upgrades in the form of lighter materials used in construction. The engine is a teeny bit powerful too with 48PS at 6000 rpm and 69Nm of torque at 3500 rpm. The company has worked on the engine to make it peppier in the low range and the gearbox has also been given a workout. The engine runs smooth in the low revs but the typical clattering of a three-cylinder comes alive as the speed increases and the lack of any insulation doesn’t help.
Performance Comparison (Petrol)
|Engine Displacement (cc)||814 cc|
|Top Speed (kmph)||135 Kmph|
|0-100 Acceleration (sec)||19 Seconds|
|Kerb Weight (kg)||-|
|Fuel Efficiency (ARAI)||21.1kmpl|
|Power Weight Ratio||-|
The Alto 800 is a formidable city car, rightly displayed by its characteristics. The new cable type gearbox is a huge improvement and works the gears smoothly, slotting them into respective positions without a problem. Couple that to the light clutch and the city driving becomes a delight. Highways are the Achilles heel for the Alto 800 as the car will surely be overpowered by every other car except Nano. The Alto 800 is also 9 per cent more fuel efficient than the earlier model returning 24.70kmpl while the CNG variant claims to offer a 10 per cent improvement with mileage figures of 33.44kmpl!
Ride and Handling
The Alto gets gas charged front and rear dampers, offering excellent ride quality that is hard to come by in this segment. Almost all the irregularities of the roads are well absorbed by the car. As long as the car is in the city, the Alto 800 doesn’t fail to satiate your transporting needs. On the highways however, the Alto suffers from vertical movements and the feedback, or the lack of, from the tiny tyres does nothing to improve your confidence.
The light steering helps in the city driving but lacks feedback on the highways. The feedback becomes vague from the steering as the speeds rise, so it is best to keep the car driving in the city or under 90kmph.
Though Alto 800 scores well as a city car, it fails to offer any kind of safety features apart from a driver side airbag. ABS should also have been added to the package.
Thankfully, the airbags are now an option across all trim levels of the hatch. Ticking the airbag option adds Rs 10,000 to the cost. An option you should definitely tick with your eyes closed!
The Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is available in 8 variants - STD, STD(O), LX, LX(O), LXi, LXi(O), VXi and VXi(O).
Pros & Cons of Maruti Alto 800 2016-2019
Things We Like
- Impressive mileage - the Maruti Alto 800’s frugal engine returns a claimed fuel efficiency of 24.7kmpl.
- Maruti Suzuki's extensive sales and service network makes servicing and owning the car a hasslefree experience.
- The Maruti Alto 800 has a very low cost of ownership, thus making it popular among first-time car buyers or those upgrading from two-wheelers.
- A no-nonsense choice for city-dwellers as the Alto 800 offers good ride quality at city speeds.
Things We Don't Like
- Compact dimensions translate to limited leg and shoulder room at the rear. Narrow seats and a cramped rear bench restricts its use to short drives only.
- High-speed performance of the Alto 800 is below average and it doesn’t inspire confidence at speeds over 100kmph.
- Uninspiring design - the Maruti Alto 800 looks dull and outdated compared to newer entries like the Renault Kwid and the Datsun redi-GO.
Stand Out Features
The Maruti Alto 800 offers decent ride quality manages to tackle ‘surprise’ potholes quite well.
Unlike its competition, the Maruti Alto 800 comes with optional airbags with each variant.
Internally adjustable mirrors from the LXi variant onwards is useful; Kwid doesn’t get it
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