Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 has been the first choice for most car buyers starting from First time car buyers to Second hand car buyers.
It is the car still maintaining its position in its segment since its launch in year 2001. Despite there is competition from Tata Nano, Hyundai Eon, Renault Kwid and Datsun Redi Go.
Maruti Suzuki has equipped Alto 800 with basic features such as Manual AC,Power Steering,Front Power Windows,Single din Intergrated Music System with 2 speakers (On VXI Variant) and Central Locking (On VXI Variant ) which is enough for day to day use for a small car.
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 comes with 798 cc FD8 3 cylinder engine churning out 46 Hp.Although 46 hp is less when compared to power output of Hyundai Eon,Renault Kwid and Datsun Redi Go.But power delivery is smooth and you won't feel the engine very under powered on City roads and Highways.
My Alto 800 gives mileage around 12 kmpl to 13 kmpl which is far from ARAI Mileage of 22 kmpl.
Talking about acceleration Alto 800 accelerates well and it has got little fun to drive character as well.Alto 800 handles well and its stable up to 100 km/hr.Post 100 km/hr Alto 800 tends to loose stability but its manageable.
Alto 800 drives smooth,Gear shift is also smooth.No rubber band effect while shifting gears.Thanks to cable type gear shift.
When Alto 800 is driven with AC on.That time engine feels little under powered initially.Engine vibrates little.But once engine warms up during continuous driving.You won't feel the load on engine even when AC is on.
Alto 800 can easily touch 130 km/hr speed with AC off.
AC takes little time to cool the cabin when Alto 800 is parked under bright sun.Otherwise AC is good.Same for heater during winter.
Talking about interior of Alto 800 its plane jane when compared to Hyundai Eon's interior.Quality of plastics on dashboard,floor console,door pads and other interior panel is ok at this price point.Interior Alto 800 doesn't give the feel of budget hatchback when compared with Renault Kwid and Datsun Redi Go.There is no exposed metal inside cabin or boot space of Alto 800.You won't complaint the quality of cabin of Alto 800.
Seats cushioning of Alto 800 is good and comfortable especially at rear seat.
So overall Alto 800 is still an entry level hatchback worth buying.If you are looking for a car under tight budget.
If you want a stylish and unique looking car then go for Renault Kwid.
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