The car that is considered as the successor to the legendary Maruti800 lives up to the expectations. The car is still one of the best-selling entry-level hatchbacks in India. The car was introduced to the Indian market back in 2000. The car had everything that the 800 could offer, it became a better option with its good design and additional features such as power steering, 5th gear, etc. with a decent price tag. The car was indeed a popular pick. It then got a new look in 2012 and was called the Alto 800. The increasing competition has forced Maruti to get on its toes to roll out the new facelift in May 2016. The fresh looks, trust, and reliability from Maruti make it a very good car for a first-time car buyer.
The Alto runs on the same three-cylinder, 800cc petrol engine. There is also a Petrol+CNG option for this engine. There haven't been any major changes to the engine except for a few tweaks here and there. The engine is mostly aimed at fuel economy while offering a comfortable city driving.
The Alto claims to deliver 48 bhp of maximum power at about 6000 rpm. The car is tuned to flat torque curves that would reduce the need for frequent gear shifts. The car is a perfect match for city driving though it feels a little hesitant at speeds above 100 Kmph. Style Maruti got a completely fresh look to its Alto with the new Aero Edge Design. The headlamps, front bumper grille are new. There is not much addition on the sides and the back. The car does come in fresh colours like Cerulean Blue and Mojito Green added to the palette. The interiors are little sophisticated than before. The in-dash entertainment system is now added with USB and Aux-in support.
The car offers features like power windows and remote keyless entry. The cabin incorporates more head and knee room, new door trims and some more storage spaces than before. The raised headrest also adds to the comfort of the seats.
Fuel economy has always been a prerequisite in this segment and the Alto does not disappoint you. The petrol version can deliver up to 24 Kmpl while the CNG version can put up to 33 km per kg. The car claims to deliver 9 per cent more economy than before.