on 17, Jun 2019

Maruti Suzuki Alto Comparison Review: Old vs New - Which One Should You Choose?

India’s favourite and most loved hatchback, the Alto 800 recently got a vital facelift. It is not just limited to cosmetic changes. The entry-level hatchback has been updated to meet the upcoming safety norms.

Also, the car has been made ready to meet the BS-VI emission norms. The Alto now becomes the first entry-level hatchback to get a BS-VI engine, other cars to follow suit.

Given the demand for this small car and the leadership it has in its segment, this is a welcome move from Maruti Suzuki. Interestingly, we would not see the ‘800’ suffix again as Maruti Suzuki has decided to scrap it off and simply call the car Alto. Read on to understand the differences between the new Alto and the previous version.

Maruti Suzuki Alto Dimensions

The dimensions of the new Alto with respect to the previous model are as follows:

  • Overall Length: 3445 mm (+15 mm over the older model)

  • Overall Width: 1515 mm (With side moulding)

  • Overall Height: 1475 mm (Unladen)

  • Wheelbase: 2360 mm

  • Turning Radius: 4.6 m

As can be seen, only the length has been increased by 15 mm, that too due to the new bumper design.

Maruti Suzuki Alto Exterior

The front profile of the new Alto sees some changes over the previous model. The new bigger front grille, and newly designed bumper and side fender give the Alto a fresh look. Speaking of air-dam, the honeycomb pattern replaces the horizontal rectangular slats, that is what Maruti Suzuki calls the ‘Aero Edge Design’.

The Suzuki badge sits on a matte finish upper grille placed between the headlamps, which remain the same but slightly more angular and seem to have been stretched back further.

The rounded foglamp housing has been replaced with a sleeker design. Unfortunately, fog lamps aren’t offered on the new Alto and there isn’t any provision for aftermarket fitment.

The rear of the car, as well as the side profile, remains unchanged. A sharp shoulder line runs across the entire length of the car. New internally adjustable ORVMs, that have been borrowed from K10 have been provided on the new Alto. The tyre size remains at 145/80 R12.

Maruti Suzuki Alto Interior

The interior of the 2019 Alto 800 has been updated and is the same as the one in Alto K10. The 2DIN (Smart Play Dock infotainment system) replaces the 1DIN and comes with Bluetooth connectivity.

All the interior parts such as steering wheel, speedometer design, instrument cluster and dashboard have been borrowed from its sibling, the K10.

Speaking of the colour scheme, a dual tone colour scheme of black and beige runs across the dashboard, seat upholstery and door pads. The dual tone colour scheme makes the interior feel more-roomy.

Maruti Suzuki Alto Engine

          

On paper, the new Alto gets the same engine as the one on the previous model, i.e., a 0.8 litre, 796cc, 3-cylinder petrol engine, producing 48 BHP at 6000 rpm and 69 Nm of maximum torque at 3500 rpm, coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission.

The biggest improvement made to this powerplant is that it now complies with BS -VI regulations, that aim to reduce vehicular emissions. The company claims that the NOx emissions have now been reduced by approximately 25%.

The fuel efficiency sees a minor drop and the Alto 800 now returns a mileage of 22.05 kmpl, down from 24.7 kmpl earlier.

Maruti Suzuki Alto Safety

                         

In compliance with the government’s mission of making cars safer and improving pedestrian safety, the Alto 800 now gets some safety features, which were absent earlier.

These features include dual front airbags (driver and passenger), high-speed alert system, ABS with EBD, driver and passenger seat belt warning and rear parking sensors.

Maruti Suzuki Alto Comfort And Convenience

                         

Few additional comfort features have been provided in the new Alto. These include front and rear console bottle holder, integrated stereo with Bluetooth connectivity, keyless entry and power windows.

Maruti Suzuki Alto Variants

The new Alto is now available in 3 trims: STD, LXI and VXI. There is also one iteration each for Std and LXI variants, namely Std (O) and LXI (O). Here (O) denotes optional safety variant. Earlier, there were six variants, in all including the VXI(O), which is no longer available.

Maruti Suzuki Alto Prices

Due to the addition of new features and a new list of safety features as well as the cost involved in making the engine BS-VI compliant, the new Alto 800 has a hike in prices by ₹ 24,000 to ₹ 27,000, which is understandable. The prices of the new Alto are as follows:

STD: ₹ 2.94 Lakhs (+ ₹ 27,000)

STD (O): ₹ 2.73 Lakhs (+ ₹ 24,000)

LXI: ₹ 3.50 Lakhs (+ ₹ 25,000)

LXI (O): ₹ 3.54 Lakhs (+ 24,000)

VXI: ₹ 3.71 Lakhs (+ 27,000)

NOTE: All the prices are Ex-showroom Delhi.

Maruti Suzuki Alto Colours

The new Alto gets the same colour options as before except a new colour shade, Uptown Red replacing the Blazing Red shade. The other colour schemes are Mojito Green, Cerulean Blue, Superior White, Silky Silver and Granite Grey.  

With this facelift, the Alto is expected to extend its lead over its competitors. The Alto 800 turns out to be a good package for a first-time car buyer who has budget constraints and is need of a simple,  practical and economical car.

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