Maruti-Suzuki New Alto 800 Overview
Maruti is synonymous with its affordable cars. After the success with the 800, 1000, Esteem and Zen, Maruti Suzuki launched the Alto, on 27thSeptember, 2000, a super affordable car, which became the pride of many Indian households. In 2006, it became India’s largest selling car and since then, the sky is the limit, crossing 1 million figures in February 2008. To replace the ageing Alto, on 16th October, 2012 came the Alto 800. This is the current Alto in the market alongside the Alto K10.
What makes this car win the heart of so many Indians? Read on to find out-
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Maruti-Suzuki New Alto 800 Exterior
A sleek, small car, the Alto 800 has a length of 3430mm, width of 1490-1515mm depending on side molding and a height of 1475mm. Being a compact car, a short wheelbase of 2360mm is not surprising. It has 145/80 R12 tubeless tyres. When not fully loaded, a typical small car ground clearance of 160mm is seen in the Alto 800. The aero edge aerodynamic design adds the attention grabbing persona of the Alto 800. At the front, trendy headlamps and rounded fog lamps leave a big impact on its bold bumper grille. Going to the sides, body coloured ORVM and side moldings add to its trendy design. At the rear, the rear taillights and bumpers complete the bold design of the Alto 800.
Maruti-Suzuki New Alto 800 Interior
A small wheelbase of 2360mm will disappoint those who are expecting a lot of space. It has less space, but the overall cabin style has improved. The monochromatic dark grey interior is dull and uninspiring. However, the 3-spoke steering wheel saves the day with its trendy style. The top variant comes with integrated audio system with USB and AUX. A utility rack is seen on the front passenger side seat which adds convenience. Front door side pockets and front and rear console bottle holder adds more convenience to this car. Other features such as assist grips, sun visor, floor carpet, floor console, vinyl seat upholstery, accessory socket and rear parcel tray complete this car’s list of interior features.
Maruti-Suzuki New Alto 800 Driving
Even with a small engine, there is a small surprise. This engine has a zippy-zappy acceleration of 0-100km/hr in 16 seconds. It has a top speed of 140-145km/hr. On city traffic, manoeuvring the Alto 800 is not an issue at all. Smooth gearshifts and decent reaction in low to medium speed range is evident in this car. There is considerable engine noise in the medium range, thanks to low cabin insulation. After the 90-100km/hr mark, the burst of performance can be seen. Thanks to gas-filled shock absorbers, going through bumps and potholes is not a big issue in this car. And the good mileage ensures a pleasant drive with less fuel stops. The Alto 800 is a small, economical and a fun to drive car.
Maruti-Suzuki New Alto 800 Engine
A small car deserves a small engine. And the Alto 800 has the right engine- a 796cc, 3 cylinder and 12 valve F8D petrol engine which delivers a maximum power of 47.34bhp at 6000rpm and a maximum torque of 69Nm at 3500rpm. It has a fuel efficiency of 24.7km/litre. This engine is controlled by a 32-Bit computer.
But that’s not all. A CNG version is also available which has a maximum power of 40.36bhp at 6000rpm and a maximum torque of 60Nm at 3500rpm. It gives a whopping fuel efficiency of 33.44km/kg.
It has only 5-speed manual transmission with cable type gear shift.
Maruti-Suzuki New Alto 800 Safety
It is surprising to see world-class safety features in the low budget Alto 800. The optional variants get a driver side airbag. The LXI, LXI(O), VXI and VXI(O) get rear door child locks. To provide robust stability, the car has Gas Filled McPherson Strut Suspension with Torsion Roll Control Device in front and Isolated Trailing Arm Suspension with Coil Spring, Three Link Rigid Axle and Gas Filled Shock Absorbers in rear. The solid disc brakes in front and drum brakes at the rear provide the braking needs for this car. Other safety features include headlight levelling, high mounted stop lamp, engine immobiliser, central locking, collapsible steering column and remote keyless entry.
Maruti-Suzuki New Alto 800 Value
From Rs. 2.7lakhs to Rs. 4.1lakhs, it is no doubt that the Alto 800 is incredibly cheap and easy to own. Thanks to this price range that it became Maruti Suzuki’s best-seller. However, lack of basic safety features, monochromatic interior, less space are points of disappointment for this car. This car is seen mostly with the lower middle class family whose salary is not high enough to buy better cars. And the option of petrol only engine is a bit of let down. So, if you are looking for a car with basic creature comforts, high fuel economy and something that suits your low income, then Alto 800 is the car which is worth buying. Even with lack of so many features, it will not disappoint you.
Maruti-Suzuki New Alto 800 Maintainence
A small car has a low maintenance cost. If we consider that the car is driven for 1000km in a month which amounts to 12,000km in a year, the cost of ownership for Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 can come upto Rs. 45,272 for one year. This includes Rs. 9110 of insurance cost, Rs. 1746 of maintenance cost and Rs. 34,416 of fuel cost. We have not factored in the loan interest as it depends on person to person and the percentage of amount taken in loan.
Maruti-Suzuki New Alto 800 Maintainence
The Alto 800 carries on the legacy of the older Alto, but now it has got new challengers. Cars like Hyundai Eon, Datsun redi-Go, Tata Nano AMT and Renault Kwid are challenging India’s bestselling car. The future sales will predict the outcome of this competition- will the competitors steal the Alto 800’s simple yet charming attitude, or it will continue to sell like hot cakes.