Suzuki Alto GL auto 2009 review
It’s clearly small and exaggerated by the shredded tail that puts the wheels at each corner – almost literally if you check out the rear wheels – and the short, slanted bonnet. Honestly, it doesn’t seem to be safe. But it is! Surprisingly, the Alto GL base model has a four-star safety rating thanks to six airbags and ABS with brake assist. That’s as good as some much bigger cars – Mazda3, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Camry, etc. – this is a little comfortable even if the view from the driver’s seat is less concentrated in delivering that message.
Spend an additional $ 2000 and the GLX model gets extremely important electronic stability control plus a few extra features.
Powertrain, economy and price
But the big news here is the economy. Suzuki claims 4.8 liters / 100km compared to the 3-cylinder engine, 1.0 liter capacity when fitted with a 5-speed manual gearbox and, for the four-speed automatic as tested, 5.5 liters / 100km .
Cars and hybrids do better than that but can’t come close to Alto GL’s $ 12,490 price (plus on-road costs) that are a third less than the price of a Prius. The automatic transmission is an additional $ 2000 and even more advanced is the GL GLX starting at $ 14,490.
It appears the economy is not just in fuel. However, Suzuki only stipulates the lead-free premium for tanks that can increase gasoline bills by around 9c per liter. So if you travel 15,000km a year, the premium only adds $ 1.20 a week to the Alto manual’s fuel bill. Great deal.
The cheap car has two seats and will take two children in the back seat. Rear legroom is a premium, although headroom isn’t bad. Realize that filling up a car with people or luggage will significantly reduce any dreams you have of this car having a career on the track. In fact, simply clearing traffic lights is a blessing.
No, it is not even fast from a distance and because the automatic will be defeated by scooters and Chinese triathlons in training. But it is ignored that it is a good drive. When inactive, the engine emits a strange rhythm in harmony with its odd-numbered pistons, and quickly emits to become an agile person if the power unit is a bit noisy.
Even the car is very good at keeping up with the parade going on under the bonnet. Around the city and suburbs, it’s a comfortable car despite the thin seats. The suspension of doing a pretty good job of avoiding poor bitumen and only the country’s tarmac asphalt, or a sudden pothole born in the winter, will make Alto feel uncomfortable.
It flies effortlessly and quietly at 100km / h and will go to rural roads with only the driver’s fear of larger cars being the deciding factor. Interestingly, Alto has a full-size spare wheel but almost no boot space. Not even a space saving widget will help here.
There are some welcome things about the GL, such as its good front room and brilliant rotation, and some of the bad things include manual mirror adjustment (in fact even the GLX has this) and negative. bullshit bar of sound system. But that is the future. Probably not my future, most likely yours.
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