Suzuki Alto (2009–2015)

Model History

September 2008

New Suzuki Alto launched

Light, small five-door, four-seater 3,565 mm long, 1,600 mm wide and 1,470 mm high along the lines of a Citroen C1/Peugeot 107/Toyota Aygo. It has a wheelbase of 2,360 mm with a roomy interior and generous luggage space.

Euro 5 compliant 1.0-litre petrol engine. Combined fuel consumption: 62.7mpg (4.5l/100km). CO2 emissions: 103g/km. Front MacPherson strut suspension with high rigidity. Rear suspension in Suzuki's proprietary 3-link rigid axle design. Minimum turning radius of 4.5m

The new Alto is powered by a three cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine successfully launched as an engine of the Splash. This unit is light and compact with low friction characteristics. Maximum power output is 68PS (50kW) with maximum torque of 90Nm. Fuel consumption is low at 64.2 mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions are just 103g/km. Standard transmission is a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic transmission (uncommon among one-litre cars) with gate-type shifter is available as an option.

5-speed manual 64.2mpg, 103gh/km CO2, 96mph, 0-60 13.5, Insurance Groups 1E.

4-speed auto 54.3mpg, 122g/km VCO2, 93mph 0-60 17 seconds.

The front suspension is MacPherson strut and the large, high-rigidity suspension frame is complemented by further strengthening in the strut mounting areas for superior handling. The rear suspension has Suzuki's proprietary 3-link rigid axle design, and incorporates numerous refinements for the new car. The coil springs and dampers were tuned for optimum handling stability through extensive testing on roads in Europe. The new Alto has a minimum turning radius of just 4.5m making it easy to manoeuvre and park in tight spaces.

On sale in the UK from 1 March 2009. Prices from £6,795 to £7,995. All have an MP3/ WMA stereo, remote c/l, electric front windows and an intermittent rear wash wipe. The SZ3 gets air con. The range-topping SZ4 adds a rev counter (in a dash-top pod), ESP, curtain bags, alloys, front fogs, 4 more speakers and more colour coding. Built by Suzuki Motor Corporation, at the Maruti plant, Delhi, India.

July 2010

New SZ-L model based on the SZ3 mid grade model with air conditioning; pollen filter and side airbags as standard equipment but offers added customer value with a higher specification including front fog lamps and various exterior and interior upgrades; all for £8,170.

SZ-L gets stylish new design wheel caps, black fog lamp surrounds and black ‘B’ pillar trims as well as SZ-L embossed tailgate trim and black side mouldings for extra protection when parked. SZ-L is available in either Superior White or Bright Red non metallic colours.

Interior upgrades include SZ-L carpet mats; silver coloured trim for gearshift knob, side ventilation louvres and door openers. The SZ-L individual theme is continued for the heater control, gear lever and door handle surrounds which are coordinated in body colour. Cost of ownership is also very low with an annual VED charge of £20 and insurance group 1E classification.

September 2010

Alto SZ4 model with equivalent of no VAT to pay until the end of September 2010 and represents a customer saving of £1,332 on the SZ4 model, reducing the purchase price to £7,608.

Under a separate campaign, Alto SZ2 is available for just £6,495, saving £1,160 on the list price. The Special Edition SZ-L is equipped as standard with front fog lamps, air conditioning and various exterior and interior trim upgrades and is available for £6,995, a saving of £1,175.

October 2010

Suzuki Alto Cruz announced, based on SZ3 mid grade model with air conditioning and pollen filter as standard plus higher spec with various exterior trim upgrades all for £6,953 under Suzuki’s extended ‘VAT Free’ offer.

June 2011

Suzuki announced the introduction of the special edition Alto Play model

Alto Play is based on the popular SZ3 mid grade model with air conditioning, pollen filter and side airbags as standard equipment but offers added customer value with a higher specification including front fog lamps and various exterior and interior upgrades. Alto Play is recognised by its stylish Oyster Blue metallic paint finish; unique blue seat fabric, silver accent on the front bumper and body coloured door handles and mirrors.

April 2012

Alto facelifted

Suzuki’s smallest model, the Alto, has been refreshed for 2012, with new colours and lower emissions. The cleanest manual model now emits 99g/km of CO2, making it congestion charge exempt and allowing it to qualify for the free annual VED. Prices start at £6995.

The improved emissions bring the benefit of reduced fuel consumption, which is 65.7mpg with the manual gearbox. The improved fuel economy and lower emissions are owed to a new Dual VVT system, which also improves throttle response of the 68bhp three-cylinder petrol engine.

Other changes to the Alto range include a new exterior colour called Glistening Grey metallic, a refreshed interior design with new fabric trim, new wheel trims for models with steel wheels and a dipping rear view mirror.

The optional automatic transmission is cleaner and more efficient than it was previously, too, with emissions down to 118g/km from 122g/km, which equates to £65 reduction in annual VED bills after the first year, which is free. It’s a true four-speed automatic, rather than an automated manual.

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