Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is an entry level hatchback and is powered by a 796cc petrol engine, that is mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. The Alto 800 has a ground clearance of 160mm, which helps overcome bad roads. A short exterior length of 3,430 mm along with an electronic power steering make the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 maneuverable in city traffic. The car is also available in a CNG option, making it more economical to use. Certified mileage of the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is 24.7 km/l for the petrol variants and 33.44 km/kg for the CNG version. These figures are the best in its segment, making the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 a value for money option.
Driver airbag in the upper variants of the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 add to the safety factor
Keyless entry in the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is a really convenient feature
Upper variants also have an intergrated stereo that has CD, Radio, AUX-in, however bluetooth connection is not present
The Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 has a simple exterior, which favours function over form. The car has tear drop shaped headlamps with the side indicator within it and also has fog lamp housing over the earlier Alto 800. The large diffuser up front gives it a urban appeal. The side also has the option of a black cladding on the lower portion of the car and it measures at 3,430mm in length. The rear has a trendy tail lamp unit but misses out on rear fog lamps. The Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 has a gross vehicle weight of 1,185 kg that includes luggage, a full tank and passengers in every seat. It is 1,515 mm wide with the side moulding and 1,475mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,360mm. Turning radius of the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is at 4.6 metres making it very maneuverable.
Interiors of the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 come with a dark grey dashboard and a combination of fabric and vinyl seat upholstery that is comfortable and good to feel. Plastic quality though could have been better. That said, the cabin space is good enough for four adults. The front has enough legroom and headroom, however, the rear feels cramped for passengers above six feet. Boot space is 177 litres that is good for essential luggage. The integrated audio system in the top-end VXi and VXi (O) trims comes with two speakers up front, however, it does not have Bluetooth connectivity or audio streaming, which some of the competitors offer. Overall, the cabin strikes a good balance between space and practicality.
The Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is powered by a 796cc F8D petrol engine that generates 47hp of max power at 6,000 rpm and 69Nm of peak torque at 3,500 rpm for the petrol variant. For the CNG version, power figures go down to 40hp and 60Nm. The engine is reasonably silent and offers good drivability for negotiating city traffic.
The Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 has a 5-speed cable type manual transmission that offers easy gear shifting. A light clutch further adds to the urban credentials of the car but it does not have a dead pedal.
In terms of safety, the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 comes with an option of a driver airbag on all variants. Apart from that, it has an immobilizer on all trims along with a high-mounted stop lamp.
The Maruti Suzuki Alto 800's petrol engine delivers 24.7 km/l and with the CNG powered version, the fuel-efficiency goes up to 30.44 km/kg. These mileage figures are the best in their segment, leading to low-running costs.
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