Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Facelift Overview & Test Drive

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Overview

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 a pretty important car as it successfully carries ahead the legacy of the two most important cars that have been the bread and butter of Maruti for the last three decades – Maruti 800 and Alto. While Maruti 800 was launched 26 years ago, Alto entered the Indian market 9 years back. Both the cars were received with great enthusiasm and proved to be a synonym of a famous phrase “India on wheels.” Maruti Alto 800 is a step-ahead from these two cars. A futuristic design, lighter weight, and latest comfort and safety features are the aspects that define this new mass-market car from Maruti Suzuki. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Exterior

Maruti Suzuki Engineers refer the new front face as “wavefront” design. The Wavefront design is mainly the raise in body language from the front to the rear. The Alto 800 has petal shaped clear lens headlamps. The new headlamps also have the indicators embedded in them with a prominent black partition to separate the two.Front bumper looks wide and new contours are introduced on the same to give it a modern look. The black front grille has provisions for air circulation to flow on to the engine for cooling purpose. The bonnet design has been elevated in comparison to that of the Alto to give it a more solid feel.

Side profile of the Alto 800 looks very similar to the earlier Alto although the new design has been made with more contours and lines flowing to the rear to distinguish it from the earlier model. The tail gate design has also been changed with jewel finish rear combination lamps which make the rear profile look bolder.Some of the other things that one can notice are the newly designed window panels; they have been given a nice look by making them curvy at the end which is in sync with the wave front design.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Interior

Things are quite different on the inside. You now get a dark grey tone for the dashboard and new upholstery on the door pads and seats. The front seats are decent in comfort while frontal visibility is also excellent. The Alto gets a basic audio system, front power windows, power steering and AC. The AC has good performance and it fared nicely in our hot weather. With the facelift, the Alto 800 now gets a standard left hand side mirror, child locks at the rear and an optional driver-side airbag.

At the rear, you have good head room while leg room is also pretty decent thanks to the thin front seats. Shoulder space is decent but fitting 3 passengers at the rear could be a problem. However, the seats are lacking in terms of under-thigh support. You also feel a bit claustrophobic due to the small window area. The rear seats now come with integrated head rests. The rear doors finally get child locks now. There is a bottle header in front of the gear lever which can hold a 1-litre bottle. There is also a small storage area above the glovebox. The boot is pretty compact at 177-litres.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Performance

The technical specs of Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 are quite impressive with a 3-cylinder, 0.8-litre F8D power mill, which makes 48 PS against a peak torque of 69 Nm. This engine is a step-up in terms of not only power and torque, but also liveliness. It is easier to manoeuvre Alto 800 on traffic-stricken roads as compared to the previous Alto. It reacts in a much decent manner over low as well as medium speed range and gearshifts seem smoother as compared to its previous version. Unless you are crossing the 90-100 kmph speed mark, the car is a well-disciplined lad. In medium range, however, the engine begins to make some noise, which can be heard and felt easily given the low insulation of the car cabin.For more details on Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 check oksociety.in

Above 100 kmph, the engine gets really harsh and you wouldn’t hear anything except the harsh whining of engine. Along with this improved engine, Maruti Suzuki also bestows Alto 800 with a new transmission system. The new five-speed manual transmission of the car is much smoother as compared to the last one. In the city traffic, where you need to change gears frequently, it works as your best friend. The gear lever is small and handy, and doesn’t vibrate like the one noticed in Hyundai Eon. Considering the price of the car, Maruti has done a good job with the gearshift of Alto 800.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Driving

The Alto 800 has a feedback rich steering though it feels a bit heavy at crawling speeds. However, the steering is very direct and despite being such a small car, the Alto is quite fun to drive. Thanks to its small footprint, you can easily drive it around and tackling too much traffic doesn’t get easier than this. The ride is very flat at low speeds and it tends to get uncomfortable when you hit broken or uneven surfaces at even moderately high speeds. The car remains decently stable at high speeds but it’d be best if it is driven below 90 km/hr. The body feels very light and the super thin tyres have questionable grip levels.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Safety

Along with the exteriors, interiors and power train, the braking system is another domain where Maruti Suzuki has given in serious efforts to improve the quality of its offerings. Alto 800 has been blessed with disc and drum brakes on the front and rear parts respectively. The set-up works quite efficiently for this small car and strongly supports short distance braking. Although Alto 800 is devoid of advanced features like ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) system, the present braking system works just perfectly with respect to the current urban traffic conditions. The suspension too has received a finishing touch with gas-filled McPherson Strut that pairs with torsion roll control equipment on front wheels.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Cost in Bangalore

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 3,07,525 to 4,63,419 for variants Alto 800 Standard and Alto 800 LXI CNG Optional respectively. Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is available in 10 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 variants price in Bangalore. Check for Maruti 800 price in Bangalore at Carzprice

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Round Up

The Maruti Alto 800 facelift comes with few changes but the overall package feels complete now. It is a good buy in its segment and it comes backed by Maruti’s excellent after-sales service too. The Alto 800 is priced attractively and now we know why it sells more than 20,000 units a month. Maruti has also started working on the next generation Alto, but till then, this model should suffice.

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