I bought this car new for my wife in 2004 and to be honest I love driving it myself, and I'm over 6ft tall. Considering it was just over £5k with a 3 year warranty and had a CD player as standard (CD on my new Ford Fusion at the time, was a £250 optional extra on a car costing £10.5k!)I consider this excellent value for money. We set off for day trips quite often, sometimes doing in the region of 150-200 miles and take whichever car is first in the drive. Often this is the Alto and I have no worries whatever in driving such distances. It will do 80mph quite happily on the motorway (if a little noisy at this speed) and will cruise at 70mph all day and still return mpg in the high 50's, and is a boon to park at busy tourist attractions. We had to have new front pads and discs fitted at 26000 miles but as we live at the top of a 1 in 6, half mile long narrow road which is partly cobbled that may have some bearing on this. Other than that it has never let us down being totally reliable and only costing £35 per year road tax. What more could you ask for, for 5 grand? I don't know which car "What Car" were testing in their review but it certainly wasn't a SUZUKI ALTO 1.1GL!
I went to look at the old Swift (ugliest car ever) back in 1999 and saw a yellow Alto, test drove it and bought it. It handles like my old mini and can leave bigger cars behind on twisty roads. I had to sell it in 2004 (3rd car = 1 too many) but missed it so much I bought another one (Mk 1) in 2005. I've been all over France in it and it's never gone wrong. I did test drive the new model but it has vague steering and handles poorly. Mpg is well into the 50s on a run and mine never needed oil top-ups between services.
I wasnt expecting much from this car, I have an old golf gti & bought the Alto (04 reg 1.1GL) (from my mother) to run to work & back cheaply & to save my gti from the salt of winter. Much to my suprise, I really like this little car, i noticed someone else likened it to an old Mini, I'd agree, its a bit rough round the edges but quite fun to chuck about with its bouncy but not too soft suspension, has a rorty sounding engine if you hammer it & a quiet cruising 5th gear on longer runs (unlike a mini) the seats are comfy & driving position is fine (I'm 6ft 1") dont envy anyone sitting in the back behind me though! it barely sips a drop of fuel & doesnt seem to go wrong-also has a comedy 10,000rpm rev counter- from the bike spares bin?? overall I love it for what it is, fun & cheap to run, never thought I'd say that about it when I bought it....
Great car - £35 for tax, 55mpg on average, and more on a run. It's good at 70mph on motorways and still pulls above that. On long journeys it's comfy. It has power steering, ESP, electric windows, twin airbags, 16v engine, decent storage - I could go on.
I think it's as good as my old Saxo 1.1 Forte and no slower. A sunroof would finish it off a treat. Inside is no more plasticky than others in its class. The gearbox is good and has a smooth, nice feel to the clutch.
Road noise is no worse than others. If you want to drive a poor car, try a Fiat Seicento. So would I have another Alto? You bet I would.
Order a brochure, find your nearest dealer or book a test drive
I have run this car as a courtesy car for three weeks. Good points are good build quality and solid interior. Seats and driving position are good and…
Ive had this car for one year now and so far has exeeded my expectations. The car is great at overtaking lorries on the motorway and handles very…