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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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18 reader reviews for Suzuki Alto Hatchback.
  • 1.1 GL 5dr

    stuart adair Date: 04/03/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've read the review on this car and can't disagree more strongly. The Alto is a great car. You have to remember that it only costs £5000 on the road.

    The review states that the interior trim and performance are not up to rivals - but the Alto doesn't have any rivals on price. If you want better quality and performance, spend more money, but if you've got £5000 in you pocket and want a new car, then you seriously need to consider the Alto.

    We've had an Alto for 18 months now, and it is absolutely brilliant. I've used it on the motorway and it gets by, but it's really a town car. It has been 100% reliable, cheap to run, and we've had great dealer service. Twin airbags, a CD player, over 60mpg, and £75 per year road tax all adds up to brilliant value.

  • 1.1 GL 5dr

    Mick Coley Date: 11/01/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This has to be the best value car on the road. I have owned one from new for four months after a six-year old Kia failed its MoT and was written off. This is a much better quality car.

    It has a good driving position, and it is comfortable for long journeys considering the size of car. However, it is only useful for four over short periods, but it's still nice to have five doors. It's also very economical. I have a Citroen Picasso and prefer driving the Suzuki.

    The only drawback is the acceleration, but it is getting better since running it in, and as long as you adapt your driving style to make use of the gears, you can keep up with the average competition.

    What better buy can you make for a new car on road for £4,500? Even with depreciation, running costs are going to be virtually nil, thanks to legendary Japanese reliability. As for interior and exterior style, this is always very personal - journalists never like Japanese styling, but I do.

  • 1.1 GL 5dr

    wayne patterson Date: 10/09/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I think when you consider the price of the car - less than 5 grand - and it's more than likely going to be a second car you cannot beat it. It does around 58 to the gallon (yes that's what is does).

    My 1.1 litre 16v has twin air bags, electric windows, ABS brakes, power steering, five doors, three year breakdown recovery.

    It's ideal for town/city, not so clever on a long run (much prefer the seats in the old style swift), but lets face it - it's not for long runs, is it??

  • 1.1 GL 5dr

    Ralph Bacon , Bucks . Date: 14/06/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Smashing little city runabout. We've got the automatic version, which is still very nippy around Milton Keynes.

    Lots of useful equipment like the one touch electric front windows, central locking, decent CD/Radio (although speakers could be better), remote boot release. Lots of storage nooks and crannies. No rattles, seems well put together. Value for money I would say. We're not comparing an Alto 1.1 with a BMW 318i now, are we?

    Just be warned you will be turning on your windscreen wipers when you indicate because in common with most Japanese cars the indicators are on the right hand stalk!

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