What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

For You can buy one with pocket change and it’s reliable

Against Unfortunately, it's inadequate in every other area – it's noisy, cramped and boring

Verdict It's cheap but not very cheerful

Go for… 1.0-litre five-door

Avoid… 1.1-litre three-door

Suzuki Alto Hatchback
  • 1. The steering, suspension and brakes need a mid-life overhaul
  • 2. Coolant levels must be kept topped up, because the engine can suffer badly if they aren't
  • 3. Rust can be a problem on older cars - look for bubbling under the paintwork
  • 4. The cabin is tight in the rear
  • 5. 1.0-litre engine is very economical, but 1.1-litre unit is even better
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