The Suzuki Alto is economical, cheap to insure and has a simple dashboard. Its small size and tight turning circle are great in the city.
The boot is tiny and has a high lip. The cabin plastics are poor, the rear windows don’t wind down and the steering is heavy at parking speeds.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The Alto is powered by a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, which has a modest 67bhp. It’s reasonably perky in town and can just about hold its own on the motorway. However, if you lose pace behind slow traffic, it'll take quite a while to build speed back up again. The Alto is also available with a four-speed automatic gearbox.
Ride & Handling
The Alto makes life simple in town, because the dinky dimensions and tight turning circle give you hassle-free manoeuvring. The steering could be lighter at parking speeds, though. It struggles more when the road opens out, because there's a lot of body lean in bends and you do get jostled around quite a lot by the ride.
Keep within the city limits and the Alto is reasonably quiet. You barely hear a peep from the suspension, and you don't need to give the engine a stack of revs. You'll have to flog the engine a lot more if you head onto faster roads, though, and that's when the thrummy three-cylinder engine starts to get intrusive. Wind and road noise can be heard at cruising speeds, too.