The Alto is competitively priced and running costs shouldn't break the bank. Average fuel consumption is given at more than 65mpg, and emissions are low enough to mean the car’s exempt from road tax and the London Congestion Charge. Insurance premiums are among the lowest around, too, but the Alto doesn’t hold its value particularly well.
Suzuki Alto Hatchback quality & reliability
The cabin feels reasonably solid. However, it's not very appealing because there are exposed screw heads and lots of hard, shiny plastics. The rear windows pop out instead of winding down, which also hints at cost-cutting. Suzuki has a good reliability record and the Alto is covered by a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty.
Suzuki Alto Hatchback safety & security
Every Alto has two airbags, ISOFIX child-seat mountings and anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution. However, curtain airbags and stability control are fitted as standard only to the range-topping model. A fully integrated stereo and a visible vehicle identification number make life tougher for thieves.