2013 Suzuki Alto GL 1.0 petrol

Summary:

Surprisingly good

Faults:

Nothing yet.

General Comments:

Downsized from Volvo 740 turbo due to high fuel costs. Kept the Volvo as a hobby car, as it has no resale value, but is too good to let go.

The Suzuki was purchased as a daily driver. I drive 500 - 600km weekly. This car has a 3 cylinder engine. My expectations were fairly low considering the A$11,990 drive away price tag.

It took a while to get used to the 5 speed manual after having driven automatics for the past 30 years. I soon learned that revs have to be kept high to negotiate steep hills (3,500 RPM plus). Once learned, I found that negotiating hills is a breeze.

I was surprised at how quiet the car is, especially on the freeway, and how well it soaks up bumps. The driving position is very comfortable and the controls are simple and very visible. I love the Bluetooth phone, ESC ABS, etc. The brakes are terrific.

So far, I am very impressed. I will update this post from time to time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd April, 2014

21st Apr 2014, 19:02

Interesting review. My feeling was they are very noisy and struggle to climb up hills. But it's good to hear from you. Would be interested to know on the follow up. Cheers.

5th Aug 2014, 09:59

Have driven the car for 11,000 km now. A 6 week break whilst overseas. No problems so far. Drove Renault and Peugeot manual rentals in Europe where I drove 6,000 km. The Alto continues to impress. The gear change is extremely smooth and easy with the manual shift. Fuel savings are impressive as is fixed price servicing. In the UK, road tax for this car is only about $40 because of its low emissions. It's a shame we don't have the same incentive here to buy fuel efficient cars. I only drive my Volvo 740 turbo when I have more than 3 passengers, so it's going on club plates.

2010 Suzuki Alto GL 1.0

Summary:

Great value for money; we wish it sold in the USA

Faults:

There has been a brake system recall that was fixed for free by our local service place.

General Comments:

My Mother bought our "Zoe", the new for 2010 Suzuki Alto for approximately AU$14,000 in March, 2010. Our main reason for this choice was that it was one of the cheapest automatic cars currently on the market. The other close competitor was the also new Proton S16, but the Suzuki seemed like the safer choice of the two, as Protons have had a spotty reputation.

We've been quite happy with Zoe. She sips fuel and zips around town quite happily. The handling is much better than our 2000 Focus, and is almost sporty. On the downside, the ride is rather stiff, so long trips can be a bit trying despite the comfy seats. The rear seats are a touch cramped, but surprising in size in relation to the car. The rear cargo space is minuscule, so I don't think it'd be suitable for a family trip.

All in all, we really love the Alto and regret we won't be able to purchase one when we return to the States.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th July, 2010

7th Oct 2010, 03:53

Hi, I've heard people mention oil leaks on the late model Altos. Just wondering if you've experienced this at all?

16th Apr 2011, 21:39

I have the 2010 or 2009 auto. I have had no oil leaks and travelled eighteen thousand, though I have changed the oil and filter three times because it was filthy. Running in maybe..?

I have to say I love this car, slow to take off but I am OK with that. I don't expect eight cylinder power from what is a pretty gutsy three cylinder. It's a ripper not for rev heads or thrashers. It would not last kissing time.