Suzuki Alto Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

2013 Suzuki Alto GL 1.0 petrol

Model year2013
Year of manufacture2013
First year of ownership2014
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 1.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance6000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 740


Surprisingly good


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.

2010 Suzuki Alto GL 1.0

Model year2010
Year of manufacture2010
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.0 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance2800 kilometres
Previous carFord Focus


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


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.

1987 Suzuki Alto GL 3 cylinder 0.8

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3 cylinder 0.8 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance213000 kilometres




This alto was purchased new as a shopping trolley for my mum, it did that for ten years then became an urgent delivery courier for my dad and then eventually they gave it to me and my family. I have used and abused it as a hunting vehicle for 6 years and now it is parked up in the yard as parts for my "new" (1985) alto GL! it was repowered with an engine from a 91 version about 20,000 ago after the old motor got a little sluggish (i have just taken the head off and both it and the bore are fine, the gasket was okay too... the bore is glazed and I will be deglazing it and putting new rings and stuff in to give it a new lease on life. these little cars rock! it has gone thru lots of tyres, lower suspension arms, clutches, a gearbox, lots of steering rack ends etc. eventually it was rust that killed it - mum and dad lived in a high sulphur area and I live next to the sea. I did spray it with oil to slow it down, but the bits the oil missed killed the car.

General Comments:

Easy to work on, REALLY EASY! for instance it is no problem to pick up the whole motor with the manifolds, carby everything attached BY URSELF! it has 'old' technology like points and plugs and resistors and cables with no modern electronic nightmares to be seen. most everything is easy to get at and there are lots of spares and they are cheap too. Near on the perfect vehicle me thinks. I hope to be driving one exactly the same in another 20 years... although I hope to have worked out how to convert an alto to electric well before then!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th December, 2007

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 7 reviews