Maruti A Star


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This Model has been discontinued by the manufacturer.

Maruti A Star Variants

Petrol Variants

Maruti A Star Vxi
998 cc Petrol, 19 kmpl |
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Maruti A Star Lxi
998 cc Petrol, 19 kmpl | Check Features
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Maruti A Star Zxi
998 cc Petrol, 19 kmpl |
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Maruti A Star Vxi (ABS) AT
998 cc Petrol, 16.98 kmpl |
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Maruti A Star Review

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Editorial Test Drive Review of Maruti A Star

The Maruti A-Star, also known as the 7th generation Suzuki Alto in the international market, was rolled out in the country in December 2008. It has got some minor tweaks and an automatic gearbox too! The A-Star has very good exterior design – cute, bubbly and cheerful would be the best words to describe this car. At the same time though, ‘unusual’, is the first word that many have in mind when they see this car in flesh. Huge, popped out headlamps reminiscent of a frog’s eyes, an enormous bumper with an equally humongous central air dam – the A-star is a big departure from your regular City hatch. The lip for the unusually small bonnet is unusually high, a big Suzuki ‘S’ fills in for the missing grille. The front overhang of the car is pretty short and lends it a sporty look. Step in and immediately you notice the space, infact, the lack of it! Though tall people can sit up front without an issue, doing so leaves room at the back only for kids! Further, you also notice the narrow width once you start rubbing shoulders with your co-passenger. However, if you neglect this, the cabin of the car is pretty decent. The A-Star is built to a price and hence keep in this in mind while touching the panels or looking at the overall design. The A-Star gets the smaller KB10 unit that has a displacement of 998cc and puts out 67PS of power along with 90Nm of torque. The talking point here is the overall weight of the car, between 860 and 880 kilos. This makes the A-Star a peppy performance and the engine responds very well for city usage. The 5-speed manual gearbox is joy to use. The A-Star also comes with the option of a 4-speed automatic gearbox. On the economy front, the manual car has an ARAI rated economy of 19kmpl which means getting 14kmpl in city is easy. As per ARAI, the auto A-Star, at 16.98kmpl, has an efficiency drop of over 10%.The speed sensitive steering is another highlight, making this small hatchbacks fun to drive in city, on the highways and around hills or corners. You can really enjoy the A-Star in all forms of driving and the small size means squeezing into gaps is a child’s play. The overall feel with this car is very positive. Driving through bad roads does shake up the cabin quite a bit. A starting price of Rs 4.10 lakhs ex-showroom makes the A-Star a fun small car. The A-Star shines in a lot of areas. It is good to look at, great to drive and a worthy buy for those who are you are young at heart and need a fun to drive vehicle. The engine is punchy, responsive and efficient. The trouble is that such customers are far and few and the A-Star, as a middle class family car does lag behind in a few areas, the main being the lack of space – for passengers and for luggage. Though it is also the cheapest automatic you can buy in India and the discounts being offered on the manual versions these days by dealers is terrific and can make you fall for the car! For a detailed analysis read below..

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Maruti A Star Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Peppy and efficient engine
  • Huge discounts make it a value buy
  • The cheapest A/T in India
  • Cute looks
  • Nimble and agile for traffic

Cons

  • Rear seat space is very less
  • Boot space is very less
  • Interior quality could be better
  • Poor re-sale value
  • Poor rear visibility

Maruti A Star Exteriors

The A-Star has very good exterior design – cute, bubbly and cheerful would be the best words to describe this car. At the same time though, ‘unusual’, is the first word that many have in mind when they see this car in flesh. Huge, popped out headlamps reminiscent of a frog’s eyes, an enormous bumper with an equally humongous central air dam – the A-star is a big departure from your regular City hatch. The lip for the unusually small bonnet is unusually high, a big Suzuki ‘S’ fills in for the missing grille. The front overhang of the car is pretty short and lends it a sporty look. This is given company by the side profile of the A-Star which has a coupe like appearance due to the upward slopping rear window and the thick C pillar. The car’s wheel arches are slightly flared while at the rear, the huge bumper and the cute tail lamps grab your attention. The boot door is small and so is the space inside! The high mounted brake light is a standard feature on all the three variants. The overall size of the car is very small – it has an overall length of just 3500mm, width of 1600mm and height of 1490mm.
The A-Star sits on 13-inch steel wheels and is sold in nine different colors.
 


What we like

 The A-Star has very good exterior design – cute, bubbly 


What we don't like

 At the same time though, ‘unusual’, is the first word that many have in mind when they see this car in flesh. 

 
Maruti Suzuki A-Star Exterior
Maruti Suzuki A-Star Exterior
Maruti Suzuki A-Star Rear Quarter
Maruti Suzuki A-Star Exterior Front View
Maruti Suzuki A-Star Exterior Rear
Maruti Suzuki A-Star Exterior Rear quarter
Maruti A Star Side view
Maruti A Star Rear view

Maruti A Star Exterior vs Similar Cars Exterior


Maruti A Star

Hyundai i10

Chevrolet Beat 2010 - 2014

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Exterior rating
What we like
  • Sporty looks
  • Compact size
  • Good build quality
  • Front styling is pleasing
  • Futuristic looks
  • Compact size- easy to use
  • Chrome additions look good
  • Big size for small car money
What we don't like
  • Quality
  • Rear styling
  • Rear styling
  • Lacks futuristic look
  • Rear styling
  • Small tyres hamper looks
  • Tyres look small
  • Still has the original design
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Maruti A Star Front design

Thereís a fair bit of attitude on display here. With its tucked-in-tight roof, those fantastic three-dimensional lamps and sporty wide stance, this is no tall-boy matchbox. Maruti A-Star catches the eye at first sight with its European styling and aerodynamic design. From front to rear, itís a great piece of designing that has resemblance of sports car with a hatchback design. The front face of the Maruti A-Star is dressed with frog eye-shaped extended headlamps, wide open shaped grille slot, sm

Maruti A Star Rear design

The rear side view of the Maruti A-Star is quite stylish attributed to its vertically placed taillight, boot lid, and compact rear windscreen; the bumper has body match as well. The car comes with high-mounted brake light that gives clear signal to the drivers behind.

Maruti A Star Side profile

The manually adjustable ORVMs and door handles are painted in body colour which enhances the sporty and stylish look of the four-wheeler. The door opening is wide enough to allow all size passengers to easily enter and exit the vehicle.

Maruti A Star Ground Clearance

The ground clearance of A-Star is about 170mm.

Maruti A Star Bumpers

A-Star has body coloured bumpers and the front bumpers have been occupied by the huge grill at the front.

Maruti A Star Head lamps

The headlamps are quite big inside and add a unique look of the car. It provides goo illumination at the dark.

Maruti A Star Tail lamps

The rear tail lamps are simple designed and is visible clearly from a long distance.

Maruti A Star Fog lamps

A-Star has integrated Fog lamps at the front bumper and gives good vision at bad weathers.

Maruti A Star Tyres

The tyres lack grip, and this may prove to be more problematic when the roads are wet A-Star uses 155/89 r 13 tyres for its wheels

Maruti A Star Alloy wheels

The Maruti A-Star facelift in 2012 the top end version now comes with new alloy wheels

Maruti A Star Outside mirrors

The outside mirrors are electronically operated but this feature is only available in the high end models.

Maruti A Star Colors

Maruti A-Star is available in the following colors Metallic Sunlight Copper Midnight black Silky silver Bright red Azure Grey Pearl Metallic Superior white

Maruti A Star Rear wiper

A-Star has no option for rear wipers at the back.

Maruti A Star Roof rails

There is no roof rail in the car.

Maruti A Star Sun roof

There is no sun roof in the car.

Maruti A Star Spoiler

There is no spoiler in the car.

Maruti A Star Side Steps

There is no side step in the car.

Maruti A Star Spare wheel

They spare wheel of the A-Star is placed inside the boot of the car.

Maruti A Star Comfort & Suspension

The first thing that strikes you while driving the A-Star at high speeds is the stability factor – this is largely due its wide track. 
The overall feel with this car is very positive. However, this is till the roads are good. The high rigidity suspension frame imbibed in the strut mounting areas ensure a sense of stiffness but at the same time, driving through bad roads does shake up the cabin quite a bit. This is a small car and hence, such a behavior is accepted. Highway duties though are done nicely.
 


What we like

 Easy to drive in traffic


What we don't like

 Ride is bouncy


Maruti A Star Comfort

Maruti A-Star comes with a host of comfort features that make sure of driver and passenger's comfort. The new Maruti A-Star Automatic is available with driver seat adjustment which is a much-demanded feature. If we talk about the space inside the front seat row, it has sufficient legroom, headroom and shoulder room. In line with the customer feedback, scooped front seats back was introduced to enhance the leg room for rear passengers. The rear seat is designed for three passengers but only two o

Maruti A Star Front suspension

A-Star uses independent McPherson struts and coil spring at the front which is able to absorb any kind of potholes

Maruti A Star Rear suspension

A-Star uses isolated trailing link and coil springs at the rear which helps the rear passengers to be comfortable at the rear.

Maruti A Star Engine & Performance

Maruti is known for its small capacity petrol engines and the KB series units are no different. The A-Star gets the smaller KB10 unit that has a displacement of 998cc and puts out 67PS of power along with 90Nm of torque. The talking point here is the overall weight of the car, between 860 and 880 kilos. This makes the A-Star have peppy performance and the engine responds very well for city usage. The 5-speed manual gearbox is joy to use and the A-Star turns out to be a terrific city car. Outright acceleration is very good and as far as top speeds go, this car can show 150+ on the speedometer easily!
The engine is smooth though does have the typical 3-cylinder vibe. 
The A-Star also comes with the option of a 4-speed automatic gearbox. This is a boon for city use and along with the peppy motor makes the A-Star one of the best options for those looking at investing into a small automatic hatchback. 
 


What we like

 The A-Star has peppy performance and the engine responds very well for city usage. The 5-speed manual gearbox is joy to use. 


What we don't like

Feels strained when in highways


Maruti A Star Acceleration

During the test ride taken by our auto experts, it was found that the Maruti A-Star Automatic takes 17.5 seconds to cover 0-100 Kmph mark that is quite remarkable for a hatchback.

Maruti A Star Top speed

The top speed of 140 while after the top speed of 125 Kmph, it starts shaking or vibrating but below that speed, the car runs as smooth as butter.

Maruti A Star In-gear acceleration

Maruti Suzuki A-Star can touch between 40 to 60 Kmph overtaking at 4.95 seconds in third gear and 80 to 100 in 5.75 seconds.

Maruti A Star Gearbox

A-Star is offered in both 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic gearbox.

Maruti A Star Power

A-Star has 998cc engine which produces 67.92ps of power @ 6200rpm.

Maruti A Star Torque

A-Star produces 90Nm of torque at 3500rpm.

Maruti A Star NVH levels

Maruti A-Star is thought to be the best in fuel efficient cars of its class and generate more power, no noise and lower vibration and harshness.

  • Maruti A Star Petrol A/T
  • Maruti A Star Petrol M/T

Maruti A Star Petrol A/T Performance

Maruti A Star Petrol A/T Maximum speed

True Speed 155.5 km/h
Speedometer Reading 165 km/h

Maruti A Star Petrol A/T Acceleration

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Maruti A Star Petrol A/T Overtaking Acceleration (seconds)

KM/H 3rd Gear 4th Gear Top Gear
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60-80 0 0 0
80-100 0 0 0
100-120 0 0 0

Maruti A Star Petrol A/T Braking Performance

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Maruti A Star Petrol A/T Performance Factors

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Maruti A Star Handling Braking & Safety

  The speed sensitive steering is another highlight, making this small hatchbacks fun to drive in city, on the highways and around hills or corners. You can really enjoy the A-Star in all forms of driving and the small size means squeezing into gaps is a child’s play. The top end model comes with ABS which aids in emergency braking situations. 


What we like

 Decent safety features and good handling


What we don't like

 Tyres limit the handling

 
Maruti A Star Airbags

Maruti A Star Handling

Attack corners and the car exhibits a bit of slip and slide thatís really entertaining at these relatively low speeds, the A-star driving with a confidence thatís infectious. And the direct steering and the well-weighted brakes are all part of the carís well-tuned driving manners. But though the A-starís really nice to drive in the city, start-stop traffic gets its goat. The motor is pretty responsive after 2000rpm, the steering quick and light and the brakes are well weighted too, but jerky thr

Maruti A Star Braking performance

Maruti A-Star has been equipped with latest braking that the car stops from 100-0 in about 4.03 seconds.

Maruti A Star Safety features

Maruti A-Star got a minor revamp in 2012 in which ABS with EBD are made optional on the top-end variant. ABS prevents wheel locking-up of wheels under heavy braking and ensures no skidding while EBD promises more or less braking pressure to all wheels with a view to increase braking power along with balancing control. Latest safety equipments in the car include dual airbags (optional on VXi model) which protect the front seat occupants in case of front collision. Other safety guards include engi

Maruti A Star ABS

There is an option for ABS in the car.

Maruti A Star Traction control

There is no option for traction control in the car but it does have an EBD as an option.

Maruti A Star Mileage and Running Costs

 The A-Star gets the smaller KB10 unit that has a displacement of 998cc and puts out 67PS of power along with 90Nm of torque. On the economy front, the car has an ARAI rated economy of 19kmpl which means getting 14kmpl in city is easy. As per ARAI, the auto A-Star, at 16.98kmpl, has an efficiency drop of over 10%. 

 

Maruti A Star Mileage

Maruti A Star Petrol Variants
Maruti A Star Vxi 19 kmpl
Maruti A Star Lxi 19 kmpl
Maruti A Star Zxi 19 kmpl
Maruti A Star Vxi (ABS) AT 16.98 kmpl

Maruti A Star Petrol Mileage

A Star gives 14.5kmpl and 20kmpl in city and highway respectively, whereas the overall mileage is 15.9kmpl.


Maruti A Star Mileage vs Similar Cars Mileage


Maruti A Star

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Maruti A Star City fuel economy

A-Star returns 14.5 Kmpl in the city.

Maruti A Star Highway fuel economy

A-Star returns 20 Kmpl in the highways.

Maruti A Star ARAI rated economy

the ARAI rated fuel economy of the A-Star is at 16.98 Kmpl.

Maruti A Star Tank Range

The tank range of the A-Star is 665 Kmpl approx.

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Maruti A Star Features

Maruti A Star Lxi Vxi Vxi (ABS) AT Zxi
Safety
ABS No No No No
EBD No No No No
Airbags No No No Yes
Child safety lock Yes Yes Yes Yes
Immobilizer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Traction control No No No No
Hill control No No No No
Hill descent No No No No
4WD No No No No
ESP No No No No
Central locking No Yes Yes Yes
Interior
Power Steering Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tilt Steering No No No No
Power windows No Yes Yes Yes
Auto down for power windows No No No No
Anti-pinch for power windows No No No No
Cup holders No No No No
Air-con Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rear A/c vents No No No No
Audio system No Yes Yes Yes
Keyless start-stop button No No No No
Electric mirrors No No No No
Electric foldable mirrors No No No No
Deffoger Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tachometer No No No No
Leather seats No No No No
Arm rest No No No No
Reversing camera No No No No
Steering controls No No No No
Bluetooth connectivity No No No No
Driver info display No No No No
Cruise control No No No No
Foot rest No No No No
Remote boot release No No No No
Driver seat height adjust No Yes Yes Yes
Chilled glovebox No No No No
Power Seats No No No No
Exterior
Keyless entry No No No No
Fog lights No No Yes Yes
Sunroof No No No No
Moon Roof No No No No
Rear wiper No No No No
Auto headlamps No No No No
Rain sensing wipers No No No No
Steel rims Yes Yes No No
Alloy wheels No No Yes Yes
Rear spoiler No No Yes Yes
Roof rails No No No No
Chrome grille No No No No
Projector lamps No No No No
Day time running lamps No No No No

Maruti A Star Colors

  •  Paradise Blue
  •  MidNight Black
  •  Glistening Grey
  •  Bright Red
  •   Caffeine Brown
  •  Artic White
  •  Silky Silver

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sourabh singh | Posted on Feb,06,2014 at 16:46 PM
excellent car, i m driving since last one year, smooth, compact, sporty, easy to drive.. good milage.. Reply to this post  
Gurmeet Singh | Posted on Nov,25,2013 at 15:53 PM
I have been driving A-Star Automatic since Feb 2012. Its a wonderful car. For disabled people with small attachment
from Auto Clutch, its like dream comes true for driving cars. You are almost like normal persons driving on city
streets. For a wheelch Reply to this post  
Prithwish Kumar sen | Posted on Aug,29,2013 at 09:55 AM
Sir, Have you Maruti A Star Diesel Model, if yes what is the on Road cost in Bangalore Thanks. P.K.Sen Reply to this post  
Harpreet Kaur | Posted on May,08,2013 at 10:05 AM
I have been driving Maruti AStar for the last 8 months and till date it has been giving me a 16.5 mileage. I bought this
car at 10.25% rate on interest from Axis Bank Car Loan through dialabank.com which had been suggested by my friend Reply to this post  
Arvindbhai patel | Posted on Sep,06,2012 at 15:20 PM
Maruti A Star mirror for right side adjestable prise Reply to this post  
Jai Dev | Posted on Aug,23,2012 at 11:18 AM
I own this car for the last 2 years and its been a real pleasure driving this car with excellent mileage especially on
highways. The rear space and boot space is comparatively less but not that bad if you are a micro family. Reply to this post  
Devendra Singh | Posted on Feb,13,2012 at 10:10 AM
sorry but i sell my Astar bkoz n't clear front n back view and in 100+ speed this car is out of control,i run this car
10 months and sell in only 155000-,not gud resale of this car,i think totaly backwas car,, Reply to this post  
nishanth VS | Posted on Feb,12,2012 at 09:35 AM
Friends, I am from Kerala. You are aware of the road conditions here. It's an amazing car as compared to my old car ZEN
VX. Mileage, Features, Engine everything fine to this car except the rear space. It's a good buy compared to it's price.
bye b a gd day Reply to this post  
anita | Posted on Feb,11,2012 at 23:44 PM
awsome car owning this car 4 the past 3 years Reply to this post  
vineet | Posted on May,16,2012 at 14:39 PM
i own a star vxi good car with excellent milage 2 years and no problems till now
vishwa deepak | Posted on Feb,09,2012 at 18:25 PM
am a proud owner of this car.. awesome car, small, powerful, fun to drive , and highly maneuverable. Reply to this post  
  • Under-rated car : potential to sell
  • Cheapest automatic in India
  • Brilliant for city use
  • Lacks rear / boot space
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