Maruti Alto 800
Maruti Alto 800 Variants
Editorial Test Drive Review of Maruti Alto 800
The Maruti 800 once was the largest selling car not only in India but as a single model, around the world too. It was a house hold name and every one of us has either owned or experience the car at various stages of our lives. Design wise up front, you notice the huge air-intake dam and the blackened out part of the bumper (seems similar to the Renault Pulse). The two-part grille looks good and modern. The headlamps seems to have taken cues from the Ford Figo while at the rear, the tail lamps somewhat look similar to the Hyundai i20. But over the current Alto, it has a increased ground clearance. Overall the design is good looking and a massive leap over the current Alto. There are six colour options to choose from. The raised height is clearly evident in the pictures and that is for a better ride and handling of bad roads.The interiors represent a massive change and look great. To improve passenger space, Maruti Suzuki has redesigned the door plastics. The front seats are now one-piece and combined with the increased height improves the overall cabin space at the rear. The power window switches have been moved to the center console, as well. The whole body shell has been stiffened for better torsional rigidity. Driver side airbags though, are optional on the top-end LXi variant only. The centre console is 'V' shaped and is logically laid out and simple to use. Space is improved over the Alto which was needed and is now near the likes of the Hyundai Eon though not as much as the Nano. But overall the dated looks are gone and the cabin is a whole lot nicer. The raised roof line and thinner front seats do help liberate a bit of space inside which is very much noticeable. The cabin of the new Alto 800 feels more roomier no doubt, as a result.Engine wise the 800cc is re-worked and honed and improved upon. So it now drives much better and gives much better performance. The torque is increased as well and this is important as the performance in traffic is improved and you dont have to downshift so much as the current Alto. Nearly everything is improved and the Alto 800 now will drive a lot better. The engine is not strained as much, refinement has increased, highway performance and stability has also taken a big leap. The numbers are 796 cc/ 47 bhp/ 69 Nm of torque. Now the big thing that you want to hear, yes the mileage is improved over the Alto and the Alto 800 delivers an impressive 22.74 kmpl. The CNG version does 30.46 km/kg.Despite the puny 12 inch wheels shod with 145/80 R12 rubber, the Alto 800 isn’t bad around tight corners. There is a hint of body roll as you’d expect from a car in this price segment, but that does not spoil the party. The “Torsion Roll Control Device” on the front axle along with gas filled McPherson struts seem to work pretty well on the twisty sections. The ride however is the big plus point and it is a huge improvement over the earlier Alto, the raised height again helps in this matter. The car will come in six variants — three in CNG and three in Petrol. Prices are (ex-showroom Delhi, introductory prices)Std: Rs 2.44 lakhLX: Rs 2.76 lacLXi : Rs 2.99 lacFor CNG versions of new Alto 800, prices areStd: Rs 3.19 lacLX: Rs 3.37 lacLXi : Rs 3.56 lac. Maruti has also launched the Alto 800 in VXi trim with more features. For a detailed analysis read below.
Pros: New styling is modern, New interiors look much better, Value for money, Excellent economy
Cons: Lacks power, Looks divide opinion, Space at back, Lacks handling of K10
Maruti Alto 800 Interiors
Inside, the dashboard layout is all new with a bolder center console and basic instrument cluster which houses the speed-o-meter in the center. The three-spoke steering wheel is also all-new and now gets some silver bits on its spokes.The raised roof line and thinner front seats do help liberate a bit of space inside which is very much noticeable. The cabin of the new Alto 800 feels more roomier no doubt, as a result. The front seats of the car are of the uni-body type with the headrest integrated into the seat itself. The switches for the power windows have been moved to the center console which takes a bit of getting used to, though. Having said that, visibility is good and the new dashboard is nothing short of functional. The air-con vents on either sides of the dashboard close completely while the one in center don’t.
Maruti Alto 800 Interiors Details
Maruti Alto 800 Boot space
The boot of the Alto 800 has ample space to carry a couple of suit cases.
Maruti Alto 800 Speedometer
The analogue speedometer is in the center of the instrument cluster.
Maruti Alto 800 Gear lever
The gear lever has a mechanical feel with considerably short throws.
Maruti Alto 800 Cup holders
Cup holders have been provided for front seat occupants.
Maruti Alto 800 Exteriors
For first time buyers, it won’t take long for you to notice the raised height, improved interior space, better quality interiors and a taller profile. The large headlamps upfront and the wide lower grille does seem a bit loud for my taste. That said, the looks of the new Alto 800 seem pretty contemporary.The tail lamp cluster, although looks like it’s been borrowed from another hatchback, it does not look out of place. But, overall the car looks more grown-up, more mature and in-tune with its time. According to Maruti Suzuki, the blend of concave and convex surfaces apparently lends a positive aura to the car and the new headlamps and chiseled contours add a premium look to the vehicle.
Maruti Alto 800 Exteriors Details
Maruti Alto 800 Front design
Front is dominated by the large grille and newly designed headlamps.
Maruti Alto 800 Rear design
Rear boot lid get a new defining feature with the Suzuki logo in the center.
Maruti Alto 800 Side profile
Side profile is similar to the old Alto.
Maruti Alto 800 Ground Clearance
160 mm of ground clearance is sufficient for city driving.
Maruti Alto 800 Engine & Performance
Pop-open the hood and the tiny 800 cc motor reveals itself. The engine has been re-engineered so that frictional loses are minimized. The F8D motor produces 11 percent better torque as well. The torque curve peaks out @ 3500 rpm clocking 69 Nm while 48 PS of power is produced @ 6000 rpm. As far as the tweaks that make up the engine are concerned, the compression ratio of the engine has been changed along with lightweight pistons, connecting rods and crankshaft. All these changes might not be noticeable, however these amount to an increased fuel efficiency. The new engine delivers a staggering 22.7 kmpl!
Maruti Alto 800 Engine and Performance Details
Maruti Alto 800 In-gear acceleration
The Alto 800 has improved gear acceleration than the earlier Alto
Maruti Alto 800 Gearbox
5-speed manual with cable type gear shift
Maruti Alto 800 Power
48 PS @ 6000 rpm
Maruti Alto 800 Torque
69 NM @ 3500 rpm
Maruti Alto 800 Mileage and Running Costs
Now the big thing that you want to hear, yes the mileage is improved over the Alto and the Alto 800 delivers an impressive 22.74 kmpl. The new car will be available with a factory-fitted CNG kit from the get go. So those of you who would prefer to save a bit more at the cost of boot space and slight performance this should fit the bill. In fact, as per ARAI figures the Alto 800 CNG does 30.46 km/kg.
Maruti Alto 800 Mileage View full detail
|Maruti Alto 800 Petrol Variants|
|Maruti Alto 800 Standard||22.74 kmpl|
|Maruti Alto 800 LX||22.74 kmpl|
|Maruti Alto 800 LXi||22.74 kmpl|
|Maruti Alto 800 VXi||22.74 kmpl|
|Maruti Alto 800 CNG Variants|
|Maruti Alto 800 Standard CNG||30.46 km/kg|
|Maruti Alto 800 LX CNG||30.46 km/kg|
|Maruti Alto 800 LXi CNG||30.46 km/kg|
Maruti Alto 800 Mileage Details
Maruti Alto 800 City fuel economy
The Alto 800 delivers 16-17 kmpl in city
Maruti Alto 800 Highway fuel economy
In the highway the Alto 800 delivers 20-22 kmpl
Maruti Alto 800 ARAI rated economy
The Alto 800 has an excellent mileage of 22.74 kml
Maruti Alto 800 Tank Range
The Alto 800 has a tank range of 796 km
Maruti Alto 800 Handling Braking & Safety
Despite the puny 12 inch wheels shod with 145/80 R12 rubber, the Alto 800 isn’t bad around tight corners. There is a hint of body roll as you’d expect from a car in this price segment, but that does not spoil the party. The “Torsion Roll Control Device” on the front axle along with gas filled McPherson struts seem to work pretty well on the twisty sections. That said, the steering is a bit heavy for my tastes. The brakes are sufficiently responsive thanks to a solid disc upfront and a drum setup at the rear end. Now, the Alto 800 will be available in three variants with the LXi being the top-spec. Buyers do get the option of an Airbag on this variant. On the other hand, the base variant is very much stripped out. No air-con, no power steering on this one.
Maruti Alto 800 Handling, Braking & Safety Details
Maruti Alto 800 Handling
The car has decent handling characteristics for its size.
Maruti Alto 800 Braking performance
Braking performance is good.
Maruti Alto 800 Safety features
Airbags are an option on the top-end model
Maruti Alto 800 ABS
ABS is not provided.
Maruti Alto 800 Traction control
Traction control is not a standard feature.
Maruti Alto 800 Comfort & Suspension
In the comfort department the ride is the big plus point and it is a huge improvement over the earlier Alto, the raised height again helps in this matter. It absorbs bad roads with ease and feels much more comfortable and sure-footed. The low-speed for example is an improvement and you are no longer bouncing over the place.The refinement is average though.
Maruti Alto 800 Comfort & Suspension Details
Maruti Alto 800 Specifications and Features
Wheels & Tyres
|Wheel Size||12 inch|
Maruti Alto 800 Features
|Maruti Alto 800||Standard||LX||LXi||VXi||Standard CNG||LX CNG||LXi CNG|
Maruti Alto 800 Price
The ex showroom price of Maruti Alto 800 ranges from Rs 2.41 Lakh to Rs 3.53 Lakh. Maruti Alto 800 is available in 7 variants. To find the on road price of Maruti Alto 800 you need to click on the check on road price.
Maruti Alto 800 has 4 Petrol variant(s), 3 CNG variant(s), the cheapest variant is Maruti Alto 800 Standard which has a Petrol engine, and starts at Rs 2.41 Lakh, the most expensive variant is Maruti Alto 800 LXi CNG which has a CNG engine and is for Rs 3.53 Lakh .
Maruti Alto 800 News
Maruti Alto 800 Reviews
Posted on Oct,10,17 11:47 AM
Pros Good mileage ,great looks, good interior
Cons less comfortablein driving as well as rear seting arrangements
In general previous Alto including K10 series will good . New one will not be so comfortable .
By mayank Posted on Mar,03,01 2:32 PM
Pros looks good
i think that its a good step that maruti is gong to relaunch this car Mayank Sharma
By himanshu Posted on Sep,09,19 4:21 PM
Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Fuel Efficiency,very nice looks
Cons Average Interiors,CongestedUncomfortable,congested car..only for 4-5 persons
i just love the looks of alto 800..small,stylish and elegant model..within budget of maximum family and a good price range..it also have nice fuel efficiency..best small car ever
Posted on Sep,09,24 9:24 AM
Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Great Interiors,Fuel Efficiency,Comfort,
Cons Average Looks,Average Performance,Average Interiors,Average Fuel Efficiency,CongestedUncomfortable,
Its a nice car for our family. Lets go Alto,Its a good compact car in petrol version. AC is also very effective and overall performance is good.
Posted on Sep,09,24 12:12 PM
Pros Good Performance,Fuel Efficiency,good
Cons Average Interiors,average
Hi I am to satisfied with my vehicle its to cool n comfort and average is to good, zero maintance vehicle
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