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Once the face of modern India and the country’s largest selling car, the Maruti 800 is losing its grip over the Indian passenger car market. Further, its engine doesn’t comply with the BS-IV emission norms which also means that the car is no more on sale in 13 major metro cities. In the wake of rising household income and stiff competition from Tata Nano, sales of the 800 have come down drastically. That said, the vehicle is still very capable of performing well for a typical Indian lower middle class family.
The looks of the 800 haven’t changed for donkey years and it continues to be sold in the same avatar. It is one of the smallest cars on Indian roads and the interiors too have the same look and feel. For four full sized adults, traveling comfortably in this car can be a task. The car continues to be powered by a small 3-cylinder engine that puts out just 37 Bhp. There is no doubt to the fact that the vehicle struggles to perform well with the air-conditioner on. On the safety front too, the 800 scores poorly and neither is the very efficient on the pocket as far as running costs are concerned.
Std BSIII: The 800’s cheapest variant is the standard model without an air-conditioner unit. At one time, this was also the largest selling variant of the people’s car. This version comes with only basic features like only one outside rear view mirror. Maruti 800 Standard is powered by
Expert Speak: The Indian market has changed a lot and it makes sense to put in some extra money for other modern alternatives.
Maruti 800 which is the iconic little hatchback that was launched by Maruti Suzuki in 1983 and it has since sold more than 2.5 million cars till date. It was the best selling car until Maruti Alto overtook it in 2006. Maruti 800 is a household name in India. This small hatchback became famous for its low price, high reliability and low cost of maintenance and running. It was a major hit amongst families looking forward to buying their first car.Maruti has done an excellent job over the decades with its Maruti 800 hatchback. This little car is a household name now and has been the pride and joy of multiple Indian generations. Exterior wise you get traditional small headlamps and neat looking honey-comb grille adorn the front end of the car.
It’s a small hatchback that is well built and exterior fit and finish is a bit old and needs to improve though. Maruti over the years have made small changes to this icon and it looks its best now. Maruti 800 has the typical appearance of a hatchback car with a big front and big rear glass. The interior has seating for all of its 5 passengers which the car will seat easily. It has a simple yet very functional dashboard while the instrument panel is set in a cockpit shape. It comes with features such as air conditioning and heater, optional music system, mobile charging outlet, adjustable head rests. There are also storage areas for keeping small items in the car.The 800 has three cylinder 796cc petrol engine which produces a maximum 37 BHP at 5000 RPM and maximum torque of 59 NM at as low as 2500 RPM. It is mated to a 5 speed manual transmission and offers excellent drivability.
The car is a breeze to drive in the city and manages to do well at triple digit speeds. The engine has been tuned well and the refinement levels are very good this carmMaruti has finely tuned its suspension to absorb all the bad roads and provide a comfortable driving experience to its passengers. It has decent ride quality which cushions the bumps well. The noise and vibration levels are well controlled in this car and it’s easy to flick around in city driving conditions and provides adequate highway stability. The engine has been tuned well and the refinement levels are very good this car. It has been rated by ARAI to provide a maximum fuel efficiency of 16.1 kmpl. Priced from 2 lakh to Rs 2.2 lakhs, the 800 is an icon of India. For a detailed analysis read below..
Maruti 800 is an affordable hatchback car which has a roomy interior cabin area which offers comfortable seating for all of its 5 passengers which the car will seat easily. It has a simple yet very functional dashboard while the instrument panel is set in a cockpit shape. It comes with features such as air conditioning and heater, optional music system, mobile charging outlet, adjustable head rests. There are also storage areas for keeping small items in the car.
Basic but simple and spacious given size.
Outdated, no features.
Boot space in models of Maruti 800 is 210 litres. The boot space is just sufficient to carry the necessary baggage’s while travel.
There is a large dial type speedometer at the centre in all the models of Maruti 800. The speedometer is of analog type.
The gear lever is of sturdy plastic and is not very smooth. The cost cutting is evident. The quality of gear lever is same in all models of Maruti 800.
There are no cup holders provided in either of the models of Maruti 800 as it is a budget hatch and lack in these features.
All models of Maruti 800 are equipped with a standard glove box. Glove box space is not much you can just keep the first aid kit and registration documents of your car.
Maruti 800 has no audio system and speakers in any of the models. The Maruti 800 is a budget car; therefore there is a compromise in terms of features available in Maruti 800.
Later models of Maruti 800 include air conditioner. Though climate control option is absent in all of its models as it is a budget hatch.
Arm rests are not available in any of the models of Maruti 800. The comfort and convenience features are big miss in Maruti 800.
Maruti 800 comes with 2 side and 2 centre air-vents to ensure proper cabin cooling in car.
The seats are not luxuriously fabricated. Though they are equipped with manually adjustable head restraints. The seats can be sided for more comfort. These are bench type seats that can comfortable seat only four people.
Front legroom in Maruti 800 models is of 1130mm and legroom for rear seats in 790mm
Maruti 800 has got slightly less knee room in rear and when 3 passengers sit in rear seat, it becomes little congested.
Maruti 800 shoulder room is also in the lesser side and it becomes slightly uncomfortable when three people sit in rear room.
Head Room of Maruti 800 is low and it becomes a problematic when a tall person sits in car.
Maruti 800 has a two spoke steering wheel. The steering wheel is not comfortable and is of sturdy plastic. Leather wrapped steering wheel is not available in any of the models of Maruti 800.
There are no power windows in either of the Maruti 800 models. Maruti 800 lacks in the comfort and convenience features in all of its models.
No keyless entry system option is provided in any of the Maruti 800 models. There are no anti-theft features available in any of the models of Maruti 800.
Driver information system includes speedometer, temperature gauge and fuel gauge in its all variants. The Maruti 800 lacks in distance to empty, mileage display and other features.
Maruti 800 has basic exteriors which are still appealing to the masses mainly because of the car that has creeped into everyone mind over the last two generation. Traditional small headlamps and neat looking honey-comb grille adorn the front end of the car. It’s a small hatchback that is well built and exterior fit and finish is a bit old and needs to improve though. Maruti over the years have made small changes to this icon and it looks its best now. Maruti 800 has the typical appearance of a hatchback car with a big front and big rear glass.
Simple design is now classic.
Too common and boxy.
Maruti 800 has a sloping front with rectangular head lights and a side door mirror on the right side
The earlier models of Maruti 800 had more edgy rear. Newer models have a more lifted and smooth and curvy with smooth edged tail lights in them
Rectangular headlamps are used in all models of Maruti 800. The illumination is not too good, but still it serves the purpose.
Maruti 800 has a ground clearance of 170mm in all its models. The ground space is a decent one and offer good driveability in village roads.
Maruti 800 comes with black colored bumpers in all its models.
Head lamps have been the same. Rectangular in all its models.
Tail lamps in earlier models were rectangular and blunt. The new models are with more curvy rectangular tail lamps.
There were no fog lamps for solving out bad weather issues for better safety in car.
Maruti 800 came with 145/80/12 tyres. The radial tyres are optional in Maruti 800 in all models.
There are no alloy wheels in either of the Maruti 800 models.
Outside mirrors are present on both the sides of the front doors of Maruti 800. The ORVM's are not body coloured.
Maruti 800 is available in four shades namely: shiny and simple Superior White, shiny Silky Silver, the very popular and common Brick Red and navy -bluish Blue Blaze.
There has been no rear wipers provided in either of the models of the Maruti 800.
The roof-rails are not available in any of the models of Maruti800.
Maruti 800 doesn't have an option of sun roof in either models
Maruti 800 does have spoiler, as it’s a budget hatch.
Maruti 800 came with a less height of 1405mm and therefore, no side steps are required for this low-lying hatchback.
Spare wheel is mounted inside the boot.
The 800 has three cylinder 796cc petrol engine which produces a maximum 37 BHP at 5000 RPM and maximum torque of 59 NM at as low as 2500 RPM. It is mated to a 5 speed manual transmission and offers excellent drivability. The car is a breeze to drive in the city and manages to do well at triple digit speeds. The engine has been tuned well and the refinement levels are very good this car.
Good in city performance.
When in highways, engne is strained.
Acceleration of this small car is 0-100km per hour in just 18.8 seconds which was impressive for this lightweight vehicle.
Top speed for The Maruti 800 is 140km per hour.
In gear acceleration of Maruti 800 is 20-80 in 4th gear in 17. 29 seconds.
Maruti 800comes with four speed manual gearbox in all of its models.
The maximum power provided by this Maruti 800 was 37 Bhp at rate of 6000 engine rpm. The power is same in all the models.
Maximum torque offered by Maruti 800 is 59Nm at the rate of 2500 rpm which can be said to be quite ok in terms of the size and technology prevalent at the time of launch.
Noise, vibration and Harshness levels were moderately high in Maruti 800 and could be refined more.
The engine has been tuned well and the refinement levels are very good this car. It has been rated by ARAI to provide a maximum fuel efficiency of 16.1 kmpl which is good and the overall running cost of the car is indeed very low and the cost of ownership is also low.
Good mileage and easy to maintain.
Mileage not as good as new small cars.
The successful Indian hatchback offers a mileage of 16.1 kmpl in urban areas.
The Highway fuel economy of Maruti 800 in all of its models is an impressive 25.7 km per litre.
Maruti 800 has an ARAI rated economy of 16 kmpl in its all models.
Tank fuel capacity of Maruti 800 is 28 litres and a tank range of about 448kms
The 800 does not have many safety features and is starting to show age. The handling is good though as it feels nippy around corners and it is very easy to drive in the city and park. Steering is light and the small size of the car help in this aspect too.
No safety features.
4-speed manual gearbox gave a better handling along with Macpherson suspension.
The Maruti 800 comes with front Disc and rear Drum brakes. The braking performance is good and ensures safety of the occupants.
There was no such mechanized safety features included in the Maruti 800. Just the power and torque offered by the engine could give a comfortable and safe ride. No central locking system was there.
ABS is not available in any of the models of Maruti 800.
No traction Control system present in any of the models available in Maruti 800.
Maruti has finely tuned its suspension to absorb all the bad roads and provide a decent driving experience to its passengers. It has decent ride quality which cushions the bumps well though it is a tad bouncy. The noise and vibration levels are well controlled in this car and it’s easy to flick around in city driving conditions and provides adequate highway stability.
Ride is bouncy.
Maruti 800 is a four seater. Passenger comfort rating gets a four on a scale of 10. The seats are not comfortable and luxuriously fabricated.
The Maruti800's new model comes with McPherson Strut and coil suspension
The rear suspension of Maruti 800 came with coil springs and gas filled shock absorbers for facilitating a smoother ride in this Indian bestseller.
Pros good mileage
Cons more jerks
can any one please guide me how can i purchase the new engine with automatic transmission for my maruti 800 car and that can be suitable to convert the car with that engine can that engine be installed in normal maruit 800 Thanks
2 of 2 users found this review helpful.
Pros Good Mileage, but poor service by company
Cons Poor service provided by company
I own a Maruti 800AC bought in Sep 2005 through Competent Automobile, Delhi, ever since I bought my vehicle I had been through extensive trouble, the complete experience had been extremely poor with Competent Automobile, Gazipur, Delhi. But the current experience with Competent Automobile, Gurgaon was a nightmare experience and made me feel regretted about opting for a brand called “MARUTI”. Now without wasting much of your time I shall share my experience with you. I along with my family was going to Jhunjhunu (Rajasthan) on 12th April 08, we started from home at around 5:45pm and after crossing Manasar we meet with a massive accident at 8:30am, though none of us were hurt, but the vehicle was in bad shape and it had to been taken to nearest Maruti service station. After clearing all formalities like police complaint etc, I reached at competent Automobile at 4:30pm, the vehicle was received by Mr Ashish in Body Shop, I was given a time frame of 10days for repairing the vehicle i.e. 22nd April was the delivery day. Now to see the progress of work I reach Competent Automobile on 17th April at 1:30pm without informing them, I was surprise to see that the vehicle was not attended by Competent was keep in poor share, i.e. full of dust etc. I got furious seeing this and reported the matter to Mr. Pankaj Narula, GM Maruti Udyog as soon as I got back to my office at 2.30pm. I didn’t receive any reply from Maruti from next 4 to 5 days, I was really surprise to see such a poor service from them, so I decided to give him a call, but he was not available to talk, later I spoke to Mr. KK Gaur, who was heading Maruti Service, north. After several calls and email I finally got my vehicle on 25th April 08, but there was no body to explain the job carried out on the vehicle, neither the company provided me copies of bills. • The list of problems were never ending. I had contacted following people but non of them looked into the problems, Mr. Pankaj Narula (GM Maruti, Mr. Ramaswamy (chairman, National Insurance) and Mr. Kamal Kumar (CEO, Competent Automobile) I feel like being cheated by Competent Automobile, Maruti Udyog Limited and National Insurance Company. Now I am planning to approach the consumer cost of India to file a legal case against the companies. I would request you all not to buy any products from above companies, customers don’t have any importance to them. Thanks for reading my review.
8 of 10 users found this review helpful.
Pros great looks and milage
very nice compact car for a small family. hassle free , no problems with maintenance as its cheaper, we get parts easily, no other make can can fial this car as it has become the choice of all
11 of 11 users found this review helpful.
Pros Very handy and reliable
Cons seat cushions to be improved for long distance travel
My Maruthi 800DX TN O5 H 7534 gives me 24.84 kms per litre of petrol and crossed 25kmpl once.In Chennai city drive it gives me more than 20kmpl.So I am unable to make up my mind for a REPLACEMENT.SIMONS
5 of 5 users found this review helpful.
Pros Low Maintenance, very good milege
Cons less comfort in rear seat. less boot space
I have driven this little beauty for 78000 kms with a top speed of 125km/h. On a long drive Till today I am getting the mileage of 22-26 km.The parts are easy available at a very resionable price.
1 of 1 users found this review helpful.
Pros best car till date
Cons 3 A/C fins,4 speed gear box
Its A legend car till date,now that it has been replaced by Alto,But i think Maruti should come back with more impressive design,interiors,and 5 speed gear box like the tata Nano.I have this car for more than 11 years now.I also have Zen Estilo,but the 800 is more ease to drive as it can go through any small streets and localities and easy car to be parked.One can even put 4th gear on speed of 20kmph,but in todays car if u do the same,then the car will shut down,i have experienced it in the Swift and Estilo.HATS OFF to this car for teaching India how to drive...
2 of 2 users found this review helpful.
IT'S A STYLISH SMALL COMFORTABLE CAR FOR SMALL FAMILY, BUT IN THESE DAYS THE POPULARITY OF THIS CAR IS TO BE DOWN. SO, PLEASE DON'T BANG THIS TYPE OF SMALL SEDAN OF THIS 796CC CAR. TRY TO IMPROVE THIS MODEL FOR THE STUDENTS BETWEEN THE AGE OF 18 TO 25 YEARS BY COMPARING WITH TWO WHEELER "CC" VECHILES TO SHORT DOWN THE ACCIDENTS. "MARUTI SUZUKI" YOU SHOULD SAVE OUR LIVES IN THE WAY OF PROFESSIONALS. WITH SINCERELY TO MANAGEMENT OF "MARUTI SUZUKI".
1 of 2 users found this review helpful.
Pros good mileage
Cons Ugly interiors, less comfortable
Poor in break,dash-board style,suspensions..... U can Buy this car only if u drive 50-55kms/hr and only in "CHENNAI CITY" The poor Service "ALL THIS REVIEW IS TRUE TO MY KNOWLEDGE"
4 of 5 users found this review helpful.
Pros great looks
Cons less comfortable
Acually, maruti gaaddi u can find out from very small range to very big amount which is very very suitable to all the buyers.
0 of 1 users found this review helpful.
Pros Good Performance,Great Interiors,Fuel Efficiency,
I AM FROM INDORE. I HAVE A MARUTI 800 STD MARUTI CAR. IT IS THE MODEL OF 1998 HAVING LPG GAS KIT RTO APPROVED. I ALWAYS GO FOR COMPREHENSIVE INSURANCE. THIS IS MY FAMILY CAR, V. SPARINGLY USED. THE MAINTENANCE COST COMES TO A VERY LOW SIDE. AVERAGE IS V. GOOD. IN SHORT, MARUTI UDYOG DEVELOPS V GOOD, EFFICIENT AND COMFORTABLE CARS.
0 of 0 users found this review helpful.