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Maruti A Star

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3.8 / 5
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A Star Color Options

  • Arctic White

  • Silky Silver

  • Paradise Blue

  • Midnight Black

  • Glistening Grey

  • Caffeing Brown

  • Bright Red

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  • Comfort
  • Looks
  • Engine
  • Interiors
  • Safety
  • Mileage
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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Interiors

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A small car on the outside is bound to be small on the inside too – the A-Star being the perfect example. 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 steering is on the larger side though the side taps for the horn are a good touch.   The crimson illuminated speedometer is huge and the tachometer (for ZXi) sits on the right side, between the console and the right side air-con vents. The centre console is finished in silver and the car gets storage places below the audio system, above the glove-box and in front of the gear lever. At night, the backlight illumination is in a shade of red and looks good.
Though comfort is good up front, the trouble is at the rear. It is hard to seat five in comfort in this car and hence the A-Star is best suited for small and micro Indian families. The VXi and ZXi models get premium seat fabric and the latter also gets rear parcel tray and vanity mirrors.
 

What we like

The cabin of the car is pretty decent. and sporty

What we don't like

You also notice the narrow width once you start rubbing shoulders with your co-passenger

Interiors Details

Boot Space

The 50:50 rear split seats have enhanced user convenience and boot space usage.

Speedometer

The speedometer in the A-star has sporty look to it and is clearly visible to the driver.

Gear Lever

The gear lever of the A-Star is well within the reach of the driver and looks well placed in the middle console.

Cup Holders

There is a cup holders in the A-Star.

Glovebox

The glovebox has good space and one can store lot of things inside the Glovebox. It is well fitted in the dashboard

Audio System

There is an integrated audio system in the A-Star which has good quality sound.

Air Conditioner

The air conditioner in the car works well and cools the car efficiently at high temperature outside.

Arm Rests

There is an arm rest at the door of the A-Star but no separate arm rest inside the car.

Air Vents

The air vents are placed nicely inside the front dashboard and circulates air well inside the car.

Seats

The seats are comfortable specially the front driver seat it has nice cushion to it and is adjustable to the drivers benefit. The thigh support could have been better.

Leg Room

A-Star has 1230/990mm of leg room space inside the car. The taller persons might have some problems with the leg room.

Knee Room

A-Star has 815/620 mm of knee room space in the car.

Shoulder Space

A-Star has 1185mm of shoulder space inside the car

Head Room

A-Star has 880mm of head room space which can be a bit of a problem for the 6-footer.

Steering Wheel

A-Star uses power assisted rack and pinion type of steering wheel which is able to handle the car very well in higher speeds.

Power Windows

A-Star has an option of power windows.

Keyless Entry

There is a keyless entry option for A-Star

Driver Information Display

The driver information display has nothing special in it except few warning lamps and fuel meter.

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Exteriors

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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.

Exteriors Details

Front Design

There’s 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, it’s 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

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.

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.

Ground Clearance

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

Bumpers

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

Head Lamps

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

Tail Lamps

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

Fog Lamps

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

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

Alloy Wheels

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

Outside Mirrors

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

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

Rear Wiper

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

Roof Rails

There is no roof rail in the car.

Sun Roof

There is no sun roof in the car.

Spoiler

There is no spoiler in the car.

Side Steps

There is no side step in the car.

Spare Wheel

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

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Engine

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

Engine & Performance Details

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.

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.

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.

Gearbox

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

Power

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

Torque

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

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.

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Mileage

 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%. 

 
What we like

The manual version is efficient

What we don't like

The automatic variant saps efficiency

Mileage Details

City Fuel Economy

A-Star returns 14.5 Kmpl in the city.

Highway Fuel Economy

A-Star returns 20 Kmpl in the highways.

Arai Rated Economy

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

Tank Range

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


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

Handling Braking & Safety Details

Handling

Attack corners and the car exhibits a bit of slip and slide that’s really entertaining at these relatively low speeds, the A-star driving with a confidence that’s infectious. And the direct steering and the well-weighted brakes are all part of the car’s well-tuned driving manners. But though the A-star’s 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

Braking Performance

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

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

Abs

There is an option for ABS in the car.

Traction Control

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

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Comfort

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

Comfort & Suspension Details

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

Front Suspension

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

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.


Loan

Available EMI options
(For 60 months with interest rate of 10.5% and down payment of ₹ 37,200)
₹ 7,192 per month

Kudos to Maruti

By Ankit Sukhwani Posted on 20 Nov 08, 04:26 AM

Pros Price, Interiors, Brand

Cons Yet to find

Hot Hatch in the market. Will definitely make Hyundai to rethink about Hyundai i10. Even rethink i20 pricing, though it belongs to different category. Kudos to Maruti for their hard work.

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TOO GOOD AN TRUE.

By Laxmi Shivanekar Posted on 10 Mar 09, 10:09 AM

Pros Too perfect..

Cons none wat so ever.

Man this is a cool new engin ,it fails every other brand cars on the road ,for speed ,milage ,handling ,Shes too too good,TOUCH WOOD.

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Review of A Star

By Rakesh Kamath Posted on 19 Mar 09, 07:15 AM

Pros Great looks,Excellent mileage,Stable at high speed

Cons Space for Luggage-Nil Nil Nil,hard steering,Engine sounds very Bad

I drive A star ZXi and found acceptable inside space,no space crunch on rear seat.pick Up was ok but the engine sounds bad while you speed. steering is not smooth as wagon R, it reminds of alto. The greatest drawback is its luggage space,absolutely nil,u will not be able to keep a single suitcase.i think the car is made for school or college going childrens.

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Maruthi a star vxi

By Mistry Manish Posted on 14 Mar 10, 08:51 PM

Pros Great looks, good performance, good mileage and ofcource great style....

Cons good interiors.....

i say so cause....i'am the owner of this car ...and with in a year it has crossed above 53 km's....

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Not a gud car to be bought

By Ab Posted on 11 Mar 10, 05:09 PM

Pros niceaverage,goodpickup,nice a/c

Cons less space,bad looks ,

hi! to all astar is average car gud for regular drive , average is gud but problem its not value for money car its less space in back poor leg space .

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Too Good to be True

By Ankit Posted on 18 Jan 11, 01:34 PM

Pros Excellent Mileage, Very stable in high speeds , No sounds and Good AC.

Cons Boot Space could have been made bigger, Spare parts are cheap but takes a long time to get one

I have been driving AStar for the last 1.5 years and till date it has been giving me a 16.5 mileage in City in congested traffic..In highways you can easily drive at 125Km without any jerks and good control on brakes. Except for the boot space this car is the best for folks who use it within city as you really save a lot of money. On long drives it has been a pleasure driving this car on hills because of its wonderful steering and 360 degree wheels. Buy one Drive one and Enjoy !

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Happy family car

By Ashok Posted on 04 Aug 10, 07:40 PM

Pros futuristic look

Cons back seat not comfortable , very good interior, average mileage

i purchased this car last month . i like this car becos of maruti product . excellent service maruti sale service .first indian car based on futuristic design for indian as well european market. best engine in its class and overall performance in its segment is very good. but its red light [during night driving] some times disturbing.less space , but it is negotiable . my happy family car .

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Maruti is a cheater

By Sujen Posted on 08 Oct 10, 04:14 PM

Pros Drunking ruel

Cons tanggadi

All outsiders manf. are cheating. A star is offering +18 KM P/Ltr where as giving -10 Kms. No body ready to here and saying that u r using car in city on A/c mode.If vechile drived for 30 to 40 kms then fills tiered

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Purchase it

By Ajay Posted on 17 Jan 11, 10:17 PM

Pros very good performance while driving. n lookin antic

Cons not bad

over all good performance. n looking antic. good fuel efficiency....................................................

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A star is a perfect sporty car

By Shakthi Posted on 28 Apr 15, 05:39 PM

Pros Good Performance,Fuel Efficiency,

Cons Average Performance,CongestedUncomfortable,

I bought the a star last year 2014. i bought from one of my colic , when i plan to buy that car , i asked lot of people about the a star but most of people who said about its an average model average millage and some of people said bad about that , but my mind would stable on that a star , i don't know why , due to the great looks and good interiors , so what ever , i planned to buy from my colic , but now i am so impressed because while am using the car at the moment i feel so good and extream so awesome experience , due to the comfort , fuel efficiency and better performance and more,. i really impressed and i love my car.

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