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Maruti A Star

Rs 3.72 - Rs 4.58 Lakh
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Maruti A Star

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    Suchinrumsabarinath Nirmalan Aug 18, 2015

    A star is just like Zen of earlier days and not Zen Estillo a good powerful engine with good powerful body and nice to drive.drive more kilometers at a stretch and you will not feel tired because of the refinement of the vehicle.A powerful pick up that ensures that you moves faster out of a traffic block and good suspension Read More

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    Shakthi Apr 28, 2015

    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 Read More

  • Feb 04, 2014

    A Star is economically good car ..for middle class Indian family,its look is nice ,interior and good to go.. Read More

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  • Arctic White

  • Bright Red

  • Caffeing Brown

  • Glistening Grey

  • Midnight Black

  • Paradise Blue

  • Silky Silver

Review of Maruti A Star

Overview

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..

  • Overview
  • Interior
  • Exterior
  • Mileage Running Cost
  • Comfort Suspension
  • Engine Performance
  • Braking Safety

Interior

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.
 

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.

  • What we like

    The cabin of the car is pretty decent. and sporty

  • What we dislike

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

Exterior

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.
 

Exteriors

  • 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.

  • What we like

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

  • What we dislike

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

Mileage Running Cost

 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%. 

 

Mileage Running Cost

  • 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.

  • What we like

     The manual version is efficient

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.
 

Comfort and Suspension

  • 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.

  • What we like

     Easy to drive in traffic

  • What we dislike

     Ride is bouncy

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. 
 

Engine Performance

  • 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.

  • 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 dislike

    Feels strained when in highways

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. 

Brakes and Wheels

  • 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.

  • What we like

     Decent safety features and good handling

  • What we dislike

     Tyres limit the handling

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