Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Facelift Overview & Test Drive

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Overview

There is no doubt in the fact that the Maruti Alto is the most popular entry level car of India and why not it carried forward the legacy of the Maruti 800 which was the only popular peoples car back then.The Alto has been in the Indian market for a long time now and has broken many record and achieved many milestones. But recently Maruti seems to be little worried mainly because of their latest rivals the Renault KWID and the soon to be launched Datsun Redi-Go which has been gaining sales volumes mainly because of their Crossover styling and plenty of new features provided inside the cabin offered at almost the same price point.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

Now for quite some time Maruti was planning to launch the updated Alto800. The car was also caught few times being tested, the reports also stated that Maruti had plans to showcase the facelift Alto at the 2016 Auto expo, but somehow that did not happen. Now that Maruti has launched the facelift variant of the Alto800 in India finally we have provided you all the information which is available at this moment about the new facelift Alto800. Check for car loan for Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 at Fincarz.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Exteriors

Maruti has bestowed Alto 800 with a new futuristic design, which no doubt proves it to be one step ahead from its previous version. The car has been designed on the very same platform as its previous version, but the monocoque’s quality has been improved, which proves this car to be a strong and agile version as compared to Alto.

The looks and style of the car are contemporary but still look a bit outdated if parked next to Hyundai Eon, Hyundai Santro and Chevrolet Spark. The front fascia of the car is marked by a twin grille and a pair of bulging headlights that smartly carry the turn indicators within them. The fog lights remain out of scene and clearly seem a loophole in the cost-cutting strategy of Maruti Suzuki. The box-shaped front part closely reminds you of Ford Figo. The side profile of the car is marked by an elegant shoulder-crease line that runs from the front end to the rear end and a pair of 12-inch well-sculpted twin rims that house 145/80 R12 tyres. The rear section of the car looks updated with a large windscreen underlined by a slightly bulging centre hump that carries a Suzuki logo and keyhole.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Interiors

Inside, what looks fresh is the new fabric design embossed on the door panels and revised upholstery for the seats. The plastic on the dashboard is slightly on a better side but still behind the competition. The same three-spoke steering wheel feels is as solid it was before. The backrests of the front seats in the new Alto 800 have been nicely created to make more space. The seats also offer adequate bolstering and comfort for the daily commute. The rear seats can conveniently absorb two adult passengers while the front has a reasonable amount of head and leg room for individuals with average height.

As far as the audio system is concerned, Maruti offers a single-din unit with connectivity options such as USB, Aux-In, and FM. The sound quality that comes from the 2-speakers is decent enough to keep you calm and relaxed in your day to day commute. Other convenient features in the car include front power windows, remote keyless entry, utility rack, driver and co-passenger storage pocket, and front and rear console for bottle holder. Overall, the car offers almost a bit of everything in the limited budget. However, some basic features that are present in the rivals are still missing in this car.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Performance

The technical specs of Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 are quite impressive with a 3-cylinder, 0.8-litre F8D power mill, which makes 48 PS against a peak torque of 69 Nm. This engine is a step-up in terms of not only power and torque, but also liveliness. It is easier to manoeuvre Alto 800 on traffic-stricken roads as compared to the previous Alto. It reacts in a much decent manner over low as well as medium speed range and gearshifts seem smoother as compared to its previous version. Unless you are crossing the 90-100 kmph speed mark, the car is a well-disciplined lad. In medium range, however, the engine begins to make some noise, which can be heard and felt easily given the low insulation of the car cabin. For more info on Maruti Suzuki Alto 800  check origo2000

Above 100 kmph, the engine gets really harsh and you wouldn’t hear anything except the harsh whining of engine. Along with this improved engine, Maruti Suzuki also bestows Alto 800 with a new transmission system. The new five-speed manual transmission of the car is much smoother as compared to the last one. In the city traffic, where you need to change gears frequently, it works as your best friend. The gear lever is small and handy, and doesn’t vibrate like the one noticed in Hyundai Eon. Considering the price of the car, Maruti has done a good job with the gearshift of Alto 800.7

With the 0.8-litre F8D engine, the ARAI-approved mileage of Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is 22.74 kmpl. The CNG version, on the other hand, delivers a fuel efficiency of 30.46 km/kg. The car’s fuel tank has a capacity of 35 litres, which means that the car can travel 796 kms in a single tank fill. There is no other car in this section that can match Alto 800 in this respect.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Driving

One factor where Maruti Suzuki gets full marks is the pickup and acceleration that it has blessed Alto 800 with despite placing it in the small car segment. Powered by the 0.8-litre F8D engine, the car can easily glide from 0 to 100 kmph speed mark in 16 seconds. The maximum speed that this car can achieve ranges from 140-145kmph. The CNG version, on the other hand, takes 17-18 seconds to slide from rest to the 100 kmph speed mark. A McPherson strut suspension system, accompanied by a disc and drum braking system, provides improved handling to Alto 800. The power and torque output delivered by the petrol as well as CNG versions of the car is equal, while the mileage is very good, which makes it the best option in small car segment.  For more offers on Maruti Cars in Ahmedabad check AutoZhop

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Safety

Along with the exteriors, interiors and power train, the braking system is another domain where Maruti Suzuki has given in serious efforts to improve the quality of its offerings. Alto 800 has been blessed with disc and drum brakes on the front and rear parts respectively. The set-up works quite efficiently for this small car and strongly supports short distance braking. Although Alto 800 is devoid of advanced features like ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) system, the present braking system works just perfectly with respect to the current urban traffic conditions. The suspension too has received a finishing touch with gas-filled McPherson Strut that pairs with torsion roll control equipment on front wheels.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Price in Pune

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 2,95,316 to 4,23,952 for variants Alto 800 Standard and Alto 800 LXI CNG Optional respectively. Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is available in 10 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 variants price in Pune. Check for Alto 800 price in Pune at Tryaldrive.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Final Thought

The Alto 800 facelift has not received any major changes it still remains to be powered by the three-cylinder F8 petrol unit, unfortunately if you want an AMT variant you still have to spend all that extra money and go for the bigger and more powerful Alto K10. Just like the exterior the changes to the interior are also minimalist and because there are no changes to its mechanical ‘s the facelift Alto800 basically is the same car under the new skin.

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