If there's one thing Suzuki know how to do well, it's building small, fun to drive cars – and the Alto is no exception.

There’s not much choice when it comes to the engine, which is powered by a 1.0-litre three cylinder petrol, but it is at least punchy with 67bhp.

Unlike many of its rivals the Alto is pretty capable at speed, but where it’s really at home is around towns and cities where its light steering and tight turning circle make parking a piece of cake.

The ride is a little firm though, and it’s not as capable at soaking up potholes as some of the competition.

The dash is not the most luxurious, and the plastics feel a little cheap alongside some rivals, but it’s all pretty straight forward to use and visibility is excellent. It’s comfortable for four medium sized people, but six footers may struggle with head and leg room. The boot is tiny, but split folding rear seats help expand it. 

The Alto is a cheap and cheerful package that focuses on low running costs and simple to use motoring. The boot is on the small side, and the cabin plastics aren't as long lasting as some of its rivals, but for it's price the Alto is certainly well worth a look.

Likes: Economical, simplicity, affordable

Dislikes: Small boot, cabin plastics, handling

Adam Pilon


October 27, 2014