Added: 2nd of May 2021
Have owned this car since brand new in 2012. Only been serviced about 5 times and it has currently completed 245,000km!! Never once huckered out and starts every time. We travel long distances and it completes this everyday without falter. Travels gravel roads everyday and is mean as around the corners, slight drift if you go too fast aka 50km/h- but super easy to control (former car crasher, so I know what a safe drifter feels like and this is one of them- lol). Only had its brakes fixed once. Never any issues with the gear box or steering etc. Couldn’t recommend this car more and if possible buying new is the best option as you will keep the car until it dies, they’re that reliable. I have purchased a 2021 vitara and although bigger and newer, I miss driving the alto as much as I used to x -Suzuki snob
Added: 11th of March 2021
Alto is a cheap and reliable little car. Low maintenance and cheap to run. No creature comforts but what you get is an excellent little machine. Buying a more luxurious car would mean better build and ride quality, however, you compromise on breakdowns and unreliability. Since there's not much technology in the car, there's not much that can go wrong. Having said all this, it is fun to drive and not sure why people say it's rubbish on motorways, I found it very comfortable. I'm an average man, around 5.10ft and we have done several trips from Southampton to Manchester, no problem at all. Worth every penny and great even as a second car if you want another posh one to go out, you can use the alto as a workhorse. Donkey can go long distances and doesn't be fussy like a horse.
Added: 3rd of September 2020
Bought this car in Feb 2020, around 14 years old but the mileage was low, used it for shopping, motorways, long journeys and havent disappointed me at all. very economical on fuel, so half a tank gives me 114 miles, the full tank is 35 litres. inside storage space is little small but for a first car it is the best car, very reliable and easy to drive, park and run.
Added: 9th of January 2020
Hi there. If you want a small car I would recommend this little car 100%. I have had my Suzuki Alto now for nearly 4 months. It was extremely hard for me to get use to another car and the reason was that my last car was a PUNTO that I had for 19 years yes that's right 19 the year was 2001. When the time came to finally pick a newer car I wanted something nippy and not too old. This car was waiting for me for sure. I can say that I adore this car a lot. Some of the reviews I read about it are not true in my opinion. I have a 13 Reg. Grey in colour. I can say that it is the best little car to drive, easy, nippy and everything they say about space or boot space to me that is enough. The reviews about it being plastic it actually is a good plastic and goes very well with the inside of the car. The car is not cheap as people say it was a good price and I am overwhelmed having it, Everything works for a start, good in cold weather good in wet weather very good in fact. The boot space is ideal and will fit loads in. The seats are comfy and just I love everything about it. I would not change it as am very happy with it. It is reliable and starts the first time. A Little engine and so easy to check things that are topped up etc you cannot fault it. Has an extra lock with the key which I found it is to be the most perfect car I have found. If you can imagine having an older car as above then having a newer one it is like heaven. Thank you, Suzuki, you found or invented a fantastic little number xxx Veronica
Added: 26th of November 2018
I bought my little Suzuki in 2009 and it has never broken down at all. That's never...nothing. My rating for performance is obviously taking into account the size of the standard (non turbocharged) engine. It's faster than my first car, a Ford escort, that in it's day was considered a sporting version of the escort. It accelerates very well with just one on board, but I imagine that fully loaded, it's small engine would become obvious. The car still gets about 50mpg around town. The tax bracket is very low, £20...I think the new ones have been tweaked and fall into £0 now. My insurance is about £100 per year. The service adds around £200. So annual costs work out cheaper than the local bus fares. It's very agile around corners. So much so, that it takes a while to trust it to do what it can do. You feel like it should roll, but it doesn't and just sticks to the road. This assumes a reasonable amount of driving skill. Care though, as cornering hard at the wrong time and place in a town is very dangerous. It's so cheap that something has to give, and it's the ride. It's dreadful. It will shake you to bits on the UK roads at the moment. The roads are not in a good state, and the car was not designed to deal with the mess the roads are in. It looks tiny, yet due to the fact that it's hatchback with seats that can be folded means that you can fit in a lot of stuff. I used to play in bands. I could fit in a full bass rig (bass guitar speakers are huge). Then add the floor monitors. I could still fit in the PA speakers, and all the amps and cables, and juuust slide in the guitar and spare in the front passenger well. As well as mic stands, and even a lighting rig. That said, it is only licensed to carry 4 people. You can fit a healthy food shop in the back without laying down the seats. But of course, this is a small car! So...longer journeys, this car isn't for you. Big family, again you need more car. Bit of a speed freak, again you need more car. But, as a town runabout, you can't go wrong.
Added: 19th of September 2018
Cheap, a bit cheerful. The engine throbs a bit too much, the steering is a bit too heavy, the interior is cheap, the boot tiny and only 4 seat belts. BUT its cheap, good enough and frankly you knew what you're getting. So all ok.
Added: 13th of October 2016
I purchased my Alto new some 3 years ago as a local runabout and have been extremely impressed by its overall performance. It is very economical, accelerates and handles well if so driven but has the capability to carry 4 adults reasonably comfortably over distances upto 50 miles. The load capacity with the rear seat folded down is good. Of all the 50 odd cars I have owned over the last 60 years I think the Alto is No1 from the points of view of economy, practicality and performance. The ride is a little hard but this adds to the performance capability when so driven. An excellent local runabout.
Added: 12th of October 2016
Nice car for around town, ok on motorways but need to take regular stops to walk around and stretch legs.
Added: 11th of October 2016
happy with it!
Added: 11th of October 2016
Although I only cover a low mileage I have always found my Alto reliable. Whilst as a senior citizen I am finding the increased insurance rates are annoying, the overall running expenses are otherwise acceptable. The 996cc engine gives me all the power I need and more.
Added: 27th of July 2015
The Alto is a cheap run around small town car..doestn't like hills though.and here in Wales there are many..fuel consumption good about 57miles to the gallon..£30 road tax..the boot is very small but back seats fold down to accommodate the larger article..bodywork easily dented by just pressing into it..and front driving seat will not go up to where i felt comfortable so had to put a cushion behind me..not over the moon with this car but it goes.
Added: 30th of April 2015
Yes the Suzuki is great to run. But mine is two different colours and Suzuki will not do anything about it! If buying a white car check it out of the show room to make sure it is one colour!
Added: 9th of April 2015
Overall having had the car for less than a month I was reasonably pleased especially as there was no VAT. However now the sun is out I am so irritated by the grey vinyl frontage being TOTALLY reflected in the windsreen as I drive along. No- the sun visor is no help ! I am a small person, being only 5'1'', maybe that is a reason being low down but I really think this is a big fault. Why did the makers not use a matt vinyl? This would have been less reflective-I would be interested to know does anyone else find this Fault [and it is a fault] annoying? Let me know if there is a remedy .I have asked Suzuki and I just got some surprise but no solution.
Added: 2nd of April 2015
This is the first Suzuki I have ever owned and driven, the Alto. The catalogue says it does 67.5 m,p.g. but I have yet to check it out. A nippy little car for the engine size and three cylinders and although it is was built for flitting around town, it is comfortable enough for long journies and it has four doors. Instrument panel is very basic, but easy to use. Road holding feels good, but not tested in wet weather yet. Surprising to see a car of this class with fuel injection ABS, power steering, electric windows and airbags. All in all, so far, this little car has all I need. Its economical use makes expensive servicing that bit more affordable and I am surprised there are not more of them on the road for people who need affordable transport. My only regret is that I could not find or afford an automatic second hand model, because sooner or later, every maual model needs to have the added expense of a new clutch.
Added: 13th of July 2014
the Suzuki alto is a first class car for the money this is my first alto and its superb
Added: 13th of July 2014
I know this car is cheap but next to a Hyundai i10 its prehistoric
Added: 16th of December 2013
For those of us on a budget ( and who isn't with today's motoring costs)this car makes a lot of sense.I bought it new and have been well pleased so far.It has great fuel economy (74mph claimed but 60s realistic)cheap road tax2 0 pounds after free first year,low insurance.Surprisingly nippy in town and motorway,excellent brakes. On the down side the gearbox is clunky but you get used to it,no car alarm fitted by Suzuki and reluctance from Car alarm companies to fit one(Mine was broken into after only 6000 miles) Overall I enjoy driving it so far and would recommend it to others on a low income
Added: 16th of November 2013
I call it my dodgem car. It gets into tine spaces, but what I love most about it is that it has FOUR doors!
Added: 16th of November 2013
Don't give a damn about speed, I just want a reliable mode of transport that doesn't cost much to run, and the Alto fits the bill.
Added: 15th of November 2013
I bought this car new for my wife as a replacement for a Suzuki Wagon R as the Wagon R is no longer made. Although only a 3 cylinder 996cc automatic it returns 50mpg and has sufficient power for our everyday needs. It is an excellent city car as it is very manoeuvrable and very easy to park. It can maintain 70mph on motorways and the handling & road-holding feels surprisingly competent. It is also surprisingly comfortable for such a small car and the seating can accommodate 4 adults. Boot-space is small but the rear seats fold flat to make extra space. Equipment for this top of the range model includes ABS, ASC, a full set of airbags and air-conditioning. One of the deciders was price - Suzuki were offering a VAT-free deal which knocked £1,500 off the new price. Road tax is £20 per annum and insurance is moderate. A good little car.