2014 Suzuki Alto Review
The term micro-car implies a vehicle that is cheap to own, but short on creature comforts. A low price and lack of luxury however, shouldn’t mean poor engineering. The 2014 Suzuki Alto is economical and Spartan, with a handful of design traits that leave us wondering whether the engineers ever spent a day cruising around in their own product.
Naturally, a mirco-car comes equipped with a tiny engine, and in the case of the 2014 Suzuki Alto, you’ll find a 1.0-litre petrol. The single litre is shared among 3-cylinders, and is equipped with variable value timing, producing 67bhp and 90Nm maximum torque at 4,800rpm. Those figures sound skimpy, but the Alto is a lean 855kg, allowing it to do the 0-60mph sprint in 13.5 seconds before topping out at 96mph. If you want to be more adept at eating while driving, you can also order your 2014 Suzuki Alto with the optional four-speed automatic transmission – an opportunity that’s rare in the mini segment. Making a brisk u-turn to reach the next meal-in-a-sack joint shouldn’t be a problem either since the micro also has a super-tight turning radius of 4.5m, thanks to the 3500mm length and 2,360mm wheelbase. The MacPherson strut front and 3-link rigid axel suspension keep the micro on its toes, but when it comes to handling bumps in the road – it simply doesn’t.
Design and Build
Driving a toaster on wheels used to be an accepted tradeoff for compact size and efficiency. Now there are many more options available in the mini segment, and we don’t have to be subjected to driving a shapeless appliance. To create a car that stands out from the pint-sized competition, Suzuki has created a look it claims ‘exudes urban energy’. We aren’t sure what that means and frankly we don’t care, but with its huge teardrop headlights, oversize grille and sharply rising beltline, the car is unique.
Like most city cars, the 2014 Suzuki Alto is basically a two-seater with a back row suited for carrying a couple of grocery bags as opposed to human beings. A couple of those previously mentioned quirky design traits pop up after a couple of hours behind the wheel of the Alto. For instance, the C-Pillars are extremely thick, hampering parking visibility, and the boot of the car is downright frustrating. The boot opening is positioned at a bizarre angle, and to load anything you must continuously wage war with the adjustable rear shelf. In addition to these engineering miscalculations, there is an overabundance of cheap, scratchy plastic covering the interior from stem to stern.
Market and Model
Elaborate infotainment systems and heated seats with massage capability are not options on the 2014 Suzuki Alto – you get what you get. The car is priced around £7,000, and although it doesn’t offer a menagerie of optional bling, it is well-appointed from a safety perspective with a full complement of crumple zones and impact-absorbing structures. Front side and curtain airbags are available, as is ESP stability control.
Cost of Ownership
The 2014 Suzuki Alto is cheap to own, and we mean really cheap. The 1.0-litre petrol engine rings out 65.7mpg on the combined cycle along with emissions of 99g/km. If you opt for the auto transmission the numbers drop a little with 53mpg and 118g/km emissions.
The 2014 Suzuki Alto has two things going for it – it’s cheap to purchase and economical to own. Beyond that it doesn’t have a lot of perks, but if the bottom line is all you’re concerned with, and you don’t mind a battle every time you access the boot or try to look over your shoulder while parking, this may be the car for you. Do you currently drive a Suzuki Alto or possibly considering buying or leasing one? What do you think of our Suzuki Alto review? Let us know in the comments.
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Andrew has been in the motor trade for over 20 years. What he enjoys most about his job is the team spirit and the dedication of his work colleagues. He also appreciates the teams input in the improvement of the company.
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