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Suzuki Alto GL (2010)

by Barry Green,reviewed February 2010

There’s no doubting the Suzuki Alto’s fuel thriftiness.
In the recent Global Green Eco Challenge, from Darwin to Adelaide, the little five-door hatch recorded 3.9 litres/100 km, 0.9 better than its official ADR figure. And on its Queensland launch, five teams of motoring writers returned between 3.27 and 3.67 despite a difference of driving styles.

Fuel economy aside, there’s plenty to like about Suzuki’s honest offering for what is not a lot of money, as long as you don’t expect too much by way of performance. The 1.0-litre, three-cylinder engine is rough at idle and a little asthmatic when called upon to sing for its supper.
Suzuki Alto GL 2010

For

Economy, price

Against

Lack of engine zip and smoothness

Key features

Power steering, electric front windows, remote locking, airconditioning with pollen filter, CD player, MP3 playback and auxiliary input, immobiliser, front/rear storage pockets

Safety

Six airbags, three-point seatbelts all around (front belts with pretensioners and load limiters), anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, brake assist, (electronic stability control available on $14,490 GLX)

Car Details

Vehicle make Suzuki
Vehicle model Alto GL
Vehicle type Light Under $20,000
Year 2010
Price when new $12,490 (five-speed manual) MLP
Current price range $ - $
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Engine 1.0-litre, 3-cyl
Emissions rating
5 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.