The new generation of Suzuki Alto was launched earlier this year in Pakistan. Since it has replaced the iconic Mehran, Alto has become one of the most affordable cars currently available in Pakistan. Even before its launch, the new Alto sparked a great deal of anticipation. To help you in making an informed decision regarding the purchase of the new Alto, we have conducted an owner’s review. The car under consideration is the VXR variant of Alto that has been driven 224 km.
There are three variants of the new Alto: VX, VXR, and VXL. The VXR is the middle-level variant of the new Alto. The owner booked this car at the start of April 2019 and got his car in June 2019. At that time, he benefited from the introductory price, which was PKR 10,67,000. The owner bought the new Alto as it is the first 660cc locally manufactured car available on the market. He also preferred the new Alto over the existing Wagon R due to exterior looks. The owner also preferred the new Alto over the imported Japanese 660cc cars, and he thinks that a new vehicle provides a person with peace of mind.
Exterior, interior and features
As far as the exterior is concerned, the owner thinks that the car looks good from the front end. However, the rear is a bit controversial and does not suit his taste. The design of the new Alto will gradually grow on people with time. The owner thinks the interior design is good and spacious for a small hatchback. Some key features of the VXR variant under review include dual airbags, power steering, and premium stereo system with Bluetooth connectivity. Breaking of this car is superior to that of Mehran, and even though it does not have ABS, the breaking is on the better side.
Four cup holders are placed for both the front and rear passengers. Interior storage is also on the good side with different compartments to hold things. Leg space for both the front and rear passengers is ample, and four adults can easily sit through long journeys. The interior space is optimized by removing the spare wheel from the trunk. There is a puncture repair kit in place of a spare wheel which is also a controversial decision by Pak Suzuki. The level of comfort of front seats is on par or even better than Wagon R and Cultus. The build quality of the new Alto is better than the local rivals like United Bravo. However, the exterior paint quality of the new Alto is on the worse side.
Engine and transmission
The VXR Alto comes with a 5-speed manual transmission fitted with a 660cc R068 engine. This engine is powerful and smooth even though it is a small engine. The gear shifts are also smoother than the outgoing Mehran. The engine gives out approximately 17 to 18 km/l in the city with A/C. On the highway, the new Alto gives approximately 20 km/l.
Differences between Alto variants
The VX variant does not have airbags and air conditioning which are present in both VXR and VXL variants. The audio system is also of lower quality compared to those being offered in the VXR and VXL variants. The VXL variant has Auto Gear Shift (AGS) technology which is not present in the VXR and VX variants. Moreover, the VXL variant has power windows and power and retractable side mirrors. The VXL variant also has body-colored door handles and side mirrors. There is a two-tone dashboard for a premium look and feel and a touchscreen with screen mirroring instead of an audio unit that comes with the VX and VXR variants.
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