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Suzuki Alto 1.1 GL 5d (2005/54)

Suzuki Alto 1.1 GL 5d (2005/54) - Owner Review

Economy - Always 50+ mpg and unlike it's replacement, it has a full size boot opening and low loading sill.

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Review submitted by
Neil Connor on

Suzuki Alto (03-05)


4 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
I don't need my car to be a status symbol.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
They think it's too small. I disagree!

Would you buy this car again and why?
If I found another low mileage example that had been garaged all it's life, I'd seriously be tempted!

What are you likely to buy next?
If I can stretch to it, a Hyundai i10 as they're the benchmark for small cars! It's difficult finding a small petrol car that costs no more than £30pa to tax, under £3K and newer than 2006.

Buying experience

4 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?
Didn't buy from a dealer

Did you buy this car new?

What price did you pay?

When did you buy the car?
January 2011

Did you get a good deal and why?
More expensive than I would have liked but the car was really low mileage, well looked after and it was a main Suzuki dealer I bought from.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?

What was the dealer like?
Very friendly and helpful.

Driving it

4 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Takes getting used to as the controls are all so light. The great fuel economy is due to it's lightness, which is probably why there's not much sound or thermal insulation, so motorway journeys can be a bit tiresome.

What's it like to park?
A doddle! If you can't park this, then there's no hope for you. It's very narrow so getting through gaps in the traffic, or parking in a 1960's multi-storey is no problem.

Living with it

5 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Nothing apart from the usual things needing replacing, bulbs, tyres, brakes etc.

What's most practical about your car?
Economy - Always 50+ mpg and unlike it's replacement, it has a full size boot opening and low loading sill.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Has the basics, electric windows, cd player and central locking. That's about it!

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