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Suzuki Alto 1.0 SZ3 5d (2010/60)

Suzuki Alto 1.0 SZ3 5d (2010/60) - Owner Review

Sopacious five door car at a low price.
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Review submitted by
Adrian Faiers on

Suzuki Alto (09-14)

Summary

4 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
That practicality and economy are more important to me than artificial status symbols.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
He's got a car.

Would you buy this car again and why?
Yes, now that I’ve come to terms with the reality of the mpg, I’m happy with what in reality is a very smooth, comfortable and economical 5 door hatchback.

What are you likely to buy next?
Either a Kia Picanto or a convertible (!).

Buying experience

3 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?
Franchised

Did you buy this car new?
New

What price did you pay?
£6,953

When did you buy the car?
November 2010

Did you get a good deal and why?
Effectively got metallic paint free.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Brochure claimed 64.2mpg.

What was the dealer like?
Typical car dealer. Not very interested in aftersales.

Driving it

4 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Suzuki claim 65.7mpg for the Alto (64.2mpg when I bought mine). In practise, over 25,000 miles, mainly driving for economy and with tyres at maximum pressure, I have achieved 42.49mpg to 55.24mpg, averaging 49.7mpg. Following a recent adjudication on a 68.9mpg claim for the Audi A3 TDI, the ASA is now in discussions with all car manufacturers to prevent misleading mpg claims.

What's it like to park?
Easy to park - short with a good turning circle.

Living with it

4 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Creaking from suspension. Part replaced, but problem has come back.

What's most practical about your car?
Sopacious five door car at a low price.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
iPod connection. The borchure was misleading as an iPod connection was implied, but not fitted. After a long argument with Suzuki, involving the ASA, they fitted one free of charge.

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