Used Suzuki Alto (2009 - 2014) Safety & Reliability

Review by Dan Harrison on
Last Updated: 04 Aug 2015
3
The Suzuki Alto is a small car that’s designed to cut costs to the bone. It’s cheap to buy and even cheaper to run.

3 out of 5

Safety

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  • Adult Occupant Rating

    3 out of 5

The Alto was crash tested in 2009 under Euro NCAP's more stringent criteria. This is one overall rating (from one to five stars) that covers adult occupant protection, child occupant protection, pedestrian protection and a new area of assessment - safety assist. It only managed a three-star rating, which is far from impressive.

According to the crash experts the score was limited by its performance in adult occupant protection and child protection.

Standard Suzuki Alto Safety equipment is reasonable for a car of this size, with dual front and side airbags, ABS and Isofix child seat anchor points. The top spec SZ4 gets a little more in the way of safety kit with curtain airbags and an electronic stability programme, which helps to bring the car under control in the event of a skid.

3.5 out of 5

Reliability

There’s little to worry about regarding Suzuki Alto reliability. The Japanese firm has an excellent reputation for reliability and there’s no reason to doubt that the Alto won't continue this. It uses tried-and-tested technology, while the interior plastics feel robust.

There have been two recalls – one in 2009 to avoid a potential leak when refueling and one in 2010 on automatic models for a potential brake light fault.

Car check problem points

Body

No problems reported.

Engine/Gearbox

No problems reported.

Other

Recall in 2010 on automatic models for a potential brake light fault.