Used Suzuki Alto (2003 - 2005) Costs

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 21 Jul 2014
Cheap 'n' cheerful Indian-built supermini. As you'd expect from one of Britain's cheapest cars, it comes with few frills, but if economy is what you're after, it will do the job offering cheap insurance and 40mpg.
3 out of 5

Running costs

Cheap to buy, decent fuel economy and low-ish insurance. You won't get much back on it but then it didn't cost much, either. Suzuki parts are quite expensive but shouldn't be an issue for a few years.

Summary Running Costs

Servicing period

Every 9000 miles.


Three years or 60,000 miles.

Road tax (12 months)

£30.00 - £205.00

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered after March 1st 2001 VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions. For cars registered before March 1st 2001 it is based on engine size.

Full running costs data

5 out of 5

Green credentials

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CO2 emission figure (g/km)

Fuel economy rating

The arrows indicate the best and worst CO2 bands for this model.

Emissions summary

Alto performs remarkably well on the eco front. With an average of 136 g/km CO2 across the line-up, its emissions are comparably low for a super mini hatchback. It's worth noting that the line-up does not feature any diesel models, which typically produce less carbon dioxide than petrol engines with similar power outputs. Eco-conscious buyers should consider the 1.1-litre petrol, which is one of the greenest models in the range.

The range is very frugal, averaging 51 mpg.

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