Used Suzuki Alto (2003 - 2005) Safety & Reliability

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.
2.5 out of 5



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No Euro NCAP rating. You get two airbags and belt pretensioners and that’s it for safety kit. Security is limited to an immobiliser - an alarm is optional.

2.5 out of 5


Indian built to a budget so interior is very flimsy though basic mechanicals are reliable enough and the warranty is reassuring.

Car check problem points


Check for car park scrapes and dings.


Service history - previous buyers on a budget may have been tempted to undertake servicing themselves or neglect it altogether.


Check that you wouldn't rather have something fun and second-hand.