Maruti Alto 800 Diesel Review
Entry-level Diesel HatchMonday, November 18, 2013
Maruti Alto is the most common and oldest name in the history of Indian car market and is the undisputed largest selling car. It is the most trusted hatch of Indian customers and has been managed to get everything in its favour in past 12 years without even any up-gradations. But the competition is slowly and surely approaching and Maruti has foreseen it. Thus, Maruti launched the second generation of Alto, Alto 800 on October 16, 2012 with the slogan of “Let's Go KHISKO” to compete with Hyundai Eon. The company was also managed to book 10,000+ cars even before the launching. Now, the speculations are also surfacing of the introduction of a Maruti Alto 800 Diesel by 2014.
The exterior of Maruti Alto 800 gives a stylish and appealing look with its new and advanced design. It has a sporty front grille which splits to form all-black trapezoidal lower part and a chrome-lined slim-cut upper part, huge leaf-like headlights with turn indicators, body colored edgy front bumper, huge windshield with tough glass and a couple of intermittent wipers, sharp yet smoothly-blending contours, elegant sloping silhouette and flaring wheel arches on side profile, driver's end rear view mirror, body colored simple door handles, 12-inch sturdy steel wheels in 6 bi-spoke pattern and has radial tubeless tires, smooth boot lid and laminated windshield forming two halves of rear side and bright and classic clear-lens tail-lamp-indicator cluster. It has a length of 3395mm, width of 1490mm and height of 1475mm as its dimension and has a large wheelbase of 2360mm for a stable ride. It has a good high ground clearance of 160mm for a bump-free ride and 4.6m minimum turning radius for easy cruising in city traffic and in tight parking spots. The hatch has a fuel tank capacity of 35 litres and has a kerb weight of 725kgs.
The interior of Maruti Alto 800 gives a stylish, new, comfortable and upgraded look in comparison to its older self but it still needs a lot of improvement if it wants to compete with the likes of Eon. But the name of Maruti in India is sufficient for it to cross their expectations. Its interior includes sporty 3-spoke steering wheel with metallic touch and collapsible steering column, silver stroked new instrument panel, restyled and spacious grey dashboard with AC blowers, a big glove box and a central console for AC controls and installation space for music system with CD and AM/FM Radio, headrests for front row seats, dual-toned grey and brown interiors with quality uniform upholstery flowing from over the seats to the door pads, holders in doors, bottle holder near the gear-knob and some other storage bins, a coin holder, passenger side utility packet, speedometer with a digital clock, all four power windows, internally adjustable ORVM, stylish floor mats, brightly illuminating cabin light with three adjustable positions and 177 litres of boot space for comfortable sitting of five persons.
The petrol version of Maruti Alto 800 has a 796cc, 0.8L, 3-cylinder, 9-valve, BS-IV compliant petrol mill which generates a maximum power of 47.5 bhp at 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 69 Nm at 3500 rpm and has a 5-speed manual gearbox transmission. There are rumours that the company may introduce a diesel engine soon by 2014.
Maruti Alto 800 has disc brakes at front and drum brakes at rear wheels. The suspension system is a gas-filled MacPherson Strut type with Torsion Roll Control Device at front and a Coil Spring Mechanism and gas-filled Shock-Absorbers with Three-Link Rigid Axle and Isolated Trailing Arm at rear. For the complete safety of its passengers, it includes an efficient suspension system, smooth and responsive power steering, seat belts for every passenger, strong and sturdy body, driver's side Airbag, central locking system and engine immobilizer.