Do you miss Maruti 800? Looking for something that comes close to that legend? If you are looking for a small hatchback for city drive, then Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is what you should buy. This is the largest selling hatchback in India. The reason for its immense popularity is due to a number of reasons. One of them is its compact size, which is ideal for city driving and parking because space is a premium in most tier 1 and 2 cities of India.
If you look at the buying pattern of the first time budget car buyer, you will see that in the majority of cases, they want to buy the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 hatchback. The reason is, it is a very compact car with a good design. This car is not only good to look at but also very easy to handle that any first-time rider will look for when he/she purchase their first car. This cute looking car has a single unit redesigned engine grill and air dam along with high mounted headlamp cluster. When you come to the side profile of this car, you will find that it has a black cladding strip running from front to the back, which improves upon its sporty look a great deal. At the rear end, you will not find any change from the earlier model. It has the same leaf-shaped taillight cluster and the name Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 engraved in chrome on either side of the boot lid.
This is a simple designed hatchback with very basic comfort features for the riders. The seats of this car have decent cushioning and come with adequate backrest. At the front, you will find that all the elements present in this hatchback does the job for which they are designed very efficiently. If you are a tall person who wishes to travel in this car sitting in the back seat, you will find that the leg space is not adequate. Other than that, this car is excellent for an intercity drive.
As the name of this car suggests, Maruti Suzuki Alto eight hundred is blessed with an 800 cc engine or more precisely a 796 cc petrol motor. This engine is highly efficient and it does its job well of taking people from point A to point B. You will not find anything flashy with this engine. It only generates 48 bhp of power and 69 Nm of torque, which enables you to drive at a steady speed of 80 to 90 Kmph without any problem. However, the moment the car touches the 100 Kmph mark; it seems to run out of steam. This hatchback is available in both petrol and CNG option and comes with a five-speed manual gearbox.
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is a very popular hatchback among first-time buyers. If you are interested in this car, then the price range of this hatchback is Rs. 2.7 lakh (approximate) for the base model and Rs. 3.95 lakhs (approximate) for the top end model. If you are looking for alternatives to this car then you can consider Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 and Renault Kwid.