In this review...
- Engine & Performance
1. Suzuki Alto 2018 Philippines: Introduction
As soon as the Suzuki Alto 800 was launched, Suzuki gave it a clear target market. And we like this. Decidedly, the Alto is for budget-conscious car hunters. It’s no more than a basic means of transportation. So, if you’re also seeking for a car for the money, this Suzuki Alto 2018 Philippines review will definitely help. Let’s find out.
The Suzuki Alto is for budget-conscious car hunters
Suzuki Alto feat. The Soshal Network
2. Suzuki Alto 2018 Philippines: Exterior
Over nearly a decade since the Suzuki Alto 2010 for sale came out, the car has gone through several upgrades, starting with the exterior. The Suzuki Alto 2018 model features a simple look with upright windows and flat panels. Even, the bumpers are not painted. Perhaps only larger central air intake and upswept headlamps belong to the modern age.
The 2018 Alto features a simple look with upright windows and flat panels
The rest of things, meanwhile, are of a four-wheeler from the ‘90s.
Even, the bumpers are not painted
Perhaps only larger central air intake and upswept headlamps belong to the modern age
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3. Suzuki Alto 2018 Philippines: Interior
Flinging the door open and you will be greeted by a “clack” sound that normally comes from old-school models, then by a slightly-modernized dashboard. Round air vents are latter-day parts but other equipment of the Suzuki Alto 2018 interior is pure 90’s.
Round air vents are latter-day parts but other equipment of the Suzuki Alto 2018 interior is pure 90’s
Item by item, the anolog gauges are sparse and just display basic info like speed, fuel level and temperature. No cup holders. No power windows. Thankfully, a decent-sized glove box and door pockets are on tap to store little stuff. There is also a radio to keep you entertained, along with a USB and an auxiliary port.
Regarding space, elbow- and legroom is not abundant to park heftier passengers
With such a simple cabin, ergonomics are very straightforward with dials and buttons put in right places.
Regarding space, elbow- and legroom is not abundant to park heftier passengers. Frankly, the interior design accuses itself of its age. Though refreshed door cards are thicker, they accidentally eat up the already-sparse shoulder and elbow room. Thence, if you want to sit comfortably four people in such tiny cabin, do not let a taller one perch on the front seat.
If you want to go out of town, just bring little things with you
If you want (dare, to be exact) to go out of town, just bring little things with you. Trust us.
4. Suzuki Alto 2018 Philippines: Engine & Performance
Do you know why this hatch is put an “800” tag on its name? It’s simply because the car is equipped with an 800cc engine. With a single overhead camshaft design and 12 valves, this mill can push out 68 Nm of torque and 47 PS from its 3-cylinder motor. There is no automatic transmission at all, so a 5-speed manual is the only option. With such figures, just regard it as a present-day Mitsubishi Minica.
The Suzuki Alto 2018 is equipped with an 800cc engine
When it comes to ride and handling, the outdated suspension and narrow wheels and tires give the Alto some amusing driving characteristics. The nose dive markedly under moderate braking and making U-turn with a bit of buoyancy is met with lots of body pitch. For the most part, reaching a dynamic drive with this Alto may be too far but it doesn’t matter since performance is not its main purpose.
In aspect of comfort, it’s to what you look forward in a tiny hatch. In general, being away on short trips are better than long ones. It’s is a small size that makes the Alto 800 suitable for daily drive. Interestingly, it fells robust when getting around town to some extent. A short wheelbase heads towards a choppy ride at low speeds yet it can even take in road imperfections when challenging bumpy terrains. At higher speeds, the out-of-date rear suspension helps the car get a floaty ride without load at the back. Better still, there is no rattle even when it moves through dirty paths.
In the matter of fuel consumption, the Suzuki Alto 2018 model is truly not a gas guzzler.
In a nutshell, the 2018 Alto is not so brilliant, yet it’s a great city car featuring excellent visibility, light steering, good shifter and clutch.
5. Suzuki Alto 2018 Price in the Philippines
The Alto 2018 can be had for P398,000. The Deluxe version only costs you another P47,000. With this price tag, the Alto is among the cheapest brand-new models in the Philippine market today.
|Model||2017 SRP||2018 SRP||Difference|
|Suzuki Alto 800 Standard||P398,000||P398,000||0|
|Suzuki Alto 800 Deluxe||P429,000||P445,000||P16,000|
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6. Suzuki Alto 2018 Specs in the Philippines
|Over length||3,395 mm|
|Over Width||1,490 mm|
|Over Height||1,475 mm|
|Front Tread||1,295 mm|
|Rear Tread||1,290 mm|
|Minimum Turning Radius||4.6 m|
|Minumum Ground Clearance||160 mm|
|Engine & Transmission|
|Number of Cylinders||3|
|Number of Valves||SOHC 12V|
|Displacement||796 cc (0.8L)|
|Max Output||47 hp @ 6,200 rpm|
|Max Torque||68 Nm @ 3,500 rpm|
|Transmission Type||5-Speed Manual|
|Steering||Rack & Pinion w/ EPS|
|Front Brakes||Solid Disc|
|Rear Brakes||Leading & Trailing Drum|
|Front Suspension||MacPherson Strut w/ Coil Spring|
|Rear Suspension||3-Link Rigid Axle w/ Coil Spring|
|Tires||145 / 70R13|
|Wheel||Steel Rims||Steel Rims w/ Full Cap|
|Spare Tire||Steel Rim|
|Fuel Tank||35 L|
|Curb Weight||725 - 745 kg|
|Gross Weight||1,185 kg|
|Seatbelts||3-point ELR x 4|
|w/ Pre-tensioner, Force Limiter & Height Adjuster||NA|
|Childproof Rear Door Locks||Standard|
|Side Impact Beams||Standard|
|Power Windows||NA||Front Only|
|Power Door Locks||NA||Standard|
|Power Side Mirrors||NA|
|Audio System||1 - DIN|
|Steering Wheel Integrated Audio Controls||NA|
|Information Display Integrated into Meter Cluster||Standard|
|Fuel Consumption Gauge||NA|
|Light Off Reminder Alarm||NA|
|Key Left Reminder Alarm||NA|
|Driver's Seatbelt Reminder Lamp||NA|
7. Suzuki Alto 2018 Philippines: Verdict
By and large, although the Suzuki Alto 2018 Philippines lacks too many features of a modern vehicle, it successfully fulfill its job as a daily car to get you from point A to B. More than that, it’s protective enough to keep you safe in every ride thanks to 3-point seatbelts, immobilizer and side impact beams. Finally, think of its price and put it on your wish list today.
The Suzuki Alto successfully fulfill its job as a daily car to get you from point A to B