Suzuki Alto 1.0 SZ 5dr Hatchback (2013) available from Bolton Motor Park Abarth, Fiat and Mazda

This vehicle is currently in stock at Warrington Motors Fiat, Peugeot and Vauxhall and can be purchased from Bolton Motor Park Abarth, Fiat and Mazda.

01204 910 361

£3,500

WAS £4,000, SAVE £500

This lovely Suzuki Alto comes with Central locking, ABS, Steel wheels, Cloth seat trim, Front electric windows, Isofix child seat anchor points, Space saver spare wheel and more. If you like simple cars, you should definitely test drive this one. See you at Warrington Motors.

04/12/2013

54541

Manual

Petrol

GREY


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Body Glass

2 speed wipers+intermittent wipe, Electric front windows + drivers one touch, Green tinted glass, Rear Demister, Rear wiper with interval delay

Brakes

ABS, brake assist and EBD

Driver Aids

Power Steering

Driver Convenience

Remote fuel cap release, Remote tailgate release

Driver Information

Digital clock, Door ajar warning lamp, Fuel consumption indicator, Lights on warning, Outside temperature display, Trip computer

Entertainment

2 speakers, Radio/CD + MP3

Exterior Body Features

Black finish on B pillars, Body colour bumpers

Exterior Lights

Headlamp levelling

Interior Features

12V Accessory socket, 2 bag hooks in luggage compartment, 2 cupholders, 3 spoke steering wheel, Bottle holders, Cloth door trim, Cloth upholstery, Dashboard storage, Front and rear door pockets, Front passenger assist grip, Luggage cover, Rear assist grips with coat hook, Silver garnish shift knob, Silver interior door handles, Tilt adjustable steering wheel

Interior Lights

Front map light, Luggage area lamp

Safety

3 point ELR front seatbelts with pretensioners, Childproof rear door locks, Driver and passenger airbags, Front passenger airbag deactivation, Height adj front seatbelts/belt force limiters, Seatbelt warning lamp and buzzer

Seats

2x rear seatbelt with ELR and lap belt, Bench folding rear seat, Child seat anchorage points, Front head restraints, Isofix child seat preparation, Passenger seat back pocket, Passenger seat side pocket, Rear head restraints

Security

Central locking, Deadlocks, Freewheeling lock cylinders, Immobiliser, Key in reminder

Vanity Mirrors

Driver/passenger sunvisors with ticket holders + vanity mirrors

Wheels

14" steel wheels

Wheels - Spare

Space saver spare wheel

General

Badge Engine CC: 1.0
Badge Power: 68
Based On ID: N
Coin Description: N
Coin Series: SZ
Generation Mark: 7
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 4E
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: N
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 55
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 46
NCAP Front/Side Impact - Discontinued February 09: 9
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 3
NCAP Pedestrian - Discontinued February 09: 9
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 35
NCAP Safety Assist %: 29
Service Interval Mileage: 10000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km): 99
HC+NOx: N
Particles: N
Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 5

Engine and Drive Train

Catalytic Convertor: True
CC: 996
Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
Cylinders: 3
Cylinders - Bore (mm): 73
Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 79.4
Fuel Delivery: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears: 5 SPEED
Number of Valves: 12
Transmission: MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg): 65.7
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
EC Extra Urban (mpg): 74.3
EC Urban (mpg): 54.3

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs): 13.5
Engine Power - BHP: 68
Engine Power - KW: 50
Engine Power - PS: True
Engine Power - RPM: 6000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 66
Engine Torque - MKG: 9
Engine Torque - NM: 90
Engine Torque - RPM: 3400
Top Speed: 96

Tyres

Space Saver?: True
Tyre Size Front: 155/65 R14
Tyre Size Rear: 155/65 R14
Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
Wheel Style: N
Wheel Type: 14" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

Height: 1470
Height (including roof rails): N
Length: 3500
Wheelbase: 2360
Width: 1600
Width (including mirrors): N

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 35
Gross Vehicle Weight: 1250
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 367
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 129
Max. Loading Weight: 365
Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 200
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 100
Minimum Kerbweight: 885
No. of Seats: 4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 9

HIGH MARK (used) 21/08/2015

By Andy Enright

Introduction

One of the perpetual pitfalls in buying a used car is that something will happen that will suddenly render it obsolete. Not utterly unusable, such as petrol no longer being sold, but subtly obsolete; 'people-don't-want-to-buy-it-anymore' obsolete. You see this in the luxury car market, where older designs without sat nav and Bluetooth really don't cut it as modern-feeling vehicles anymore. The same goes for sports cars that can't make decent fuel economy figures - they just seem hopelessly old hat. In contrast to all of that, we have the little citycar under consideration here as a used buy, Suzuki's Alto. It might have been introduced back in 2009, which seems an aeon ago now, but it's retained its relevance. It's cheap and cheerful, and that's enough for most buyers.

Models

5dr citycar (1.0 petrol, [SZ, SZ2, SZ3, SZ4, SZ-L, Play])

History

This seventh-generation Alto landed in British dealerships back in March 2009 and was an instant hit. At launch, it laid claim to being the cleanest five-door petrol car you could buy and it was cheap too. Like many of its predecessors, this design was built in India by Suzuki's partner company Maruti, whose Delhi factory turned out enough Altos to make this model one of the subcontinent's best-selling cars. In many ways, in its light weight, eager handling and simplicity, this was the modern equivalent of the original 1959 Mini. Except of course that in real terms, it cost around half as much as that car did. There are a few milestones in this seventh generation car's history that are worth noting. Suzuki launched a couple of special edition models, the 'SZ-L' in July 2010 and the 'Play' in February 2012. The most significant update to the Alto came a few months later, in April 2012, when the engine was modified to a Dual VVT system. This helped drop emissions below the 100g/km mark, meaning free road tax. At the same time, the Alto got a new design interior colour and fabric trim, new full wheel covers for SZ and SZ3 models and a dipping rear view mirror. 'Glistening Grey' metallic was added to the range at this time as an optional colour. Suzuki kept the price of the Alto manageable and at the end of 2013 were offering the cars VAT free, with prices starting at just £5,999 for the SZ model.

What You Get

In a land where whole families somehow cram into tiny cars, there's not much market for three-door models in this Suzuki's home country of India, so it's no surprise to find the Alto range is five-door-only, with rear seat room being surprisingly generous. Four adults can certainly be seated pretty comfortably, even if they're six foot plus, with plentiful headroom making the interior feel light and airy, despite thick rear C-pillars that could occasionally represent a parking issue. The tiny 3.5-metre length means a necessarily truncated 129-litre boot and the car has quite a high loading lip. Of course, you can extend the capacity if you're only travelling two-up (to 367-litres), though you won't get a split-folding rear seat to access the space unless you choose the plushest version. And the styling? Well, it's a little more individual than previous models with huge teardrop headlights, a large grille and a sharply rising beltline above small 14-inch wheels. Inside, it's not quite as characterful and you'll certainly be aware of how little you spent. Exposed screw heads, rear windows that pop out rather than wind down, the lack of a glovebox and plenty of cheap grey plastics see to that. Still, it all seems pretty well put together and in a funny way, the simplicity is rather refreshing. A big binnacle directly in front of the driver contains a large speedo, with an LCD display beneath it including the fuel gauge; this top of the range model gets a rev counter in a separate dash-top pod. Standard equipment includes twin front and side airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution to maximise their effectiveness, ISOFIX child seat mountings, power steering, remote central locking and electric front windows (though unfortunately, you can't control the front passenger window from the driver's side). Predictably, you have to stretch up to the plusher versions for things like air conditioning, a rev counter, traction control, curtain airbags, alloy wheels, front foglamps, a slip-folding rear seat and ESP stability control. There's a stereo built into the fascia, but it can struggle to make itself heard.

What You Pay

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What to Look For

The Alto is a tough little thing. The cabin feels a bit cheap but everything is reasonably solid and the seat fabrics are hardwearing. It feels like you could set about some of the dash plastics with a cold chisel and the chisel would come off second best. The mechanicals are all tried and tested too. Just make sure you're getting a car that has been well looked after. Look for parking dents and dinged wheels, and insist on a fully stamped up service record.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on an 1.0 SZ3 inc VAT) Spark plugs are £7 a piece, while rear brake pads tot up to £45 per pair and fronts are £55 a set. Expect to pay around £15 for a fuel filter and £9 for an oil filter.

On the Road

There's a little bit of adjustment involved in driving something this small (it's just 3.5 metres in length) and feebly powered (with just 67bhp on tap). But once installed in the rather upright driving position, it's entirely possible to rather enjoy the experience. Like most three cylinder engines, the distinctive thrum of the only 1.0-litre petrol unit on offer will either be seen as noisy or characterful. You're going to have to make up your mind one way or the other because you'll certainly be hearing it quite a bit courtesy of the fact that meaningful forward motion is only really achieved by vigorously working the 5-speed manual gearbox into the upper reaches of the rev range. Performance figures are a bit irrelevant in a car like this but if you're interested, it feels a little faster than the 14-second rest to sixty time would suggest. Maximum speed is an academic 96mph. More relevant is the super-tight turning radius of 4.5m that should be ideal for manoeuvring into tight parking spaces, maximising the urban threadability of this car's narrowness or executing the odd cheeky U-turn. And this indeed is a car that feels nimble enough to respond to quick direction changes, a citycar attribute which can also make it fun on a twisting country road. Though the ride struggles a bit with surface imperfections, there's plenty of grip, body roll is well controlled and the electrical-assisted power steering offers reasonable feedback. Lightness helps, of course; at 885kg the Alto weighs what a modern small car should. Small wonder it's so frugal.

Overall

Although the Suzuki Alto is a cheap car, with few concessions to luxury living, that doesn't mean it's not a high quality vehicle. The likes of Audi and BMW can only look in envy at Suzuki's reliability record, Warranty Direct voting them fourth overall across 36 manufacturers. Their Reliability Index takes into account all factors of a repair including the cost of parts, frequency of failures as well as time off the road and the Alto achieved a Reliability Index score of 8.00 and had only a 10% chance of requiring a warranty repair. That's why it has proven to be in such strong demand by smart used car buyers shopping at the affordable end of the citycar segment. They realise that if you're going to buy a cheap car that's come out of its warranty, it's well worth buying one that's built right in the first instance. It all means that if you're looking for an urban runabout that's not going to let you down, the Alto is one of the very best.

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