Suzuki Alto X

Suzuki Alto Test Drive: Naoto Shimazaki says lightness makes it even more comfortable than expected

I chose the relatively plain-looking Chiffon Ivory Metallic model for the test drive. The lack of plated parts on the exterior brings to mind the Italian compacts you’d see driving around in the 70s and 80s.

The interior is fresh like what you see with the VW up!. The front seat headrests are connected to the seats but this doesn’t cause any posture problems. The backseat seat length is a little short but the cushions make up for it and with the seats positioned slightly high, it offers a great seating position. The interior is more spacious than it appears from outside and the wide door space makes boarding and getting out easy.

The car I test-drove was the X with CVT. What really impressed me was the airiness when driving it. The light body is a huge success and its standard 52ps/6.4kgm engine runs really well. Another good point is the steady footwork. The lightness gives it a more comfortable drive than I imagined and I was surprised at how flat it was.

Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior comfort: ★★★★★
Power source: ★★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★★

Naoto Shimazaki – AJAJ member, automotive journalist

Bio: Naoto Shimazaki was born in Tokyo in 1958. After graduating from college, he worked at an editing company for 9 years. After gaining experience with editing, writing and graphics for magazines and books, he began working freelance in 1991. Since then, he has written for automotive magazines and websites. He calls himself a journalist but test-drives cars and writes his reports from the point of view of a regular driver.

(Translated by Greg Scott)