Suzuki Alto VP

Suzuki Alto Van Review: “A sports car-like commercial vehicle” by Naoto Shimazaki

To put it simply, the VP grade is a van registered under the 4-series plate. Since this car was also available for a test drive at the media test drive event, I took it out for a spin.

It has the same engine as those cars bearing the 5-series plate, but it has been tuned differently. The catalog lists its power specification as 49ps/5.9kgm. This engine is mated to a five-speed MT. When I drove it, I felt quite satisfied with its performance. I didn’t feel any stress driving it. The shift and the clutch were better than I had expected too.

The tires are different from the ones outfitted on the 5-series model, but it has the same 145/80R13 75S size. Its steering response, suspension feel, and the ride quality are as good as the 5-series’.

The floor carpets are proprietary, and the latter half of the cabin also becomes a convenient luggage compartment when you tuck away the second row seats. Hence, it felt that the sounds from the outside can be slightly heard more inside the cabin.

Unexpectedly, it was a wonderful car; it’s like a little sports car with its responsive shift and its engine which offer effortless performance. Because of that, I just wish it came with silver wheels instead.

â–  Five Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior/ Interior Comfort: ★★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Foot Work: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★★

Naoto Shimazaki | Automotive Journalist (AJAJ Member)

Born in Tokyo in 1958. He worked at an editing and publishing company for nine years after graduating from university. In 1991, he began working freelance after working as a writer, editor and photographer for magazines and independent publications. Since then, he has continued to expand his activities as a writer for magazines and the web. He approaches cars and journalism from the viewpoint of an everyday user.

(Translated by Katherine N. Bantiles)