Suzuki Alto F

Suzuki Alto Review: “The auto gear shift that has a balance similar to European compact cars” by Naoto Shimazaki

The auto gear shift (AGS) was first mounted on the Suzuki Carry kei truck. The AGS will now be mounted to the new Alto, and that shouldn’t be overlooked.

When I test drove the car mounted with the AGS, I was impressed with its smooth performance. The AGS’ performance didn’t feel lacking no matter what driving condition it was, whether shifting gears, starting, stopping, accelerating or decelerating the car. In fact, you wouldn’t be conscious about it.

It does not take extra engine load because of its surprisingly ultra-light body. It also offered a smooth shifting of gears when in manual mode. The auto shift mechanisms like the actuator, the program, and everything inside it were meticulously designed to offer a good balance.

Many models have been mounted with a single clutch with two pedals (auto shift) before. However, none of those cars gave me as good an impression as this from the get-go. That shows how excellent this car is.

The F grade outfitted with 13-inch tires also runs smoothly. Although it is lightweight, the tires offered a smooth ride with less noticeable jarring impacts thanks to its strongly built body. Its throttle response and performance are similar to a European basic compact car.

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)