Suzuki Alto S

Suzuki Alto Review: “Its utility and fuel economy are its hidden appeal” by Naoto Shimazaki

The new Alto S is the grade next to the luxury grade X. The fuel economy on its catalog is listed as 37.0km/liter just like the X, making it not subject to automobile acquisition tax and automobile weight tax.

However, there’s a big difference when it comes to the tire size; the S grade is outfitted with 13-inch tires, while the X with 15-inch aluminum wheels. Its ride comfort is closer to the F grade, also outfitted with 13-inch tires. The suspension is smooth, offering comfort and excellent ride quality. Although it does not have front and rear stabilizers, you will not be dissatisfied with its cornering stability.

The vehicle weighs 650kg, the same weight as the X grade. Its power performance is also good because of the continuously variable transmission.

The car I test drove was mounted with radar brake support. The Alto S comes standard with useful equipment such as a driver’s seat lifter, a full UV cut glass, and a rear seat headrest. Although its interior does not feature the silver decorative accessories found on the X, the S’ interior is still satisfactory because it puts emphasis on functionality and utility.

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)