Suzuki Alto Turbo RS

Suzuki Alto Turbo RS Review: “It has an unexpectedly ‘mature’ style, but I’m concerned about its AGS ” by Koichiro Okamoto

We initially thought that it is the comeback of the Alto Works model created several years ago, but it seems that the aim of the automaker is quite different. Rather than creating a stimulating impact, they are more conscious about the quality of its driving feel. The overall advancement of its maneuverability, such as the engine performance and handling, has been plotted towards the base car that gained a good impression with its casual and candid maneuverability.

With its quite unexpected “mature” style, it is not genuinely a sporty type of model but it was wrapped up as a car that lets you enjoy driving. This means that it has a characteristic that is closely similar to the RS equipped in the Swift; thus we can conclude that this is the reason why this car was named as RS and not as the Works.

However, I am concerned about its AGS. I felt that this kind of setting would be enough if the base car was made to match the general preference, but it is totally different in an RS based car. I feel worried when it loses its power and it makes me feel stressed when I cannot control the gear shifting and install the clutch by myself.

Suzuki has thought about manufacturing a sports car model with only two pedals, but when I drove it, I completely felt that I still prefer driving a standard H-pattern MT with three pedals.

Perhaps, it will be sharper than the RS from now, and even if I felt that this model can be the successor of the Works, I prefer to have it equipped in a 3-pedal MT setting.

â–  5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★
Interior / Comfort: ★★
Power Source: ★★★
Footwork: ★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★★


Koichiro Okamoto | Automotive Journalist

Born in Toyama Prefecture in 1968. Upon graduating from Gakushuin University, he started working as an independent freelance auto journalist after having experienced car news photo works and car magazine editing. He drives his own vehicle, often changing every now and then; he has had 25 different cars. Also, he has been keenly writing reviews about cars in a driver’s point of view, aside from covering recent updates about the wide auto market. He is a member of the Japan Car of the Year Committee.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)