Suzuki Alto Turbo RS

Suzuki Alto Turbo RS Review: “An excellent gas mileage you can actually perceive” by Naoto Shimazaki

As the Alto was test driven in Hakone, we were only allowed to test drive it in a limited area, so frankly, there were some parts about it that I was not satisfied. Therefore, another unit from the same model had a second test driving in the metropolitan and usual urban areas. I was able to see another aspect of the vehicle because of that.

I was “convinced” about its steering feel during the second test driving. It felt natural when I turned its steering wheel, and I was also able to feel the stability in its overall response, even during the test drive in the winding road of Hakone. I saw the difference in terms of the feel of its power steering control, but it remains unclear whether this varies depending on the unit used or your familiarity with its suspension. Nevertheless, I’ve already settled on my impression that I can freely enjoy running with a fast speed with this type of vehicle.

Compared to the Honda S660, you will feel more pleasant driving this car as you raise its engine rotation. It by far reduces the time for shifting gears, and it has a lesser shock compared to the first generation model of the Fiat 500 which has an Auto Shift Gearbox (ASG). However, if you shift gears manually, you can drive it with a more amazing engine output.

As for its fuel consumption, you can drive it with an output of 19.9km/liter (full tank), within downtown or including highways, in over a 200km distance. This is excellent because it enables driving on winding roads as well. By the way, it runs similarly with the same output, 26.2km/liter, as the standard X model. Although it does not exceed the numerical value of the JC08 mode fuel consumption indicated in the catalog, both cars surely have the most satisfactory actual fuel consumption you can use in your everyday life.

â–  5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior / Comfort: ★★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★★
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 Claire Marie Sausora)