Suzuki Alto Lapin X

Suzuki Alto Lapin Review: “Its therapeutic feeling isn’t gender specific” by Naoto Shimazaki

Is it a women edition vehicle? Are men forbidden to use it? Such queries do not really matter with its reputation. There’s really no problem when men drive it; this applies to the Mini and the Fiat as well (if it is pink, just pretend that it’s your wife’s or daughter’s car). It is a compact car that has a pleasant feeling.

They made its unique body smaller to make it light (front and rear body, roof and door end). The door glass was also placed delicately. On top of that, the body shape is rounded square. Thus, it does not have that paper craft feel and more than its light weight, it is built with a gentle appearance. The application of the parting line is actually simple and clean.

The seat upholstery material, color schemes, and the round deckle-edge craft in the interior have a certain mature feel. The highlighted instrument panel certainly looks like a living room counter of a house. Furthermore, it is provided with an exclusive seat cover, floor mats, and accessories in accordance to its theme. Selecting based on your preference would seem fun.

Its running performance is set appropriately along with its character. It has a three-cylinder engine that achieved 35.6km/liter fuel efficiency combined with CVT. Although its idling stop is rather ineffective, it works subtly when you drive it normally. Its riding feel is calm. The steering had an exclusive tuning. I felt that the steering ratio is somewhat low when parking it in the garage while the force is moderate. Then again, was I too preoccupied trying all its functions?

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

Naoto Shimazaki | Automotive Journalist

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 Natassia Jeronne D. Martinez)