Suzuki Alto Lapin G

Suzuki Alto Lapin Review: “5AGS delivers an exhilirating and relaxed performance” by Naoto Shimazaki

There was only one unit prepared for the test drive event and that was the G Grade. The exterior is in monotone colors, such as its A pillar and door handles. It also features wheel caps that have a petal motif. Its exterior looks composed and stylish. Either way, I liked this model.

What I like about it is its running performance. The G Grade is the only series’ base model, and is equipped with the 5AGS that operates the clutch automatically. It offers exhilirating, rhythmic, smooth, and relaxed running performance. The gears shifts precisely at the required time, like when cruising from very low speed, or any acceleration or deceleration.

It’s as sophisticated as the latest model of the Fiat 500, which also has two pedals. The catalog lists that the fuel economy of the CVT is 35.6km/l, and true to what’s written, the 5AGS also achieves that; hence, I felt that it is highly efficient and has a reasonable setting. If given the opportunity, I’d like to test the actual fuel economy.

At 650kg, it features the lightest body weight in the series. Nevertheless, it offers satisfactory ride performance, quietness when running, and comfort. It seems that the BS Ecopia EP150 tires has been exlusively tuned for this model because it felt that it offered more comfort and balance during running compared to other cars from other automakers that use the same tires.

There are plenty of exclusive accessories prepared for this model, making it possible to upgrade the equipment and personalize it. It is too unfortunate that there were changes made to the important items like the headlamps (non-discharge) and air conditioning unit (non-Nanoe). For reasons I cannot reveal, I immediately thought that I also want the higher grades to be mounted with 5AGS because of its excellent running performance.

â–  Five Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior/ 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 Katherine N. Bantiles)