Suzuki Alto Lapin

Suzuki Alto Lapin Review: “Its style is more comfortable and pleasant than the Alto” by Yoichi Moroboshi

Suzuki launched the third generation Alto Lapin and conducted a test driving activity. Aside from being an addition to a new generation of models, the Lapin is also oriented for women.

Before I boarded the car, I carefully observed its structure. It’s styled with a rounded square form, thus making it look warm and gentle. When you think about it, it has a shape that is faithful to the car’s foundation. There is a great efficiency in its packaging, which makes it seem like an old European compact car. Its round headlights and rear combination lamps suit this car’s character well. When you think about it, people would generally like this style. It is a natural.

Its front door that can be opened wide makes it easier for a big man like me to get on it. Its doors also have three styles of notches which contain two intermediate stop mechanisms, so even if you cannot fully open them, you can still use them hassle-free in a crowded parking area. Its seemingly tight driver seat is surprisingly good for a big guy like me. The cockpit area doesn’t feel narrow, thus you can be in your natural driving position.

It is equipped with a naturally aspirated three-cylinder engine that produces 52hp. Through its official name Alto Lapin, one easily understands that the Lapin is a car derived from the Alto. Its legroom shares the same basic components as the Alto, which had a full model change a few days ago. And when I drove this car, I felt that it has a more comfortable setting compared to the Alto. The Alto has a somewhat prompt movement and its movement according to its steering operation is sharp.

On the other hand, the Lapin creates a moderate delay in its various movements. It has a superb movement based on its steering operation. The car responds quickly to the steering input so its motion felt comfortable. In other words, there’s no lag between the steering and response. That is because the car actually starts to respond in advance. However, its response is mild thanks to its steady attenuation. Its enforcement of a comfortable handling, without making me feel uneasy, interests me.

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

Yoichi Moroboshi | Automotive Journalist
He became a freelance journalist at 23 years old after working as an editor for an automotive magazine. He has competed in races like the Fuji Freshman series in his late 20s for seven years. He does motorsports photography and works as a photojournalist. His hobby is cooking.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)