Maruti Alto 800 Expert Review

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Introduction

Pros
  • Maruti’s wide sales and service network: Maruti Suzuki's extensive sales and service network makes servicing and owning the car a hassle-free experience.
  • Passenger airbag is now optional on all variants: While the 2019 Alto gets a driver airbag as standard, it can now be had with an optional front co-passenger airbag across all variants as well. Two airbags at the front reduces the chances of injury to both front occupants. CarDekho recommends all buyers to opt for variants with dual front airbags.
Cons
  • No touchscreen infotainment system: While the Alto gets an integrated music system with USB, Bluetooth and mobile dock functionality, it still doesn’t get a touchscreen infotainment system with advanced connectivity options like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
  • No automatic transmission: The Alto’s 0.8-litre engine can only be had with a 5-speed manual transmission. AMT adds to the driving convenience, hence Maruti Suzuki should have offered it on the updated Alto.
  • Stripped out base variant: The 2019 Alto’s base variant misses out on essential features like power steering, front power windows and air conditioner.

Stand Out Features

  • Mobile Dock: It transforms your smartphone into an infotainment system by pairing it with the car's audio system. The phone can then be used to make calls, listen to music and navigate as well.
Mobile Dock: It transforms your smartphone into an infotainment system by pairing it with the car

    Mobile Dock: It transforms your smartphone into an infotainment system by pairing it with the car's audio system. The phone can then be used to make calls, listen to music and navigate as well.

    Mobile Dock: It transforms your smartphone into an infotainment system by pairing it with the car
  • Dual front airbags: Two airbags at the front - one each for the driver and front passenger reduces the chances of injury in a head-on crash. The 2019 Alto is the only car in the entry-level space that can be bought with dual front airbags, that too in all variants.
Dual front airbags: Two airbags at the front - one each for the driver and front passenger reduces the chances of injury in a head-on crash. The 2019 Alto is the only car in the entry-level space that

    Dual front airbags: Two airbags at the front - one each for the driver and front passenger reduces the chances of injury in a head-on crash. The 2019 Alto is the only car in the entry-level space that can be bought with dual front airbags, that too in all variants.

    Dual front airbags: Two airbags at the front - one each for the driver and front passenger reduces the chances of injury in a head-on crash. The 2019 Alto is the only car in the entry-level space that
  • Remote keyless entry: Makes it easy to open/close the car from a distance without using the keys.

    Remote keyless entry: Makes it easy to open/close the car from a distance without using the keys.

CarDekho Verdict

Maruti Suzuki has taken the lead when it comes to introducing a BS 6 engine in the entry-level hatchback space, but it’s the updated cosmetics and addition of now-mandatory safety features that make the Alto a more convincing package than before despite the increase in price.

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