Suzuki Alto Pricing and Specs
Arriving in Australia in 2009, the Suzuki Alto started life here as a cute, budget-priced city car, powered by a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder engine. The diminutive (3.5m long) five-door hatch was pitched unashamedly at first new car buyers, and those without a heap of space, or looking to save fuel. A five-speed manual was the price and fuel consumption leader, and a four-speed auto was also available. Even after a 2012 model upgrade the Alto remained small with rear room a definite squeeze, the model departing local showrooms in early 2015, replaced by the Ignis the following year.
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Suzuki Alto FAQs
Check out real-world situations relating to the Suzuki Alto here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.
Safe in the city
IF YOU want to update to a smaller, safer and more efficient car, look at a VW Polo diesel. It'll be more economical than your current car. It will also be safer and give you a good 10 years of service.Show more
Is it possible to 'plug and play' ECUs in a 2011 Suzuki Alto?
The description `plug and play’ is used to describe a replacement ECU which is designed to simply plug into the car and immediately offer full functionality without requiring additional coding or set-up. That’s why they include things such as ignition keys and sensors; it’s to avoid having to code your existing components to the new ECU. You simply replace the lot and – hopefully – turn the key and enjoy.
So, yes, it’s possible, but you need to make sure you’re getting every component necessary for the swap and that the unit is correct for your car in every detail. The are detail differences between the ECU for a car with an automatic transmission and the same car with a manual, for instance. And always buy from a known source so you can get tech support if it doesn’t all go exactly to plan. Buying from an online clearing house is unlikely to provide the same level of after-sales service.Show more
Best second-hand city runaround?
I wouldn't consider any of the European brands, they're too expensive and cost too much to run. That rules out the Up. Asian brands, particularly the better-known and well-respected Japanese brands are a much better bet, which rules in the Echo. The Asian brands tend to be more reliable and cost much less to run. Another to look at in your situation is the Suzuki Alto.Show more