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Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Saurav Kumar - Senior Editor Mar 31 2020 Share this blog

It was in the year 2000 that the popular Maruti Suzuki brand introduced Alto in the Indian Market. The car became an overnight sensation and held its position for the most sold car for 8 years. With sales dwindling and the Alto facing some heat from the newcomers, Maruti updated the Alto in the year 2012 and named it Alto 800. It was an old and simple formula, taking the dated Alto platform, reworking on the same dated platform and voila, the Alto 800 was born. Being the bread and butter model for Maruti Suzuki, the company has given constant updates to this cute little hatch, to make it look relevant in front of the new competitors. The Alto 800 is still consistently selling strong and demand shows no signs of waning any time soon.

Blue colour all-new Maruti Suzuki Alto 800


The 2020 Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 received an update in March, which gave it a new front bumper, better safety tech, and more equipment on higher variants. All variants are powered by a familiar 796 cc engine This engine is now BS6 compliant and boasts of good performance and fuel economy by segment standards. Prices kick off at Rs. 2.88 lakh for the base variant and go all the way up to Rs. 4.09 lakhs for the top end Lxi(o) CNG variant.

The Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 might not be the most feature-rich vehicle in its segment, but that hasn’t stopped buyers from flocking to showrooms to get themselves one. The biggest USP of this car remains it's easy to drive nature and tremendous after-sales backing of Maruti Suzuki - a sure shot formula to make it a crowd favourite in India. The car competes with some popular cars in the segment like Renault Kwid and Datsun Redi-Go.

What will impress you:

  • Easy to drive nature

  • Refined and efficient engine

  • Powerful AC

  • Decent music system

  • Strong after-sales support

What Won’t:

  • Sparsely equipped when compared to rivals

  • Not enough space for tall passengers and drivers

  • Poor safety rating

  • Unstable driving dynamics at higher speeds

  • No touchscreen system

What’s New in the 2020 Maruti Suzuki Alto 800?

For the 2020 model year, the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 gets a complete refresh and receives the following changes:

  • Driver side airbag is standard with  base variant and higher variants get dual airbags

  • ABS, EBD, rear parking sensors, a speed alert system and a seatbelt reminder for the front seats now available as standard

  • A new dual-tone dashboard along with a new steering wheel borrowed from a bit pricier Alto K10

  • A new music system with AUX and USB connectivity which is offered as standard from the base variant

  • Bluetooth is added on the top Vxi variant

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 BS6 Offers and Scheme (March 2020 Discount Offers)

Model
Discount Offer
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800
Rs. 30,000 Cash + 15K Exchange + Rs 3000 Corporate Discount

*Consumer Offer is available on Select Maruti Suzuki Arena Models in Delhi, NCR 

2020 Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Variants and Features

There are a total of 7 variants offered in the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800. The Alto 800’s variant distribution includes two different fuel setups which include a regular petrol option and a CNG-petrol dual fuel option. The range comprises of the Std, the Std(o), the Lxi, the Lxi(o), the Vxi, the Lxi CNG and the Lxi(o) CNG.

Trim

Std

Std(o)

Lxi

Lxi(o)

Vxi

Petrol Price (Ex-Delhi) in INR

2,88,000

2,92,000

3,45,000

3,49,000

3,66,000

CNG Price(Ex-Delhi) in INR

N/A

N/A

4,05,000

4,09,000

N/A

Features 


Analogue Instrument cluster

Adds over Std:

Adds over Std:

Adds over Lxi:

Adds over Lxi(o):

Dual-tone interiors

Passenger airbag

Rear door child lock

Passenger airbag

Central locking with remote locking

Vinyl seats


Body-coloured bumpers


Internally adjustable ORVM

Driver airbag


Wheel covers


Bluetooth connectivity

ABS with EBD


Fabric seats



Reverse parking sensors


Fixed rear headrests



Driver and co-driver seatbelt reminder


Air conditioner




Music system with AUX and USB


Power steering






Front power windows



We Recommend

The Lxi(o) variant priced at Rs. 3,49,000 for the petrol engine and Rs. 4,09,000 for the CNG-petrol engine is the most value for money variant in the Alto 800 lineup. This variant also covers most essentials like an air conditioner, power steering, and front power windows, along with all the safety features on offer, which makes it a very desirable vehicle at its price point. However, we believe the passenger airbag should have been offered as standard on all variants.

2020 Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Engine and Performance

Powering the Alto 800 is a 796 cc powerplant which has been in production since the first Maruti 800 in the 80's. The engine recently received its BS6 certification and produces 47.3 bhp of power and 69 Nm of torque. Opting for the CNG fuel option knocks down the power and torque figures to 38 bhp and 59 Nm. A five-speed manual transmission is a sole option available across all variants and fuel types.

BS6 compliant 796 cc Alto 800 engine bay


Maruti’s 796 cc engine has come a long way in terms of refinement since the engine is very silent at idle and barely makes any noise at city speeds. However, loading up the Alto 800 with luggage and passengers definitely strains the motor and makes it feel like its gasping for power. The Alto 800 is also not made for the highways since it struggles to keep up with other vehicles on the highway.

Models

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

Renault Kwid 0.8

Datsun Redi-Go 0.8

Price (Ex-Delhi)  in INR

Rs. 2.88 Lakhs

Rs. 2.83 Lakhs

Rs. 2.8 Lakhs

Engine

796 cc

799 cc SCe engine

799 cc SCe engine

Transmission

5 Speed Manual

5 Speed Manual

5 Speed Manual

Power (bhp)

47.3bhp@6000rpm

53.3bhp@5678rpm

53.3bhp@5678rpm

Torque(N-m)

69Nm@3500rpm

72Nm@4386rpm

72Nm@4386rpm

How well does the new Alto accelerate?

Maruti Suzuki has tuned the Alto 800 for maximum efficiency and it shows the way the 800 accelerates. Acceleration is mostly linear and tapers off as the revs keep climbing. This makes the Alto 800 a quite slow vehicle to drive. 

Models

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

Renault Kwid 0.8

Datsun Redi-Go 0.8

0-100 KMPH

16 secs

16.14 secs

16.8 secs

Engine

796 cc petrol

799 cc SCe petrol

799 cc SCe petrol

However, even if the Kwid and Redi-Go have better throttle response, the Alto 800 is still the faster car to 100 kmph since the Alto gets shorter gearing and a lighter chassis. This completely outweighs the power and torque advantage the Kwid and Redi-Go have over the Alto 800.

How is the Alto BS6 to ride across city?

Along with being a fuel-efficient city car, the Alto 800 manages to surprise everyone by being the most well-sorted vehicle in its segment, in terms of handling. The Alto 800 dives into corners with only a slight complaint from the economy-biased tires and leaves corners with only slight body roll. However, by segment standards, this is one of the better cars to drive around corners. 

Blue colour Maruti Suzuki Alto cornering


The steering also provides decent feedback. The Alto 800 does lose composure at higher speeds however, especially on highways. But, within city limits, the Alto 800’s suspension soaks all the bumps and road undulations with ease. That said, the harshest bumps do filter into the cabin.

Are the brakes strong enough?

The Alto 800 gets ABS and EBD as standard for the 2019 model year, which makes it a much safer car when compared to the older car. However, the Alto 800’s brakes feel wooden and take too long to bring the vehicle to a halt. The brake pedal action also feels too springy and needs some getting used to. 

12-inch tubeless tyres of Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

The 145/80 R12 (Tubeless Tyres) offer good support to the new Alto hatch. The car is made for city commuters who want to have a get-go car with compact size and deliver ease-to-ride in the city.

Model

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Std.

Renault Kwid Std.

Datsun Redi-Go Std.

Front Brakes

Disc

Disc

Disc

Rear Brakes

Drum

Drum

Drum

Curb Weight (kg)

757

705

678

Competitors like the Renault Kwid and the Datsun Redi-Go offer a much more progressive feel in terms of braking and stopping power. They’re also able to stop within a much shorter distance and the calibration of the ABS unit on the Alto 800 feels like it needs an urgent update.

How much mileage does the Alto's engine return?

All the cars in this segment produce nearly the same power and torque. However, that’s where the differences end, since each of them have different efficiency figures and tank sizes. The Renault Kwid is the most efficient of the bunch, but its low tank capacity gives it a near 100 km range disadvantage when compared to the Alto 800. The Datsun Redi-Go gets a similar efficiency figure when compared to the Alto, but it loses out in terms of range thanks to the small fuel tank on offer.

Model

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

Renault Kwid 0.8

Datsun Redi-Go

Mileage (Kmpl)

23

25.17

23

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

35

28

28

Range (Km)

805

705

644

Thus, the Renault Kwid might be the most efficient of the bunch, but it’ll make you stop at fuel pumps more frequently than the Alto 800. The Redi-Go gets the least range and efficiency of the bunch and is definitely best only for city use, thanks to its limited range. The Alto 800 gets an impressive 805-kilometres range, which has made it quite a popular choice among cab drivers.

2020 Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Exterior Details

Is the updated Alto 800 still attractive and cool?

The 2020 Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 gets a refreshed face that gets a new bumper and a new air dam in front. The fenders are also new and stretch across the front of the face. The rest of the Alto 800 retains the old design that’s been in use since 2012, which includes the same doors, the same taillights, and the same overall shape. The Alto 800’s distinct and quirky styling is retained and while Maruti claims the structure has been updated to comply with the new BNVSAP, however, we don’t think it’s been changed much.

Red colour new Alto 800 with fresh new air dam and bumper


The Alto 800 gets puny 13-inch wheels as standard which look a size small on the car. This makes the Alto 800 look under-tired, although we understand this has been done in the interest of efficiency and costs. The Alto also gets basic mirrors on all but the top variant, which makes the lower variants look outright cheap.

Model

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Std

Renault Kwid 0.8 Std.

Datsun Redi-Go 0.8 Std.

Curb weight (kg)

757

705

678

Length(mm)

3445

3731

3429

Width(mm)

1490

1579

1560

Height(mm)

1475

1474

1541

Ground clearance (mm)

160

184

185

Wheelbase (mm)

2360

2422

2348

Overall, the Alto 800’s limited dimensions make it very easy to drive in the city and also quite easy to park in tight parking spots. However, this does take a toll on the interior space on offer, which is quite limited and definitely not suitable for taller passengers or drivers.

Exterior Features

  • A new bumper with a larger air dam

  • Slots for installing aftermarket DRLs

  • Tweaked headlights

  • Turn indicator on side fender

  • Bright new colours available across the range

  • Body side mouldings to protect the body from scratches

2020 Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Interior Details

Is the seating configuration of Alto 800 comfortable?

The 2020 Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 retains the older seating configuration that was available on the outgoing model. While the Alto 800 is advertised as a five-seater, the middle rear seat is extremely cramped and there’s no space for a third adult in the rear bench. The two rear seats offer a decent amount of legroom for average-sized passengers, but taller passengers are going to be extremely uncomfortable here since the amount of headroom and shoulder room on offer is very limited. There’s also no rear headrest (not even a fixed one) offered as standard, which might increase the chances of a whiplash injury during accidents.

Front seats of Maruti Auzuki 800


The front seats are slightly more spacious than the rear bench, but there’s still inadequate room for taller passengers. The only adjustment the seat gets is a sliding function, which might open up some legroom, but that’s at the expense of the rear seat legroom which becomes nearly non-existent on pushing the seat to its farthest setting. The driver seat also doesn’t get height adjust or steering wheel height adjust, which makes it difficult for taller drivers to fit their legs in the footwell. 

2020 Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Seating all rows


But, on the flip side, the Alto 800’s seat cushioning is very soft and comfortable, without being unnecessarily firm like some of its competitors. Overall, the Alto 800 makes more sense for a group of four average-sized adults, which is good enough for the class.

Does the Maruti Suzuki Alto offer any Infotainment system?

The Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is a very basic vehicle and is very under-equipped when compared to other vehicles in this segment. While the Alto 800 does get a standard music system, it is very basic and can only play music and standard radio. It gets a small monochrome display that displays the radio station or the song playing. 

Dashboard with music system installed inside Alto 800

The Auxiliary port on offer gets a docking connect system which allows the driver to use his smartphone as the navigation device. Some vehicles in this segment offer a touchscreen and the Alto’s underwhelming system feels a generation old and disappoints on the whole. Here's a list of other features of the installed music system:

  • A monochrome display with orange backlighting

  • One USB and AUX port

  • Two speakers

  • Bluetooth (only available on the Vxi variant)

  • Music player and standard radio tuner

Interior Features

  • Standard air-conditioning on higher variants
  • A standard music system with AUX, USB and Bluetooth (optional)
  • Standard central locking on higher variants
  •  A spacious glovebox
  • Storage space between the seats and in the door pads
  • Speedometer with a trip computer and rev counter on higher variants

Is the boot space enough to carry groceries on weekend?

Most cars in this segment are only meant to be city cars that can ferry people from one point to another and while the Alto delivers on that front, it’s not very capable when it comes to cargo carrying. While the Alto 800 does get a boot, it’s very small and lacks any kind of useful features to enhance the boot’s storage capabilities.

177 litres of boot space in Alto 800

 There’s also a high loading lip, which makes it even more difficult to load up the boot. Opting for the CNG variant makes the boot completely unusable since the CNG cylinder takes up the entire boot space.

Model

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

Renault Kwid 0.8

Datsun Redi-Go 0.8

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (Litres)

177

300

222

The Alto 800 is definitely not meant to carry cargo and its diminutive size makes it quite clear. Occasional shopping runs are where the Alto 800 draws the line in terms of cargo capacity.

2020 Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Safety and Reliability

While most automotive manufacturers in India were focusing on fuel-efficient vehicles, safety was kept on the back burner until Global NCAP started testing Indian vehicles under the ‘Safety for All’ program. This program exposed how unsafe Indian vehicles were. The Alto 800 was tested in 2014 and it scored a catastrophic zero-star rating since its body structure crumpled under the impact. The 2020 Alto 800 uses a body shell which is very similar to the model being sold in 2014. There’s been a significant reduction of weight of the Alto 800 since then, so its highly likely Maruti hasn’t made any changes. The 2020 model is yet to be tested by Global NCAP. 

Front airbags on Maruti Suzuki Alto 800


The car does get standard safety features such as a driver airbag, ABS with EBD, a seatbelt reminder for driver and co-passenger and reverse parking sensors, along with an optional passenger airbag on all variants, but these features won’t be able to save lives if the body structure cannot hold up. As standard, the Alto 800 gets a 2 year/40000 km warranty which can be extended up to 5 years by buying the extended warranty package.

2020 Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Head-to-Head Competition Check

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 vs Renault Kwid

The Alto 800 was the one to kick start the segment, but the Renault Kwid stole the limelight once it was launched. The Renault Kwid offered a touchscreen system, a digital speedometer, a massive boot, and very spacious interiors at a price much lower than the Alto 800. This product really shook the Alto 800’s strong grip over the market and for some time, the Renault Kwid actually did really well.

Renault Kwid in action


The Renault Kwid recently received a facelift and now looks like a much more expensive vehicle than it is, even in its base variant. It still gets a massive boot, roomy interiors and a much improved 8-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There’s also a new digital instrument cluster which looks much better than what’s on offer in the Alto 800. The Alto 800 is fairly basic but gets a longer range and a better after-sales experience. However, the standard four-year warranty available with the Kwid is a much better deal, since it’ll give you much more peace of mind than the Alto’s regular 2-year warranty.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 vs Datsun Redi-Go 

The Datsun Redi-Go is based on the same platform as the Renault Kwid, but that’s where the similarities end. The Datsun’s body follows a tall-boy style and it gets more vertical room, which makes it perfect for tall passengers. The Datsun isn’t as loaded as the Kwid, but it's driving dynamics are much well-sorted when compared to the Kwid. However, it can’t live up to the standards set by the Alto 800, which feels like a much better vehicle to drive.

Red colour Datsun Redi-Go
The Datsun’s cabin also has a lot of obvious cost-cutting signs, like the exposed door panels near the door pads. The Datsun gets a docking system which is similar to what the Alto 800 gets for its infotainment system. However, the Datsun gets a standard best-in-class 5year/unlimited kilometres warranty, which gives one ultimate peace of mind over the duration of owning the vehicle.   

Final Verdict for the 2020 Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

Maruti’s best-seller, the Alto 800 has been able to get better with age and when compared to the 2013 model, feels much more well equipped. Sure, the base variant doesn’t even get an air-conditioner, but that’s pretty much standard fare in this segment. The Alto 800 makes for a great city car and can be used on a daily basis without any issues. However, if you’re taller than the average person in India and want a real value for money vehicle with a decent assortment of features, we’d suggest going for the Renault Kwid since it combines practicality and a decent feature list with peace of mind, which is a very rare combination in this segment.

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