Five Reasons to prefer Japanese Suzuki Alto over Daihatsu Mira

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Regardless of the sporty look and aerodynamic shape of Daihatsu Mira, it has got some demerits as well. It is an admired fact that the 660cc cars are immensely fuel efficient plus luxurious than the local cars but when it comes to maintenance and spare parts, the cost multiplies itself several times than the local car. Mira, no doubt has got a valuable response in the Pakistani market but there are some aspects that should be kept in mind before selecting Daihatsu Mira. Below, are five reasons that will diverse your opinion about Daihatsu Mira over Suzuki Alto.

1. Fuel Efficiency

The Suzuki Alto is way more economical in fuel consumption as well, Daihatsu Mira gives you around 16-17 km’s on a local route with A/c switched on whereas, the Suzuki Alto goes up to 18-20 km’s on a local route with A/c switched on.

2. Finding a qualified and well equipped Mechanic

Most nearby local mechanics are reluctant to resolve the issues of Daihatsu Mira that are related to the engine. Not only local nearby mechanics even Toyota’s technicians are reluctant to resolve the engine issues of Daihatsu Mira. Moreover, Toyota’s Workshops do not have specific Scanners for 660cc Daihatsu cars. For Daihatsu Mira, Mechanics usually feel comfortable in replacing a certain engine part completely rather trying to resolve the issue in the existing part.

3. Dimensions and Weight

The size and weight of Daihatsu Mira is more than its engine can carry. People rarely consider and realize this aspect when the Daihatsu Mira hasn’t crosses 100 thousand miles on the road. Once it has crossed 100 thousand miles, you can clearly notice that the engine is working really hard to carry the weight of the car even if the back seat has no passengers. Contrary to this, Suzuki Alto’s dimensions and weight are much more on the conventional side that automatically increases the engine life

4. Performance

When the weight and dimensions differ, the graph of performance automatically boosts up. The pickup speed of Suzuki Alto is far better than that of Daihatsu Mira. Driving Mira over 100 KPH on a long route may heat up your engine at times but this never happens with Suzuki Alto. Even if you drive over 100 KPH with an A/c switched on, you’ll never feel the engine struggling.

 5. Availability and Cost of Spare Parts

The Body and Engine Spare Parts of Suzuki Alto are more easily available then the Spare parts of Daihatsu Mira. Nonetheless, the Spare parts of Daihatsu Mira are available in the wholesale markets of big cities but they cost several times more than a common man can afford. A single tail light of Suzuki Alto costs around 4500 to 5000 PKR currently whereas; a single tail light of Daihatsu Mira costs around 8,000 to 10,000 PKR. Apart from the body parts, the engine parts of Daihatsu Mira are even more expensive than the 1300cc local cars.

Shaf Younus

I'm an Auto Enthusiast, a Student of Computer Science and above all, Citizen of Pakistan.

  • Mansur khann

    2014 alto not older versions dear

  • zulfi799

    I drove Mira 2006 for six months and driving Japanese Alto for more than 8 months. Mira is outstanding car with very good fuel economy and great seating space with great comfort. I drive it on hilly roads with 5 passengers and engine worked excellently. As it comes to spare parts, i found body parts and engine parts in local market in Peshawar.
    The good thing about Japanese parts is that you get only and only genuine parts. For Pakistani cars you will find 2, 3,4,5 and even 10 number parts with very low price and lowest quality.
    All Pakistani make cars should be dumped in the titanic and sink it in deep sea.

  • CmpEngg

    I am new to buy a car..I want to have an automatic car. Please if anyone can help to let me know how much is the difference between parts’ price of both Daihatsu and Alto. If tail light of Daihatsu costs 8000 – 10000 Rs, then how much Alto’s tail lights cost? Can anyone tell with valid price.?

  • CmpEngg

    According to the writer the price of parts of Daihatsu is double than Alto’s parts’ price. What is your experience in terms of price for both cars? What is the price of used Daihatsu Automatic car and new car?

  • Baber khan

    Bullshit article lol, I bought mira es 2014 5 Grade Auction sheet verified just like brand new giving me 23km per Litre with ac on soft pedal 70% normal and 30% hi-octane. clock 120km and no sound very comfortable drive, But ap harsh accelerator se chalaoge tu 15km se zada nahe degi, i can’t say much about part mene tu 1 year main oil change plug change etc k ilawa kuch nahe karwaya

  • Baber khan

    lol

  • I bought a Mira (non eco-idle) recently – couple of weeks back. I had both these cars in mind but chose the Mira because frankly, it was a cheaper option and having driven both cars back to back, the Mira felt a bit more comfy than the Alto. Then I come across this article. I won’t say anything about the article but based on my experience, here are a few things I thought I’d share.

    1. Fuel Economy

    Depends on how you drive. I get 17-19 KM per liter with the AC on in the Mira. My route is usually within Karachi, where I get traffic jams and free flowing traffic both. Highway mileage would be slightly more at 22-25 KM per liter but I haven’t had the chance to drive there, so I can’t be certain. Alto may give more, but I seriously doubt it. I am using only Hi-Octane fuel.

    2. Finding a qualified and well equipped mechanic

    You don’t need one. I’m an amateur mechanic myself and it isn’t exactly rocket science. Spanners are all standard – nothing special required. Electrical systems are a different matter – but most issues are usually either loose wires / clips or blown fuses. Toyota Corolla with VVT-i engines and Hondas with their VTEC engines are more complicated than the engines on these cars and you can see road-side mechanics opening up those with no worries. So why worry.

    3. Dimensions and weight

    The dimensions of both cars are same. Stands to reason, as they are both Kei Cars and these cars have strict rules governing dimensions and max engine output. The only differences are wheelbase (Mira has a longer wheelbase by 3.5 inches or 90mm) and height (Mira is again negligibly taller by 5mm or 0.2 inches) whereas power differences are slight (Mira naturally aspirated is 58 HP vs 54 HP for the Alto and Mira & Alto turbocharged are the same at 63 HP which is the maximum allowed limit.)

    4. Performance

    Don’t expect miracles. I drove both back to back and I didn’t feel any difference at all in terms of pick up and both will reach 100 kmph in 14-15 seconds. The more people you add, the slower you will be and the engines will struggle, regardless of AC being on or off. After all, the engine is tiny and the torque figures are woeful, these being the price of the wonderful fuel economy you get and besides, these cars are not race cars and were never meant to be. No one buys Miras or Altos for racing, after all.

    5. Availability and cost of spare parts

    No disagreements there. Daihatsu spares have always cost higher (My sister has a 2006 local assembled Cuore I used to own and its spares cost more than what my friends pay for similar items for their Altos / Mehrans) but most things in general maintenance will cost you the same (oil, air filters, oil filters, coolants, spark plugs, etc) so in the long run costs are relatively slight in difference.

    My opinion – go for the Mira. It has more space inside, which your passengers will appreciate and the slightly longer wheelbase makes for a slightly more comfy ride.

  • Nadia Butt

    Aoa,me want to buy a car but I hv maximum range of budget 8lac,it will b my 1st car,so want to get some information,me dnt want to take an old model of Mira,az me afraid old models may trouble me a lot,that’s y thinking to take a2door mira with 2013 model,plz tell me if its Gud descion???

  • Abdullah Noman

    Hmm cultus is best choice for you but out of range you can take second hand car one year down

  • Khizar Mashhadi

    What a load of crap, not a single figure quoted as fact and just personal opinions stated as facts. ‘Oh my friend’s mira is giving 16-17, i’ll consider this as a fact and believe that Alto has better mileage than Mira’. No spec’s quoted in the performance department and make believe personal experiences stated as facts. PAK wheels articles getting shittier by the day. There is no comparison even to the transmission to consider that Mira would perform better to most Alto models given it’s CVT transmission. But hey, who cares about facts and logic. Let’s sell some bull crap to the unsuspecting readers.

  • After owing a Mira for nearly 11 months, here’s a pic taken on the Hyd – Khi Superhighway of me. Note the average consumption which is with AC on all the time, the car being driven at an average speed of 90-110 kmph. I was going to Khi from Larkana and was driving non stop for more than 4 hours when this was taken.

    Alto owners are welcome to share their pics too.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0072b2b5e41a174012c48e35969b06bc29da2e03789265459949c37ee145264a.jpg

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