Suzuki Alto Vs Maruti Alto: Which is Better?


Finally, after so many decades, Pak Suzuki decided to surprise the nation with a replacement for its iconic Mehran. To me, it is the biggest announcement in the history of the auto sector in Pakistan. However, we aren’t the only ones – In 2012, our neighbors to the East, experienced something similar when Maruti Suzuki announced Alto 800 as the replacement to Maruti 800 (Alto 2nd Gen). This Alto 800 was unlike any Alto the world had seen. This one-off model was for the Indian market only. It was an instant success and gained a lot of popularity among Indian car buyers. Today we will compare it with the upcoming 8th Gen local, 660cc Pakistan made Alto.

Design:

The exterior is probably where you’ll notice the most difference between the two. Where the local Alto will probably turn heads it’s the Maruti Alto which doesn’t do well in this department. Despite this, India loves this car a lot. In a short period of time, it became India’s best selling car. Aside from the exterior design, another major difference is the size as the Indian version is slightly bigger (3430mm vs 3395mm) and wider(1490mm vs 1475mm) than the Japanese Alto only falling short in terms of wheelbase (2360mm vs 2460mm). This isn’t a huge difference by any means but you might say that Maruti Alto will offer a little more space to the passengers. And do not forget both Alto’s have a raised suspension to suit the roads of India and Pakistan.

Maruti Alto 800

Local Suzuki Alto

Interior:

Just like the bland and dull exterior of the Maruti Alto, its interior isn’t any better. In comparison, the upcoming Alto has a more pleasing interior. However, since both are budget cars, therefore do not expect high-quality material, irrespective of the variant. Nonetheless, the Alto here is more appealing with a somewhat sublime look. Indian Alto, on the other hand, has a slightly old school look.

Maruti Alto 800

Local Suzuki Alto

Features:

Once again, do not expect much in terms of features from these budget cars. However, even with elementary level features, Pakistani Alto beats its Indian counterpart.

Maruti Alto 800:

  • Dual Airbags
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Keyless Entry
  • Remote Trunk Opener
  • Adjustable Headlights
  • Immobilizer

Pak-Suzuki Alto:

  • ABS
  • Airbags
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Keyless Entry
  • Immobilizer
  • 5″ Infotainment System

So what does this tell us? That both cars are fairly equipped with features. However, Maruti misses out on ABS and an infotainment system. On the other hand, our local version doesn’t have headlight adjustment and remote boot opener both of which can be seen in the Indian Alto. But once again these are not deal breaking features to stop you from buying the local Alto.

Engine and Transmission:

Just like the exterior-interior, the story of differences continues in the engine department too. While Maruti Alto runs on a conventional 800cc engine configuration, it’s the local Alto which makes an unconventional move. For the first time ever our nation will see a locally produced 660cc car with a company claimed “Japanese Technology” on board. Though the Pakistani Alto is yet to pass the test of time for its Japanese quality claim but on paper, the Pakistani Alto has a few clear advantages over the Indian Alto. These include:

  • More Horsepower: 54 VS 47
  • Better 0-100 time: 17s VS 19s
  • Better Fuel Economy: 27 vs 24.7

Additionally, the transmission configuration remains similar since both cars can be bought with either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission. But the local version has an AGS (Auto-Gear Shift) Technology whereas the Indian variant is fitted with something called AMT (Semi-Automatic Technology) – a transmission that combines both manual and automatic transmissions.

Final Conclusion:

For the potential buyer, its the price that makes or breaks a deal. With that said, the fully-loaded variant of the Indian Alto costs roughly INR 3.7 lakh which equals to PKR 7.55 lakh. Its counterpart in Pakistan is expected to cost around PKR 1,250,000 if not more. Despite a pleasing exterior design and interior outlook and better engine, the Pakistani Alto isn’t good enough to justify its high price tag. Maybe due to the current devaluation of the rupee and other factors, Pakistanis will once again be forced to buy a car that doesn’t justify its price tag. Maybe Mehran was never discontinued.

 


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Awais Yousaf

I'm a crazy car guy. I want an aeroplane hangar full of cars. Is that too much to ask for?

  • Muhammad Adil Muhammad Yaseen

    What kind of an article is this??? The car is not in the market, no feature list available, comparing it with an entriely different car is just insane..

  • Guest

    its called “kawwa chala hans ki chaal.. apni chaal bhi bhool gya”.

  • Sanjay Natarajan

    Funny how this article compares a “To be discontinued” car with a “To be launched” car 😁😁
    Cars in India get refreshed every year and totally replaced with a new one every 7-8 years! This alto 800 doesn’t even deserve to be compared with the greatest Mehran, the car with the longest production history in its original shape!

  • Awais Yousaf

    Once the new Alto get launched in India we will compare it too. Don’t you worry brother.

  • Awais Yousaf

    Please explain “Your entirely different car”.

  • Unknown

    Bro how much did pakwheel got paid for this article?

  • Awais Yousaf

    $1 Million in hard cash.

  • Sanjay Natarajan

    You’re most welcome. But don’t forget the fact that the entry level car segment is already crowded with many cars like Alto K10, Hyundai Santro, Tata Tiago, Renault Kwid, Datsun RediGo, etc., You should compare with them too!

  • Shahid

    Right, for a ‘mehran’ replacement, you will get million dollars. Height of your humour is your hall mark of stupidity. Need a professional to write articles. Grow up. Is this really a professional blog?

  • Anwar

    “I’m a crazy car guy. I want an aeroplane hangar full of cars. Is that too much to ask for?” Does this sound professional? LOL. Relax dude.

  • Muhammad Adil Muhammad Yaseen

    A kei car Vs a Maruti 800cc Car for example, its so obvious dude it’s written on the wall..

  • Awais Yousaf

    This is your logic? Kei car with 800cc car? Seems like two very opposite cars of a spectrum. Should remove this article immediately.

  • Awais Yousaf

    Since professional people like you have grown up so much that they are busy criticising the work of unprofessionals. We will truly appreciate if you enlighten this nation by providing some professional blog. Plus i really appreciate your feedback on my stupid humour. Hope you take this feedback and choke to death on it.

  • Awais Yousaf

    Totally 😉

  • Muhammad Adil Muhammad Yaseen

    Funny that sense of humor from you, i suspected u knew something, but let me make it yum yum sweet so that u can be comfortable understanding that
    the so called kei cars of ours is yet to appear in front of us so that we could make a comparison, we need to see the engine bay, need to see the body works, newn to inspect the interior and features, at least we need a spec sheet, and off course the quality of the build, and off course the maruti is from othwr country, should we make compaisons of Alto from other coubcount as well, or is this too much information for you??? Can u handle it???? Trying to be over smart han??? Jumping in uselessly with sarcasm is that what u r good at???

  • Awais Yousaf

    Wow we have a car expert here. Damn! Can’t handle such information. Didn’t know i was living under a rock.

  • Sanjay Natarajan

    The alto just got updated for 2019 complying with the new BS6 emission norms and the upcoming crash test norms. It now gets ABS, Dual Airbags, Keyless entry features as standard. I still can’t disagree to the fact that it is the ugliest looking car in India LOL https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b8687c3efd290e2cd681d35a273fd032ad14fa1f68c991a1c78d274435fc549a.png

  • Muhammad Adil Muhammad Yaseen

    Its such a shame ur kind exist, who knows nothing yet posses the ability to show such an arrogance that we are bound to clap and curse our luck..

  • Muhammad Adil Muhammad Yaseen

    Look at this dude, he is literally fighting so damn hard with the audience he truly needs, and he expects appreciation on recycled junk, it is pakwheels for you,

  • Awais Yousaf

    Its equal shame that people like you think that they know a lot. P.S what gives you the right to be mean with anyone? Don’t like or agree with my work? Fine! But don’t waste my time here with your highly insignificant clapping and cursing.

  • Awais Yousaf

    Haha! Only if the could improve the design in the next model. Otherwise pretty nice car in terms of equipment and price.

  • Muhammad Adil Muhammad Yaseen

    Mind you this is internet. Not your home where ur rules apply, i may not know a lot but i certainly dont write articles by stealing information from other articles and introduce myself as “I’m a crazy car guy. I want an aeroplane hangar full of cars. Is that too much to ask for?” Its not about agreeing when i am expecting im visiting pakwheels that i will read a professional blog, but its useless junk which makes us comment and u r the only arrogant writer who’s still fighting with his readers, on the other hand people post all sorts of comments on these blogs and criticize regularly, never saw any writer so butt hurt that his ego wants him to continue criticizing readers, i wanna give you a suggestion, please next time disable comment section otherwise readers are not gonna like what crap you think is information or its better u leave out of here and never post anything considering the fact that u have bulldozer size ego..

  • Awais Yousaf

    Exactly not your home either where your rules apply. On the topic of bull dozer sized ego let me clear out to you that i have a planet sized ego for people like you. P.S acting more butt hurt here than me my whole life.

  • Abdul WAHAB

    Did you just ask some one to die? Great, THIS IS REALLY UNPROFESSIONAL. I just thought that only the article was below par, now you have proved your intellect is as well.

  • Awais Yousaf

    Trust me i don’t need audience like you for my “recycled junk”.

  • IK

    Brother check carspirit(dot)pk

  • IK

    Brother check carspirit(dot)pk.

  • Shaun Di Gregorio, F D V

    Interesting…….this squabble is note worthy.

  • Shaun Di Gregorio, F D V

    What is that my friend?

  • IK

    It is the best Pakistani automobile blog

  • Shaun Di Gregorio, F D V

    Interesting….thank you.

  • He-MAN

    Your junk is recycled? LOL

  • Another guest

    Second last photo shows Alto Works with projector headlamps. It comes in Alto Works or Alto turbo RS only.
    In the car show circa March 2019 where Pak Suzuki unveiled 3 specimen, none of them had projector headlamps. However some people privately imported JDM Alto Works and they have projector headlamps.

  • Another guest again

    Correction: PAPS 2019 Car show (Pakistan Auto Parts Show) was 12-14 April 2019 – Karachi International Expo Centre.

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