Maruti has made a mark in the Indian car market through its affordable models that combine class, fuel efficiency and affordability all in one visual masterpiece. Maruti Alto 800 is one such car that has captured the whims of many generations here in India. Now, this car has undergone some minor updates to its exteriors, interiors, features and specifications. This will help it to tackle with the competition, especially against the likes of Renault Kwid. Let us explore the vehicle and the changes it received.
Background and Evolution
Launched originally in 1983, the vehicle has evolved and matured with the needs of the industry over the years, without ever losing ground in the market. After countless revisions, this latest Maruti Alto 800 has a blend of most things that today’s auto base could ask for.
Ride and Handling
Despite having puny tyres, its road manners are well within acceptable levels. Its handling feels safer and the behavior can be foreseen, which only contributes for more efficient driving characteristics. Its suspension too feels a bit cushion than its predecessor, but still there is a bit of jerkiness with the hatch. The power steering is responsive and it offers small turning radius of 4.6 meters.
The newly launched Maruti Alto 800 looks largely identical to the outgoing model. It gets a modified front façade with a larger front grille that looks more aggressive. Furthermore, the headlamps have been tweaked, which gives a refreshing new look to its frontage. In addition to this, its upper grille gets a size reduction that gives it a bold new look. On the sides, this small car is now available with body colored rear view mirrors. While there is no update given to the rear facet.
Interiors of Maruti Alto 800 get a major update, especially in terms of features and seating comfort. The company claims that the 2016 Alto 800 cabin space gets a boot. As a result, rear passengers get extra head room and leg room, while the front passengers gets extra amount of shoulder space. In addition to this, the company has modified the seating design with better ergonomics. At the same time, its rear cabin gets a modified backrest that has an integrated head-rest for added comfort. This makes interiors of Alto 800 more comfortable than ever.
Updates in Features
The all new 2016 Maruti Alto 800 gets a notable update in terms of comfort features. Now, it features a remote control central locking feature along with front power windows. In addition to this, the car also gets a modified integrated audio system that adds to the entertainment quotient. Furthermore, the company has added a few utility storage features inside for convenience of the occupants.
In terms of safety, all the variants in the line-up are now available with driver airbag as optional feature. The company has also added one more feature in the form of rear door child safety lock. Apart from these, all the features of 2016 Maruti Alto 800 has been retained form the previous version.