Maruti Alto 800 2019 Review – Everything You Should Know
Read this article to know everything there is to know about Maruti Alto 800 2019 edition. Its features, highlights, comparison with other similar models and much more are discussed in our write up.
The Maruti Alto 800 2019 brings with it some major updates for the company's entry-level small car. Other than the alterations to the exterior and the interior, the new model even has more safety features and more environment-friendly engine. Maruti Alto 800 Variants Ex-showroom price Alto 800 Std INR 2.94 lakh Alto 800 LXi INR 2.97 lakh Alto 800 LXI INR 3.50 lakh Alto 800 LXi (O) INR 3.55 lakh Alto 800 VXi INR 3.72 lakh Engine Fuel type 0.8-litre 3-cylinder F8D Petrol Engine Maximum power 48 bhp at 6000 rpm Peak torque 69 Nm at 3500 rpm Mileage 22.05 kmpl Transmission 5-speed MT Dimensions Length x Width x Height 3,445 mm x 1,490 mm x 1,475 mm Wheelbase 2,360 mm Unladen ground clearance 160 mm Tyre size 145/80 R12 Tyre type Tubeless tires Boot space 177-litre Suspension, steering and brakes Suspension Front: McPherson Strut Rear: 3 link rigid Steering Manual Brakes Front: Solid disc Rear: Drum Features Exterior Adjustable headlights Manual rear view mirror Rear window defogger Wheel covers Power antenna Smart trunk opener Interior Instrument cluster Infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity 2-DIN audio system Air conditioner Heater Glove compartment Safety One airbag (low-spec variants), dual airbags (top-spec variants) ABS with EBD Audible speed limit alert Rear parking sensors
Maruti Alto 800 2019 Prices
Positioned in a competitive price bracket, like other low cost Maruti products including the Maruti Wagon R (Rs.4.2 – 5.7 lakh), the Maruti Alto 800 2019 is priced even lower in a range of INR 2.94 lakh to INR 3.72 lakh. To be more specific, while the base Alto 800 is priced at INR 2.94 lakh, opting for the optional package that brings in a passenger-side airbag increases the purchase price by INR 3,000. The mid-spec LXi trim has a price of INR 3.50 lakh for the standard version. However, the LXi (O), which has dual front airbags, comes with a price tag of INR 3.55 lakh. The top-spec VXi variant, which has standard dual front airbags, is offered with a price of INR 3.72 lakh.
Maruti Alto 800 2019 Design & Features
Maruti Alto 800 2019 Exterior
In terms of the exterior, the Maruti Alto 800 2019 comes with an upgraded front fascia. Now, the thin horizontally slatted grille on the outgoing model has given way to a more beautiful larger honeycomb grille which stretches from a headlamp to the other one. The fog light cluster, which is positioned on the lower half of the bumper, are smaller than before. However, the car continues to miss out on LED DRLs will not be offered on any of the Alto 800 variants. The front bumper is now integrated with a restyled lower grille.
The Maruti Alto 800 2019 carries a handful of styling updates and many new safety features along with a BS-VI compliant motor.
There are no prominent changes to the side profile with the car featuring the same set of steel wheel, either painted black or silver, depending on the variants. Likewise, the rear has experienced almost no alterations against the previous model. The only outstanding tweak to the rear of the vehicle is the simpler badge which reads "ALTO" instead of the "ALTO 800" badge found previously. Other than these, the rear bumper, fenders and the tailgate are all carried over from the outgoing model. That said, the tail lamps have been revised for a more premium look.
Maruti Alto 800 2019 Interior
The Maruti Alto 800 2019 comes with a cabin that has received a handful of updates over the previous version. Firstly, the earlier dashboard has been substituted with a better-looking unit borrowed from the Alto K10. Moreover, the new dashboard comes with a two-tone beige-and-grey paint scheme and a 2-DIN audio system. The facelifted model even comes with a revised instrument cluster. The updated hatchback is also equipped with a new audio unit that supports Bluetooth connectivity.
Maruti Alto 800 2019 Safety features
The Maruti Alto 800 2019 gets more safety features than the outgoing version. It now comes with a standard driver-side airbag and an optional front passenger airbag for the lower variants. The top-end trim gets both the airbags as standard fitment. All versions get standard safety features such as the ABS with EBD, a high-speed alert and rear parking sensors.
Maruti Alto 800 2019 Specifications
Maruti Alto 800 2019 Dimensions
The Maruti Alto 800 witnesses no alterations in terms of proportions. It continues to measure 3,445 mm in length, 1,490 mm in width and 1,475 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2,360 and a ground clearance of 160 mm. The small car has a seating capacity of 5 people and a cargo volume of 177 litres.
Maruti Alto 800 2019 Performance
With the forthcoming BS-VI emission standards that are going to come into effect in India in April next year, all car manufacturers need to either discontinue some of their models or upgrade them with cleaner engines. Maruti Suzuki has decided to adopt the second method for one of its best-selling vehicles. Under the hood of the Maruti Alto 800 2019 is a 0.8-litre three-cylinder F8D petrol motor which is good for a maximum power/torque output of 48 bhp at 6,000 rpm/69 Nm at 3,500 rpm. The transmission duties are undertaken by a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The engine appears to be retained from the previous model, so many of you might wonder how it can help the vehicle become BS-VI-compliant. Therefore, it is worth mentioning here that the three-pot mill has received a new exhaust system and an updated ECU for achieving BSVI compliance. Actually, Maruti has updated the software and hardware of the engine to bring about a dramatic decrease of 25% in the Nitrogen Oxide (NoX) emission from the car, helping it become the first entry-level hatchback in India to adhere to the upcoming BS-VI standards. Moreover, with 95% recoverable and 85% recyclable components, the new Alto 800 also satisfies the End of Life Vehicles (ELV) regulations.
However, this engine is not as fuel efficient as the previous unit. In comparison with the unit which powered the previous model, the updated motor of the new model offers over 10 per cent lesser fuel efficiency. While the previous model had an ARAI-rated FE of 24.7 km/l, the new model delivers only 22.05 km/l.
Maruti Alto 800 2019 Verdict
With all the upgrades, especially in the safety features and specifications department, the Maruti Alto 800 2019 has been made compliant with both the updated safety and the upcoming BS-VI emission norms. Thanks to these updates, its price has also experienced a slight hike, making it more expensive than both its predecessor and its competitors.
By the looks of it, the Maruti Alto 800 should continue to dominate the Indian entry-level hatchback segment. Of course, the largest Indian auto manufacturer has made the right decision to upgrade the hatchback instead of discontinuing it and introducing a brand-new model hastily. Moreover, the early introduction of a future-proof model in the entry segment should pave the way for other car manufacturers to follow suit. Hence, don't be too surprised to see the updated versions of the Kwid and the redi-GO being introduced in the near future. As for the 2019 Alto 800, it looks all set to continue writing the unparalleled success story of the Alto moniker in India.
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Maruti Alto 800 Variants
Alto 800 Std
INR 2.94 lakh
Alto 800 LXi
INR 2.97 lakh
Alto 800 LXI
INR 3.50 lakh
Alto 800 LXi (O)
INR 3.55 lakh
Alto 800 VXi
INR 3.72 lakh
0.8-litre 3-cylinder F8D Petrol Engine
48 bhp at 6000 rpm
69 Nm at 3500 rpm
Length x Width x Height
3,445 mm x 1,490 mm x 1,475 mm
Unladen ground clearance
Suspension, steering and brakes
Front: McPherson Strut
Rear: 3 link rigid
Front: Solid disc
Manual rear view mirror
Rear window defogger
Smart trunk opener
Infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity
2-DIN audio system
One airbag (low-spec variants), dual airbags (top-spec variants)
ABS with EBD
Audible speed limit alert
Rear parking sensors
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