Facelifted Suzuki Alto city car achieves zero tax rate

Suzuki’s surprisingly popular Alto has received a mild refresh, with a new Dual VVT engine improving economy and CO2 emissions enough to avoid road tax and the London congestion charge.

The Suzuki Alto, always regarded as being a ‘fun’ city car, is now more appealing to city dwellers, especially those in London. Starting at just £6,995, the new Alto avoids the congestion charge, saving a London user some £2,600 a year thanks to the model’s Euro 5 compliant 12-valve engine.

With a maximum power output of 67 bhp (68 PS) and a torque figure of 66 lb/ft (90 nm), the low friction design combined with the Dual VVT (Variable Valve Timing) for both the inlet and exhaust camshaft makes the Alto one of the cleanest petrol-powered City cars on sale in the UK.

The Alto is offered with both a five-speed manual gearbox, as well as an optional four-speed fully automatic transmission, a proposition not often seen in the A-segment.

There’s also newly designed interior trim, different wheel covers and a dipping rear view mirror on SZ and SZ3 models. The SZ3 also includes air conditioning, while the SZ4 adds electronic stability control, side airbags and front fog lamps. A new colour has also been added on the outside called Glistening Grey.

The Alto is manufactured for Suzuki’s Manesar assembly facility near Delhi, India. Suzuki achieves annual sales of 50,000 units in Europe of which a surprising 7,000 are sold annually in the UK market.

All Suzuki Alto models are covered by Suzuki Shield, a three-year/60,000-mile new vehicle warranty, Suzuki Assistance, providing 24-hour UK and European roadside assistance, recovery and associated services, and by a 12-year perforation warranty.

Related Articles…[related_posts limit=”5″]

Phil Huff

Phil is a motoring writer for print and web, failed racing driver, car hoarder and banger rally competitor. Nominated for the Headline Auto Rising Star award and a MGMW member, Phil freelances for outlets as diverse as Diesel Car magazine, DAD.info and Cambridge Magazine, amongst many others. He also maintains a fleet of unloved motors, but spends most of his time driving an old Corvette.

Leave a Reply