City slicker showsclass
THE Alto (above) has started to sing over the past month. The baby Suzuki is averaging 5.5 litres for 100km, doing everything from school runs to cornering tests.
The Alto tyre shortage is over, but you’ll have to be unlucky to need them anyway. The standard tyres have coped with broken bitumen and gravel roads without been an issue for us to date. We’ve even managed to chirp them on take-off, not something you expect from a 1-litre engine.
As a city commuter, even my wife is warming to it. She saw the Alto as a reason to upgrade to a Swift, but is starting to appreciate its parkanywhere nature and $20-a-week petrol costs.
Keep it in the 3000-5500 rev range and it goes as well as the car next to you, though the fivespeed manual is an advantage if there’s an uphill gradient and you have four in the car.
A wash shows a month of Melbourne weather hasn’t dulled the paint gloss and a vacuum shows the carpet doesn’t hang on to grit, and the seat fabrics are equally easy to clean. There may not be a lot of polish to the Alto, but it’s proving durable.