City slicker showsclass

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

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.

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