Wee changes for the new Suzuki Alto

Wednesday, 18 April 2012 2:56 PM

2012 Suzuki Alto

The new-for-2012 Suzuki Alto gets some styling refreshes and betters it tailpipe emissions

The newest Suzuki Alto isn't a revolutionary new design, there's no hot tub option and it doesn't have fins, but the minor changes to the 2012 model are a continuation of this efficient car's selling points. The CO2 emissions are lower than ever with the manual version attracting zero VED and no Congestion Charge.

This is because of the 99g/km CO2 emissions stat. Fuel economy is at 65.7mpg on the manual. Emissions are pretty good on the four-speed automatic version too. This box is an option of the SZ4 and emissions are down to 118g/km from 122g/km. This means a lower VED Band and a drop from £95 to £30, free in the first year. Bargain!

There are three grades of specification - SZ, SZ3 and SZ4 - on this five-door car and some extra equipment added as you go up the range. The SZ3 includes air conditioning with a pollen filter while the SZ4 adds an electronic stability programme, side and curtain airbags, 14-inch alloy wheels and front fog lamps. The new Dual VVT (Variable Valve Timing) engine offers efficiency improvements as well as greater responsiveness across the line-up.

There are new fabrics across the range, as well as new full wheel covers for the SZ and SZ3 models and dipping rear view mirror. There's also a new colour - Glistening Grey.

Prices start at just £6,995 for the base SZ model.

By Georgia Lewis

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