Our man Adrian Hearn is out in Rome test-driving the new Suzuki Alto city car.
And this is his first verdict on the Japanese model.
There’s a lot of hype at the moment around diesel and hybrid engines with the emphasis on low emissions and high fuel economy, but three-cylinder petrol engines shouldn’t be forgotten about.
They make a great little sound, are nippy to 30mph, have low emissions, high fuel economy and, most importantly, are cheap.
I’m driving the new Suzuki Alto in Rome at the moment and it’s really impressed me. For a shade over £7,200 I’ve got air-conditioning, electric windows and side airbags – all coupled in with a cute design and room in the back for two.
The 1-litre engine will sit comfortably at 70mph, average 64.2mpg and cost £35 a year to tax courtesy of carbon dioxide emissions of just 103g/km
Yes, a diesel will probably manage more miles to the gallon but remember this – you’ll pay a lot more in the first instance and diesel is 10p-a-litre more expensive than unleaded. So you’ll really need to rack up the miles to justify the extra expense.
The Alto is cool, but I think I’d opt for it in a different colour…
You can read Adrian’s review of the Suzuki Alto tomorrow.