Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's Made for the City

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's Made for the City

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Byline: PETER KEENAN

THE Suzuki Alto comes equipped with everything you need to survive in the urban jungle. Drive it for five minutes in any busy town and there''s an immediate appreciation of its qualities.

The engine may only have three cylinders but the Alto is light so it can move surprisingly quickly when the need arises.

Slipping in and out of traffic, finding the crucial gap that will allow you to beat the lights are all made possible. Then when the inevitable hunt begins at the end of a journey for a parking spot the narrow dimensions and tight turning circle of the Alto come into their own.

The 1.0-litre power unit also has a couple of other tricks up its sleeve. Fuel is used by the thimbleful allowing a combined fuel economy figure in excess of 60mpg to be registered - so although the Alto is a city mini and thus incapable of holding vast amounts of fuel, gas guzzling family saloons and 4x4s should still be visiting the petrol station with far more frequency.

The other ace up its sleeve is the rather unsexy sounding carbon dioxide emissions. These are crucial to the running costs of any car and the Alto''s 103g/km means it is not only friendly to the environment, it is also a pal to wallets and purses ever ywhere.

The surprise with this car is its response when taken out of its comfort zone on to the motorway as it is smooth and comfortable at higher speeds ensuring reasonably relaxing journeys.

This is helped by a well designed interior that is easy on the eye. The upper part of the instrument panel has a slim, taut-looking, wing-like shape, which gives the front of the cabin a sporty image.

The Alto also offers a newly designed audio unit that sits within silver-coloured panels. The centre of the instrument panel features an illuminated storage compartment suitable for an iPod or mobile telephone. …

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