We've just bought a new model Alto and I'm really impressed with it. Certainly a radical departure from the previous model. This one is a decent size (roughly the same as a Punto) and with it's lightweight body and 3 cylinder engine is very economical to run. It even has just £35 a year road tax and the lowest insurance rating, 1E.
A great little car that is a very real alternative to the Citroen C1/Peugeot 107/Toyota Aygo, Ford Ka, etc. And it's got a useable boot too
I've had mine now for just on a month and would say that I did the right thing purchasing it. Despite reservations about the price....but you get a lot for your money. One little disappointment was that all of the advertising points to an MP3 adaptor that isn't yet available, but I'm told that it will soon be as a retrofitted item.
My previous car was a Citroen C3 Pluriel Sensodrive and it was problems with the Sensodrive system that persuaded me to go back to a "proper" manual car. Cars in my price range included a standard C3, a C2 and the C1. Then my wife said to me "do we have to have a Citroen?" and I thought, well of course not. So we spread our net wider, looking at Fords, Fiats, Vauxhalls etc and none really came up to scratch with the exception of the Vauxhall Aguila, which was nearly there. Interestingly, it was the fact that the dealer at the Vauxhall garage told me that the Aguila was a re-badged Suzuki Splash which persuaded me to look at Suzuki. The rest as they say is history and a couple of weeks later we drove off of the forecourt in a bright red Alto.
It's interesting to note that this car is also available as a Nissan Pixo and in slightly modified form as the Hyundai i10
It would be nice to hear from other new owners in the UK and Europe to get their opinion.
New Nissan Pixo clone
And the new Hyundai i10 which is a slightly modified version. Note the wind down rear windows.
All 3 are produced in India to different market specifications