The Suzuki Alto was first introduced in the Philippines in 2007 when the Japanese brand re-entered the local mini car segment. While the model may be fairly new to the local market, it is in fact a direct descendant of the even smaller Suzuki Fronte kei-car which was last sold here in the mid-80s. The first Alto sold here was an updated version of the Alto kei-car introduced in the late 90s, this Indian made version sported longer front and rear bumpers and a larger naturally-aspirated 800cc engine instead of the smaller JDM kei-car regulation restricted 660cc (turbo and non-turbo) engine. A better equipped K10 variant was introduced in 2011; it had an extended nose and a bigger 1.0-liter motor under the hood. In 2013 Suzuki Philippines replaced the older Alto line with a new generation model dubbed the Alto 800 which was first unveiled in India the previous year. The Suzuki Alto 800 sports a much more contemporary 2010s design, a large jump from the much more conservative late-90s styling of its predecessor. The overall profile is more rounded with a taller roofline that gently slopes towards the rear. Up front it has a wide low-mounted grille and large swept-back headlights. Moving on to the sides, it has a high character line that runs the length of the vehicle and prominent wheel arches. The rear gets large vertical taillights and a license plate recess on the bumper, the latter keeps the liftgate clean. Like its exterior, Suzuki Alto 800’s interior is much more modern as well. Its dashboard is now curvier and features a much more modern horizontal layout. It features a large analog speedometer with a bigger digital display that now incorporates the fuel gauge. The stereo has now been placed higher for easier use, while the easy to use three-rotary knob AC controls have been repositioned below it. Ahead of the gear stick is an easy to reach storage area for drinks and other small items. Cargo space 177 liters, this can be expanded by folding the rear seat backs down. Under the Suzuki Alto 800’s short hood is a fuel efficient 798cc inline-3 gasoline mill which produces 47hp and 68Nm of torque, that’s an increase of 11 percent more twist than the previous Alto. This little powerplant is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The manufacturer claims that this mini hatchback is capable of delivering an average of 22.74km per liter. Unlike the model it replaces, the Suzuki Alto 800 is now equipped with driver and passenger SRS airbags, and anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution, features that are not common in its sub-P500,000 price point. Like other modern Suzuki models, the carmaker has given importance to reducing body weight and increasing structural rigidity by using more high-tensile steel in its architecture. Like its predecessor, it uses an independent MacPherson strut front suspension and a compact three-link rigid axle rear suspension. Brakes are the class-standard front disc and rear drum combination. Steering is by rack and pinion with electric power assist.