Suzuki Alto with no congestion charge

Suzuki Alto revised for 2012: now road tax free

Great news for those looking to save cash with their next new car – the Suzuki Alto is now road tax free. The Japanese manufacturer has tweaked the engine of its Alto city car, meaning it now emits just 99g/km CO2 emissions.

As the Suzuki Alto dips under the 100g/km CO2 emissions road tax threshold, buyers now won’t have to pay a penny to tax their car.

Such an outstanding emissions performance also means the Alto is exempt from the London Congestion Charge – if you travel in out and of the capital five days a week, the latest Alto could save you £2,600 a year.

The drop in CO2 emissions has come from the car’s new 67bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine, which boasts the addition of Dual Variable Valve Timing.

Suzuki Alto

This gives greater flexibility and response, as well as lower emissions and improved fuel economy, due to better control over air coming into and leaving the engine.

This extra efficiency has a positive effect on fuel consumption too: the average economy figure has been pushed up further, to a highly creditable 65.7mpg.

A five-speed manual gearbox is standard. However, emissions for the optional automatic transmission have also been improved, dropping to 118g/km CO2, down from 122 – this now means just £30 road tax per year.

The Suzuki Alto comes in five-door hatchback guise and the new Dual VVT engine is available in three trim levels – SZ, SZ3 and SZ4.

Entry-level SZ models feature an MP3-compatible CD player and driver and passenger front airbags as standard.

Suzuki Alto driving away

SZ3 spec gets air conditioning as standard, while upgrading to SZ4 trim adds Suzuki’s Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), side and curtain airbags, 14-inch alloy wheels and front fog lights.

Prices for the new Suzuki Alto 1.0 VVT start from £6,995 but it is currently on offer for £6,333. With superb efficiency, a competitive purchase price and a low group 4E insurance rating, the latest Suzuki Alto offers great value for money and will certainly be wallet-friendly to own.

Check out the new-for-2012 Suzuki Alto range at T W White’s Suzuki showroom in Effingham, Surrey.