Compare Maruti Suzuki 800 and Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

Key difference: Both Maruti Suzuki 800 and Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 are hatchback variant cars manufactured and sold by Maruti Suzuki in India, and a few other countries of the world. They differ in terms of their build, performance, features, etc.

Maruti Suzuki 800 was first launched in the year 1983 and since then has gone on to become one of the most sold cars in the world. The 800 was one of the very first hatchback cars to be sold in Asian countries such as India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The car features a decent 796 cc engine, which is run only on petrol, with a mileage of 16.1 kmpl. Accommodating four persons at once, the 800 facilitates manual transmission using four gears. Having seat upholstery made of artificial leather, the 800 doesn’t provide the standard conventional features such as an anti-lock braking system, airbags, central locking, alloy wheels, etc. It would be a major folly on one’s part to expect modern provisions from a traditional machine like the 800, especially at the price at which it is marketed. However, the 800 still proves to be a cheap and viable means of transportation that promises reasonable performance, along with a happy nostalgia of one's yesteryears.

The Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is an upgraded version of the Maruti Alto model, released by Maruti Suzuki in the year 2000. The Alto 800 was launched in the Indian car market on October 16, 2012. The car is a major departure from its predecessor, i.e. the Maruti Alto. The Alto 800 features a complete redesign of its predecessor's engine, the chassis, the décor, etc. However, this car still features Maruti’s iconic 796 cc displacement capacity, by which the title 'Maruti 800' was actually coined. Staying true to its pedigree, the Alto 800 is a five door hatchback which runs only on petrol. Additionally, the car features front power windows, power steering, seat upholstery made of fabric, and a single airbag provision for the driver. Undoubtedly, the most striking quality of this car is its mileage, which is an impressive 22.74 kmpl. This number can be even bettered, when the Alto 800 is driven outside the city limits, with no obstructions or traffic jams. All in all, the Alto 800 is an honest reinvention of the Maruti Alto, and perhaps the Maruti Suzuki 800 as well.

Comparison between Maruti Suzuki 800 and Maruti Suzuki Alto 800:

Overview:

 

Maruti Suzuki 800

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

Fuel Type

Petrol  

Petrol

Mileage-City(kmpl)     

13.1

17.0

Mileage-Highway(kmpl)

16.1

22.74

Fuel Tank Capacity(litres)

28       

35

Seating Capacity          

4

5         

Transmission Type       

Manual

Manual

Engine Description

0.8-litre 37bhp 6V Hi-Tech Petrol Engine

0.8-litre 47.3bhp 12V F8D Petrol Engine

Engine Displacement(cc)

796     

796

Maximum Power           

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Maximum Torque

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Specifications:

 

Maruti Suzuki 800

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

Engine

Engine Type    

Hi-Tech Petrol Engine

F8D Petrol Engine

Engine Description                   

0.8-litre 37bhp 6V Hi-Tech Petrol Engine

0.8-litre 47.3bhp 12V F8D Petrol Engine

Engine Displacement(cc)

796     

796

No. of Cylinders          

3

3

Maximum Power         

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Maximum Torque        

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Valves Per Cylinder     

2

4

Fuel Supply System     

MPFI

MPFI

Transmission

Transmission Type       

Manual

Manual

Gear box                     

4 Speed

5 Speed

Drive Type                  

FWD

FWD

Suspension System

Front Suspension

 

McPherson Strut and Coil Spring

Gas Filled McPherson Strut, Torsion Roll Control Device

Rear Suspension          

 

Coil Spring With Gas Filled Shock Absorbers

 

Coil Spring, Gas Filled Shock Absorbers With Three Link Rigid Axle & Isolated Trailing Arm

Steering

Steering type

Manual

Manual

Steering Column          

Collapsible Steering     

Collapsible Steering

Steering Gear Type

Rack & Pinion

Rack & Pinion

Turning Radius

4.4 metres        

4.6 metres

Brake System

Front Brake Type        

Disc

Disc

Rear Brake Type         

Drum

Drum

Fuel

Mileage-City (kmpl)    

13.1

17.0

Mileage-Highway (kmpl)

16.1    

22.74

Fuel Type        

Petrol  

Petrol

Fuel Tank Capacity (litres)

28       

35

Emission Norm Compliance

BS III  

BS IV

Tyres

Tyre Size                     

145/70 R12

145/80 R12

Tyre Type                   

Radial Tyres

Tubeless Tyres

Wheel Size                  

R12

R12

Other Specifications

Seating Capacity          

4

5

No of Doors    

4         

5

Features:

 

Maruti Suzuki 800

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

Comfort and Convenience

Low Fuel Warning Light

Yes

Yes

Rear Reading Lamp

No

Yes

Rear Seat Headrest

Yes

Yes

Cup Holders-Front

No

Yes

Foldable Rear Seat      

Bench Folding

Bench Folding

Bottle Holder

No

Yes

Interior

Tachometer

Yes

Yes

Electronic Multi-Tripmeter

No

Yes

Fabric Upholstery

Yes

Yes

Glove Compartment

Yes

Yes

Exterior

Adjustable Headlights

Yes

Yes

Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View Mirror

Yes

No

Manually Adjustable Ext. Rear View Mirror

Yes

Yes

Dimensions:

 

Maruti Suzuki 800

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

Length             

3335mm

3395mm

Width              

1440mm

1490mm

Height 

1405mm          

1475mm

Ground Clearance

170mm

160mm

Wheel Base     

2175mm          

2360mm

Kerb Weight     

650kg 

695kg

Gross Weight  

1000kg           

1185kg

Safety:

 

Maruti Suzuki 800

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

Anti-Theft Alarm

Yes

No

Halogen Headlamps

Yes

Yes

Rear Seat Belts

Yes

Yes

Side Impact Beams

Yes

No

Adjustable Seats

Yes

Yes

Engine Immobilizer

No

Yes

Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank

Yes

Yes

Note: The above comparison is between the base models of the respective cars.

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