Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

The interior of the Alto is simple and user-friendly. The switches and buttons are chunky and straightforward to use on the move, while the speedo is large and easy to read.

The driving position does lack adjustment, as the steering will only adjust for height and not reach (although that’s not uncommon on a car of this size) and there’s no seat belt height adjustment, which means some drivers may find that the belt rubs their neck – irritating on longer trips. Only the top spec SZ4 model gets seat height adjustment.

Forward visibility is good, with large areas of glass, though the rear view is restricted by large pillars at the back, the rising line of the rear windows and very small wing mirrors, which aren’t electrically adjustable.

Suzuki Alto comfort levels are acceptable. It’s available as a five-door only, which makes a big difference on such a small car. It means passengers don’t have to ‘limbo dance’ their way into the back.

Space in the rear is limited, as you’d expect, though there’s acceptable room for children.

Engine noise can be intrusive under heavy acceleration (which is often required), though road and wind noise are kept relatively low.

The seats are comfortable on short trips, though don’t have the support needed to cover greater distances in comfort. The rear windows ‘pop-out’ rather than wind down, which reduces ventilation in the rear and could make models that aren’t fitted with air conditioning uncomfortable on hot days.