The Suzuki Alto has a long and undistinguished history in the UK. First seen in the UK in 1986, the Alto only really joined the mainstream in 1997 when the latest model was launched. The earlier three-cylinder cars are best reserved for students and those looking for bargain basement transport. The cars built from 1997, whilst not class leading in any particular respect, at least give a nod towards modernity. Manufactured in India, the Alto is neither outstanding nor embarrassing - it's one of those vehicles that blends into the background. A used Alto makes for cheap and reliable, if unexciting, motoring.