The 0.8-litre engine is tried and tested and is cheap to repair as spares are easily available. The 1.0-litre engine on the early Alto and the K10 is much peppier and has better outright performance. Both these engines have three pots and are highly frugal.
The gear shifts of the Alto are a tad notchy but the throws are decent. The later introduced Alto K10 gets cable gear shift, which has a slicker box. These boxes are usually trouble free and do not cause hindrances. In fact we haven't heard of one getting replaced yet.
The suspension is tuned for a soft setup for better ride suppleness. The dampers may need replacement after 40,000km or if the car jitters on slightly bad roads.