Suzuki Alto and Nissan Pixo: Only three stars in the crash test for small cars

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Only three stars in the crash test for small cars

Suzuki Alto and Nissan Pixo: Only three stars in the crash test for small cars-stars

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…the Nissan Pixo even starts at 7990 euros and has the typical Nissan face with the two-part grille – technically, Nissan and Suzuki are identical.

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Noticeable on the side is the kink in the rear side window. At full throttle the Pixo manages 155 km / h.

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The interior is a dreary hard plastic landscape, everything gray in gray – it doesn’t look any better in the Suzuki.

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Only small luggage goes in the trunk. 129 liters of space are available.

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Whoever folds down the back seat can command over 770 liters.

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The name is a made-up word that is supposed to be reminiscent of pixels, the smallest possible image point.

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Please take another closer look: The Nissan Pixo is identical to the one except for the front and rear design…

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Small cars for little money are all the rage in Germany. However, compromises have to be made in terms of security.

D.Here, five out of six car models received the highest rating in the latest EuroNCAP crash test. The five-star winners are Audi Q5, Honda Jazz, Hyundai i20, Kia Soul and Peugeot 3008. In terms of adult and child protection, all test candidates were convincing, as was the safety equipment. There is only room for improvement in pedestrian protection in all tested models, but above all in the Audi Q5, Kia Soul and Peugeot 3008. The Suzuki Alto scored only three out of five stars. The Japanese small car even showed clear weaknesses in all categories and thus received two stars less than the other candidates. Since the Suzuki Alto and Nissan Pixo are almost identical, the Nissan should also only achieve three stars.

A plus point of the technically identical microcars remains the low acquisition costs. The price breaker is the Nissan Pixo, which at 7,990 euros in the basic version is around 1000 euros cheaper than the Suzuki Alto. To do this, the customer has to do without power windows and central locking, which his twin brother always has on board. Otherwise, the design of the five-door model in particular ensures mutual demarcation: while the Suzuki, with its huge headlight eyes and the wide open radiator throat, tends to focus on youthful eccentricity, the Nissan is visually more restrained and relies on the more discreet appearance. Nevertheless, with googly eyes and the smiling grill, he also follows the typical miniature car-child pattern.

The interior, which is almost identical in both models, comes across as sober in line with the price range. The dominant element is a central speedometer behind the steering wheel, instead of a glove compartment there is only an open shelf in front of the front passenger seat, the materials are simple but do not look cheap. Sufficient space is available in the front seats, the rear is narrow, but the two rear doors make it easier for children to get in and, if necessary, to buckle up. Isofix child seat attachments are also always on board. The luggage compartment volume is rather small at 129 liters, but the models are not designed as a touring car. For bulk shopping on the weekend, folding down the back seat should be enough; then 774 liters are available.

The two models are also identical under the sheet metal. The four-seater, which is 3.56 meters long, is powered by a 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine with 68 hp, which, according to Nissan, consumes an average of 4.4 liters per 100 kilometers. Astonishingly, Suzuki reckons with 4.5 liters. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a manual five-speed gearbox or – a rarity in this class – via an optionally available four-speed automatic. When driving in the city, the small engine is spirited, and the chassis takes corners with surprisingly little rolling movements. The suspension comfort is also okay considering the size.

Expectations shouldn’t be too high when it comes to the equipment: The Nissan Pixo always has power steering and four airbags on board, and for an extra charge there is air conditioning, an audio / CD radio, a rear seat bench that can be folded down, head airbags and fog lights. Both manufacturers go their separate ways when it comes to ESP anti-skid protection: While the safety system at Suzuki is standard on board from the middle equipment level for 9,990 euros, Nissan requires an additional charge of 590 euros and only offers it for the top equipment version. Total costs: 9780 euros. Unlike the Suzuki, there is no air conditioning on board. However, according to the latest regulations of the EuroNCAP consortium, vehicles are tested in the basic version. If ESP is not on board there, it will only be rated as an option and a maximum of a four-star rating is possible.

If you place less value on the best possible crash result and consider the Pixo or Alto more closely, you should compare the price lists of the two models with your individual needs. It’s not complicated, the number of equipment variants and surcharge items is short. The maximum price for the Nissan Pixo is 12,120 euros, the Suzuki Alto costs 12,550 euros with full equipment.

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