Maruti Alto Variants
Editorial Test Drive Review of Maruti Alto
There was a time when the Maruti 800 wore the crown of being the largest selling car in the Indian market. However, things change soon and they did for the 800 as well. Blame it on the Bharat Stage IV norms which removed the 800 from major metro cities, or the increase in the middle class family’s earnings that allowed the common man to buy higher placed cars, the 800 soon saw a huge decline in sales which also made way for the new king of the Indian automotive segment in terms of monthly sales – the Alto. This change in crown happened in 2006. The older 800cc Alto was joined by a newer, fresher, classier and more powerful version, the K10, in August 2010 which gave it good company month on month. As far as numbers go, the Alto and K10 combined together sold a mammoth 25393, 23240, 24974, 23170, 21198 units in May, June, July, Aug and September 2011 respectively!
The older Alto also comes with a company fitted CNG option, further increasing its appeal while the K10 versions surely appeals to the young at heart. Here is a complete lowdown on the Alto range – there is definitely something for everyone! Dimension wise, it is one of the smallest cars in India with length, width and height of 3495, 1475 and 1460mm respectively. It does wear clear lens headlamps and sparkling tail lamps. The K10 though came as a more than welcome change as far as looks were concerned. Although the chassis and under-body is same as the Alto’s, it is marginally a bigger car with length, width and height of 3620, 1495 and 1460mm respectively. It looks sportier, younger and muscular with a revised front as well as rear end. Premium features like fog lamps, usage of chrome and stylish wheel covers have gone a long way in making the K10 stand out in this price band of cars.
Pros: Low asking price, Fantastic fuel economy, High resale value, Performance (K10), Huge Maruti dealer network, Ride good for a small car, Available with CNG
Cons: Cramped interiors, Design getting old, Basic looking interiors, Lacks performance (796cc engine)
Maruti Alto Interiors
The Alto and the K10 are basically budget cars. These are two of the cheapest hatchbacks on sale in the Indian market and hence expect spacious, comfortable and luxurious interiors won’t be fair at all. The Alto’s interiors have remained more or less the same over the last eleven years. As a step up the ladder for someone graduating up from an 800, they do seem modern and practical. The steering is bland in its design though the speedometer console looks much better. The flowing central console is finished in a shade of silver and houses the manual air-con system. The front passengers also get glass holders and there is usable space above the glove box too.
The K10 on the other hand is much better as far as the cabin goes. Everything on the inside seems better – the steering and speedometer console for example. The overall design of the fascia though remains the same and here the central console is finished in a shade of black. The seats are also finished in a different fabric for an overall better feel. Comfort for four adults in both the models is pretty decent.
The higher variant of K10 comes with front power windows while the older Alto has to do with manual ones!
Maruti Alto Interiors Details
Maruti Alto Boot space
Maruti Suzuki Alto boot is decent considering the cars size as it is at the entry level car.
Maruti Alto Speedometer
The new improved speedometer is easily visible and readable.
Maruti Alto Gear lever
The gear lever is simple easy to reach for the drivers.
Maruti Alto Cup holders
There are cup holders in the Alto.
Maruti Alto Exteriors
The current Alto is one of the oldest selling cars in the Indian market. This fifth generation Suzuki Alto was launched in September 2000 and since then, there haven’t been any radical changes in the way it looks. Dimension wise, it is one of the smallest cars in India with length, width and height of 3495, 1475 and 1460mm respectively. It does wear clear lens headlamps and sparkling tail lamps but the fact of the matter is that most other cars in the same price band look better! Over the last eleven years, the Alto has aged well and today, it does look a little bland and boring from the outside.
The K10 though came as a more than welcome change as far as looks were concerned. Although the chassis and under-body is same as the Alto’s, it is marginally a bigger car with length, width and height of 3620, 1495 and 1460mm respectively. It looks sportier, younger and muscular with a revised front as well as rear end. Premium features like fog lamps, usage of chrome and stylish wheel covers have gone a long way in making the K10 stand out in this price band of cars.
Both the Alto and the K10 are sold in six different color options and while the Alto wears 12-inch steel rims, the K10 gets larger 13-inch steel rims with slightly wider tyres too. The Alto gets sold in three trim levels of Alto, Alto LX and Alto LXI while the K10 is sold in two versions of LXi and VXi.
Maruti Alto Exteriors Details
Maruti Alto Front design
Alto K10 has Bold New Mesh Grille; Sharp Headlamps with three step inner illumination makes head turn.
Maruti Alto Rear design
The restyled rear with new tail-lights looks modern and gels well with the overall design.
Maruti Alto Side profile
ORVM mounted turn indicator, Electrically Adjustable ORVM, Side Protective Moulding, Printed Antenna enhances the new look of the car. The car has also increased in length.
Maruti Alto Ground Clearance
Alto K10 has Ground Clearance of 160 mm.
Maruti Alto Engine & Performance
When it comes to making small capacity petrol engines, the Maruti-Suzuki venture knows the job very well. Infact, the 3-cylinder 800cc engine that powers the older Alto is one of the largest produced and most reliable small petrol engines in the world. This is also the same unit that powers the 800 but in the Alto, it is in different state of tune. With 4 valves per cylinder, 32 bit on board computer and other changes, the engine makes a decent 47PS of power, enough to propel the light weight (690-705 kg depending on variant) Alto to good speeds. It is also quite efficient with an ARAI rated economy of 19.73kmpl. The unit is fairly responsive in traffic though the characteristic 3-cylinder vibration and noise can get intruding when pushed hard.
The K10 gets powered by the newer generation KB10 engine. This is also a 3-cylinder unit but has a higher displacement of 998cc. The all-aluminum engine produces a very impressive 68PS of power and equally good 90Nm of torque. The K10 weighs between 760 and 765 kilos which means the power is more than enough to give the K10 best in class performance. The K10 infact can easily challenge other bigger and more expensive hatchbacks when it comes to outright acceleration. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox which means it can easily keep triple digit speeds on the highway. The best part is the impressive fuel economy of 20.2kmpl (ARAI rated).
Maruti Alto Engine and Performance Details
Maruti Alto Acceleration
Alto K10 has a good amount of acceleration it reaches 0-100km in about 13.97seconds.4.92sec faster than the older car. The cable-shift gearbox is slick and precise but the throws are a bit long but the throttle responses have improved drastically.
Maruti Alto Top speed
Alto K10 has a top speed of about 164kmph.
Maruti Alto In-gear acceleration
Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 petrol that can reach 40-60 Kmph in 5.26 seconds while overtaking in the 3rd gear it can reach between 80-100 in 6.18 seconds.
Maruti Alto Gearbox
Alto K10 uses a 5 Speed Manual Transmission for its engine.
Maruti Alto Mileage and Running Costs
The 800 cc 47 PS version has an ARAI rated economy of 19.73kmpl and the K10 has an economy of 20.2kmpl (ARAI rated). These figures are fantastic plus the CNG (company fitted) further decreases the cost of ownership and easily makes the Alto the cheapest ways of transport posible by car.
Maruti Alto Mileage View full detail
|Maruti Alto Petrol Variants|
|Maruti Alto Std||19.7 kmpl|
|Maruti Alto LX||19.7 kmpl|
|Maruti Alto LXi||19.7 kmpl|
|Maruti Alto CNG Variants|
|Maruti Alto Std CNG||26.83 km/kg|
|Maruti Alto LX CNG||26.83 km/kg|
|Maruti Alto LXi CNG||26.83 km/kg|
Maruti Alto Mileage Details
Maruti Alto City fuel economy
Alto K10 returns about 16kmpl in the city
Maruti Alto Highway fuel economy
Alto K10 returns about 22kmpl in the highways.
Maruti Alto ARAI rated economy
Alto K10 ARAI rated fuel economy is about 20.2 kmpl
Maruti Alto Tank Range
Alto tank range is about 700kms approx.
Maruti Alto Handling Braking & Safety
Both the Alto and K10 have the same kind of suspension set-up. At the front, McPherson Strut with torsion type roll control device do the job while at the rear, the cars get coil spring gas filled shock absorbers with three link rigid axle and isolated trailing arms. Infact, this type of set-up is the most commonly used system by most small cars these days.
Maruti Alto Handling, Braking & Safety Details
Maruti Alto Handling
The new Altos compact dimensions and light steering are terrific for parking in tight spots. All-round visibility is good. Ride at low speeds is decent, and the Alto easily soaks up most road undulations. Theres a fair bit of body roll when you go around a corner in speed, but the car still feels safe. However, the light steering is uncommunicative at high speeds. Stability at high speeds, though improved, isnt great yet.
Maruti Alto Braking performance
Alto uses Ventilated discs at the front and uses Drum brakes at the rear. Alto K10 stops from 100km to a standstill in about 4.12 seconds.
Maruti Alto Safety features
Alto K10 does not have a airbag or ABS in the car but it does have Side impact beams and front impact beams in the car.
Maruti Alto ABS
Alto K10 does not have ABS across any variants.
Maruti Alto Traction control
Alto K10 does not have Traction control in the car.
Maruti Alto Comfort & Suspension
Both the Alto and K10 have the same kind of suspension set-up. At the front, McPherson Strut with torsion type roll control device do the job while at the rear, the cars get coil spring gas filled shock absorbers with three link rigid axle and isolated trailing arms. Infact, this type of set-up is the most commonly used system by most small cars these days. The Alto comes with power-steering as an option in the LXi model which both the two trim levels of the K10 gets a standard power steering system. In slow traffic, this is a boon and combined with the small size of the cars and short turning radius (identical, 4.6m) make driving them in city a breeze. Ofcourse you can’t expect very good comfort over bad roads, but they do the job pretty well. The K10 feels a tad better due to taller and wider tires. Highway duties in both the cars are possible even with a full load. Again, the K10 feels much better and well plated. At triple digit speeds though, you do feel cross winds easily but then, at this price point, expecting anything more would be un-fair. Both the Alto and K10 are meant for city use and hence do the job well as far as daily commutes go. Worthy of a mention is the fact that both the models come with tubeless tyres for added peace of mind.
Maruti Alto Comfort & Suspension Details
Maruti Alto Comfort
The vibrant seat colour livens up the otherwise drab-looking interiors. While the low seats make getting in and out cumbersome, the new front seats are similar in design to the A-stars with integrated headrests. While the comfortable seats offer good support, they lack under-thigh support. Seat bolstering isnt that great and you tend to get thrown around when the driver gets a bit enthusiastic.
Maruti Alto Front suspension
Alto K10 uses McPherson Strut with Coil Spring at the front to give a comfort drive.
Maruti Alto Rear suspension
K10 has Isolated Trailing Link with Coil Spring at the rear which also handles pot holes well.
Maruti Alto Specifications
|Mileage Highway||18.3 kmpl|
|Mileage City||13.6 kmpl|
|Mileage Overall||14.5 kmpl|
Wheels & Tyres
|Wheel Size||12 inch|
Maruti Alto Features
|Maruti Alto||Std||LX||LXi||Std CNG||LX CNG||LXi CNG|
Maruti Alto Price
The ex showroom price of Maruti Alto ranges from Rs 2.40 Lakh to Rs 3.39 Lakh. Maruti Alto is available in 6 variants. To find the on road price of Maruti Alto you need to click on the check on road price.
Maruti Alto has 3 Petrol variant(s), 3 CNG variant(s), the cheapest variant is Maruti Alto Std which has a Petrol engine, and starts at Rs 2.40 Lakh, the most expensive variant is Maruti Alto LXi CNG which has a CNG engine and is for Rs 3.39 Lakh .
Maruti Alto News
Maruti Alto Reviews
By MANOJ GUPTA Posted on Sep,09,23 9:57 PM
Pros Great looks, good lileage
Cons exellent interior , outlook, more comfortable.
EXCELLENT VEHILCLE FOR ALL MIDDLE CLASS EMPLOYEES. CAN ENJOY A LONG DRIVE. YES, I AGREE WITH OTHER REVIEWERS THAT WTIH AC ON, PICK UP GETS LOWER AND DURING LONG DRIVE, YOU NEED TO ON AND OFF AC. THIS NEEDS LOOKING INTO.
By Philip Mathew Posted on Sep,09,27 4:43 AM
Pros This is an excellent car for a small family and easy to drive in crowded cities
Cons Less luggage space, less interior space and leg sapce
I bought an Alto Lxi recently ( a red one) and I like it. It has resonably good pickup and easy to drive and park in the cities. Though I had to spent few thousands for getting the bumper same color as the body, getting an undercoating (based on the suggestion that an undercoating is good for the rainy roads), floor mats, wheel cups, mud guards and window tinting. You could negotiate these extra necessary fittings with the dealer during the sales negotiations and get it done by them at free of cost or at a discounted rate. I went for a long drive about 500 Km on the first day itself (with five people including the driver) and the car performed reasonably well on highways and we didnot face any problems even though the road condition was bad some times. The mileage was excellent, we got about 18-20 kmlitre. Its Ac also works very well. I recommend Lxi with power steering because the car is easy to handle in the crowded cities. Overall I am very happy with this car. I would give a rating of very good for this car. I think this is an excellent economical car for a small family and very good for city driving.
By adil khan Posted on May,05,20 8:28 PM
Pros Nice first car , good milage , dependable
Cons less space
I have a 1.1 vx 2001 model and i am driving it since then and done approximately 74k km on it now and its moving on with least cost to own. if you have more than 4 adults each in a range of 5.5 feet's(i am 5.8 feets) and above that would travel regularly, then dont opt for any alto , but if its occasional and you just want to have a good city car nothing could match its ease in terms of parking maintenance mileage 800 cc is a little underpowered as compared to older 1.1 cc , but again this is a good city car + fair occasional highway car.
Posted on Feb,02,04 3:01 AM
Pros Good mileage, trouble free, almost nil maintenance
Cons Bit cramped rear, less powerful engine,
Value for money. Except being bit cramped interiors (tall or fat persons will find it less comfortable) and dragging while AC is on, an ideal car for a small middle class family.
By BALRAJ Posted on Jul,07,07 2:34 PM
Pros GOOD MILEAGE
I HAVE A ALTO-LX CAR. I HAVE RUNNING ON PETORL. MY DAILY USAGE AROUND 100 KM. KINDLY SUGGEST WHETHER CNG KIT 12 KG IS SUITABLE. IF SO KINDLY LET US KNOW THER PERMITABLE KIT & THEIR VALUE & FROM WHERE I CAN FIX THE SAME.
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