Maruti Alto

(4.5 / 5) Based on 34 reviews
` 2.40 - 3.39 Lakh*
ex-showroom price in New Delhi
This Model has been discontinued by the manufacturer.
Maruti Alto

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Comfort
Looks
Engine
Interiors
Safety
Mileage

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.

The Alto’s interiors have remained more or less the same over the last eleven years. 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!
In engines , 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. 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 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 best part is the impressive fuel economy of 20.2kmpl (ARAI rated).
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 starts at 2.4 lakhs to 3.4 lakhs ex-shworrom Delhi and is certianly one of India's most loved cars! For a detailed analysis read below..

Maruti Alto Specifications

Maruti Alto Technical Specifications

Dimension & Weights

Overall Length 3495 mm
Overall Width 1475 mm
Overall Height 1460 mm
Ground Clearance 4.6 mm

Engine

Torque 62Nm @3000rpm
Displacement 796 cc
Power 47PS@6200rpm
No of Cylinders 3

Fuel Efficiency

Mileage Highway 18.3 kmpl
Mileage City 13.6 kmpl
Mileage Overall 14.5 kmpl

Wheels & Tyres

Tyres Tubeless
Wheel Size 12 inch
Wheel Type Steel

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Maruti Alto Features

Maruti Alto Std LX LXi Std CNG LX CNG LXi CNG
ABS
Airbags
Power Steering
Power Windows
Audio System
Alloy Wheels

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Maruti Alto Colors

  • Blue Balze
  • Fire Brick
  • Ecru Beige
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Silky Silver Metallic
  • Superior White

Maruti Alto Price

Maruti Alto Price in New Delhi

` 2.40 - 3.39 Lakh*
ex-showroom price in New Delhi

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 .

User Review of Maruti Alto

MY DREAM CAR ALTO LXI
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.

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Maruti Alto Lxi
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.

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55 of 55 users found this review helpful.

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.

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12 of 14 users found this review helpful.

GO FOR IT.
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.

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ALTO-LX ON CNG
Posted on Jul,07,07 2:34 PM

Pros GOOD MILEAGE

Cons NOTHING

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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