Maruti Alto


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This Model has been discontinued by the manufacturer.

Maruti Alto Variants

Petrol Variants

Maruti Alto Std
796 cc Petrol, 19.7 kmpl |
N/A
Maruti Alto LX
796 cc Petrol, 19.7 kmpl |
N/A
Maruti Alto LXi
796 cc Petrol, 19.7 kmpl |
N/A

CNG Variants

Maruti Alto LXi CNG
796 cc CNG, 26.83 km/kg |
N/A
Maruti Alto Std CNG
796 cc CNG, 26.83 km/kg |
N/A
Maruti Alto LX CNG
796 cc CNG, 26.83 km/kg |
N/A

Maruti Alto Review

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  • Engine & Performance
     
  • Mileage
     
  • Braking & Safety
     
  • Comfort
     

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. 

 
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..

 

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Maruti Alto Pros & Cons

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 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.
 


What we like

 Thw k10 looks much better and will appeal to the younger crowd as well


What we don't like

 Still the basic design is dated now and lags behind rivals

 
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Maruti Alto Exterior vs Similar Cars Exterior


Maruti Alto

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What we like
  • Compact size
  • Better looking than 800
  • Stylish design
  • Decent quality
  • Futuristic looks
  • Compact size- easy to use
What we don't like
  • Design getting old
  • Build quality needs improvement
  • Looks small
  • Small tyres hamper looks
  • Rear styling
  • Small tyres hamper looks

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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 Bumpers

Alto K10 has body coloured bumpers with integrated fog lamps at the front. The bumper enhances the look of the car.

Maruti Alto Head lamps

Headlamps of the alto are halogen 3way adjustable and provide good illumination in the dark.

Maruti Alto Tail lamps

Alto K10 has new designed tail lamps which provide good visibility from distance.

Maruti Alto Fog lamps

Alto K10 has integrated fog lamps in the car but only on the higher variants.

Maruti Alto Tyres

Alto K10 uses 155/65 radial tyres for its set of wheels which gives the car good grip any weather conditions.

Maruti Alto Alloy wheels

Alto K10 has no option of alloy wheels.

Maruti Alto Outside mirrors

Alto K10 has internally adjustable outside mirrors in the car.

Maruti Alto Colors

The following colors of Altok10 are Midnight black, Superior white, Silky silver, Fire Brick Red, Blue Blaze, Ecru Beige.

Maruti Alto Rear wiper

Alto K10 does to have a rear wiper.

Maruti Alto Roof rails

Alto K10 does not have a roof rail.

Maruti Alto Sun roof

Alto K10 has no sun roof in the car.

Maruti Alto Spoiler

Alto K10 has no spoiler in the car.

Maruti Alto Side Steps

Alto K10 has no spoiler in the car.

Maruti Alto Spare wheel

Alto K10 has a spare wheel at the boot of 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.
 


What we like

Due to wider tyres the K10 feels better in this regard


What we don't like

 The ride is still bouncy


 
Maruti Alto suspension view

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-starís with integrated headrests. While the comfortable seats offer good support, they lack under-thigh support. Seat bolstering isnít 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 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).
 


What we like

 The K10 is easily very fun to drive and smooth in traffic, offers great performance


What we don't like

 The 800cc version is slow

 
Maruti Alto Engine

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 Power

Alto K10 uses KB Series Petrol Engine which has 998cc and produces 68ps of power @ 6200rpm.

Maruti Alto Torque

Alto K10 produces 90nm of torque@3500rpm.The 1-litre twin-cam motor produces a healthy amount of torque and is an improvement, despite some vibrations at idle. The throttle responses have improved drastically. The lively, rev-friendly engine is hugely flexible and a thrill to drive. Overtaking on the highway is much easier now and only a shift or two is needed to accelerate with gusto.

Maruti Alto NVH levels

The noise level of the alto is quite minimum until and unless it is not pushed hard.

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  • Maruti Alto Petrol K10
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Maruti Alto Petrol Performance

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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. 

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. 

What we like

 The small size and less weight makes it nimble


What we don't like

 Braking performance could have been better though


Maruti Alto Handling

The new Altoís 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. Thereís 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, isnít 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 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

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 LXi CNG 26.83 km/kg
Maruti Alto Std CNG 26.83 km/kg
Maruti Alto LX CNG 26.83 km/kg

Maruti Alto Petrol Mileage

The petrol mileage on highway of Alto is 22kmpl and in city it gives 16kmpl. The overall mileage is 17.5kpl.


Maruti Alto CNG Mileage

The Alto CNG gives 14.5 overall while on highway  it is 18.3 and in city it is 13.6. The ARAI certified mileage of Maruti Alto is 26.83.


Maruti Alto Mileage vs Similar Cars Mileage


Maruti Alto

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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.

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Maruti Alto Features

Maruti Alto LX LX CNG LXi LXi CNG Std Std CNG
Safety
ABS No No No No No No
EBD No No No No No No
Airbags No No No No No No
Child safety lock Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Immobilizer No No No No No No
Traction control No No No No No No
Hill control No No No No No No
Hill descent No No No No No No
4WD No No No No No No
ESP No No No No No No
Central locking No No No No No No
Interior
Power Steering No No Yes Yes No No
Tilt Steering No No No No No No
Power windows No No No No No No
Auto down for power windows No No No No No No
Anti-pinch for power windows No No No No No No
Cup holders No No No No No No
Air-con Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Rear A/c vents No No No No No No
Audio system No No No No No No
Keyless start-stop button No No No No No No
Electric mirrors No No No No No No
Electric foldable mirrors No No No No No No
Deffoger Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Tachometer No No No No No No
Leather seats No No No No No No
Arm rest No No No No No No
Reversing camera No No No No No No
Steering controls No No No No No No
Bluetooth connectivity No No No No No No
Driver info display No No No No No No
Cruise control No No No No No No
Foot rest No No No No No No
Remote boot release No No No No No No
Driver seat height adjust No No No No No No
Chilled glovebox No No No No No No
Power Seats No No No No No No
Exterior
Keyless entry No No No No No No
Fog lights No No No No No No
Sunroof No No No No No No
Moon Roof No No No No No No
Rear wiper No No No No No No
Auto headlamps No No No No No No
Rain sensing wipers No No No No No No
Steel rims Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Alloy wheels No No No No No No
Rear spoiler No No No No No No
Roof rails No No No No No No
Chrome grille No No No No No No
Projector lamps No No No No No No
Day time running lamps No No No No No No

Maruti Alto Colors

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

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chithra | Posted on Feb,12,2014 at 16:23 PM
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hi.I am Pragyan Pattanaik,Odisha want to buy a Maruti Alto or Wagner within price range 70,000---100000 ,model year
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i want one secondhand alto or swift.,model 2009 onwards.,the price range will 1,80,000 to 2,00,000 fully loaded. Reply to this post  
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  • Still the largest selling model
  • Very reliable and cheap to run
  • K10 - best in class performance
  • 2 petrol and 1 CNG option on avail
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