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New Maruti Alto K10 : Competition Check

  • Nov 04, 2014
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2015 Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Front Right Quarter

The Maruti Alto K10 is now in line with Maruti's current crop of hatchbacks with the latest facelift. It borrows the Alto 800's body-shell and underpinnings, continues to use the same powertrain as the previous model and gets the addition of an AMT. The new Alto K10 adopts the tall-boy hatchback philosophy that frees up a lot more space, which is a common feature on the entry level hatchback segment in India.

2015 Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Interior Dashboard

Exterior design is similar to the Alto 800, but has been modified to give the K10 its own look. Interiors are the biggest improvement in the whole package as compared to the older car, the new Alto K10 is much nicer inside in terms of design as well as comfort.

Competition for the Maruti Alto K10 includes the Hyundai Eon 1.0 L Kappa, the Datsun Go and the Nissan Micra Active. While the Alto K10 and Eon are similarly sized, the Go and the Micra Active benefit from being stripped down versions of larger hatchbacks.



Dimensions

Alto K10 Competition Check - Dimensions

As we had mentioned earlier, the Datsun Go and Micra Active are helped by the fact that these are based on the same platform as the larger Micra hatchback. Among the equally matched Eon and Alto K10, the Eon has more interior space.

Powertrain

Let us have a look at the powertrain specifications comparison of these cars:

Alto K10 Competition Check - Engine Specs

Maruti has increased the compression ratio of the 1.0-litre K-Series engine used in the Alto K10 and also worked on reducing friction, which has lead a 15 per cent increase in mileage. The new Maruti Alto K10 now returns 24.07 km/l. This is the highest mileage in this category, there is a CNG option available for those who want be more economical while on the move.

The Maruti Alto K10 has the best combination of power, efficiency and weight among all the cars in this comparison. The Datsun Go and Hyundai Eon are comparatively similar in terms of efficiency, the Eon is better to drive thanks to a peppy engine and lower weight.



Equipment

Let's look at some of the equipment offered in these cars, we are comparing the top end variants of the respective cars:

Alto K10 Competition Check - Features 1

Alto K10 Competition Check - Features 2

The Micra Active is the most loaded of all the cars here, but it is also the most expensive in this lot (as we shall see below). The Maruti Alto K10 comes is the best car to buy after the Micra Active in terms of equipment offered.

Price

Alto K10 Competition Check - Price

The Datsun Go is the best bet here if space is most important, the Micra Active is the best option if features are more important. The Maruti Alto K10 has hit the sweet spot with good design, acceptable interior space, brilliant engines and by being a high value-for-money proposition. This is a great option for those looking for a entry-level hatchback with a bit of oomph.
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