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Maruti Alto

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 Modern India’s largest selling car seems to be breaking records every month. The Alto has been Maruti’s biggest grosser for years now and the company does know how to play this game well. To start with, today, the Alto is available in three different variants – the original good old one with an 800cc engine, a company fitted CNG version and the new, modern and improved version called the Alto K10. While the original 800cc Alto caters very well to the semi urban and rural areas, it is the new K10 model that is having a dream run in urban and metro cities.

It looks miles ahead of its older cousin with modern design touches like sharper headlamps, classier front end and new tail lamps. It also has better interiors which are more practical and ofcourse a peppier engine as well. The K10 offers one of the best “performance per rupee” ratios in the Indian market. Being light weight, the KB10 engine gives the Alto K10 exciting performance and driving characteristics. Infact, in traffic, the K10 is very peppy and responds well to driver’s inputs. Like a typical Maruti, the K10 is extremely fuel efficient as well.

Maruti also offers the older Alto with a company fitted CNG system. Needless to say, the CNG does help you in saving tons loads of money per month though at the cost of boot space and ofcourse wasting time in long queues for filling up the tank. Maruti offers the Alto in eight variants including two three CNG ones. At this price, we don’t think there is any other car in the market that can match up to the Maruti Alto. The only drawback we see with the Alto is its limited interior space. 

 

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  • Blue Blaze

  • Ecru Beige

  • Fire Brick Red

  • Midnight Black

  • Silky Silver

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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..

 

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Interiors

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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!
 

What we like

For people upgrading from an 800, it is more modern and practical, k10 version has better interiors too!

What we don't like

Interior design is dated and lags behind newer rivals like the Eon and also is not as spacious as Nano

Interiors Details

Boot Space

Maruti Suzuki Alto boot is decent considering the car’s size as it is at the entry level car.

Speedometer

The new improved speedometer is easily visible and readable.

Gear Lever

The gear lever is simple easy to reach for the drivers.

Cup Holders

There are cup holders in the Alto.

Glovebox

There is a spacious glovebox in the Alto K10 which is attached to the booth.

Audio System

There is no integrated audio system in the Alto K10.

Air Conditioner

The air conditioner of the Alto is efficient and is able to circulate good amount of air inside the car.

Arm Rests

There is no arm rest in the Alto.

Air Vents

The air vents are fitted in the dashboard itself and is capable of circulating cool air inside the car.

Seats

The new seats in the interior of the car are not so much comfortable. The front seat seems to be inspired by the Maruti A-Star.

Leg Room

Alto K10 has 1185/930mm of leg room space inside the car.

Knee Room

Alto K10 has 800/530mm of knee room space inside the car which is average and tall people may have some complaints with the knee room space.

Shoulder Space

Alto K10 has 1190mm of shoulder space inside the car.

Head Room

Alto K10 has 990/910mm of head room space inside the car. Despite the increased length, interior space hasn’t increased and the headroom remains poor.

Steering Wheel

Alto K10 has power steering with electro mechanical assistance which helps a lot during the handling of the car.

Power Windows

Alto K10 has option of power windows in the car.

Keyless Entry

Alto K10 has no option for keyless entry in the car.

Driver Information Display

Alto K10 has an electronic driver information display which shows fuel meter, a trip meter apart from regular warning lamps.

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Exteriors

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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

Exteriors Details

Front Design

Alto K10 has Bold New Mesh Grille; Sharp Headlamps with three step inner illumination makes head turn.

Rear Design

The restyled rear with new tail-lights looks modern and gels well with the overall design.

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.

Ground Clearance

Alto K10 has Ground Clearance of 160 mm.

Bumpers

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

Head Lamps

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

Tail Lamps

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

Fog Lamps

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

Tyres

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

Alloy Wheels

Alto K10 has no option of alloy wheels.

Outside Mirrors

Alto K10 has internally adjustable outside mirrors in the car.

Colors

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

Rear Wiper

Alto K10 does to have a rear wiper.

Roof Rails

Alto K10 does not have a roof rail.

Sun Roof

Alto K10 has no sun roof in the car.

Spoiler

Alto K10 has no spoiler in the car.

Side Steps

Alto K10 has no spoiler in the car.

Spare Wheel

Alto K10 has a spare wheel at the boot of the car.

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Engine

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

Engine & Performance Details

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.

Top Speed

Alto K10 has a top speed of about 164kmph.

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.

Gearbox

Alto K10 uses a 5 Speed Manual Transmission for its engine.

Power

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

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.

NVH Levels

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

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Mileage

  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.

What we like

The CNG version plus the petrol powered Alto's are extremely efficient and the cheapest ways of ruuning a car

What we don't like

The 800cc version has less economy than the powerful K10!

Mileage Details

City Fuel Economy

Alto K10 returns about 16kmpl in the city

Highway Fuel Economy

Alto K10 returns about 22kmpl in the highways.

Arai Rated Economy

Alto K10 ARAI rated fuel economy is about 20.2 kmpl

Tank Range

Alto tank range is about 700kms approx.


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

Handling Braking & Safety Details

Handling

The new Alto’s 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. There’s 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, isn’t great yet.

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.

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.

Abs

Alto K10 does not have ABS across any variants.

Traction Control

Alto K10 does not have Traction control in the car.

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Comfort

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

Comfort & Suspension Details

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-star’s with integrated headrests. While the comfortable seats offer good support, they lack under-thigh support. Seat bolstering isn’t that great and you tend to get thrown around when the driver gets a bit enthusiastic.

Front Suspension

Alto K10 uses McPherson Strut with Coil Spring at the front to give a comfort drive.

Rear Suspension

K10 has Isolated Trailing Link with Coil Spring at the rear which also handles pot holes well.


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Maruti Alto Lxi

By RATAN SINGH Posted on 27 Sep 08, 04:43 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 km/litre. Its A/c 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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GO FOR IT.

By Vikram Oberoi Posted on 04 Feb 09, 03:01 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 A/C is on, an ideal car for a small middle class family.

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Performance of ALTO LXI

By RATAN SINGH Posted on 15 Jul 08, 08:07 AM

Pros Great looks, Good milege

Cons Less confortable because less pickup with AC on

It is a good car for middle class people, but has one setback, i.e LESS PICK UP WITH AC ON AND WE HAVE TO CHANGE THE GEAR.

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I like alto

By Jhanvi Sinha Posted on 17 Mar 09, 10:36 PM

Pros alto looks great

Cons nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

it is small................................................................................................................................................................................................

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Maruti alto lx

By RATAN SINGH Posted on 30 Jul 08, 10:14 PM

Pros superb ride,great price,nice Ac.

Cons performance could have been better.

i have been riding an alto for the last 15 days and i think it is more suited for highways than city driving.it saps a lot of power when the ac is on but its ride and fuel efficiency both are good.

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Very good car for middle class society,perticularly for serviceman its excellent

By RATAN SINGH Posted on 28 Jun 08, 07:21 PM

Pros GOOD COMFORTABLE VERY GOOD MILAGE BUT LESS PICK IN AC ENGINE POWER TO BE RAISE TO 996.

Cons INTERIOR GOOD,REAR REVIEW MIRROR MAKES OBSTACLE FOR DRIVER TO LOOK LEFT SIDE WHILE IN TURNING LEFT.

Overall performance is very good,beutiful getup,excellent milage,comfortable seating arrangement,LPG option is reqd.

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Dependable car

By Sukhpreet Sinha Posted on 11 Jul 11, 04:49 PM

Pros Good mileage, dependable

Cons Less safe

The car is cheap and dependable. But it is less safe.

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For the economical drive

By Vishwanath Reddy Posted on 20 Mar 10, 07:04 PM

Pros excellent mileage, service center almost everywhere

Cons poor space, interiors not at all attractive, get exhausted very soon during long drives

had a god experience while driving mileage is damm gud, only problem is space need to improve

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Alto review

By Rakhi Sachdeva Posted on 10 Jan 09, 01:11 AM

Pros Good

Cons Not so stylish

Good.... I liked to have a long drive with the alto - the product from maruti... its comfrtable... and also good economy ///

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I LOVE ALTO

By Rahul Varma Posted on 01 Jan 11, 09:36 AM

Pros LOOK SO GOOD , MILEAGE IS SO GOOD,

Cons NOT SO COMFOR BUT WITH PRICE ITS SO GOOD

I LOVE ALTO LXI, WITH LOW PRICE THE FACALITY IS SO GOOD, NO OTHER COMPANY CAN BEAT THIS MODEL. ITS SO GOOD , IN EVERY THING, MAST CAR HAI YAAR.

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