Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Performance & First Drive

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Overview

The Maruti Suzuki Alto is synonymous with the Indian car market and turns out to be the sought after choice for a first time car buyer. When Maruti Suzuki introduced the new Alto back in 2010, they offered it with two engine options, the 800cc three-cylinder engine and the new 1.0-litre K-series engine. In 2013, the 800cc Alto got revamped and was christened the Alto 800. In 2014, the 1.0-litre Alto was also revamped and was distinctly different than the Alto 800 and got K10 added to its moniker. What started as one car, the M800 replacement, the Alto has branched out into two distinct model lines in the Indian market – one for the entry-level car buyer and another for the one who can afford to stretch out a little bit.It competes with the likes of the Hyundai Eon, Renault Kwid, Chevrolet Spark, Datsun RediGo and the Datsun Go in the Indian car market. For information on contact details of Maruti car dealers in New Delhi

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Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Style

With mild cosmetic changes, the new Alto K10 shares great resemblance with its siblings – Maruti Alto and Maruti Zen. With a total dimension of 3620 mm (length) x 1495 mm (width) x 1460 mm (height), the car looks very compact yet very spacious from the inside. The wheelbase is 2360 mm. The new headlights,body-coloured bumper, extended snout and stylish front fog lamps enhance the front fascia of car. Now, the badge is significantly highlighted on its front side. The wheels of its top-end variant get full covers, whereas the K10 LXi comes with only a centre cap. Its 13-inch tubeless tryes contribute to its stability and ride quality. The 155/65R13 size of tyres is used for both the variants. The redesigned rear instantly feels like the old Zen.

The new tail lights, tailgate with wedge and rear bumper have maintained the aesthetic feel of the car. Both the variants Lxi and VXi carry total kerb weight of 760 kg and 765 kg, respectively. The car is available in six attractive colors – Fire Brick Red, Midnight Black, Sunlight Copper, Ecru Beige, Silky Silver and Superior White

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Space

It’s more impressive, however, is the all-new interior. Maruti has given this new K10 a bespoke dual-tone dashboard design that, combined with the light fabrics, looks airy and fairly upmarket for the price point, though it still can’t match the fit and finish of the Hyundai Eon.There’s a new steering wheel (slightly Swift-inspired), new instruments, and the audio system (which supports CD, USB and Aux) sports a piano-black finish. Additionally, bits of silver accents on the dash announce sporty intent.

As for convenience, the manual variant gets cupholders and a cubbyhole in front of the gear lever; however, the AMT’s larger transmission housing means the cupholders have been deleted, which is ironic. Because it’s only in an automatic that your hand is free to sip a hot capuccino on the move. A clever little bit, carried over from before, is a small folding hook next to the glove box, which can be used to hang small bags.

The front seats are reasonably comfortable, and have enough travel to accommodate fairly tall people. Knee and head room at the rear has improved too. No, the wheelbase is the same as the Alto 800’s, but Maruti has scooped out the front seat’s backrest to add about an inch-and-a-half of more space for your knees. On the flipside, the thinner cushioning here means passengers up front can feel the rear person’s knee when it comes in contact with the seat. Not quite the back massage a driver would want!

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Gearbox

Powering the new Alto K10 is the same old 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder, K-Next petrol engine that churns out a maximum power of 67bhp at 6000rpm with a 90Nm of peak torque at 3500rpm. It comes paired either with a 5-speed manual gearbox that drives the front wheels. The Alto K10 is now being offered with an automated manual transmission (AGS) which tries to bring in the convenience of an automatic and the efficiency of a manual gearbox together. The new model is 15 per cent more fuel efficient than the old model. It has electronic speed limit of 135-140kmph.Its K-series engine produces a peak power of 68 PS at 6200 rpm and the maximum torque of 90Nm at 3500 rpm. Coupled with a five-speed cable type manual transmission, the power is transmitted to the front wheels of the car. It returns an impressive mileage of 20.2 kmpl.

The Alto K10 leads the race when it comes to mileage. This hatchback comes with more refined K10B petrol engine that churns out a maximum power of 68 PS at 6200 rpm and a peak torque of 90 Nm at 3500 rpm. This upgraded engine makes the Alto K10 one of the most fuel efficient cars in this segment. It delivers an impressive fuel efficiency of 20.2 kmpl on highways, while that of 15-16 kmpl in the city.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Driving

Where this motor really comes alive is when it’s paired to the slick-shifting manual gearbox. Acceleration is strong in the first three gears, and this little Alto can easily keep up with and leave some hatchbacks from even two segments higher, in its dust. We didn’t strap our testing gear onto this car but from the seat of my pants, it does feel a bit quicker than the older K10. However, I wish Maruti had given it slightly bigger shoes to make better use of the power on twisty roads; the 155/55 R13 tyres aren’t particularly grippy. Also, despite the improved ride, it does get a bit choppy over undulations, and the steering feels a bit vague because it doesn’t self-centre very well. That said, it’s easily the most fun-to-drive car in its segment, and the automatic variant (though not as peppy) is claimed to be as fuel efficient as the manual. And more importantly, it makes easy work of urban traffic. The Alto K10 may not top its segment in appeal, but it is more welcoming than the outgoing car

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Safety

The braking system is very basic, but proficient enough to provide good control. The front and rear wheels have ventilated disc brakes and drum brakes, respectively. Tyres are relatively small, and don’t have any active role in maintaining the balance and stability of the car. All standard safety features are available with its both variants, which include seat belts, child lock, front fog lamps, headlights, engine immobilizer, i-CATS, central locking key off reminder, suspension and braking system. However, the advanced ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and EBD safety measures are missing from the board.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Cost in Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 3,42,195/- (Alto K10 LX) to 4,27,815/- (Alto K10 VXI AGS Optional). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Alto K10 price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Conclusion

With a decent cosmetic makeover and configured with more powerful engine, the new Alto K10 is a good value-for-money product. The K10B engine is a far better performer than Maruti’s old 796 cc engine. From the inside, the car gives you a sense of comfort, which comes with good numbers of features and rich upholstery. Sure, it still isn’t pretty, but the smoother exterior design make it easier on the eyes. Not only are interior aesthetics a big step up over the outgoing car, Maruti’s extra efforts mark the K10 as a clear cut above the Alto 800 too. The Alto K10’s case though is built on its combination of practicality, peppy performance and the incredible convenience of an automatic at a very competitive price tag.

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