Maruti Alto K10

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VEHICLE SUMMARY
Body Type Hatchback
Country of Assembly India
Country of Manufacture India
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Engine Displacement 998 cc
Engine Description 1L, K-Next Engine
Maximum Power 67.1 Bhp @ 6000 rpm
Maximum Torque 90 Nm @ 3500 rpm
No. of Cylinders 3
Fuel Type Petrol
Transmission 5-Speed Manual Gearbox
Emission Standard BS IV + OBD II
PERFORMANCE & MILEAGE
Mileage (City) 18 kmpl (approx.)
Mileage (Highway) 21 kmpl (approx.)
Mileage (Certified) 24.07 kmpl
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
Length 3545 mm
Width 1515 mm
Height 1475 mm
Wheelbase 2360 mm
Minimum Ground Clearance 160 mm
Kerb Weight 755 kg
Gross Vehicle Weight 1210 kg
Turning Radius 4.6 metres
Front Track 1295 mm
Rear Track 1290 mm
CAPACITY
Seating Capacity 5 (2 + 3)
Number of Seating Rows 2 Rows
Number of Doors 5 Doors
Fuel Tank Capacity 35 litres
BRAKES & SUSPENSION
Front Brakes Ventilated Disc
Rear Brakes Drum
Front Suspension Gas Filled McPherson Strut
Rear Suspension 3-link Rigid Axle Suspension
WHEELS & TYRES
Front Tyre 155/65 R13
Rear Tyre 155/65 R13
Spare Wheel
Full Wheelcaps
COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
Remote Boot Release
Remote Fuel Filler
Centre Console With Cup Holder Yes (Floor Console 2 Cup Holder s) (Rear Console Bottle Holders )
Rear Parcel Shelf
Vanity mirror Yes (Driver & Co-Driver Side)
Audible Headlight-on Reminder Yes (Headlight-on Reminder With Buzzer)
Key In Reminder Yes (Audible)
Rear Washer & Wiper
Keyless Entry
Variable Intermittent Wipers
Power Outlet
Air Conditioner Yes (Dial-Type Climate Control ) (With Heater)
Power Windows Yes (Front)
Power Steering
EXTERIOR FEATURES
Body-coloured Bumpers
Tinted Glass
Chrome Front Grille
Door Black out Tapes B-Pillar Black Out Tapes
Body Coloured Door Handles
Waistline Moulding
Body Coloured Outside Mirrors
Outside Rear-view Mirrors Yes (Both Sides Internally Adjustable)
INTERIOR FEATURES
Integrated Front Headrest Yes (Front & Rear)
Dual Tone Interiors
Sunvisor with Ticket Holder Yes (Driver & Co-Driver Side)
Front Door Map Pockets
Glove Box
Side Pillar Air Vents Yes (B Pillar Trim, C Pillar Trim , Quarter Trim)
Under Seat Tray Yes (Rear Parcel Tray)
ACTIVE & PASSIVE SAFETY FEATURES
Rear Seat Belts Yes (3-Point ELR)
Side Impact Beams
Seatbelt Reminder Yes (Driver's Seat Belt Warning Lamp )
Airbags Yes (Driver)
Front Seat Belts Yes (3-Point ELR)
LOCKS & SECURITY
Child-Protection Door Locks
Anti-theft Alarm Yes (i-CATS)
Central Locking Yes (Manual)
INSTRUMENTATION
Tachometer
Trip Distance
Gear Shift Indicator Yes (Gear Shift Digital Display (Auto Gear Shift) )
Digital Clock
Low Fuel Warning
LIGHTING
Front Fog Lights
Headlight Leveller
3rd Brake Light
Interior Room Lamp Yes (Front - Cabin Light (3-position) )
INFOTAINMENT
Music System
Number of Speakers 2
AUX Compatibility
MP3 Playback
USB Compatibility
AM/FM Radio
CD Player
Roof Antenna
SEATS & UPHOLSTERY
Rear Headrest (Adjustable)
Fabric Upholstry
Driver Seat Adjustment Yes (Manual) (Front Seat Slide Adjuster)

Maruti Alto K10 Review

03 Nov, 14 04:28 PM

Overview

Maruti Suzuki is best known for their small cars. They have a long list of hatch backs which are doing exceptionally well in the Indian car market. One of them is the largest selling car in India. Yes, you guessed it right, it’s Alto. It’s been over a decade that people here in India are familiar with this car. Still, it’s the first choice of many Indians. It is being awarded the best entry level car in India. Originally it was available with 1.1L engine but it was soon discontinued and since then it’s available with smaller 800cc engine. This engine is the least powerful engine in its segment. Other competitors like Chevrolet Spark and Hyundai Santro have much powerful engines than Alto. It’s been often complained that Alto’s engine feels a bit underpowered. To get rid of this issue Maruti has launched another version of Alto with their powerful new K10 engine. This new car is known as Alto k10. Now Alto will be available with two engine options. This K-series engine can also be seen in Maruti’s other cars including A-star, WagonR and Estilo. WagonR among these all have received the best reception with this engine. With new Alto k10 Maruti tries to bridge the gap between the 800cc Alto and the WagonR. They don’t want to leave any space which can be filled by any other competitors. Alto name has been given specially to this car in order to get the loyal consumers of Alto. Maruti aims the Alto brand to reach new heights of success with this new car.

Exterior

The new Alto k10 looks like an extended version of the original Alto. It may have been done intentionally. It’s very much similar to original Alto yet it manages to look refreshing and different. The car now looks much balanced and it’s relatively longer than its other competitors. The new front of this car makes it look more appealing than before. New Alto now has more angular and curvy headlamps which gel well with much wider grille sporting Suzuki logo in its center. There is a chrome plate at the top of the grille. Just above the chrome plate is a long bonnet and front windshield which adds to the mature look of this grown up Alto. Front bumper has also been revised for this new car. It has a body colored bumper featuring new set of round fog lights with big three layered air dam. The car looks much more aerodynamic than before. Side profile of this new Alto has not changed much except its new R13 size of tyres which are available with new full wheel covers and mildly beefed wheel arches. These bigger tyres along with its tiny wheel arches and extended front fender looks very sporty. Other changes include body colored outside mirrors on both sides in top model with side moulding. Though it carries the same old black colored door handles which looks very cheap. Rear of the car has some noticeable changes; it has new boot gate and tail lamps. The rear bumper also gets new treatment; it is much wider and has sharp lines over it. Number plate now gets fit into its boot gate with a plastic plate just above it of black color. Everything goes fine at the back except its awkwardly designed tail lights. Its tail lights are a let-down in terms of styling.

Interior

The car is totally refreshed and appealing from inside. Its interior is quite distinguishable from the regular Alto. The car features all together new beige and piano black dual-tone interiors. Good thing is that new Alto k10 features 3 spoke power assisted steering wheel similar to that of A-star. There is new instrument cluster also with a tachometer which is very easy to read and the overall appearance looks much premium. It also has digital fuel gauge and dual trip meter. It has new gear knob which is shorter in length and is very nice to hold. Seats are of beige color which reduces the dull effect inside and gives it a brighten profile. There are new moulded door trims with fabric insertion in them. The cabin is bigger and wider than the previous model. The chrome inserts lend a premium touch to the car. The MID screen which is re-positioned in the center looks more appealing and upto the mark.

Comfort and Convenience

High qualities of fabrics are used in the new seats of Alto k10 which makes them very comfortable. The increased length of the car results into more knee room than before for the front passengers. Headroom and shoulder room is just enough for the driver and front passenger. Rear passengers still don’t have that much of knee room. Although Maruti has tried to keep its front seats as slim as possible so that rear passengers can have some extra space and it does manages to give more legroom than its competitor Hyundai Santro. Front and rear seats have integrated headrests. Driver seat is manually adjustable. These seats can provide nice back rest but you will notice less under thigh support. Its light power steering confirms you a stress free ride. Front power windows is a welcome feature in new Alto k10 with internally adjustable outside mirrors. It has a powerful AC which is capable enough to take care of you in those sunny days. The new car also has central locking with tinted glasses and remote fuel lid and boot opener. Its explore variant also comes with rear defogger.

Dashboard and Storage

Maruti Alto K10 has got a new dashboard which is quite different from the first Alto sold in India. It has new AC vents which are placed little lower. It has a glove box with open storage space just above it. There are Magazine pockets on all four doors which are big in size and can hold more than magazines. There are cup holders and rear parcel tray for more storage. It has good spacious boot which can be increased by folding the rear seats.

Music System

The top trim (VXi) of Maruti Alto K10, now gets a 2-DIN music system with AUX and USB connectivity. This addition has raised the Alto's competition in the market.

Engine and Gearbox

Maruti Alto K10 uses a 1.0L k10B engine. This engine is very light as it uses aluminium and it has three cylinders. This unit churns out a maximum power of 67.1 Bhp at 6000 rpm while it manages to pull out the maximum torque output of 90 Nm coming at 3500 rpm. This engine is more powerful than most of its competitors in terms of power production. This K series engine is mated with all-new 5-speed manual gear box. The Alto K10 is now available with an automatic transmission which makes it the most affordable automatic hatchback in India.

Acceleration and Performance

Drive this car and it’s hard to believe if it’s an Alto. The performance of this new Alto has improved remarkably. This engine feels very responsive and zippy. It’s perfect for city conditions as there is no turbo lag and first two gears are very short which allows you to quickly move through the traffic without any shortage of power. The engine performs best between 2000 rpm – 3500 rpm. After that it starts to suffocate. Its mid-range is very relaxed and you can easily cruise on highways. Even with AC the car will allow you to overtake with ease. Though this unit is not as smooth and refined what you get in Volkswagen Polo. Even Santro when rev hard at high speeds feels much more refined than but not as responsive as the K-series engine. The car does 0-100km/hr in less than 14 seconds which has never been achieved by Alto ever before not even with the 1.1L engine. The car urges you to drive it hard and when you do so it won’t disappoint you. It’s pretty enthusiastic and can even cross the top speed of 140km/hr but you don’t want to try it as this motor turns loud once you go pass 4000rpm.Though WagonR shares the same engine but due to tall gear ratios in Alto, it feels much faster than Alto k10.However, the new Alto k10 feels more responsive than its 800cc engine and it can easily compete with Santro and Spark. So from now on you can take your Alto k10 on long routes without causing pain to your legs like before.

Maruti Alto K10 Mileage

There is good news for those looking for good fuel efficiency. This new Alto manages to return more fuel efficiency than its younger sibling. It’s also more fuel efficient than cars like WagonR and A-star which are using the same engine. Its lightweight (765kgs) and taller gear ratios contribute to its higher fuel efficiency. It gives around 24.07 Kmpl of mileage which is excellent and far better than the exisiting model. The CNG variant offers 32.26 Km/kg fuel economy.

Ride and Handling

Maruti Alto K10 is a perfect city car. Its minimum turning radius of 4.6m allows you to get rid of parking tension. It’s one of the finest cars which can fit into tight spaces really well. Its light handling will never let you feel stressed in heavy traffic. It has an improved suspension which along with R13 size of tyres grabs the road better than before. It doesn’t feel much scary around corners due to its increased wheelbase and fatty tyres. Though at high speed on highways, it may not give you that required confidence to cruise due to its lightweight but it’s not that bad either. Alto k10 has low seating arrangement which is an indication of low ground clearance. It has a ground clearance of 160mm which is not that satisfactory as many potholes and big speed breakers will keep on hurting it frequently.

Braking and Safety Features

Maruti Alto k10 has ventilated disc brakes at its front with drum brakes at the back. Braking is very accurate as the car remains under control even when brakes are applied at high speeds. Unlike WagonR there is no optional ABS and airbags in this car. Other safety features include immobilizer icats, headlamp levelling device with collapsible steering column and side impact beams for collusive situation.

Variants

Maruti Alto K10 is available in six variants - LX, LXi, VXi, VXi (AGS), LXi (CNG) and VXi (O).

Shades

The new Alto K10 is available in an array of six colors: White, Gray, Silver, Red, Blue and Tango Orange.

Warranty

Maruti provides 2years/40,000kms warranty on this car which can be extended further.

Verdict

Maruti has smartly priced this car in the range of INR 3.06- INR 3.81. This is a perfect option for those who find WagonR to be out of their budget and want a cheaper but powerful car than standard Alto. At this price Maruti has managed to get the buyers of both Santro and Spark. It has a very powerful and smooth engine which is fun to drive. It is very easy to handle and most importantly it is very fuel efficient. For us this is a perfect value for money car. Its name can also work in both ways; it can fetch the loyal buyers of Alto in favour of it but it may also find people hesitating to spend extra money on a car which can easily be mistaken as the cheaper one. There will be no exclusivity also as the name remains similar and its appearance is not that strikingly different. Otherwise there is no matter of concern. With Maruti’s low cost of ownership along with high resale value, this car should be able to establish Alto brand more prominently.

Quick Facts - 2015 New Maruti Alto K10

Shades

Available Shades in Maruti Alto K10 to Choose From
Gray
Silver
White
Blue
Red
Tango Orange

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