May 13, 2014: India's legendary car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki has accomplished another milestone in the history of Indian automobiles by rolling out 25,00,00 ALTOs on the road. Alto K10, a revised form of the original Alto takes on the A segment with its advance features and design - bringing life to the original Alto launched in 2000. The new K series 998cc petrol motor witnesses improvement in efficiency and churns maximum power of 67bhp and peak torque of 90Nm at 3500rpm. The company is also planning to incorporate Alto K10 with automated-manual transmission (AMT) that will serve as a trump card to reach new milestones in future.
MSIL (Maruti Suzuki India Limited) is the largest car maker in the country and has a lot of splendid vehicles in their stable. Among them, Maruti Alto K10 is their popular hatchback, which is doing impressive business for them. It has a budget friendly price range and competes against the likes of Chevrolet Spark, Hyundai Santro Xing, Datsun Go and Hyundai Eon. The company is selling this model series in two variants only, which are LXI and VXI. These are fitted with a 1.0-litre petrol engine, which can displace 998cc. It has the ability to churn out 67.1bhp of power along with a torque output of 90Nm. This engine is skilfully coupled with a five speed manual transmission gear box. The braking and suspension mechanism of this model series are quite proficient. Its front and rear wheels are further fitted with ventilated disc and drum brakes respectively. Meanwhile, the front axle is paired with a McPherson strut, while rear gets coil springs that keeps the vehicle stable. Its exteriors are designed with a bold radiator grille that is fitted with a few black finished slats. Apart from these, the neatly carved headlight cluster, body colored bumper, windscreen and bonnet with a couple of visible character lines gives the frontage an attractive look. The dual tone internal cabin is incorporated with well cushioned seats, which provides ample leg space for all passengers. These seats are integrated with head restraints. Its dashboard has a three spoke steering wheel, a glove box and an instrument panel that houses a lot of warning and notification for keeping the driver updated. In addition to these, it has door armrests, full molded door trims and sun visors. It also has an air conditioning unit with a heater that keeps the cabin air regulated. The car manufacturer has blessed this model series with a number of safety aspects, which keeps the occupants safe. The engine immobilizer safeguards the hatchback from theft and unauthorized entry. The rear windscreen is integrated with a high mounted third brake light that adds to the safety aspect of the vehicle. It also has three point seat belts for front seats along with two point rear center seat belt that gives extra protection in case of any crash. On the whole, it is a perfect vehicle with a lot of comfort features, good engine performance and a reasonable price range. The company is offering this hatchback with a standard warranty of two years or 40000 Kilometers, whichever comes first. At the same time, the buyers can also avail an extended warranty of one year or 60000 Kilometers at an additional cost paid to authorized dealers.
The car manufacturer has designed this small car with utmost care and given it a number of striking features. It has a bold radiator grille, which is fitted with a few black slats. It is embedded with a prominent company logo in the center. The radiator grille of top end variant is fitted with a single chrome slat as well. It is surrounded by a neatly carved headlight cluster that is incorporated with bright halogen lamps and side turn indicator. The bumper of LXI trim is garnished in black color, while other gets body colored bumper. It houses an air intake section for cooling the engine. The air dam of VXI variant is flanked by a pair of round shaped fog lamps. The windscreen is integrated with a set of wipers and bonnet has a couple of visible character lines. Coming to its side profile, it is dominated by character lines and black finished moldings. The VXI trim gets body colored door handles and external rear view mirrors, which are internally adjustable. While LXI variant has black finished door handles ORVMs. The wheel arches are fitted with a robust set of steel wheels along with full wheel covers. These rims are further covered with tubeless radial tyres. The rear end has body colored bumper and a stylish tail light cluster. Its curvy boot lid is fitted with black colored strip and embossed with variant badging. The windshield is integrated with a centrally located high mounted stop lamp.
The wheelbase of this Maruti Alto K10 model series measures about 2360mm that ensures ample leg space inside the cabin. Its minimum ground clearance is 160mm, which is quite decent for small cars. It has an overall length of 3620mm along with a total height of 1460mm. The total width is 1495mm (along with body side moldings), which includes both external rear view mirrors. It also has a boot compartment of 117 litres and its steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 4.6 meters.
Editor's take : The Alto is the bread-and-butter car for Maruti Suzuki and has very basic interiors. The space on the inside isn’t as good as the competition and the feel of the plastics isn’t that great. But the quality of the plastics is decent and things don’t fall apart.
The cabin of this model series is quite decent and bestowed with a lot of sophisticated features for comfort of the occupants. Its dual tone dashboard is equipped with a few features like a 3-spoke steering wheel, an instrument panel, a glove box and AC vents. It has a responsive power steering system, which makes it easy to handle the vehicle even in heavy traffic conditions. It is incorporated with comfortable seats, which provide enough leg space for all occupants. These fabric upholstered seats are also integrated with headrests. The company has given this hatchback some essential features such as remote fuel lid and tail gate opener, front power windows (only for top end trim), rear seat backrest with folding function, internal room lamp, rear assist grips, manual central locking and rear parcel shelf for easy access. The VXI variant also has a 12V power socket in central console for charging mobiles and other electronic devices. The illumined instrument panel is integrated with a few functions for convenience of the driver. The list of features include a digital tachometer, door ajar warning, drive computer with average fuel economy and distance to empty. It also comes with a low fuel warning light, a digital tripmeter and an electronic fuel gauge and gear shift guide as well. Then it also has a speedometer with amber color illumination, fabric inserted door trims, body colored inside door handles and a stylish gear shift knob, which gives the internal cabin a decent look.
This affordable hatchback is blessed with quite a few comfort aspects that gives an enjoyable and hassle free driving experience. Both the variants are available with an air conditioning unit that comes along with a heater. This AC unit helps in regulating the temperature inside, which further adds to the comfort levels. It has a power assisted steering system that makes handling easier even in city traffic conditions. The high end trim has a manual central locking system and includes power operated front windows. It has an accessory socket that passengers can use for charging their mobile phones. The front and rear windscreens are made of tinted glass, while the outside rear view mirrors are internally adjustable. Its instrument cluster is equipped with a tachometer, electronic tripmeter and displays a few other notifications that makes it quite convenient for the driver. Besides these, it has remote fuel lid opener, rear parcel tray, cup holders, ashtray, sun visor with vanity mirror and remote boot opener.
This vehicle is designed to offer sufficient leg room to its occupants and provides comfortable seating for at least five people. The wheelbase of 2360mm is quite good and results in enough leg space and shoulder room for all occupants. It comes with a boot space of 117 litres, which is rather decent.
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Editor's take : The acceleration produced by K10 is good and is as good as B+ hatchback.
This hatchback is powered by a 1.0-litre petrol mill, which is coupled with a five speed manual transmission gear box. This three cylinder based engine can achieve a maximum speed in the range of 135 to 145 Kmph. At the same time, it has the ability to cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in close to 13 seconds from a standstill.
Editor's take : The K10 engine on the Alto is frugal and also has good performance. The K10 is a stonker of a performer and sprint runner
The car maker has powered its flagship hatchback, Maruti Alto K10 with an all aluminum light weight, K series petrol engine that meets with BS IV emission norms. This 1.0-litre mill has the displacement capacity of 998cc. It has three cylinders, each of which carries four valves in it. This motor is skillfully coupled with a cable type five speed manual transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to its front wheels. The maximum power produced by this motor is 67.1bhp at 6200rpm and at the same time, it yields a peak torque output of 90Nm at 3500rpm. It propels the vehicle to breach the speed mark of 100 Kmph in 13.3 seconds, which is rather good. This fuel efficient power plant enables it to deliver a maximum mileage of 20.92 Kmpl that is quite impressive for this segment.
Editor's take : Despite being a 1.0-litre engine, the K10 returns a good fuel efficiency figure. This is thanks to the K-Series engine series from Maruti Suzuki.
The 998cc petrol engine is incorporated with a multi point fuel injection supply system , which allows the hatchback to deliver 20.92 Kmpl on the bigger roads. At the same time, it gives out 17 Kmpl within the city. Its fuel tank capacity is about 35 litres, which is good for planning longer journeys.
Editor's take : The Alto previously was powered by a 800cc engine, the new 1.0-litre engine has boosted its performance.
This DOHC based power plant has the ability to churn out a maximum power of 67.1bhp at 6200rpm in combination with a peak torque output of 90Nm at 3500rpm.
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3 Cylinder 12 Valve
|17.0||20.92||67.1bhp @ 6200rpm||Standard||Standard||Standard|
Editor's take : The Alto K10 also misses out in-built music system, but it does get power steering, power windows and air-conditioning.
All the trims in this model series lack an infotainment system, which is a big minus but the customers can add it at an additional cost. Other accessories in this vehicle include high quality fabric upholstery for seats, internal carpets, mud flaps and a few other aspects. Customers who looks to own this vehicle can opt for styling aspects like a sporty rear spoiler, stylish body decals, premium leather seat covers, side moldings, protective claddings and many other such aspects.
Editor's take : The ride on the Alto is soft, yet most of the jolts filter into the cabin, due to the small tyre size. The handling of the Alto is good enough and even zipping through busy streets isn’t difficult.
This vehicle has an efficient suspension system that enables it in maintaining stability on any road conditions. The front axle gets a McPherson strut with torsion type roll control device. The rear one is assembled with a three like axle and an isolated trailing arm. It is further loaded with coil springs and gas filled shock absorbers that assists in dealing with jerks caused on roads. In terms of braking, its front wheels are equipped with ventilated disc brakes and the rear ones have sturdy drum brakes. It is incorporated with a power assisted steering system that supports a minimum turning radius of 4.6 meters.
Editor's take : The Alto misses out on features like dual airbags, and at the moment only Alto 800 and Eon have these features as optional.
The high end trim comes with a pair of bright fog lamps, an engine immobilizer through i-CATS (intelligent computerized anti-theft system), which prevents any unauthorized access to the vehicle. Apart from these, it has child safety locks on the rear doors, seat belts for all passengers along with lap belt for rear seat and a collapsible steering column. In addition to these, Maruti Alto K10 is loaded with features like headlight leveling device and a centrally located high mount stop lamp that adds to the safety quotient of the vehicle. The rigid body structure has side impact beams, which protect the passenger sittings inside the cabin in case of any accidents.
The flared up wheel arches of this hatchback are fitted with a set of 13 inch steel wheels that are covered with tubeless tyres of size 155/65 R13. These rims are covered with full wheel covers in VXi variant, while the other trim comes with center caps. The company has also give a full size spare wheel, which is affixed in the boot compartment with all other tools required for changing a flat tyre. It is a standard feature across all the variants.
1. Its initial cost of ownership is affordable.
2. Interior design and style is good.
3. It is offered in vibrant color options.
4. Suspension system is quite effective.
5. Handling is easy in city traffic conditions.
1. It has an outdated external appearance.
2. Boot space can be better.
3. A few more safety aspects can be added.
4. Acceleration and pickup can be improved.
5. Ground clearance is too low.
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