The interiors of the new Alto800 are leaps and bounds ahead of the previous Alto, and have more space also. However, it is still basic when compared to competition and even the space isn’t sufficient.
The interiors on the Alto800 are definitely better than that on the older Alto. Plastic quality, fit and finish and even the feel of the materials is better, however some competition has even better quality. The Alto800 gets a new three-spoke steering wheel and also an all-new instrument binnacle as well. The new instrument panel looks better, but it could have been much better.
Even though most of the interior bits are a direct pick from other Maruti Suzuki cars, the interiors look better and even the seats are better than before. Still they aren’t very comfortable when compared to competition, as the knee room is a bit tight and headroom just ok. There isn’t enough of thigh support on the back seat and boot space is also decent. However, the access to the boot is poor.
Standard : The standard Alto800 is the base model and just like plain vanilla ice cream. It gets nothing, not even power steering or air conditioning, even the bumpers are black in colour.
LX : LX gets air conditioning, fabric seats and remote opening boot lid. Other than that it doesn’t even get coloured bumpers even on the LX model.
LXI : It is the LXI model that gets some of the frills, as it is the top of the line model. It gets power steering, body coloured bumpers, power windows. There is also an option to have airbag at an added cost, however passenger side ORVM is not available even on the top model.
Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 has gone another transformation for its second generation. The interior certainly looks update with its new dual colour dashboard and look premium enough for the segment.
The blue-black interior of the old car is replaced in the new Alto K10 with a black-beige colour scheme. New things on the inside include steering wheel, instrument cluster, piano finish music system with CD, USB and Aux-in support and silver accents. The seats are finished in beige upholstery.
Lx - The base variant Lx gets the 3-point ELR seatbelts for the front and rear, air conditioner, right hand side mirror and ventilated disc brakes to the front.
Lxi - The LXi variant adds child proof rear door locks, power steering, tailgate opener, internally adjustable right hand side mirror, chrome front grille and body coloured bumpers.
Vxi 5MT/AGS - The Vxi variants gets audio system with CD, MP3, USP and radio support, central door locking, front power windows, both side outside mirrors, tachometer, shift up indicator for the 5MT version and gear shift display for the AGS (Auto Gear Shift) version, accessory pocket, digital clock, rear parcel tray, piano black finish center garnish, blacked out B-pillar, full wheel covers and silver accents for side louvers, steering wheel, inside door handles, console, instrument cluster and door trim.
ZXi - The top end Zxi variant gets Driver side airbag, fog lamps, keyless entry, body colored door mirror and outside door handles and body side molding.
This is the same three-pot Suzuki engine that is being used for over 25 years and is one of the most tried and tested mills in the country. Improvements are made to it and even the carbon footprint has seen a reduction.
The same Maruti 800 engine is used on the Alto800 – three-cylinder 796cc petrol mill— that produces 48bhp and 96Nm of torque. Maruti Suzuki engineers have worked upon the engine to meet the Bharat Stage IV emission norms and also improve the performance. NVH levels of the engine are decent, but there is some amount of vibrations at idling speed. There isn’t much grunt in the engine and you will have to work your work through to extract performance out of it. On redlining, the engine does sound coarse. One can easily coast on the highway at a speed of 80-90km/hr in the top cog.
The five-speed manual transmission on the Alto800 is decent and the shifts are less rubbery than the previous Alto. However, there is still scope for improvement.
The new Alto K10 is powered by the same engine of the outgoing car. The engine has always felt sprightly and now gets better fuel efficiency too.
The 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder engine makes 68 PS of maximum power and 90 Nm of peak torque. In CNG mode, the power and torque output changes to 59 PS and 78 Nm respectively. The new Alto K10 is available either with a 5-speed manual gearbox or AMT. The fuel efficiency has also been given a significant improvement. The new Alto K10 will return 24.07 km/l for both manual and AMT. In the CNG variant, Alto K10 comes with a fuel efficiency of 32.36 km/kg.
The ride on the Alto800 has been improved over the previous Alto, but the 12 inch tyres do not help much. The handling isn’t something to boast about as the Alto800 is now more of a tall boy design.
The engineers at Maruti Suzuki have worked on the suspension set-up and improved the ride quality of the Alto800. The improvement is vast, but the difference can be felt. The 12 inch tyres and the 80 profile rubber is very less and doesn’t aid the suspension to iron out most of the bumps and one needs to avoid these bumps.
Being a tall boy and not so powerful engine, this hatchback isn’t built to drive around a track. Hence, one cannot expect great handling. But the characteristics and adaptive nature of the suspension makes it a decent handler. The Alto800 isn’t bad for the sort of ride it offers. The brakes are also decent and they bite progressively.
Thanks to its lightweight, the Alto K10 feels quick in the getaway and holds its speed on the roads quite well.
Gas filled McPherson struts to the front and 3-link rigid axle to the rear take up the suspension duties. The Alto K10 handles nice in city conditions and that is where it will do most of its duties.