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.
The Celerio has good quality interiors and even the seats are comfortable with sufficient space. Maruti Suzuki has done a good job with the interiors of this hatchback.
This is the first under Rs 4 lakh Maruti Suzuki that has good-looking interiors. The design of the instrument panel is contemporary and even the quality of materials and other plastics is good. This has a dual-tone dash with a music system and even audio controls on the steering wheel. The steering wheel is similar to that on the Swift and other Maruti cars in design. Its three-spoke and even the instrument cluster looks stylish.
The space on the Celerio is decent. It is spacious and the seats are thinner to increase the space. We aren’t sure if these seats will be comfortable on long drives. This could cause some discomfort, as the seats tend to vibrate at idle. The boot size is decent too and even the features on offer. This will replace the A-Star and the Estilo, which have been a failure for Maruti Suzuki in India.
LXi: This is the base model and it gets the AMT— automated manual transmission. This variant gets the integrated front headrest, gear position indicator only in automated.
VXi: This is the mid-variant and this also gets AMT as an option. It doesn’t even get music system as an inbuilt, even in this model. It gets 60:40 rear seat split, front and rear power windows, adjustable outside rear view mirrors.
ZXi: The ZXi is the top variant and it gets music system, steering mounted audio controls, front airbags, ABS, rear wiper, wash and defogger. It even gets front fog lamps and alloy wheels.
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 engine on the Celerio is just fine, it is drivable, however it lacks that response time thanks to the sluggish transmission.
The Celerio gets the K-Series engine. However this engine has been revised and it now gets K10B or the K-NextEngine. This is a three-cylinder, 1.0-litre petrol engine that produces 64bhp of power and this is the same rating like the Wagon R. Even the torque is barely any number as it is 90Nm, which is very low. The power produced by this engine is ok, however the drivability is good. The Celerio’s power is spectacular but the drivability is city is what makes the difference. This car isn’t bought to win drag races, its bought to commute from point A to point B with ease and that is what the Celerio is all about.
The AMT (automated manual transmission) on the Celerio is a good option to have. The shifts on the highway are smooth, however it is in the city that the transmission feels jerky. The shifts are lazy too and there isn’t much power in the engine, which means it is sluggish.
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.
The ride and handling of the Celerio is decent. It doesn’t impress us with the driving dynamics.
The ride on the Celerio is good. It is well composed at low speeds, at high is just fine. The rubber and suspension absorb all the shocks from the road. The suspension does a good job on the Celerio and it is definitely one of the most composed Maruti hatchbacks in this segment. The Maruti Suzuki Celerio does a good job even on bad roads.
The handling is something that doesn’t impress us. The handling of this hatchback is just ok and even the steering feedback is a bit too dead. The Celerio isn’t built for this purpose and it is acceptable to not be good in these departments.