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.
Tata Nano is the most spacious hatchback in its segment, as it offers 21% more space than competition. This is the only hatchback in the A segment that can comfortable seat five large adults without any squeeze.
Tata Nano has been improving the Nano everything and we see this happen with every new model year vehicle. The interiors of the Nano have been enhanced, as it now gets remote keyless entry, twin glovebox, four-speaker music system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity. The parcel tray also gets privacy.
The space on the Tata Nano has always been exceptional. It can comfortable seat five large adults, and there is two point seat-belt for all the three rear passengers. The parcel tray now has speakers on and even the insulation on the inside has been improved. The steering wheel on the Nano is now lighter than before.
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 623cc engine might look insufficient on paper, but in the real world the power this twin-cylinder produces is more than enough.
The 623cc twin-cylinder on the Nano produces 37bhp of power, which is more than enough for daily city commute. Several people complain the sound resembles that of an auto rickshaw, well this is due to the fact that the Nano has a small exhaust as it is a rear engine and also that it a two-cylinder mill. The drivability of the Nano is brilliant and it doesn’t feel underpowered or you never run out of steam when driving in city. It is easy to drive even in congested city lanes. The Nano’s gearbox is also slick, and infact one of the best boxes from Tata’s stable.
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 Nano is a well-balanced hatchback that strikes the perfect chord of good ride and handling.
The Nano has stiff suspension due to its short wheelbase and high centre of gravity. This makes the ride a bit stiffer, and even the tyres are tad too smaller to dampen the shocks. The ride is a bit choppy, but that’s about it. It doesn’t feel that bad and the suspension does a good job still.
The Nano handles well, when it is completely loaded. The rear engine and rear wheel drive is a combination of sports cars and Nano gets a similar set-up. The 2013 Nano has a more responsive and lighter steering wheel that makes it easier to drive too.