Maruti India has become one of the biggest car makers in the Indian automobile segment, since they first entered the country in year, 1981. The fleet of Maruti Suzuki India has vehicles in all the segments of the country’s rewarding car market. Starting from the entry level hatchbacks to premium sedans and formidable sports utility vehicles as well. Maruti Suzuki India is also termed as one of the car makers, which brought a revolution in the Indian automobile sector when they launched their flagship model of Maruti 800 way back in year, 1983. This was one of the cars which brought about an uprising among the Indian population. Then the company also introduced another such reasonably priced version called as Maruti Alto, which was rolled out in year 2000. This small hatchback did incredible sales all along and helped the company to gain the market share in the passenger car segment. There are quite a few different variants in this Maruti Alto model lineup with a couple of varied engine options as well. The Maruti Alto K10 VXi is among the two K10 petrol engine variants , which are present in the Indian car market and are very reliable and easy on the pocket. The Maruti Alto K10 VXI is the top end variant and has a well balanced amount of comfort and safety features, which will certainly astound the buyers. This small hatchback has impressive exteriors and the company has put in a lot of effort to make the interiors refreshing and attractive. There are quite a number of features in this small hatchback such as a powerful air conditioning unit, a very responsive power steering, front power windows, Tinted glasses, a remote boot opener, stylish two tone interiors, manual central locking, tachometer and many more such remarkable features. The company has fitted this Maruti Alto K10 VXI with a peppy 998cc petrol engine, which is capable of generating apt torque and power and is rather suitable for the Indian road conditions. This engine is mated with a smooth and efficient five speed manual transmission gear box. Apart from all these aspects, the company has also included some very essential and significant safety features in this small hatchback, which will certainly add to the protection and security quotient of this Maruti Alto K10 VXi. Some of these features include clear lens headlamps along with a head lamp leveling device, a collapsible steering column, side impact beams, rear door child safety locks, a high mounted stop lamp and a few other such safety aspects, which will certainly enhance the driving comfort as well as keep the passengers safe.
The outsides of this impressive hatchback have been done up with proficiency and skill. The front facade of this hatchback now has a bold and imposing stance, which is making it look aggressive. The front radiator grille has been neatly done up with a couple of vertical slats, which are finished in black matte color. This grille also has been embedded with a prominent crest of the company right in the center and also has some chrome treatment as well, which further improvises its look. This grille is flanked by a brilliant head light cluster, which have been integrated with clear lens lamps along with side turn indicator. Below this is the wide body colored bumper that has a large centrally places air dam for cooling the engine quickly. This air dam has two thick horizontal body colored stripes , which are flanked by a pair of radiant fog lamps that enhance the visibility of the driver. The front wind screen has been fitted with tough glass and equipped with a couple of intermittent wipers. The side profile is smooth and have black colored pull type door handles along with body colored rear view mirrors, which add to the beauty of its silhouette. The sides have also been fitted with side moldings to protect them from any minor damage during peak hour traffic. The trimly carved out wheel arches have been fitted with a sturdy set of 13 inch steel wheels, which have been covered with full wheel covers. The company has equipped these robust steel rims with tubeless radial tyres of size 155/65 R 13, which have a superior road grip on any terrain . The rear end has a stylish tail gate and a large wind screen along with a body colored rear bumper and also an incandescent tail lap cluster.
Along with the striking outsides of this small hatchback, the company has also done up the interiors of this Maruti Alto K10 VXi with lavishness. They have equipped this top end trim with quite a number of luxuriant aspects, which will certainly impress the customers. To begin with the seating arrangement of this charming hatchback is very comfortable and liberal. The seats are rather comfy and have been covered with new premium quality fabric upholstery along with a a swanky new color scheme and impressive two tone interiors as well. The company has also integrated this hatchback with a stylish and brand new front console along with an all new 3 spoke steering wheel as well. The instrument cluster is radiant and has been given a classy amber background illumination. Then this small hatchback also has a stylish gear knob, integrated front and rear seat head rests, rear back rest foldable to accommodate more luggage, molded door trims, a cabin lamp for added handiness and some more of such aspects. This Maruti Alto K10 VXI hatchback also has quite a few storage spaces such as cup holders in the front console and a rear parcel tray for keeping some important things at hand along with a roomy glove box for keeping a some more things in it. This hatchback also has fabric inserts in door trims, ABC pillar trims, an ashtray, driver side sun visor and a front co-passenger sun visor with a vanity mirror. All these and a few more such features make this Maruti Alto K10 VXI trim one of the most admired and reliable hatchback in its segment.
Engine and Performance :
The company has fitted this Maruti Alto K10 VXI trim with a peppy 1.0 L petrol mill, which has three cylinders that are further fitted with 12 valves for better pick up and acceleration. This lively petrol drive train is compliant with all the norms of Bharat Stage – IV and is made up of all aluminum light weight (K10B) material. This petrol mill has the ability to displace 998cc and also has the acclaimed multi point fuel injection supply system, which enhances the mileage of this small hatchback. This 1.0 L petrol engine has the capacity to generate a peak power yield of 66.64 Bhp at 6200 Rpm in combination with a maximum torque output of 90 Nm at 3500 Rpm, which is quite impressive. This petrol drive train has been cleverly mated with a all new cable type gear shift based five speed manual transmission gear box , which has smoother gear shifts and is rather proficient. The company claims that this Maruti Alto K10 VXI hatchback can generate an impressive mileage of 20.20 kmpl , when driven under standard conditions and that is quite incredible for the Indian road and traffic conditions.
Braking and Handling :
This top end Maruti Alto K10 VXI hatchback has been fitted with a proficient braking mechanism along with a robust suspension system, which keeps this car well under the control of the driver and stable on any terrain. The front wheels of this small hatchback has been fitted with ventilated disc type brakes, while the rear wheels have been equipped with solid drum brakes for effective braking on any road conditions. On the other hand, the company has given the front axle of this small hatchback, a McPherson Strut type of a mechanism along with a torsion type roll control device . Whereas, the rear axle has been fitted with a coil spring type of a mechanism along with gas filled shock absorbers that has a three link rigid axle and also an isolated trailing arm. All these put together keeps the passengers as well as the vehicle safe and secure.
Safety Features :
The company has also fitted this Maruti Alto K10 VXI hatchback with quite a few crucial and significant safety features. The list comprises of a clear lens headlamps along with a head lamp leveling device, a collapsible steering column, side impact beams, rear door child safety locks, a high mounted stop lamp that gives better visibility for the cars behind, an advanced and highly developed iCATS immobilizer and also a key off reminder in the instrument cluster as well.
Comfort Features :
This small hatchback, Maruti Alto K10 VXI is the top end trim in its model lineup and the company has fitted it with a number of comfort and convenience features. These impressive features include a powerful air conditioning unit that cools the entire cabin within no time, a very responsive three spoke power steering wheel for better and simpler maneuvering, front power windows, Tinted glasses, a remote boot opener, stylish two tone interiors, manual central locking, a tachometer, an electronic trip meter, internally adjustable outside rear view mirrors, a remote fuel lid opener, an accessory socket and quite a few other functions as well, which ensures a comfortable and memorable driving experience to all its occupants.
Pros :Impressive exteriors, good quality interiors, remarkable mileage.
Cons :Interior space is less, smaller boot space and a music system can be added to this trim.