Alto k10 AMT :Great Mileage With Excellent Performance.
The Alto K10 AMT has the same engine and transmission pair as the Celerio, but thanks to a lower weight, the Alto K10 feels a wee bit quicker. It is very sprightly off the line and it's only when you reach speeds north of 70-80 km/h that the engine starts feeling a bit strained. The biggest talking point here, however, is the 5-speed AMT. This unit feels smooth and the jerks at lower RPMs are well contained. When driven with a light foot the gear changes are relaxed and happen at a relatively low rpm.
However, we do wish the gearbox was slightly more eager while downshifting. But this issue is taken care of to some extent in the kick down mode. Pressing the accelerator hard makes the ?box drop a couple of gears and surge forward holding on to a particular gear till the red line. You can also engage manual mode and take matters into your own hands, quite literally. Automatics are meant to reduce driver fatigue and make easy work of moving through traffic and the Alto K10 AMT manages to do just that, without giving us too much to complain about.
In terms of ride quality and comfort, the occupants will not have too much to complain about. The Alto performs decently over bad patches of road, but it can be very unforgiving if taken over bumps and potholes at higher speeds. The front seats are a bit of a mixed bag as they offer good bolstering for the upper back and shoulders, but lack of lower back support. After spending a few hours behind the wheel, you will realise the dynamics of the Alto aren't very enthusiast-friendly. The peppy engine powering the Alto is let down slightly by the tallish stance, which comes into play while cornering. The body roll is pretty apparent and the skinny tires aren't very sticky either. Having said that, under normal driving the car performs well and handles city roads and highway runs with ease. Feedback from the steering isn?t great, but the light setup ensures easy manoeuvrability through tight spaces. Speaking of which, the Alto is a pretty nimble car and makes short work of moving in and out of gaps at moderate speeds. The brakes do their job very well and although there is a slight lack of feedback, their performance is satisfactory under most circumstances. Not much to complain about here either, except for the slightly vague steering and the presence of body roll.
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