Maruti Suzuki Alto K10

₹ 5.07 Lakhs

On-Road Price, MumbaiEx-Showroom Price, Mumbai

Overview of the car

Hatchback

Automatic

Petrol

19 Mileage

35 Litres

1 AirBags

5 Seater

2 Years / 40,000 Kms

Performance Metrics
142

kilometers per hour

Top Speed
15.49

seconds

0-100 kph
9.2

Meters

Turning Cycle
Tech Specs

Engine

Displacement
998 cc
Max Power
68 bhp
Torque
9.1 kgm
Number of Cylinder(s)
3

Dimensions

Wheel Base
2360 mm
Ground Clearance
160 mm
Bootspace
177 ltrs
Turning Circle
9.2 mtrs
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Suspension & Chassis

Front Suspension
Mc Pherson Strut
Rear Suspension
Coil Springs, Gas Filled Shock Absorbers
Steering Type
Power Steering
Tyres
Front: 155/65R13
Rear: 155/65R13
Front Brakes
Ventilated Disc
Rear Brakes
Drum
Reviews and Video
NARAIN IMG

Narain Says

The diesel sets new standards for efficiency, while the petrol motor packs a strong enough punch to appease enthusiasts too.

HORMAZD IMG

Hormazd Says

The all-new, feature-packed interiors and shockingly spacious back seat havent just raised the bar, they have catapulted it out of reach of its competition.

TorqueX Review

What you’ll like?

Peppy engine, Easy to drive.

What you won’t like?

Narrow cabin, Skinny tyres.

TorqueX Says

A big upgrade over the old K10.

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Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Review, Road Test

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10
This is the new Alto K10, and it’s newness springs form a couple of important points. First, quite obviously, the K10 engine now sits in the thoroughly revised Alto platform, identical to the Alto 800. Sure, while it may not match the Alto 800 in sales, the Alto K10 promises to be more exciting without really pinching the car buyer on a tight budget. 
 
The second big update for the K10 is that it will be offered with an optional automatic gearbox (yes, an AMT) making it the world’s cheapest automatic at Rs 3.80 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The automatic K10 is available in just the VXi trim while the manual version features four trims starting at Rs 3.06 lakh for the base ‘LX’ variant and Rs 3.57 lakh for the top VXi(O) -- the only variant with a driver airbag. For those looking for low running costs, there’s a CNG version priced at Rs 3.82 lakh.
 

What sets the K10 apart from the Alto 800 is that it gets the significantly powerful 1.0-litre, 67bhp K10 engine. And since its body tips the scales at under 750kg, the Alto K10 boasts of a power-to-weight ratio that’s almost identical to the Swift’s. So, as you can imagine, it’s quite an entertaining little car to drive.Apart from the drivetrain, the K10 gets brand new interiors and altered exterior styling as well.

On the face of it

Maruti has given this new Alto K10 an all-new face, and this ensures some differentiation from the 800cc version, especially when viewed head-on. The bumper, larger swept-back headlamps, grille and bonnet are all new, and the mild creases on the panels make the car look more muscular than the Alto 800. However, in profile, the resemblance can be easily seen and, save for the larger wing mirrors (that improve rear visibility too), and an extended character line, the differences are quite subtle. At the rear, the new tailgate is flatter — this works as a visual trick to make the car look a bit wider than the Alto 800. Additionally, the shapely new tail lamps aid in injecting a dose of freshness too.

What’s more impressive, however, is the all-new interior. Maruti has given this new K10 a bespoke dual-tone dashboard design that, combined with the light fabrics, looks airy and fairly upmarket for the price point, though it still can’t match the fit and finish of the Hyundai Eon.

There’s a new steering wheel (slightly Swift-inspired), new instruments, and the audio system (which supports CD, USB and Aux) sports a piano-black finish. Additionally, bits of silver accents on the dash announce sporty intent.

As for convenience, the manual variant gets cupholders and a cubbyhole in front of the gear lever; however, the AMT’s larger transmission housing means the cupholders have been deleted, which is ironic. Because it’s only in an automatic that your hand is free to sip a hot capuccino on the move. A clever little bit, carried over from before, is a small folding hook next to the glove box, which can be used to hang small bags.

The front seats are reasonably comfortable, and have enough travel to accommodate fairly tall people. Knee and head room at the rear has improved too. No, the wheelbase is the same as the Alto 800’s, but Maruti has scooped out the front seat’s backrest to add about an inch-and-a-half of more space for your knees. On the flipside, the thinner cushioning here means passengers up front can feel the rear person’s knee when it comes in contact with the seat. Not quite the back massage a driver would want!

Shifting times

On our route from Chandigarh to Parwanoo, it was the K10 automatic I sampled first. Here, thecar was subjected to a good mix of stop-and-go traffic, highways and twisty ghat roads. The K10 AMT felt reasonably peppy, easy to drive and the gear shifts felt a bit smoother and more sorted than they do in the Celerio AMT. Maruti seems to have tweaked the AMT’s electronics to iron out some of the jerkiness. I also noticed that this car ‘creeps’ forward (like a conventional auto) reasonably well when you take your foot off the accelerator, making it easier to drive in slow-moving traffic and parking speeds. That said, I found myself slotting the ’box in manual mode on the highways — since gear changes are more predictable here, you can select a lower ratio before engaging in an overtaking manoeuvre.

The engine is the same unit as in the outgoing car, but the now electronically-controlled throttle positioning has been tuned for better lower speed response. Throttle response is crisp and acceleration just gets stronger as the revs rise. Maruti claims that the drive-by-wire tech, combined with lower friction engine oils, has improved fuel economy by a good 15 percent. Also, the three-cylinder engine feels more refined, and unless you push it above 3,500rpm, is reasonably quiet.

Where this motor really comes alive is when it’s paired to the slick-shifting manual gearbox. Acceleration is strong in the first three gears, and this little Alto can easily keep up with and leave some hatchbacks from even two segments higher, in its dust. We didn’t strap our testing gear onto this car but from the seat of my pants, it does feel a bit quicker than the older K10. However, I wish Maruti had given it slightly bigger shoes to make better use of the power on twisty roads; the 155/55 R13 tyres aren’t particularly grippy. Also, despite the improved ride, it does get a bit choppy over undulations, and the steering feels a bit vague because it doesn’t self-centre very well. 

That said, it’s easily the most fun-to-drive car in its segment, and the automatic variant (though not as peppy) is claimed to be as fuel efficient as the manual. And more importantly, it makes easy work of urban traffic. The Alto K10 may not top its segment in appeal, but it is more welcoming than the outgoing car. Sure, it still isn’t pretty, but the smoother exterior design make it easier on the eyes. Not only are interior aesthetics a big step up over the outgoing car, Maruti’s extra efforts mark the K10 as a clear cut above the Alto 800 too.  The Alto K10’s case though is built on its combination of practicality, peppy performance and the incredible convenience of an automatic at a very competitive price tag. 

Aditya Bengali

 

 

 

Fact File

 

Price Range (in lakhs)*

Ex-showroom price (Delhi) Rs 3.8 lakh (estimated, ex-showroom, Delhi)

Engine

Fuel Petrol
Installation Front, transverse
Type 3 cyls, 998cc, petrol
Power 67bhp at 6000rpm
Torque 9.18kgm at 3500rpm

Transmission

Type Front-wheel drive
Gearbox 5-speed manual / 5-speed automatic

Dimensions

Length 3545mm
Width 1295mm
Height 1475mm
Wheel base 2360mm

Suspension

Front McPherson Strut
Rear Torsion beam

Steering

Type Rack and pinion
Type of power assist Electronic

Brakes

Front Ventilated discs
Rear Drums
Anti-lock No
 
 
 
 

Comfort & Convenience

  • Central Locking
  • Remote Locking
  • Total Immobilizer
  • Climate Control
  • Remote Boot Release
  • Remote Fuel Lid
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Rear Wiper
  • Rear Defogger
  • Front Power Windows
  • Rear Power Windows
  • Trip Computer
  • Electric Adjust wing mirror
  • Dead Pedal
  • Cruise Control
  • Paddle shifters
  • Sunroof
  • Refrigerator
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Air Conditioner
  • Electric Sun Blinds
  • Leather Wrapped Steering
  • Reversing Camera
  • Hill Start Assist
  • 360 degree camera
  • Heads Up Display
  • Stop/start
  • Daytime running lights
  • LED Lights
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Headlamp Washers
  • Rear AC Vents
  • Rear Power Outlet

Drivers Aid & Safety

  • ABS
  • ESP
  • EBD
  • Brake Assist
  • Parking Sensors
  • Airbags Total (1)

Seating

  • Driver Seat Height Adjust
  • Split rear seats
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Folding Rear Seats
  • Front Adjustable Headrests
  • Rear Adjustable Headrests
  • Passenger Seat Height Adjust
  • Lumbar Support
  • Third row of seats
  • Seat Massagers
  • Seat Memory
  • Cooled Seats
  • Electric Seats
  • Driver Seat Power Adjust
  • Rear Seat Foldable Table
  • Rear Seat Centre Armrest

Entertainment & Communication

  • TouchScreen Audio System
  • Audio system (with Radio)
  • USB Port
  • Bluetooth & Streaming
  • Steering Audio Controls
  • Speakers
  • Hands Free Telephony
  • Satellite Navigation
  • Single CD Player
  • Rear seat screens
  • Subwoofer
  • Voice activated controls

Tyres & Wheels

  • Spare wheel
  • Space saver
  • Alloy Wheels
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