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Maruti Suzuki Alto K10
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Customer Rating
: 2/5
Expert Rating
: 7/10
Warranty
: 2 Yrs / 40,000 Kms (Whichever is earlier)
Ex-showroom price in 
Delhi
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3.26 Lakhs-4.12 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Improved design
  • Strong performance 
  • Upgraded interiors
  • AMT convenience 
  • High reliability

Weak Areas

  • Small cabin space 
  • Flimsy build quality 
  • Rear feel claustrophobic 
  • Poorly equipped entry-variant 
  • Average ride quality
Maruti Suzuki Alto K10
 
 

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 A Balanced User Review of Maruti's Old Horse

Maruti is really in a dominant and enviable position in Indian car market. Alto K10 enjoys such mass base of current owners in India that it gets a near 100% presence in consideration set of every economy car buyer in India.


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Mileage: City – 14 kmpl. Highway – 16.5 Kmpl.

Service Cost: 4000-4500/service. Get it serviced around every 6000 Kms.

R.Vikram with his Maruti Suzuki Alto K10. Driving since May 2015, clocked 40000 Kms.
R.Vikram with his Maruti Suzuki Alto K10. Driving since May 2015, clocked 40000 Kms.

My consideration set

When I was in the market to buy the Alto K10 which was our family's first preference, we also loked at WagonR, Swift, then Polo and EON also.

At a macro level budget limitation was also a key driver of buying the AltoK10. This was a key reason why Volkswagen Polo and Maruti Suzuki Swift lost out to Maruti Alto K10. Polo also lost out becasue of perceived high maintainence and parts cost. Swift base model started at Rs.4.00 Lacs to 4.5 Lacs that was too high for us.

WagonR – Our family did not buy it because its too ugly and my mother was completely against buying WagonR.

Eon - Not buying Hyundai EON because of views and inputs from lots of my friends who drive or have been driving a hyundai car for many years, told me that Hyundai quality has gone down, build quality was also being suspected by many of them. It was much more reliable when they were making Santro and Santro Xing, somewhere down the line they have lost their reliability.

What I love about my Maruti Suzuki Alto K10

My mother drives our Alto K10 mostly, she wanted a minimalistic car, mostly it was a point A to B commute, she wanted a reliable car, service and maintainence cost are very low. And above all Maruti has been a brand that makes car for Indian, Indian road and Indian conditions. The car being so tiny that it is to drive or manoeuvre in the city traffic, fuel wise it’s very economical.

Whenever I know that there is going to be traffic or I have to go to congested area, I do not take our family''s bigger Honda Civic. I take my Alto K10. I prefer Alto generally becasue of its compact size.

Driving is pretty good, gear, clutch shift and brake everything is as smooth as it was when it was new, nothing has given way even after 40000 Kms.

It’s a very well built car, we drive it very rough, we do not slow down normally over bumps and bad roads, yet no part of the car rattles.

Seat comfort cushioning is soft and good thigh support in the seat. The length of the  base of seat on which we sit is long enough and it lends support to the entire thing when we sit on it.

What I don’t like about my Maruti Suzuki Alto K10

For tall people a major flaw is that when you turn steering it towards right your hand often bumps into the driver door.

No headrest in rest in rear seat.

It’s not a family car, it only works when you have toddlers in te family, for family with grown-up teenagers, it and avoid.

Whilst its an economical car at a good price, however I now think that if only we had as a family decidied to spend another 20000-25000 over what we paid for Alto, we could have bought the spacious Hyundai EON.

My low rating of 2/5 for comfort is driven by my 5'11" height. When I drive the car, I had to really push the driver seat way back which leaves no space in rear seat behind me, thus making it a maximum a  3 seater car.

Pros

Reliability, economy and driving comfort for single person.

Cons

Space is at a big premium.

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