Maruti Suzuki Alto K10
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Customer Rating
: 3/5
Expert Rating
: 7/10
: 2 Yrs / 40,000 Kms (Whichever is earlier)
Ex-showroom price in 
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3.61 Lakhs-4.4 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 Alto K10 More Mature with 1.0 Litre K Series Engine

While gear shift quality and lifeless steering are some elements that driving enthusiasts will complain about, Alto K10 is a decent option in the entry level hatchback segment and wins because of its aggressive pricing and good fuel economy.



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Being the highest selling car of India, Alto is Maruti’s most significant offering in the market. It set sales charts on fire, month on month and this hatch was also launched with a 1.0 litre K10 engine in 2010. But the production of old Alto 800 was not stopped and it continued to co-exist with its bigger sibling.
             Maruti Alto 10
The 998 cc petrol engine churns 67 bhp at 6200 rpm and has 9.17 kgm of torque at 3500 rpm. But how does the Alto K10 score in looks and performance categories and what makes it popular with the masses? 
More grown up and mature than the Alto 800, the K10 has a slightly redesigned face with angular headlamps and bigger front grille. In length it measures 225 mm more than the new Alto 800 and is 5 mm wider. It gets a longer hood to accommodate the big engine. Body coloured bumper and front fog lamps are standard for the VXi (upper end of the two trims) variant.
         Maruti Alto k10 Headlamp
The tyre size for this car is same as that for Alto 800 – 145/80 R12. The steel wheels have full wheel covers. At the rear, the tail lamps and tailgate get redesigned and the number plate is on the tailgate instead of the bumper. Overall, with its bigger size and modified design features, the Alto K10 looks balanced and mature. 
           Maruti Alto k10 Interior
There are some subtle modifications inside the car. The most prominent of these is a three spoke design for the steering wheel that looks good and it also has a nice grip. But the increase in Alto’s length has not created more space in the cabin. The seats are upholstered in blue coloured and have integrated headrests. Blue padding has been put on door trims. Dashboard does not reflect many changes and still has the dark grey shade. Materials used feel hard and lack refinement. The instrument cluster has an integrated MID that updates you with the usual info on fuel consumption and the distance travelled by the car. Outside rear view mirrors (ORVMs) are internally adjustable with its small handle
The gear lever knob has been borrowed from the Swift but is all black. There is a rear parcel shelf and convenience of remote boot, fuel lid release and 12V charging socket is provided. Manual air conditioner is given in both LXi and VXi variants. Power windows and central locking features come only with the VXi. Audio system is not standard and will be fitted at an extra cost.
            Maruti Alto k10 Airbags
You sit somewhat low in the Alto K10 and with the low stance of this hatch, ingress and egress are not easy. Also, taller people may find themselves a little squeezed on the driver’s seat. The seat does offer comfort but lacks under thigh support. The back of the front seats have a recessed design, presumably to offer a little more knee space to the rear seat passenger. Headroom is a little short for tall people. However, for a compact hatchback in the small budget segment, Alto K10’s boot has adequate luggage space. It comes with 117 litres volume. 
Engine, Transmission and Performance 
The 998 cc petrol engine of Alto K10 is mated to 5 speed manual transmission. While there is not much noise, it feels unsettled at idling and sends vibrations through the cabin. But the higher power rating of the K10 as compared to the smaller Alto (800) naturally makes it a peppier hatch. Indeed the first thing that you will notice once you are on city roads is that the K10 motor is free revving and does urge you to move on. It makes the car quite nimble to drive. 
              Maruti Alto k10 Engine
You get fine throttle response and this little hatch pulls nicely from most engine speeds. The petrol mill itself is very flexible and makes the Alto pleasing to drive. Those of you who’ve driven the city friendly Alto 800 will find that this bigger sibling feels much better on the highways too. Overtaking is also simpler and it calls for a couple of shifts to accelerate with zest. 
While the 796 cc powertrain of Alto 800 starts to feel strained in the mid range, the K Series is clearly more relaxed and there is ample power reserve on tap. But it still cannot be called perfect – it tends to get thrummy once the needle on the tacho crosses 4000 rpm and also the low speed responses from the motor are not the strongest. The lack of smoothness in a three cylinder engine becomes evident in stop and go traffic where it shows some degree of jerkiness. 
The performance figures are admirable. It takes 15.87 seconds for the 0-100 km/hour dash. Top speed is 143 km/hour and in gear acceleration is better than smaller Alto. The 20- 80 km/hour comes in 15.13 seconds and 40-100 km/hour takes 22.47 seconds. Although refined in the low rev range, the engine becomes pretty audible above 4500 rpm. 
Gearshift quality is one aspect that you will not still like about this car – it is rubbery and vague. Even if the transmission system is now cable operated, there is hardly any improvement in actual use. But the usable power and torque are spread evenly across the gears and this makes the Alto K10 a good all rounder. 
Ride and Handling 
To factor in the extra weight, the suspension of this car has been retuned. At low speeds the ride is pliant and most of the undulations on the road are absorbed with ease. With the increase in speed, the ride gets stiffer. In terms of ride quality, the Alto K10 actually fares better in the city. At higher speeds, although there is a better sense of stability than the smaller Alto but the small dimensions and tyres do not inspire confidence. If you go fast around a corner, there is some body roll but not to the point of causing nervousness – this hatch feels fairly safe and controlled. 
Along with the compact dimensions of this hatch, its light steering is a boon for parking. But this steering also feels pretty lifeless on highways. It fails to weigh up with speed and does not provide much feedback. There is a lot of understeer at higher speeds. 
Fuel Efficiency 
Here’s a category where the light weight Alto K10 obviously fares quite well. While the ARAI fuel efficiency is 20.2 km/litre, in the real world conditions, it returns 14 km/ litre in the city and 17 km/ litre on the highways.  
As the top selling car of India, Maruti Alto had already proved its worth through years. It is a budget friendly hatch that a large number of first time buyers go for. By modifying its external looks and putting a bigger, better K series motor in Alto’s engine bay, Maruti gave a few more horses to its little car and it has become more fuel efficient. In a price range of Rs 3.15 to 3.32 lakhs (ex showroom price Delhi), it is a fine value for money proposition. 
Comfort:  3/5
Refinement: 3.5/5
Safety: 3/5 
Ride: 3.5/5
Handling: 3/5
Value for Money: 3.5/5

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