Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Hatchback First Look Review


Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Overview

Alto K10 is basically a more upmarket version of the country’s largest selling car Maruti Suzuki Alto , which was launched in 2006. Despite being better than the Alto, the car couldn’t do as good as the company expected it to do. The engine power, fuel efficiency, drivability and pricing make Alto K10 an easy winner. There are two variants of the K10 available in the market – the Maruti Alto K10 LXi (Rs.3.03 lac) and Maruti Alto K10 VXi (Rs.3.16 lac). Powered with three 1-litre, 998 cc cylinders, the Alto K10 delivers an impressive power and fuel efficiency.

Its K-series engine produces a peak power of 68 PS at 6200 rpm and the maximum torque of 90Nm at 3500 rpm. Coupled with a five-speed cable type manual transmission, the power is transmitted to the front wheels of the car. It returns an impressive mileage of 20.2 kmpl. The overall design of the Alto K10 gets a mild re-treatment with new headlights, front fog lamps, body-coloured bumper, tail lights, tailgate and wheels with full covers. From certain angles, the car resembles more like the old Maruti Zen.

The interiors of the Alto K10 are simple yet stylish. The new blue-coloured seats are well integrated with headrest. The other rich features include a climate control unit with heater, front power window, electric tripmeter with tachometer, illumining instrument cluster with speedometer, vanity mirror, sun visor, ash tray, accessory socket, cup holder, rear parcel tray and more. It doesn’t come with a stereo system, but has an installation option. With good leg, head and shoulder room, the Alto K10 is just alright in terms of comfort, as you cannot expect much from a car coming at this price.Check for Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 price in Chennai at Tryaldrive.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Look

The Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 has a simple exterior that has gone through a refresh. The headlamps are slightly bigger and accommodate have the front indicator integrated into it. The revised bumper also houses the front fog lamps. On the side, there isn’t much difference viz-a-viz the Alto 800, which has a simple straight shoulder line with black cladding in the center to give it a sporty appeal. The Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 also comes with body colored ORVMs or outside rear- view mirrors and door handles, which are colored in black on its sibling, the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Comfort

In terms of the comfort and rich features offered, the interior of the new Alto K10 is far better than its sibling. The power windows are only on its front side. One can easily adjust the ORVMs from inside. Now, the steering wheel is more stylish but less responsive. The new blue seats are comfortable with integrated headrests, like Hyundai i10. However, the plastic quality is still cheap. For an average Indian height, the ingress/ egress is perfect but tall people could find it congested.

There is no provision of an audio system. One can get it installed from the market. The overall ambience of cabin is maintained by various standard features, including a climate control unit with heater, front power window, electric trip-meter with tachometer, illumining instrument cluster with speedometer, vanity mirror, sun visor, ash tray, accessory socket, cup holder, rear parcel tray, accessory socket, tinted window glass, etc.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Gearbox

Powering the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 is a 998cc K10B petrol engine, that is available in two states of tune since the car is also available in CNG. In the petrol mode, the Alto K10 generates 67hp max power at 6,000 rpm and 90Nm peak torque at 3,500 rpm, while in CNG the same engine produces 58hp and 78Nm respectively. Power delivery is seamless and noise-intrusion into the cabin is at par with segment standards.

The Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 has two transmission options – a 5-speed manual transmission and a 5-speed automatic transmission. The automatic transmission is an auto gear shift or automated manual unit (AMT), which changes the gear of the car by itself, without affecting mileage. The manual transmission is also a good unit with the gear ratios well-tuned for city traffic

The Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 has a certified mileage of 24.07 km/l for the petrol powered engine in the 5-speed manual transmission and Auto Gear Shift (AMT). In the CNG variants, the A-segment hatchback delivers 32.26 km/kg.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Driving

The handling and ride quality of the Alto K10 is decent. Its powerful front McPherson Strut suspension with torsion type roll control device and rear coil spring, gas filled shock absorbers with three-link axle, and isolated trailing arm suspension with isolated trailing arm make driving a breeze, even on busy roads or streets. However, its high speed performance isn’t impressive. The ground clearance is 160 mm, which helps the car improve drivability on the bumpy Indian roads. Boosted with a three-cylinder engine, Alto K10 offers an amazing driving experience with low NVH levels. One can enjoy sharp turns with Alto K10 that comes with minimum turning radius of 4.6m.To know more details on Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 check Lanetalab

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Safety

Maruti Suzuki India has updated the Alto K10 in India with a host of new safety features, which will come as standard fitment. According to the company BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange) filing, the company has equipped the car with offerings like – ABS with EBD, driver-side airbag, reverse parking sensor, speed alert, and driver and co-driver seatbelt reminder, all as standard. As for the Alto 800, we reached out to Maruti and the company has said that “as of now only the K10 gets the additional safety features”.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Price in Chennai

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 On Road Price is 4,11,763/- and Ex-showroom Price is 3,57,098/- in Chennai. Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 comes in 6 colours, namely Tango Orange,Silky Silver,Fire Brick Red,Granite Grey,Superior White,Cerulean Blue. Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 comes with FWD with 998 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 67 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 90 Nm@3500 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 comes with Automatic Transmission with FWD .

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Final Thought

The Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 is an A-segment hatchback by the Indian carmaker. It is powered by a 998cc K10B petrol engine. The motor generates 67hp of max power at 6,000 rpm and 90Nm of peak torque at 3,500 rpm for the petrol powered version. However, the engine has been tuned down for the CNG variants at 58hp and 78Nm. The Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 also comes with and AGS (Auto Gear Shift) or automatic transmission in addition to a 5-speed manual transmission. Certified mileage of this hatchback is 24.07 km/l for the petrol version in both gearbox options and 32.26 km/kg for the CNG variants.

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