Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Review & First Drive

Maruti Alto K10 Overview

With the Alto K10, Maruti Suzuki has taken the term ‘power to the people’ a bit too literally. The K10 shares its underpinnings with the Alto800 and adds a bigger, more powerful engine to the mix. The Alto twins have dominated the sales charts for over a decade, for they follow an utterly simple recipe. A clean design, compact proportions and fuel efficiency that makes sure that the wallet remains fat. What’s the Alto with a bigger heart like? Let’s take a look! View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Maruti Alto K10 Style

The previous Maruti Alto K10 had the old Alto shape, which has been completely phased out. The exterior of the Maruti Alto K10 now looks sufficiently different than the Alto 800 from both, the rear and the front even though it is the same under its skin. The headlamps have grown bigger and bolder with a distinguishing front grille with a thick chrome slate and the ‘S’ shape symbol of Suzuki in-between. The lower air dams are black and do look smarter than its previous design.

The side profile of the Maruti Alto K10 also looks a bit different with a black-fibre strip right in the center and what we could see was the rear window had reduced in dimensions. The door panels also get blackened and this black touch all over the car makes the exterior look a bit sporty.The rear also gets bigger tail lamps, which are somewhat different than the Alto 800. The number plate slot has moved down to the bumper while it appears that the rear hatch door as well as the tail lamps have been flattened a bit to give it a look of a big sized car.

Maruti Alto K10 Space

Where the Alto K10 is vastly different from the Alto 800 is the interiors. While both cars have similar AC vents (side ones), the dashboard is as different as chalk and cheese. The Alto K10’s dashboard is a nice unit which looks quite attractive and gets piano black finish on the centre console and some silver inserts for a sporty feel. The cabin is a dual-tone unit that adds airiness and quality inside is good although there are some rough edges which aren’t glaringly obvious at first sight. The way the centre console has been designed makes the Alto K10’s dashboard look wider than it actually is. The 3-spoke steering is nice to hold and the car gets front power windows, buttons for which are unconventionally placed in the centre, there are no rear power windows.

The manual variant of the Alto K10 gets a cubbyhole and cupholders in front of the lever but in the AMT variant, this is missing as the lever takes more space. The car gets a smart hook next to the glovebox for hanging small things. The instrument cluster is a funky looking unit (Maruti calls it speedy finish) with a nice design having red markings and white fonts. There is a display under the speedometer which carries twin trip meters, odometer, gear indicator (AMT) fuel meter and time. The right side on the console has tell-tale lights and as they don’t blink all the time, the meter looks a bit empty. The Maruti Alto K10 is the premium version of the Alto but isn’t loaded with a ton of features to boast about. Bluetooth is absent which comes as a surprise because the world’s cheapest car, the Tata Nano has it. The audio system offers CD, USB and AUX functions and sound quality is strictly average. None of the Alto’s seats come with adjustable headrests and due to the narrow cabin, it’s best to seat two at the rear and not squeeze in three. The front seats are quite comfortable and although the Alto K10 carries the same wheelbase as the Alto 800, rear seat legroom is better thanks to the scooped front seat back, resulting in thinner front seats (one can at times feel the knees of the rear passenger on his back). Still legroom is just average while headroom is adequate. Boot space is decent for a car of this size.

Maruti Alto K10 Performance

The Maruti Alto K10 gets a 1.0-litre engine which is mated with a five-speed manual gear box and producing 67bhp and 90Nm of power. This three-cylinder engine has be good power but most of its is delivered at high rpm. One needs to revv the engine to extract the best performance from it. For those quick overtaking moves, one has to downshift. Driving the Maruti Alto K10 in city is easy and one doesn’t have to shift a lot of gears in traffic.The engine has a good punch and it doesn’t feel running out of juice even on highways. The engine’s NVH levels are also low. This engine also powers the Wagon R and the Celerio, but as this body is lighter, the performance is much better.

The AMT is a boon for those who are tired of shifting gears in mad traffic. Maruti Suzuki has found a superb solution, which is a clutch free gearshift known as the AMT gearbox. The Maruti Alto K10 AMT is very similar to the manual version but without the clutch. The Maruti Alto K10 AMT performs a little different from a fully automatic transmission. In this gearbox one can definitely feel the gearshifts happening under the hood and at this time the driver feels the car to be just numb. There is no response or I can say there a slight pause in the engine when such gearshifts occur, especially till it is in the third gear. Though the pause is very evident, the power delivered after a certain speed is just straight forward, push the gas pedal hard and you get a quick response. Overtaking on highways at high speed is also not a big deal for the AMT. Still the best use of this AMT can be felt in traffic conditions as your drive becomes just hassle free due to this AMT gearbox.

Maruti Alto K10 Drivinng

The Maruti Alto K10 gives a very smooth and a happy experience to the driver. The ride quality is good in city and in fact the suspension does a good job too. The Maruti Alto K10 felt very pliant at high speeds. It was clearly evident that the car could be under your control at any point of the time. Even the steering response is good, even though it is light and easy to drive. The 1.0-litre engine is very smooth, linear yet active.

We drove the petrol variant of the car, both on the highway and in the city traffic. The city driving in the Maruti Alto K10 was effortless as the car could move smoothly without any gearshifts even at low speeds whereas on highways it felt very active as well as linear. Overtaking was found to be simple as power supplied was sufficient. There was enough power supplied post 2000rpm, which pulled on till the red line.

Maruti Alto K10 Safety

Maruti Suzuki has the biggest service network in India, having dealerships in remote areas too. India’s largest car maker also offers excellent after sales service and prices of parts are very reasonable, making owning a Maruti car a trouble-free experience. However, in terms of safety, the Alto falls short. From being awarded 0-stars in crash tests to not coming equipped with any safety feature, the Alto is basic in terms of safety. The VXi trim gets a driver side airbag as an option and even foglamps are part of optional kit. Meanwhile, Maruti exports the Alto K10 to Algeria with both ABS and dual airbags.

Maruti Alto K10 Cost in Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 3,42,105/- (Alto K10 LX) to 4,26,609/- (Alto K10 LXI CNG Optional). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Alto K10 price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Maruti Alto K10 Conclusion

This is a car that’s meant to serve its purpose of getting you around town. The compact proportions, good fuel efficiency and the super light steering of the Maruti Alto K10 makes it a perfect city runabout.”With the automatic variant, the K10 takes its city-friendly nature a notch higher.”In case you need a small hatch for the school or grocery trips on a budget, the Alto K10 should be on your shopping list.

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