2015 Maruti Alto vs Hyundai Eon

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The sub six lakh category is one of the biggest and fastest selling segments of the Indian automotive industry. Although this particular segment has been mostly dominated by Maruti Suzuki since the birth of compact budget four wheelers here in India, Hyundai has slowly gained ground in this popular segment. The Eon has been hugely successful for its stunning exterior, quality interiors and good pricing. The Maruti Alto on the other hand has failed to evolve with the changing times and has fallen behind in terms of tech and design. Maruti Suzuki has thus launched the 2015 Alto K10, to launch a counter attack against the Koreans. Who wins? Lets find out.

Design:

2015 Maruti Suzuki Alto K10:

Maruti Suzuki has ditched the safe approach and gone for a radical redesign of the small hatch. The new Alto K10 is now more aggressive and striking to look at than any of its predecessors. A strip of chrome adorns the grille adding a bit of upmarket appeal lacking in models of the past. The uninspiring headlight design has been revamped as well for a bit of flair. The rear too has been remodeled in keeping with the overall design of the front fascia. Despite all this however, the Alto K10 still retains its boxy silhouette and isn’t nearly as jaw dropping as the Hyundai Eon.

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THe Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Facelift

Hyundai Eon:

As we have stated time and time again, Hyundai Fluidic Design has worked beautifully over its range and has completely turned the public’s impression of the South Korean automaker’s image around. Creating impressive, quality work at the price that Hyundai offers its models in is something that truly needs to be appreciated. The Eon too is quite a good looking machine. Its sensual curves and aggressive headlights are well ahead of its time and as a result, despite the South Korean car maker leaving the Eon virtually unchanged since its launch, the car still manages to grab eyeballs wherever it goes.

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Front View of the Eon Hatchback from Hyundai

Winner: Hyundai Eon

Interiors:

2015 Maruti Suzuki Alto K10:

The first major revamp in many years, the Indian car maker has finally graced its little hatch with a bit of premium interiors. The piano black center console and steering wheel sport a silver finish. The center console consists of a conventional music system with iPod, USB, AUX IN and CD compatibility. However, the beige and black theme of the cabin leaves much to be desired. The 2015 Alto K10’s interiors is a huge step up from the previous generation and shows Maruti’s progression as a brand that not only focuses on cost effectiveness but presentation as well.

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Interiors of the Alto K10

Hyundai Eon:

Despite the huge leap forward in terms of the Alto K10’s interior, the Eon is far ahead of its competition. The entire cabin is made from quality plastics and fabrics. The stunning design and good materials make the Eon feel far more expensive than it really is. However, the South Korean automaker has made drastic compromises to space and ergonomics for such beautiful interiors. For example, if you have a tall friend sitting in the front passenger seat, one must first push the passenger’s leg away before changing gear.

Interiors of the Hyundai Eon
Interiors of the Hyundai Eon

Winner: Hyundai Eon

Engine:

2015 Maruti Suzuki Alto K10:

Perhaps the Alto K10’s only saving grace, the 998cc four cylinder petrol mill produces 67 HP @6000 RPM and a peak torque of 90 Nm comes in at 3500 RPM. Mileage is at 24.07 km/l. One of the Alto’s biggest upsides when compared to its Korean rival is the availability of an AMT gearbox.

Hyundai Eon:

The Eon is offered in two engines, the 814cc and the 1.0 L model. The 814 cc three cylinder engine produces 55 HP and 75 Nm of torque while the 1.0 L unit churns out 68 bhp @ 6200 RPM and a max torque of 94 Nm @ 3500 RPM. Fuel economy is rated at 21.1 km/l and 20.3 km/l respectively. However, despite the better engine options, Hyundai has never been a pioneer in engine performance and the 814cc falls short of its Indian rival. The 1.0 L model has eliminated all of the shortcomings of its 814 cc sibling however, Maruti Suzuki’s Alto K10 can and does do everything the Eon 1.0 L can do a little bit better.

Winner: Maruti Suzuki Alto K10

Verdict

Despite Maruti’s best efforts, the Alto K10 still feels a bit dated in terms of design. However, looks can be deceiving and the Hyundai Eon is quite simply a poorly engineered car draped in a pretty gown. Although the 1.0 L model tries to make right everything that was wrong with its smaller engine’d model, it does not justify the almost Rs. 1 lakh price bump.

So if you are not the one doing the driving then the Eon with its comparatively comfortable seats, stunning interiors and good music system is the car for you. However, the Alto K10 is the better engineered car. The K Series of engines has proven itself in higher models of the Indian manufacturer and does incredibly well for its small displacement.

Maruti Alto 800-Ownership Review

Take a walk on a typical Indian road and you will find yourself catching the sight of this humble and cute looking car more than any other cars on the road 🙂 Its the new Maruti Suzuki Alto 800. Maruti Suzuki India Limited most commonly know as Maruti formerly known as Maruti Udyog Limited is an Indian automobile manufacturing company.

It is controlled by a holding company – a Japanese car manufacturing establishment Suzuki. Maruti Suzuki has a variety of vehicles available in the Indian market  from the outset level the Alto, to the hatchbacks Ritz, A-Star, Swift, Wagon R, Zen and the sedans DZire, Kizashi and SX4 etc. to the ‘C’ segment Eeco, Omni, Multi Purpose vehicle Suzuki Ertiga and Sports Utility vehicle Grand Vitara

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Alto 800 is a kei car( It is a Japanese categorization of small passenger carsengineered and manufactured by Suzuki. The contemporary model is currently in its seventh generation.The first of its kind emerged in 1979 and was manufactured in several countries worldwide.The all new Maruti Alto 800 has undergone a lucid face lift with all new bodies and interiors.It replace’s its first generation Alto keeping the old 796cc engine. The most captivating fact is that, although being India’s best selling  car, the price tag of Alto was also lowered with the change in the model. Several methods were implied to lower the price . These include lowering the weight of each and every part down by even a single gram and also including their own robots for manufacturing purposes.

Design and Looks:

EXTERIOR:

The all new Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 has an exemplary yet a smooth and glossy design that packs a punch.The smooth seamless long curves gives it a perfect side look and better dynamics, which means better performance and better looks.The prominent wheel lip add on to the side looks. All these make the Alto 800 the most desirable small car in the Indian market. The new Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 has undergone a face lift to give it an adorable hatchback look.( I love the new petal shaped head light ,gives it a better look.)

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Interior:

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The cabin in the new Alto 800 is refined completely to give it an elegant look and feel.The result is superior interior quality and more comfortable environment and more space inside the car.Whats more is you get to choose between cool looking brown and grey interiors.

Performance and Specs:

maruti-alto-800-gear-087The latest remodeled Alto 800 arrives with a 796cc petrol mill which was also used in its  presiding models , with obvious tweaks over them.A  796cc , 3 cylinder petrol engine is the powerhouse of the Alto 800 that grinds out a maximum of 47.5bhp at 6000rpm at its peak of 69Nm of torque produced at 3500rpm.

What puts it aside from its predecessors is the fact that it maintains the Bharat Stage IV emission norms ( Which makes it one of the most Eco friendly kei cars in India ). Apart from turning down the emissions the MSI engineers have worked pretty well upon the NVL levels .The Alto comes with a 5-gear transmission, which gives a smooth gear shift and superior driving experience.  Taking into account the acceleration and pick up, Maruti suzuki is categorized under the small cars 796cc category and still packs a punch .The acceleration is excellent when compared to the rest of the small cars in the market. The new improved and face lifted power mill can accelerate you from 0 to a 100km within a time duration of 15 to 16 seconds, with the top speed of about 120 kmph .For the CNG versions the magic 100kmph from 0 takes about 17 to 18 seconds.This is clear-cut evidence that the performance has been modified brilliantly .

Mileage :

IMG_20140717_155120It is the typical Indian mentality that mileage is given preference over performance of the car . It is undoubtedly crowned as the peoples car of India .Alto 800 returns with the fantastic mileage of 22.74kmpl on petrol and 33kmpl on CNG making it  the most fuel efficient car in the present Indian automobile market .The new Alto maintains respectable performance without compromising on the mileage ,making it the most affordable car .If you want to go ECO friendly by using CNG and also get a car which is affordable and easy to maintain – Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is for sure the best choice for you !

Dispiriting Facts about the new Alto 800 :

One of the most disappointing  factor I found  was the really weak body . Just the slightest of hits and bumps can result in great damage to the car ( A Scooter hit my Alto 800 from the back at a normal speed but the right back bumper of the car got destroyed)

If you are pure power aficionado it might be disappointing for you. The acceleration is considerably weak compared to other cars in the market .

The interior is considerably comfortable but it doesn’t have a  lavish and and attractive look.

-When you run CNG the engine performance is reduced by a great amount, especially when you even have the AC turned on.

BOTTOM LINE :

 Without question, it is the most fuel efficient car available in the market. Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 has improved performance and mileage and also at a very affordable price tag.

There is this saying ” Two birds with one Bullet ” so running your Alto 800 on CNG saves you money and also reduce’s the harmful emissions !

Visit Maruti Suzuki India Website: http://www.marutisuzuki.com