Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Performance & First Drive

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Overview

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.View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Style

With mild cosmetic changes, the new Alto K10 shares great resemblance with its siblings – Maruti Alto and Maruti Zen. With a total dimension of 3620 mm (length) x 1495 mm (width) x 1460 mm (height), the car looks very compact yet very spacious from the inside. The wheelbase is 2360 mm. The new headlights,body-coloured bumper, extended snout and stylish front fog lamps enhance the front fascia of car. Now, the badge is significantly highlighted on its front side. The wheels of its top-end variant get full covers, whereas the K10 LXi comes with only a centre cap. Its 13-inch tubeless tryes contribute to its stability and ride quality. The 155/65R13 size of tyres is used for both the variants. The redesigned rear instantly feels like the old Zen.

The new tail lights, tailgate with wedge and rear bumper have maintained the aesthetic feel of the car. Both the variants Lxi and VXi carry total kerb weight of 760 kg and 765 kg, respectively. The car is available in six attractive colors – Fire Brick Red, Midnight Black, Sunlight Copper, Ecru Beige, Silky Silver and Superior White.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Space

The cabin of new Alto K10 has witnessed a dramatic transformation. Once inside, you will really appreciate the fresh design. The dual-toned beige and black dashboard is all new with the center console getting glossy black treatment. The quality and roominess of the cabin are further enhanced with the matte silver highlights across the cabin including steering, door handles, audio button and armrest. Though the fit and finish might not be up to the mark for some people, it will not break the deal given the pricing of the vehicle.

There is now more storage space with handy cup-holders. As per seating, this is the car best for 4 adults and not to throw in tall persons at the rear. It would be pretty unfair to expect this car to come loaded with features, given its entry-level position. However, you will still get satisfactory features of a small hatch including front power windows, internally adjustable ORVMs, gear shift indicator, keyless entry, fog lamps, air conditioning and power steering as well.As far as music system goes, it is integrated and supports CD, USB, and Aux-In playback. The sound quality from the 2 speakers is of typical OEM while the bass levels are quite soothing.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Performance

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 trafficThe 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.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Safety

The Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 has side door impact beam along with rigid crumple zones for added occupant safety. Brakes are courtesy a pair of discs at the front and drum at the rear. All variants of the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 has an immobiliser, 3-point ELR seatbelts and the top-end VXi (O) variant gets a driver airbag as well.The braking is at par with the contemporaries and progressive with a better bite on the road. The braking system works in line with the regular driving style but not tuned for hard driving. Not much can be expected when it comes to safety features in budget hatchbacks. But you still get optional driver side airbag, central locking, engine immobilizer and child safety lock.

Maruti Suzuki 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 Suzuki Alto K10 Conclusion

With a decent cosmetic makeover and configured with more powerful engine, the new Alto K10 is a good value-for-money product. The K10B engine is a far better performer than Maruti’s old 796 cc engine. From the inside, the car gives you a sense of comfort, which comes with good numbers of features and rich upholstery.

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