Maruti Suzuki Alto K10, New Maruti Suzuki Alto K10, Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 price, Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Review

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Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 review

The Maruti Suzuki Alto was introduced 10 years ago as a global replacement for the high selling 800. However in India, as is the norm, the Alto was slotted one step above that of the 800. It soon overtook the 800 as the best selling car in India and still does to this very day.

With the 800 been discontinued last year, the Alto fought battles with the Chevy Spark, Tata Nano and Hyundai Santro cars. Recent sales took a dent with the advent of the Tata Nano and hence to remedy this, Maruti Suzuki India Limited have shoe-horned the  998cc K10 engine into the Alto and have christened it thee Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 . The previous generation Alto still sells alongside the new Alto as well as the A-star but is slotted one rung below new one. We set out to check how good the new Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 car is.

The Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 looks slightly different than its older brethren. If we can dare say, actually, the erstwhile Zen, Maruti 800 and the old Alto all looked the same. The new Alto however features a new eagle eyed head lamp cluster and surprisingly it is outlined with chrome.It also integrates the side indicators and they are really huge. The grille also gets a chrome strip adorning it on the top.

It is a small thing, the grille, however bigger than that of the old Alto. The air dams are slightly larger than the air dam and impart a sporty look to the car. There are separate circular vents for the fog lamps, and the fog lamps are embedded deep into those vents.

One would certainly notice that the new Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 has a longer snout than the previous car. It more or less looks like the first generation Zen.

The side profile shows that the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 has gained length. The outside rear view mirrors are black in color and look sort of aerodynamic. The wheels are of the 155/65 R13 tubeless types.

There is no option for alloy wheels and all you get is wheel covers on the top of the line Vxi version. A horizontal rubber lining adorns the front as well as the rear doors.

The tail lamp cluster features clear lens glass from the old Maruti 800. Moreover, they are shaped like the latter. The rear bumper has also been extended making the Alto fall just shy of the 4000 meter mark.

Overall. A refreshing theme and one which Maruti calls as a mid-life rejuvenation.

Interiors

The interiors have also received some of the magic dust sprinkling. The first thing that you notice is that the 3 spoke steering wheel is borrowed from the Maruti Suzuki Swift. It is lined with polyurethane material. However it is devoid of steering wheel audio controls.

Actually there is no use giving it audio controls since the stereo system is anyways optional equipment. The steering wheel now feel meatier to hold than the old unit. You will also appreciate the two cup holders carved out in the place near the gear shifter. The seats are also of a new material with integrated head rests and much like the seats of the Ritz Vdi Blue waterfall themed car. The switchgear for the airconditioner controls and others remain the old archaic ones.

However the driver controlled stalks like those of the indicators and wiper stalks have been borrowed from the pricier Swift. They now feel more chunkier to hold and hoot to operate. They function as well as their form shows.

The Aircon controls are in the view of the driver and he doesn’t need to take his eyes off the road to operate them.

The dashboard meters are also new and add a much needed tachometer to the fare. It has a digital fuel indicator alongwith a tripmeter. The instruments are all lined in chrome. The gear shifter is also given a refresh with a new Matte finish.

You would be disappointed by the lack of too many cubby holes and storage spaces. The door map pockets are slim and can’t hold much. The front seats have scoops at their back to help get more knee room for the rear seat passengers.

The boot though is surprisingly easy to load and can hold 117 liters of your luggage. Build quality is strictly okay and the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 should easily bear the rigors of everyday traveling well. It is a well-known fact that Maruti cars develop rattles from the dashboard due to the use of sub standard materials.

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