Here are three small cars that pack a punch! Hyundai recently launched the 1.0L version of Eon while the Datsun Go is surprisingly fun to drive. Now, both of these are joined by the new generation of Alto K10 which has been launched. Will the new K10 be a big threat to these established players? Well, without wasting much time, here we bring you the first comparison of the new Alto K10 against its rivals.
The new Alto K10 is based on the Alto 800 but actually looks much better. The face of the car features broad headlights complemented by a bigger chrome grille and sharp bumper. The rear profile also looks in good shape as it comes with new clear lens tail lights which are quite similar to Celerio. Side profile is a grown up version of Alto 800 which clearly falls short of Hyundai Eon's fluidic styling. At 3515mm long and 1500mm wide, Eon is surely the most compact car here but it's undoubtedly the most visually appealing as well.
At 3785mm long and 1635mm wide, Go is significantly longer and wider than its competitors. Go also offers the class leading wheelbase of 2450mm in comparison to Eon's 2380mm. The GO also looks like it belongs to a higher class with its size.
All three cars are powered by 3-cylinder petrol engines which churn out almost similar power output. The new K10 will continue to be powered by the reliable 1.0L K-series, DOHC engine which has a power and torque output of 67bhp and 90Nm while the 1.0L DOHC engine of Eon is capable of pumping out a power and torque output of 68bhp and 94Nm respectively.
Go has a relatively larger 1.2L engine which manages to bring out a power output of 67bhp and a slightly higher torque output of 104Nm. All three engines come paired with five-speed manual gearboxes and here comes the biggest difference which simply puts the new K10 ahead of its competitors.
Maruti has planned to launch the new K10 with the AMT gearbox of Celerio which will make it the most affordable automatic car in India. Moreover, it will also be available with factory fitted CNG kit which will surely attract more buyers in cities like Delhi. Eon and Go has almost similar ARAI tested fuel efficiency of 20.3 km/ltr and 20.6 km/ltr respectively and here the new Alto K10 scores very well with an ARAI figure of 24.07 km/ltr which is same for the AMT as well as the manual version.
In terms of comfort features K10 will get front power windows, rear de-fogger, front fog lights, audio system with speakers, central locking, power steering, keyless entry and internally adjustable outside mirrors.
On the other hand, Go only offers power steering, air conditioner, front power windows, central locking and mobile docking station, not even a radio in its top variant whereas Eon 1.0 which is only available in one variant also misses out on alloy wheels and offers front power windows, power steering, audio system, dual tone interiors and keyless entry.
Eon 1.0 is priced at INR 4.03lakhs while Go will cost you around INR 3.79lakhs (All prices ex-showroom, Delhi). Maruti it seems has played the price card well with the new K10 AMT costing Rs 3.8 lakh with whole range starting at Rs 3.06 lakh, which will make it very competitive in our market. Moreover, the additional features and variants of K10 equipped with AMT and CNG Kit will make it a complete value for money car.
Surely, it is not as big on size as the Go and won't look as stylish as Eon either but it promises to give stiff competition by offering something none of its rivals have and that too at fantastic value. So then get ready for a small car war.