Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 : Official Review

Ivan Leon

Expert Member
May 27, 2008
The Maruti Alto K10 has been launched in India at a price of between Rs. 3.06 - 3.81 lakhs (ex-Delhi).

What you'll like:

• A much improved Alto K10 at the same price point
• The cheapest automatic car available in India. VXI AMT starts at merely Rs. 3.80 lakhs
• Power-to-weight ratio of 91 BHP/ton makes this one peppy li'l hatchback
• More fuel-efficient than before. AMT variant is also an easy sipper @ 24.07 km/l
• Compliant low speed ride quality. Soft suspension is absorbent
• Convenient city car: Light, agile & easy to drive (especially the AMT variant)
• Driver-side airbag & factory fitted CNG kit available
• Maruti's excellent after-sales service & fuss free ownership experience

What you won't:

• Cramped rear bench. Also, the seatback is very short
• Sensitive steering & nervous handling at speed. Best driven <100 kph
• AMT lacks the refinement & shift-speed of conventional ATs
VXI (O) trim & airbag unavailable with the AMT. No ABS on any variant
Questionable structural strength. The car which it's based on (Alto 800) fared poorly in crash tests
• Skinny 155 mm tyres beg for an upgrade
• Flimsy build & economy grade quality. Poor NVH levels as well
• More accomplished WagonR & Celerio are priced not too far away

When India's largest car maker introduces an affordable & fuel efficient hatchback wearing the 'Alto' badge, things just don't get any bigger...or do they? If that car further offers the convenience of an automatic, it takes things to a different level.

That is exactly what the new Alto K10 is.

Developed in India & Japan at a cost of Rs. 200 crores (Alto 800 cost 470 crore), the highlight of this car is the optional Automated Manual Transmission (AMT).

The Alto K10 is the cheapest automatic car available in India, at a price of Rs. 3.80 lakhs.

If there is a company that can change mass market preferences, it is Maruti. Launching the Alto K10 AMT means taking this technology to the masses.

We can safely predict that the Alto will be the best selling AMT-equipped car for a very long time.

The only other AMT from the Maruti stable is the Celerio (priced between Rs. 4.14 - Rs. 4.43 lakhs).

Sure, the Celerio was the first to feature an AMT, but being a new nameplate, it didn't enjoy the deep-rooted brand equity of the Alto - India's largest selling model since 2004.

The Alto enters 21,000 homes each month (sales average for the last 6 months).