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3 cars that pose a serious threat to Alto K10

Last updated on: August 13, 2010 10:41 IST

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All may not be hunky-dory for the new Maruti Alto. The carmaker whose market share in India is now below 50 per cent always rode on the success of its best selling models is the entry level hatchback -- the Alto.

Keeping in mind the dynamic market conditions Maruti launched the advanced version of the hatchback.

Alto K10, which would exist with the older version, is powered by the company's much talked 1.0L, K10 engine that delivers 68PS of maximum power at 6200rpm with 90Nm of maximum torque at 3200rpm.

The car has been launched in two variants - Alto K10 LXI and Alto K10 VXI and is priced between   303,000 -   316,000 (ex showroom Delhi).

Maruti Alto's ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) figures suggest an impressive 20.2 kmpl mileage.

The new Alto has a dynamic hood, eagle eyed clear lens headlamps, fog lamps, body coloured bumpers, odometer, trip meter and speedometer along with LCD screen.

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Image: Maruti hopes to ride on the success of Alto K10.

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Alto K10 also has internally adjustable ORVMs, tinted glasses, body coloured bumpers, precise and smart front grill, stylish tail gate, large 13-inch tubeless tyres, trendy wheel-covers and interesting body side mouldings.

The new Alto's upholstery is better, it has colour coordinated door trim fabric, stylish gear knob, integrated headrests at front and rear, all-new speedometer, tachometer, electronic tripmeter, vanity mirror, accessory socket, rear parcel tray, ash tray and cup holder, front power windows, air-conditioner and a heater, key-off reminder, power steering, improved knee-room for rear seat passenger comfort, remote fuel tank lid and back door opener.

Even though the Alto K10 looks like a promising car with a number of good features, yet, to be a total winner it needs to outshine three close and worthy competitors.

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Image: Alto K10 looks like a promising car with a number of good features.

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Chevrolet Spark

The car was launched in the Indian market in 2007 and is an entry level car by General Motors.

Chevrolet Spark petrol version is available in one engine option  -- 1.0 Litre, 8 V, SOHC Smart-Tec.

It has Dual Distributor Less Ignition System (DDLI), Sequential MPFI, Advanced Optical Sensor and Motorised Throttle Intake System (MTIS).

The engine is a 995cc, 8valve unit and produces a maximum power of 63 PS at 5400 rpm and a maximum torque of 90.3Nm at 4200 rpm.

The Spark has peppy looks, decent space and quality interiors with a comparatively lower price tag.

It is built on the old Matiz format but has a well-defined bonnet V, pointy headlights, tiny slit for a bonnet intake, centrally-mounted instrument console and large front door pockets.

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Image: The Spark has peppy looks, decent space and quality interiors with a comparatively lower price tag.

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The car is claimed to give a mileage of 16.9kpl and has a top speed of 156Km/hr.

The car has an aggressive front grille with large headlamps and fog lamps, body coloured bumpers, gate handles and tail gate handle bar.

It also has full wheel covers for steel wheels, tinted glasses, both sides OVRMs, rear spoiler, satin silver roof rails, body side moulding, front windshield with top band, mudguards, body side mouldings and much more.

The car comes with a price tag of   317,808 -   424,353 ex-showroom, Delhi.

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Image: An interior view of the Chevvy Spark.

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Hyundai Santro

The car was launched in the Indian market some years back and instantly became a hit.

Even though it no more enjoys the same position, it is still considered an efficient and easy to own car.

Santro comes only with 1086cc engine and has a very good fuel economy. The car's 'active intelligence' technology improves engine performance which is complemented by its simple yet elegant looks.

The car has basic but very functional interiors and has been able to satisfy Indian buyers for a long time.

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The Santro Xing has the McPherson Strut Suspension with a stabiliser bar in the front and a torsion beam axle with 3-link offset coil springs and hydraulic dampers in the rear.

It also has larger ventilated front disc brakes. The car falls in the price range of   274,186 -   391,038, ex-showroom, Delhi.

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Hyundai i10

This is currently Hyundai's bestseller, available in two different powered engines - D-lite and Era. Both have a 1.1L, 1086cc, IRDE (Intelligent Responsive Drive Engine) petrol engine.

The car is claimed to give a fuel economy of about 12kmpl in city and 16kmpl on highway.

The Hyundai i10 is a contemporary looking car with a good appearance and functionality.

It has features like clear headlamps which stretch towards the rear of the front-end, chrome grille, simple rear.

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The car uses black plastic moulding extensively on the sides and at the rear.

The interiors are good and the quality is up to the standards.

The rear bench is comfortable for the passengers and the overall ride quality in the car is good.

The car has very good air conditioning that will keep you comfortable even on the hottest days. The car falls in the price range of   273,787 -   390,635 ex-showroom, Delhi.


Image: Interior view of Hyundai i10.

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