Alto K10 Automatic vs WagonR, Alto K10 Automatic vs Celerio, Alto K10 Automatic vs Eon, Alto K10 Automatic vs i10, Alto K10 Automatic vs Alto 800, Alto K10 Automatic vs Nano, Alto K10 Automatic vs Santro, Alto K10 Automatic vs Grand i10, Alto K10 Automatic vs Ritz, Alto K10 Automatic vs Datsun Go, Alto K10 Automatic vs Micra Active, Alto K10 Automatic vs Spark, Alto K10 Automatic vs Beat

1. Alto K10 vs Alto 800
2. Alto K10 vs Celerio
3. Alto K10 vs WagonR
4. Alto K10 vs i10
5. Alto K10 vs Eon
6. Alto K10 vs Grand i10
7. Alto K10 vs Santro
8. Alto K10 vs Datsun Go
9. Alto K10 vs Brio
10. Alto K10 vs Beat
11. Alto K10 vs Spark
12. Alto K10 vs Ritz
13. Alto K10 vs Micra Active

[1] Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 vs Alto 800
Verdict: Alto K10 is better than Alto 800
Pricing: The Alto K10 Automatic is 40,000 Rs. more expensive than the manual Alto K10, which in turn is 25,000 Rs more expensive than the Alto 800. However, the Automatic is totally worth the extra money over both the manual Altos due to the following reasons:
Fuel Efficiency: ARAI has rated the Automatic Alto K10 to be 1.5 kpl more fuel-efficient than the Alto 800 and same as the Alto K10, which is remarkable. Even in our back-to-back fuel efficiency tests. There was hardly any difference between the fuel efficiency of all the three cars. This remarkable improvement in the mileage of automatic gearboxes has been achieved thanks to the new-age AMT gearbox fitted on to the Alto. Gone are the days when automatics used to guzzle more litres of fuel than their manual versions. However contrary to what the ARAI numbers lead you to believe, in the real world the manual geared Alto 800 did return half a kpl more than the 1000cc Alto K10's manual version.
Drivability & Performance: The sheer ease of driving that an Alto K10 Automatic provides is unmatched by any other car in the Indian market. That itself is a big enough reason to declare the Alto K10 Automatic as the winner of this shootout. There is no need for constant clutching & de-clutching making it one of the easiest cars to learn driving with as well. Between the Manual geared Altos, the K10 is definitely better than the Alto 800, especially with the AC on and 2-3 passengers, the Alto 800 really struggles to get a move on, whereas the Alto K10 hardly breaks a sweat. In terms of outright acceleration, the Alto K10 easily trounces the Alto 800. And between the Alto K10 Automatic and Manual, it is the Automatic that requires much lesser skill than the Manual to get a quick launch at the traffic lights. Only in the hands of a race driver will the Alto K10 Manual be able to out-drag the Alto K10 Automatic.
In terms of Reliability & After Sales Service, Space & Comfort, Ride & Handling or even Safety, both the cars are extremely similar.


[2] Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 vs Celerio
Verdict: Celerio is better than Alto K10
Price Difference: There is a 60,000 Rs. difference between the same variant of Alto K10 and Celerio. However, the Celerio is totally worth every additional penny spent over it compared to the Alto K10.
Space & Comfort: Alto is just too cramped even for 4 adults, scooped seats notwithstanding, Celerio on the other hand is just right, rear knee room is more than adequate for 4 average (and even slightly above average) sized adults. Even Celerio's 232 litre boot has decent capacity for a weekend trip compared to Alto's rear glove-box!
Dynamics: Celerio's one segment bigger underpinnings give it a better ride-quality as well as more stability on the highway. It also grips better around corners. Alto K10 however has the advantage of better maneuverability, thanks to a smaller footprint and tighter turning radius.
Safety: The Alto platform is now 15 years old. In these 15 years the Automobile industry has made giant strides in terms of the crash safety of its offerings. Alto's dismal failure in NCAP tests is no secret either, and even though the Celerio may not have subjected to any NCAP tests as of yet, there is absolutely no doubt that it will fare far better than the Alto K10 in any collision imaginable.
Fuel Efficiency: Both cars share the same engine-gearbox combination resulting in hardly any difference in fuel-economy between the two. In our back to back tests the Alto K10 was hardly half a kpl more fuel efficient than the Celerio.
Performance, Efficiency, Driveability, Refinement, Reliability & After Sales Service: Are identical

[3] Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 vs WagonR
Verdict: Alto K10 automatic is better than WagonR, but WagonR is better than the manual Alto K10
Price Difference: The Alto K10 Automatic is 30,000 Rs. cheaper than Wagon R VXi Manual and exactly the same price as the Wagon R LXi Manual. This makes the Alto K10 incredibly better value than the WagonR. The Manual Alto K10 on the other hand is 70,000 Rs. cheaper than the same variant of the WagonR, but in case of manuals, the WagonR is certainly better value for money thanks to better space and comfort.
Practicality: Having an AMT gearbox will reduce the fatigue of your daily drive enormously, and that is an understatement. The sheer hassle of clutch-brake-first-second routine is eliminated by the game-changing automatic transmission developed by none other than the Magneti Marelli of Ferrari Formula 1 fame.
Fuel-efficiency: The automated manual transmission does not have the fuel-efficiency penalty of the old (torque-converter) automatics. In fact, since the Alto K10 is lighter than WagonR & engine powering both the cars being same, the automatic Alto K10 is even more fuel efficient than the WagonR, thanks to a lower kerb weight. In our back-to-back tests, the Alto K10 Automatic consistently returned 1 kpl more than the WagonR Manual.
Performance: Same goes for performance, AMT has no penalty either on the performance of the Alto K10 or the drivability. It is fairly jerk free as well, even more so than the Celerio's AMT which in itself is fairly jerk free.
Space & Comfort: WagonR is immensely more spacious and comfortable than the Alto, especially at the rear. Travelling as a passenger on the Alto's rear seat is nothing short of a punishment. There is hardly any knee room head-room or even shoulder room and anybody taller than 5 feet 4 inches will start becoming shifty and then downright irritable after a while!
Reliability & After Sales Service: So far Celerio's AMTs haven't faced any reliability issues and being inexpensive units, won't be too expensive to maintain in the long run as well.

[4] Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 vs Hyundai i10
Verdict: Alto K10 Automatic is better than Hyundai i10, but Hyundai i10 is better than Alto K10 Manual.
Price Difference: The i10 is a whopping 88,000 Rs. more expensive than the Alto K10 manual, but the i10 is also a significant upgrade over the Alto K10 and is pretty much worth the price premium that it commands over the Alto K10. But the Alto K10 Automatic is a different story altogether it (VXi) is 20,000 Rs. cheaper than the cheapest i10 (Era) and 50,000 Rs. cheaper than the i10 with similar features (Magna) minus an automatic gearbox. That makes the Alto K10 far better value-for-money than the i10.
Drivability & Performance: In terms of drivability, the i10 is no match to the sheer ease of operation of the Alto K10's fantastic AMT gearbox. Gone is the need for frequent gearshift and the clutch-brake-first-second-gear routine in city traffic. Even the outright acceleration of the Alto K10 AMT is no less than the manual Alto K10, but it is slightly weaker than the i10's 1.1 iRDE engine. Compared to the manual Alto K10 though, the i10's drivability is much better, it has better low-end torque than the Alto's peaky K10 engine.
Fuel Efficiency: Both the Alto K10s, manual as well as AMT returned one or two kmpl more than the i10, thanks to a lighter kerb weight. ARAi certified mileage of Alto K10 is 24.07 kmpl, while that of the i10 is just 19.8 kmpl. Also the i10 is now available only with the Santro carryover 1.1 litre engine and the fantastic 1.2 Kappa engined i10 has now been discontinued to make way for the Grand i10.
Space & Comfort: Hyundai i10 is a much more spacious and comfortable car than the Alto K10. It has a higher seating position which firstly gives a much better view if the road ahead than the Alto K10 and secondly it gives better under thigh support to all the occupants as the knees come in line with the hips increasing the comfort quotient of the occupants by a significant margin. Even the i10's 225 litre boot-space is far better than the Alto K10's paltry 177 litres.
Ride Quality & Handling: Neither of the two cars are really known for their dynamics. Both share the common trait of having harsh ride quality especially for the rear passengers. Even the handling is not up to the mark although overall the Alto K10 fares slightly better thanks to its low height, unlike the tall boy i10.
Reliability & After Sales Service: Hyundai has worked hard for the past 15 years to build an excellent reputation for good After Sales experience, it's network has also spread to almost 500 touch points in the country but still is not even close to the sheer spread and affordability of Maruti-Suzuki.

[5] Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 vs Hyundai Eon
Verdict: Alto K10 is better than Eon
Drivability: Compared to the Eon, Alto K10 AMT is way more hassle free to drive in traffic. Just imagine how easy an Activa is to ride on the city roads compared to a geared scooter!
Performance & Efficiency: Alto K10 also has more power than the Eon giving it better performance and thanks to a lower kerb weight, similar efficiency as well.
Dynamics: Since the Eon is a taller car than Alto, body roll is more pronounced. To counter that it sprung a little stiffer, which has made its ride quality less pliant than the Alto K10 too. Thanks to a lower centre of gravity, Alto K10 handles better too.
Space & Comfort: Eon has a slight advantage in terms of comfort, thanks to a slightly taller seating position than the Alto K10.
Reliability & After Sales Service: Hyundai is better than almost all other manufacturers when it comes to reliability & after sales service. But Maruti is the best. What these 2 brands offer in terms of service is as good as it gets in this great country of ours.

[6] Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 vs Hyundai Grand i10
Verdict: Grand i10 is better than Alto K10


[7] Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 vs Hyundai Santro
Hyundai has discontinued the Santro and reduced the pricing of i10, check out the i10 vs Alto K10 or Eon vs Alto K10 comparisons given above.

[8] Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 vs Datsun Go
Verdict: Alto K10 is better than Datsun Go
Drivability: Datsun Go has good drivability but it is nowhere as easy as the Alto K10 Automatic to drive around the city as theres no need to clutch-shift-declutch over and over and over again. Imagine driving a 4-wheeled Activa. To those less acquainted to the ingenious new Automated Manual type of transmissions, make note that there is none of the compromise in fuel-efficiency and performance associated with conventional (torque converter) gearboxes in the AMT.
Reliability & After Sales Service: The second big advantage that the Alto K10 holds over the Datsun Go is thanks to parent company Maruti's legendary After Sales Service & resale value.
Performance & Efficiency: Both cars have equivalent power to weight ratios giving them similar acceleration, but Alto's lower kerb weight & 200 cc smaller engine gives it a slight edge in terms of fuel efficiency
Space & Comfort: This is where the Datsun Go easily betters the Alto and that too by a fair margin. Datsun Go's cabin is much more spacious as well as comfortable and it also has a much bigger boot.

[9] Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 vs Honda Brio
Verdict: Brio is better than Alto K10
Price Difference: Alto K10 AMT is a whopping 2.35 lakh rupees cheaper than the Brio AT! That is the power of the new AMT gearbox. It is significantly cheaper than traditional automatic gearboxes. But that is not the only advantage it holds over old-school torque convertor gearboxes as used in the Brio AT. The manual Brio on the other hand is 90,000 rupees more expensive than the Alto K10. But it is completely worth the extra asking price for the following reasons.
Fuel Efficiency: Thanks to a 200cc smaller engine and a 175 kg lighter kerb weight than the Brio, Alto K10 returns better efficiency than the Brio. The ARAI rated fuel efficiency of Alto K10 (both manual & automatic) is rated at 24.07 kmpl, whereas that of the Brio MT is 19.4 kmpl and that of Brio AT is 16.5 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests, the Alto K10 AMT consistently returned 4 kmpl more than the Brio AT, while the Alto K10 Manual returned just over 1 kmpl more than the Brio MT. 
Drivability & Performance: Brio AT shifts significantly smoother than Alto K10 AMT. Even the outright performance of the Brio AT is far better than the Alto K10 AMT. If you are looking for a refined and comfortable city runabout, Brio is certainly better than the Alto K10 AMT. Its the same story with the manuals as well. Both the engines are weak at low revs, but as the revs rise, Brio's 1.2 litre i-VTEC engine is reveals its talents. It revs freely with an excellent soundtrack to boot. Outright performance is much stronger than the Alto K10.
Ride Quality & Handling: Brio's dynamics are far more accomplished than the Alto K10. The Brio has a more rigid chassis than the Alto K10 and it's suspension is far more accomplished too. The result is that it absorbs bumps and ruts far better than the Alto K10. It also has better grip around the corners and a more natural feeling, sportier steering setup than the Alto K10.
Space & Comfort: Both cars have tiny cabins and equally miniscule boot space. The Brio has a small advantage in terms of rear seat comfort, thanks to a slightly higher seating position and thus comparatively better under-thigh support than the Alto K10.
Reliability & After Sales Service: Both Honda & Maruti have a stellar track record of providing excellent after sales service to its customer, which is reflected in their excellent resale value to it's customers. However, the sheer spread of Maruti's service network of 2000+ touch points is simply impossible to match for any other manufactures. Although if you live and drive in mostly urban areas, you will have adequate access to Honda's service stations as well.

[10] Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 vs Chevrolet Beat
Verdict: Alto K10 Automatic is better than Beat, but Beat manual is better than Alto K10 Manual



Price Difference: The Alto K10 Manual (LXi) is 90,000 Rs. cheaper than the petrol engined Beat & 1.75 lakh Rs. cheaper than the diesel engined Beat (PS). Whereas the Alto K10 Automatic (VXi) is around 50,000 Rs. cheaper than the manual Beat with similar features (LS, Petrol) and 25,000 Rs. cheaper than the Beat's base variant (PS, Petrol)
Fuel Efficiency: Both the Alto K10 manual & AMT consistently returned 2 kpl more than the Beat Petrol in our back-to-back mileage runs, But the Beat diesel returned 2 kpl more than the Alto K10. However, the price difference is so big that however much you might save in fuel cost in the Beat, you won't be able to recuperate the price difference. The difference in ARAI rated fuel efficiency is even more, with the Alto K10 (both manual & automatic) rated at 24.07 kmpl, the Beat petrol rated at 18.6 kmpl & Beat diesel rated at 25.44 kmpl.
Driveability & Performance: The Beat can't even come close to the Alto K10 AMT in terms of the sheer ease of driving. There is no need to frequently keep rowing through the gearbox and pumping the clutch in city traffic, thanks to the fantastic Alto K10's automated manual transmission. Neither the Alto K10 manual nor the diesel and petrol engined Beats have good drivability. The diesel Beat is saddled with a high kerb weight and just 993cc engine displacement, with a fair amount of turbo lag adding to its woes. The petrol Beat and manual Alto K10 have a weak low-end, albeit the Alto K10 fares slightly better due to its lower kerb weight.
Space & Comfort: Both cars have cramped cabins. But out of the two, the Beat is certainly the lesser of the two devils. Being a tall-boy design, it has a higher seating position and thus better seating comfort than the Alto K10. However, the boot-space is equally horrible in both the cars.
Ride Quality & Handling: Thanks to a lower centre of gravity, the Alto K10 doesn't need to control body roll in the corners as much as the Beat does. This has allowed the Suzuki engineers to use a softer setup on the Alto K10 compared to the Beat. Therefore it has slightly better ride quality than the Beat. Neither cars have good handling around the bends either, although the lower C.G. of the Alto K10 again gives it a slight advantage over the Beat.
Reliability & After Sales Service: In terms of After Sales Service, the two brands here are poles apart. On one hand we have Maruti with a fantastic track record of great service experience built over the last three decades, while on the other hand we have the World's no. 1 car maker with a pathetic record of product reliability and after sales service in India.

[11] Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 vs Chevrolet Spark
Verdict: Alto K10 Automatic is better than Spark, but Spark Manual is better than Alto K10 Manual
Price Difference: The Spark (LS) is around 60,000 Rs. more expensive than the Alto K10 (LXi) and just 5000 Rs. cheaper than the Alto K10 Automatic (VXi). Alto K10 Automatic is therefore the far more practical choice than the Spark. But between the manual geared cars, the Spark is much more superior vehicle than the Alto K10.
Drivability & Performance: The Spark is no match for the effortless and relaxed driving experience of the Alto K10 Automatic. There is no hassle of frequent gear-shifting in the Alto K10 AMT. However amongst the two manuals the Spark is the more refined and drivable engine as well as free revving if slightly down on outright performance the the Alto K10 due to the heavier kerb weight.
Space & Comfort: Both cars have fairly cramped interiors and even 4 big boned adults is going to be a squeeze. But the Spark's tall boy design does liberate a few more inches of space where it is needed the most. However both cars have incredibly tiny boot which is not even adequate for 4 people's weekend luggage.
Ride Quality & Handling: This is where the Spark makes up for any of it's shortcomings compared the Alto K10 and justifies its price premium over the ubiquitous Maruti. Firstly the Spark has one of the best ride quality this side of full size hatchbacks, it soaks the bumps and ruts far better than the Alto K10 and maintains better stability at speed as well as under panic braking. It even handles better than the Alto, with a progressive and accurate steering feel and excellent grip around the bends.
Fuel Efficiency: There is a huge difference in the ARAI certified fuel efficiency of both the cars, with the Alto K10 rated at 24.07 kmpl, while the Spark rated at just 16.2 kmpl. But in our back-to-back tests we found the difference to be just half a kpl. This is because over the year, Maruti has studied the ARAI testing procedure and figured out how to get the best rating from the same engine-gearbox that used to be rated 6-8 kmpl lower just few years back. Alto K10's real world efficiency has hardly increased at all over these years!
Reliability & After Sales Service: However good the Spark might be compared to the Alto, there is one parameter where it cannot even dream of challenging Maruti and that is the After Sales Service. Firstly, the vehicle reliability of the Alto K10 itself is marginally better than the Spark. Secondly, the quality of workmanship at the Maruti service centres is far better than that at a Chevrolet service centre. And thirdly, the sheer spread of Maruti's 2000+ touch points is far beyond what GM can hope to cover with its 300 odd outlets. This has a big impact on resale value as well. Approximately, you might loose 50,000 more as depreciation with a Spark compared to the Alto K10 if you decide to sell after a period of 5 years.


[12] Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 vs Ritz
Verdict: Ritz is better than Alto K10
Pricing & Features: Firstly, difference in pricing is less than 10%, which Ritz is well within the budget of Alto K10 Automatic buyers.
Safety: That being said, it is fundamentally far stronger than the Alto, enough to nullify Alto’s automatic gearbox advantage. Ritz has a much stronger chassis and body structure which crucially makes it immensely safer than the Alto K10’s antiquated structure.
Dynamics: Secondly it rides and handles much better than Alto K10, easily tackling those bumps which unsettle the Alto & remaining utterly stable at speeds which scare the Alto.
Space & Comfort: Ritz has one of the most comfortable cabins amongst all the hatchbacks in India. Especially the rear bench is sheer delight. Thanks to a high hip point and excellent under thigh support, it is actually better than even the Dzire’s rear bench. Alto K10 on the other hand requires some Yoga training before you get a hang of how to fold yourself in it. Ritz has a tiny boot spoiling its otherwise excellent practicality, but Alto K10’s boot is even smaller than that.
Performance & Efficiency: thanks to a 200cc bigger mill, Ritz has a small advantage in terms of acceleration and also a slight disadvantage in terms of fuel-efficiency.

[13] Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 vs Nissan Micra Active
Verdict: Micra Active is better than Alto K10


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