Tiago vs Alto K10 Comparison

Tata Tiago vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 Comparison

Why are we comparing these two cars?
The top-end Alto K10 ‘VXi O’ variant costs 4.17 Lakh, on road, Delhi. Which is surprisingly just 10,000 Rs. less than the mid-range Tiago (petrol) 'XM' variant costing 4.27 Lakh. Tiago’s fantastic pricing has already started luring prospective Alto K10 customers to the showroom. What we are trying to find out is whether it will be able to convert them. Both cars have more or less similar features, with the exception of an extra airbag in the Alto K10. (Tiago diesel 'XM' costs 5.2 Lakh and Alto K10 VXi AMT automatic costs 4.47 Lakh, on road, Delhi)

Alto K10 vs Tata Tiago Comparison Video:

Common Features: AC, Power Steering, Front Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Tilt Steering
Extra Features in Tiago (XM): Rear Power Windows,
Extra Features in Alto K10 (VXi O): Driver Airbag, Stereo: FM, USB + 2 Speakers, Fog Lamps – Front

Performance & Drivability:
Alto K10 has slightly better performance than the Tiago even though its engine is 200 cc smaller. That is because the Alto K10 is over 250 kg lighter than the Tiago! Moreover, Alto’s K10 engine is immensely more refined and free revving than the Tiago’s gruff sounding unit. The K10 has much stronger performance at the top-end of the rev range with a sporty exhaust note to boot. The dark horse of this test, is the diesel Tiago. It does not have the high-revving performance of the petrols, but has better real-world performance, thanks to better low-end torque as well as a marginally stronger mid-range grunt. However, if your usage is going to be mostly restricted to city confines, the Alto K10 AMT makes a lot of sense for you. It will relieve you from the tyranny, of endless clutch operation and gear-shifting, removing at least half the stress from your daily commutes.

Power (PS@rpm): Tiago – 85@6000, Alto K10 – 68@6000, Tiago – 70@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tiago - 114@3500, Alto K10 – 90@3500, Tiago - 140@1800-3000
Kerb Weight (kg): Tiago – 1012, Alto K10 – 755, Tiago – 1080

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tiago – 84, Alto K10 – 90, Tiago – 65
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tiago – 113, Alto K10 – 111, Tiago – 130

Fuel Efficiency:
In our real world tests, both the Manual as well as the Automatic Alto K10 were almost 2 kmpl more efficient than the petrol powered Tiago. But the diesel Tiago was consistently 2 kmpl more efficient than the Alto K10.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Tiago (petrol, manual) – 23.84, Alto K10 (petrol, manual & auto) – 24.1, Tiago (diesel, manual) – 27.28

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Tiago (petrol, manual) – 3.00, Alto K10 (petrol, manual & auto) – 3.00, Tiago (diesel, manual) – 2.14

Space & Comfort:
Obviously, the Alto K10 is no match to the cabin space inside the Tiago. Even four normal sized adults can’t seat comfortably in the Alto K10. Longer journeys, are simply out of question. Alto K10 is akin to cramped and claustrophobic jail cell, which Indian Car Buyers have been suffering in for decades, just because there was no option available to them. But not anymore. The Tiago offers more than adequate space for a family of five. Even its boot is much bigger at 242 litres compared to Alto K10’s 177 litre capacity. Even the interiors of the Tiago feel much more upmarket and luxurious than the spartan ones inside the Alto K10.

Length (mm): Tiago – 3746, Alto K10 – 3545
Width (mm): Tiago – 1647, Alto K10 – 1515
Height (mm): Tiago – 1535, Alto K10 – 1475

Ride Quality & Handling:
The Tiago rides like a car genuinely developed for the Indian roads or rather the lack of them. It has mature dynamics with excellent bump absorption and composure over a series of undulations. The Alto K10 has a good low-speed ride, but it just cannot handle big potholes and rough roads even half as well as the Tiago. Both cars are surprisingly good around the curves. The Alto K10 feels more like go kart with quick responses and a low slung stance. The Tiago feels more stable but also quite enthusiastic around the bends.

Ground Clearance (mm): Tiago – 170, Alto K10 – 160

Tyre Size:
Tiago – 155/80R13 (XB/XB/XM), 175/65R14 (XT/XZ)
Alto K10 - 155/65R13

Reliability and After Sales Service:
This is where Tata has no defense against Maruti’s unbeatable lead in product reliability and service support in our country. Over the years, customers have had their hands burned after buying a Tata car. Tata’s new launches have traditionally been riddled with unresolved issues, some of which have never gotten fixed till the end. This has put excess pressure on their dilapidated network of dealers making life even more difficult for their loyal customers. Tata needs a major turnaround of its quality and service structure if it aims to win back the interest of the exceedingly distracted car buyer.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Maruti’s exemplary track record of long-lasting products directly results in outstanding resale value of its cars. The Alto K10 is bound to have lesser depreciation than the Tiago over the next 5 to 7 years.

Tiago XM (Petrol manual) – 2.18
Alto K10 VXi O (Petrol, manual) – 2.38
Tiago XM (Diesel manual) – 2.81
Alto K10 VXi AMT (Petrol, automatic) – 2.55

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Overall, the Tiago ‘XM’ works out to be just 30,000 Rs. more expensive than the Alto K10 ‘VXi O’ in terms of Total Cost of Ownership. But what really stands out is the Tiago ‘XM’ diesel, which costs 25,000 Rs. less than the Alto, as it more than makes up for its higher price by saving expenses on fuel.

Tiago XM (Petrol manual) – 5.11
Alto K10 VXi O (Petrol manual) – 4.78
Tiago XM (Diesel manual) – 4.53
Alto K10 VXi AMT (Petrol, automatic) – 4.96

The Tiago comfortably beats the Alto K10 to claim the top spot in this test. Tata has priced it unbelievably close to the equivalent Alto K10! It has acres of space compared to the tiny, little interior of the Alto and it soaks up the lunar landscape of Indian roads far better than the Alto. But amongst the two Tiago’s on test here, it’s the diesel, which we wholeheartedly recommend over the petrol one. Firstly it will save you 60,000 Rs. compared to the petrol Tiago, and even compared to the Alto K10 it is 25,000 Rs. cheaper, over an average usage of 5 to 7 years. Secondly it is noticeably easier to drive around city streets than the petrols, thanks to good low-end torque as well. The only argument in favour of the Alto K10 is if you are looking for a car exclusively for city commutes, in which case the cutting-edge AMT automatic makes perfect sense for you.

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