Redi Go vs Alto K10 Comparison Review

Datsun Redi Go vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10 Comparison Review

Pricing & Features:
The top-end Datsun Redi Go's ‘S’ variant costs 3.7 Lakh, on road, Delhi, which is 40,000 Rs. cheaper than the top-spec Alto K10 ‘VXi O’ variant costing 4.1 Lakh Rs. The K10 has a couple of extra features like Fog Lamps and Keyless entry over the Redi Go, while the Redi Go has LED DRLs over the K10.

Alto K10 vs Datsun Redi Go Video Comparison Review:

Pricing of other variants:
Alto K10 LXi CNG Airbag costs 4.5 Lakh Rs
Alto K10 VXi AMT Airbag automatic costs 4.5 Lakh Rs

Common Features: Driver Airbag, AC, Power Steering, Front Power Windows, Central Locking, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux + 2 Speakers, Tilt Steering

Extra Features in Redi Go (S): LED DRLs
Extra Features in Alto (VXi O): Fog Lamps, Keyless Entry

Performance & Drivability:
The Redi Go’s 800cc 3-pot engine, is no match to the Alto’s K10 1-litre unit. In spite of being around 120 kgs heavier than the Redi Go, K10’s 200cc advantage, gives it a genuinely quick 0-100 acceleration time of 13.5 seconds, which is 2 seconds quicker, than the Redi Go. The Redi Go has decent drivability around town, but then its refinement is much worse, than the buttery smooth engine, and sporty exhaust note, of the K10.

The CNG powered K10, feels noticeably sluggish in comparison to the petrol cars, but it is a huge improvement, over the CNG version of the Alto 800. The K10 is also available with the cutting-edge AMT automatic gearbox, which eliminates the hassle, of constant gear rowing and clutch operation, taking the edge off the daily commutes.

Power (PS@rpm): Alto K10 (Petrol) – 68@6200, Redi Go (Petrol) – 54@5678, Alto K10 (CNG) – 59@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Alto K10 (Petrol) - 90@3500, Redi Go (Petrol) - 72@4386, Alto K10 (CNG) – 78@3500
Kerb Weight (kg): Alto K10 (Petrol) – 755, Redi Go (Petrol) – 635, Alto K10 (CNG) - 835

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Alto K10 (Petrol) – 90, Redi Go (Petrol) – 85, Alto K10 (CNG) - 71
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Alto K10 (Petrol) – 119, Redi Go (Petrol) – 113, Alto K10 (CNG) - 93

Fuel Efficiency:
In our real world tests, the K10 and Redi Go were more or less equally efficient. The K10 CNG covered more than 20 kilometers on a kg of compressed gas, but it also consumed, a litre of petrol for starting etc. for every 150 kms on average, which equates to a savings of 1 Lakh Rs. compared to the petrol cars over a usage of 75,000 km.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Alto K10 (petrol, manual & automatic) – 24.07, Redi Go (petrol, manual) – 25.17 (difference 1.1 kmpl)
Alto K10 (CNG, manual) – 32.26 km/kg

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Alto K10 (petrol, manual & automatic) – 2.90, Redi Go (petrol, manual) – 2.90
Alto K10 (CNG, manual) – 1.90

Space & Comfort:
Redi Go is far more spacious, and comfortable vehicle than the Alto, which is quite obvious. Thanks to its tall-boy design, it has a high hip point, liberating some much needed leg-room, knee-room and head-room, all of which are in short supply, inside the Alto. Higher seat height also gives the Redi Go’s occupants, better under-thigh support, and makes it easy for senior occupants, to get in and out of, compared to the Alto. Redi Go’s 222 litre boot, is also a much needed 45 litres more spacious, than the K10’s 177 litre capacity. Prospective K10 CNG buyers, also need to make peace, with the total absence of boot-space. Both cars have Spartan interiors, which look like they have time-travelled, to the present, from the 90s.

Length (mm): Alto K10 – 3545, Redi Go – 3430
Width (mm): Alto K10 – 1515, Redi Go – 1560
Height (mm): Alto K10 – 1475, Redi Go – 1541

Ride Quality & Handling:
The K10 reminds you of a go-kart! Its low slung stance, keeps body roll in check, and its tiny footprint means, it will respond to all inputs without much inertia. The Redi Go is a tall-boy, but still manages to be quite enthusiastic, on twisty roads. The K10 is also quite softly sprung, giving it decent ride over smaller bumps and ruts, but tends to get caught out by bigger ones. However, its limited ground clearance means you need to be extra careful, while going over rough roads. Redi Go’s higher ground clearance, gives it an edge over the Alto, while negotiating the infamous Indian roads. Redi Go’s ride is fairly mature, and feels distinctly like a car from half a segment above it.

Ground Clearance (mm): Alto K10 – 160, Redi Go – 185

Tyre Size:
Alto K10 – 155/65R13
Redi Go - 155/70R13

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Datsun is no match to Maruti-Suzuki's legendary Service Support in our country. Firstly the K10 has demonstrated outstanding product reliability over the past decade. Datsun's Go & Go Plus have also proven to be quite reliable vehicles, but the Redi Go has a brand new, unproven powertrain, which has been developed specifically for developing markets at a fraction of Nissan's usual development costs. Therefore it is best to adopt a wait and watch policy for a few months, and keep an eye on the customer's feedback. Maruti's Service centers are run like well-oiled machinery, with systems and processes honed over the better part of three decades. Nissan-Datsun dealerships are still in their learning phase and are prone to a few hiccups here and there. Maruti's immense service reach courtesy of its 2000+ touch points is also far wider than that of Nissan's 200 odd touch-points.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
The K10 is bound to depreciate slightly lower than the Redi Go over a usage of 5 to 7 years.

Alto K10 VXi O (Petrol manual) – 2.35
Redi Go S (Petrol, manual) – 2.00
Alto K10 VXi AMT Airbag (Petrol automatic) – 2.55
Alto K10 LXi CNG Airbag (CNG manual) – 2.55

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Overall, the K10 petrol-manual & the Redi Go have identical Cost of Ownership. The K10 AMT automatic is just 20,000 Rs. or just 4% more expensive than the manuals, which is quite negligible. The K10 CNG works out to be a jaw-dropping 1.2 Lakh Rs. or 25% cheaper than the petrol powered variants.

Alto K10 VXi O (Petrol manual) – 4.70
Redi Go S (Petrol, manual) – 4.65
Alto K10 VXi AMT Airbag (Petrol automatic) – 4.90
Alto K10 LXi CNG Airbag (CNG manual) – 3.50

It is a very tough choice between the Redi Go & the Alto K10. The Alto K10 is just perfect for Car Buyer's having some specific requirements. Those looking for years of long commutes, with extremely low running costs, or insurance against the odd-even rule, will go straight for the Alto K10 CNG. Those looking for a second car for use in chock-a-block cities with perennial traffic and tight parking spaces, or those who want one or more of their family members to learn and practice driving, the K10 AMT is a godsend.

However, for the majority of first-time car buyers who are looking for a 'complete' family car, one which can comfortably seat 4 people and a kid, one which can carry a family's weekend luggage, one which can be driven to intra-state road trips, one which can take the everyday bumps and potholes in its stride, and yet after doing all this, still not burn a big hole in the pocket, the Redi Go is a perfect match. And that is why it is our pick of this comparison.

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