India is a small car market and Maruti Suzuki its champion. For years Maruti has had a strong hold on the entry-level segment – first with the iconic M800 and then with the Alto. The Alto has been the most successful badge for the Japanese car maker in India, so much so that when Maruti Suzuki decided to launch a new entry-level car in 2012, they used the same name with addition of ‘800’ at the end.
For years manufacturers have tried to get a share of the pie with competitive products, while few managed to sell in decent numbers none could manage to dent the market share of the Alto moniker. There are two models we will specifically like to mention; the Hyundai Eon and the Datsun GO. While the former has turned into a decent success story for Hyundai, the latter is here as an interesting option offering space and performance at a very affordable price.
Maruti is now upping the ante with the new Alto K10, making it the most affordable automatic in the country. While it is needless to discuss the advantages of automatic transmission in a small city car, we pit the new version against the two in a spec compare to have a better perspective.