There is low profit margin on entry level cars that manufacturers sell, therefore, many manufacturers do not compete in this segment and as a result buyers do not have many options to choose from. These cars generally cater to the needs of the aspiring first time car buyers. Until recently, it was only Maruti Suzuki which was offering cars in this segment. However, now, even the second biggest car manufacturer – Hyundai, also competes with its Eon in this segment. We do a specification comparison of the cars and see which one is better.
The specification sheet has been prepared by comparing the Hyundai Eon Sportz (Petrol) with the Maruti Alto 800 VXI. Click to compare full features Eon Vs Maruti Suzuki Alto 800
Hyundai Eon Vs Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 (Design and Exteriors)
Hyundai Eon is good looking entry level hatchback segment. The little car is sharp and edgy looking with lines all across it body. The car indeed looks premium, taking into account the price that it comes at. There are long swept-back headlamps at the front. The fog lamps and air scoops present in the bumper further enhance the front fascia of the car. The car is indeed very compact with the length of the car just being 3495mm and width at 1500mm.
Eon does not offer alloy wheels, instead it offers full wheel covers with some trims. The wheel size also varies according to the trim. The base and mid level variants; D Lite, D Lite Plus and Era gets 12-inch wheels, while the Magna, Magna Plus and Sportz variants get larger 13-inch wheels.
The Alto 800 manages to retain a very conventional and contemporary shape and is a cute looking small car. The car is smaller than the Eon in every respect. The car has been designed on the old platform of Alto. The front fascia of the car is marked by a small grille just between the bumper and bonnet. The bumper also has a hexagonal grille which resembles the Figo. A pair of protruding headlights carries turn indicators at the top which looks smart.
Unlike, the Eon, there are no fog lights on offer on the car. The side of the car carries sharp shoulder crease that runs from front end to the rear end. The car comes equipped with 12-inch wheels across all its variants. The rear section of the car has small windscreen. The bulge on the centre of the tail gate carries the Suzuki logo which helps to break the monotony. Overall, the car looks cheap and is nowhere in the league of Eon in terms of style.
Hyundai Eon Vs Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 (Interiors and Features)
The Hyundai has done a great job in crafting the interiors of the car. The fit and finish of the buttons, plastics and design feels top-class, especially when you consider the cost of the car. The car has a tall boy design and there is sufficient head room for all passengers. The cabin space in the Eon is much better than the Alto 800.
The boot space of the Eon is better at 215 litres than the Alto 800 which offers 177 litres. However, if you purchase the LPG/CNG versions of the car, the boot space would reduce even further.
Both the cars come equipped with power steering, power windows at the front, child safety locks, engine immobilizer, rear seat belts, cup holders, remote trunk opener, remote fuel lid opener and central locking.The Eon comes with a two tone beige and black interiors which look sporty. Whereas the Alto 800 uses all beige interiors with silver inserts which provides a roomy feeling to the passengers but does not look as sporty as the interiors present on Eon.
The Eon comes equipped with a 2 DIN audio system - CD/MP3/FM with 2 speakers, USB and Aux-in compatibility. The Alto 800 on the other hand offers only radio with USB and Aux-in connectivity.
Hyundai Eon Vs Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 (Engine and Transmission)
The Eon comes with two engine choices the 814cc three cylinder SOHC petrol engine that delivers 55bhp at 5500rpm and a torque of 76Nm at 4000rpm. The 1 litre engine delivers 68bhp of power at 6200rpm and 94.14Nm of torque at 3500rpm. Both the engines use a 5-speed manual transmission to deliver power to the wheels. The version of the car we have compared comes fitted with an 814cc engine.
The Alto 800 comes with only one engine option - a 796 cc engine that delivers 47.3bhp at 6000rpm and 69Nm at 3500rpm. The power to the wheels is delivered via 5-speed manual transmission. Eon as well as Alto 800 comes with alternative fuel options – The Eon comes with LPG and Alto 800 with CNG. The version that we have compared do not have alternative fuel options.
Hyundai Eon Vs Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 (Safety features and Mileage)
The Eon uses disc brakes at front and drum brakes at rear. The top variant, Sportz, offers features like central locking, keyless entry, power door locks, driver airbag, rear seat belts, engine immobilizer, child safety locks and anti-theft device. The Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 like the Eon uses disc brakes at front and drum brakes at rear. The VXI variant offers central locking, child safety locks, driver airbag – as optional, rear seat belts, engine immobilizer and anti-theft device.
The smaller capacity engines offer an impressive mileage advantage and since both these cars come equipped with smaller capacity engines, the benefit is clearly visible. The Eon promises to deliver 17.0kmpl in the city and 21.1kmpl on highways. The Alto 800 on the other hand is only slightly better it delivers 22.74kmpl on highways and 17.0kmpl in the city.
It can’t be said if the entry level segment would see more competing cars in near future. The available number of options that buyers have is indeed very few. The Alto 800 which replaced the old Maruti 800 is indeed a better car in many respects. However, standing alongside the Eon, the car looks cheap.
Even though the Eon is marginally expensive, we prefer it over the Alto 800 and consider it as the winner since it ticks all the boxes right and does not look cheap.