There has been some drop in the sales of hatchbacks. The car segment in India which in the year accounted for 70% of the sales now account for almost 50% of the sales. This still makes this car segment the most significant among all others. Among all types of hatchbacks, 26% of sales are from the entry-level hatchbacks and 24% are from premium hatchback segment. We compare the specifications of India's two hottest selling small hatchs - Hyundai's Eon & Maruti's Alto K10.
The specification sheet has been prepared by comparing Hyundai EON Magna plus optional with the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 VXi AMT.
Hyundai EON Vs Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 (Design and Exteriors)
Hyundai Eon is undoubtedly the best looking vehicle in the entry level hatchback segment. The little car has well flowing lines throughout its body and looks premium considering the price it comes at. The long swept-back headlamps, fog lamps and air scoops in the bumper are very well designed. The creased bonnet and muscular body with design lines flowing right from the headlamps makes the small car look very unique.
The car is really compact considering that the length of the car is 3495mm and width is 1500mm. Eon does not offers alloy wheels, but it comes with full wheel covers. The wheelbase of Eon is 2380mm. The car comes with different sets of wheels 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 new Alto K10 looks somewhat better that the outgoing Alto. The car has been extensively redesigned and gets sweptback headlamps and redesigned taillight cluster, the new headlights and extended snout enhance the front of car.
The car is longer than the Eon at 3545mm. The wheelbase is however short - 2360mm. The wheels of its top-end variant get full covers; whereas, the K10 LXi comes with centre cap only. The car comes with 13-inches wheel across all its models.
Hyundai EON Vs Alto K10 (Interiors and Features)
The interiors of Eon are pretty good and do not feel claustrophobic. The feel of the plastics is premium. There is a lot of beige colour to make the car feel premium from inside. The dashboard is curvy and feels very well designed considering the price tag of the car. Hyundai has tried to keep things very simple and as informative as possible. The instrument panel has three neat pods that display all the information.
The centre column of the Eon gets a good audio system. There is a gear shift indicator that lets the driver know the gear and helps save fuel. The car also provides tilt-steering and front power windows.
The cabin space is however smaller than that of Alto. With 215 litre of boot space it offers good amount of space for the price it comes at. The car also comes equipped with a CD player, 4 speakers, AUX-in and USB connectivity.
The interior of the new Alto K10 look better than the outgoing Alto. However, the quality of plastics still feels cheap. You get power windows on the front. Also, you can adjust the ORVMs from inside. The 3 spoke steering wheel looks stylish. The space in the cabin is not great and taller people may find it congested. Unlike the Eon, there is no audio system.
The blue-black interior of the old car is replaced in the new Alto K10 with a black-beige colour scheme. New things on the inside include steering wheel, instrument cluster, and piano finish on the dash. The seats are finished in beige upholstery.
Hyundai EON Vs Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 (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 76 Nm at 4000rpm. The 1 litre engine delivers 68bhp of power at 6200rpm and 94.14Nm of torque at 3500rpm. The engine is mated to 5-speed manual transmission
Alto comes with a 1 litre, 3-cylinder engine that makes 67.1bhp of maximum power at 6000rpm and 90 Nm of peak torque at 3500rpm. The car comes with 5 speed automatic transmission.
Hyundai EON Vs Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 (Safety features and Mileage)
Both the cars come with basic safety features like seat belts, child safety locks, central locking. The Eon also offers fog lamps which were not present in the model of Alto we compared. The cars do offer driver side airbag but not in the version that we have compared here.
The Hyundai EON powered with 1-litre engine delivers 15.9kmpl in the city and 20.03kmpl on the highway. The Alto on the other hand is more efficient and manages to deliver 19kmpl in the city and 24kmpl on the highway.
It is very hard to pick a winner when the comparison is this close. Considering the price point at which these cars are offered at, it is very hard to find fault. The quality of interiors, overall fit and finish and exteriors of the Eon does feel better and seem a cut above in comparison to the Alto K10. The Alto K10 is still a fun to drive car, however, we feel the facelift aimed at improving the looks has made it somewhat lose its old charm.
Watch comprehensive comparison video of Alto K10 Vs Hyundai Eon below