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Hyundai Eon vs Maruti Alto K10: Which is India’s best entry-level car?

Snapshot: The Alto’s key rival is the Hyundai Eon. Will the new K10 be a big threat? We bring you the comparison of the new Alto K10 against Hyundai Eon.

Maruti Suzuki recently launched the new Alto K10 with improved looks and better overall package than before, and hopes to continue as the best seller in the entry level hatchback segment. The Alto’s key rival is the Hyundai Eon. Will the new K10 be a big threat? We bring you the comparison of the new Alto K10 against Hyundai Eon.

Exterior
The new Alto K10 looks much better than the outgoing model. The car features broads headlights, front chrome grill and razor-sharp bumper. The rear profile comes with new clear lens tail lights. The side profile is a grown up version of Alto 800 which clearly falls short of Hyundai Eon's fluidic styling. Eon is surely the most compact car with 3515mm height and 1500mm width. 

Interior
Moving  on to the interiors, the new Alto looks dated after a very long time. The interior quality has been improved and the dashboard comes in grey-black colour. The fitment is now sturdy when compared to Eon. There is a decent amount of space as compared to its competition.  The front seats are comfortable, but the positioning could have been better. Realistically, it is a four-seater car, but the new Alto is wide enough to fit three average size adults in the rear. The interior of Eon is styled with a two-tone shade with faux aluminium inserts across the dashboard. Though there is more boot space in Eon as compared to the Alto. When talking about the storage, the Eon has a number of cubby holes, pockets and under seat trays to tuck away knick-knacks, which is missing in the Alto.

Features
Alto K10 comes fitted with power steering, air conditioning and powered front windows, albeit on the top model. On the other hand, the Eon comes with everything the Alto K10 offers along with tilt steering, driver side airbag, stereo system with the front speakers, AUX and USB connectivity and keyless entry. 

Engine & Transmission
The Alto K10 is powered by a 1.0 litre engine  that produces 68bhp and 90 Nm of torque. It is coupled with a five-speed transmission that propels the front wheels. The car is more powerful the Eon, which delivers only 56bhp and 74.5 Nm of torque. Eon still scores in terms of mileage. The Eon offers an ARAI tested mileage of 21.1 kilometers to the litre, while the Alto K10 delivers a slightly lower 20.2 kilometers to the litre.

Safety
The Alto K10 and the Eon come with a driver side airbag on the top variants, while the GO misses out on it completely. Features like ABS seem farfetched on these models. In a recent study, the Alto and Eon have failed the NCAP crash test with 0 stars and safety doesn’t seem too bright for either of these models.

Price
With a starting price of Rs 3.06 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the K10 manages to triumph the competition by a significant margin as the Eon is expensive at Rs 3.88 lakh. Even the top-end K10 AMT equipped version manages to be cheaper by Rs 8000 priced at Rs 3.80 lakh compared to the Eon.

Verdict
Overall, Hyundai wins in the design and style department.  It comes with better quality interiors and the list of features offered than the Alto K10. On the other hand, the Alto K10 is literally worth buying only if you are adamant on having a car that goes a little faster than an Eon and want to save that extra Rs 80000.

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