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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Which is better Car? New Alto 800 or Hyundai EON

Comparison: Alto 800 and Hyundai EON


Maruti Suzuki has finally launched its much awaited small car, Alto 800. Interesting news is that Maruti got around 10,000 bookings for Alto 800 even before the launch or announcement of its price. This is a good example of brand loyalty and Maruti has definitely succeeded in cultivating loyal customers.
Maruti Alto 800 and Hyundai Eon Comparison
Maruti Alto 800


Alto 800 will be competing with Hyundai Eon. Eon was launched few months back and has been doing well in terms of sales. Both Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai Motors have started all possible marketing strategies to lure customers.
Maruti Alto 800 and Hyundai Eon Comparison
Hyundai Eon



We received a lot of emails asking for the comparison between the two. So which is the best car to buy - Alto 800 or Hyundai EON? 

First of all, we need to know the type of customers who buy the entry level cars. The important factor that one would look for would be low price, better mileage and a car with basic (essential) features that includes an air conditioner too. We are happy if we get any additional feature for the same price. Customers can be first time car buyers or the one who want to upgrade their small car. 

Alto 800 vs Hyundai Eon


Design and Styling:

Alto 800 looks much better than old Alto. As said in our earlier post, Alto 800 has various design elements taken from other cars. The front design has similarity with Ford Figo, the side looks similar to an A Star and the rear design has touches that of an A Star and old Alto. Maruti engineers had tried to make this car look modern and compact. But somewhere this car lacks the punch and looks very disproportionate. This is mainly due to the high ground clearance and increased height that makes it look uneven.


Maruti Alto 800 and Hyundai Eon Comparison

Maruti Alto 800 and Hyundai Eon Comparison
Maruti Alto 800 Interiors



In design and styling, Hyundai Eon is far ahead than any other small car in its class. The new fluidic design with its uninterrupted flowing curves and awesome styling has made Eon look like a premium compact car. No doubt, Eon completely out performs Alto 800 in looks and is in no match for it. 

Maruti Alto 800 and Hyundai Eon Comparison
Hyundai Eon Ineriors


Engine Performance

Maruti Alto 800 is powered by the same old 796CC three cylinder petrol engine. It generates maximum power of 48 PS @ 6000 rpm with maximum torque of 69 Nm @3500 rpm. Here, Maruti engineers have done few changes to improve power and torque output. They have also tuned the engine to improve the mileage and meet the Bharat Stage IV emission norms.

We see the following changes in New Alto 800:

  • More power and torque
  • Improved ride quality and suspension
  • Smooth gear shift
  • Suspension set up is slightly stiff for better handling.
  • Quicker engine
  • Good braking but no optional ABS in Alto 800.
Hyundai EON is powered by 814 cc three cylinder SOHC engine. It generates maximum power of 56 PS @ 5500 rpm with maximum torque of 74.4 Nm@ 4000 rpm. Here, Hyundai Eon is more powerful and has bigger engine to draw more power. It has more speed and pulling power to overtake vehicles and performs well on the road.

Key Specifications: (comparing Eon Era+ and Alto 800 LXi)

Specification
Eon Era+
Alto 800 LXi
What this means?
Who scores?
Engine Size (in cc)
814 cc three cylinder
796 cc three cylinder
Big engine can   draw more power
Eon
Max Power
56 PS @ 5500rpm
48 PS @ 6000 rpm
More power means more speed to zip through.
Eon
Max Torque
74.4 Nm @4000 rpm.
69 Nm @3500 rpm
More torque means more pulling power
Eon
Overall dimension (Length*Width*Height in mm)
3495*1550*1500
3395*1490*1475
Spacious cabin, Shoulder and head room
Eon
Boot Space (l)
215
177
More luggage space
Eon
Wheel Base (in mm)
2380
2360
More front and rear  legroom
Eon
Ground Clearance (in mm)
170
160
Good under body protection
Eon
Mileage (ARAI Tested in Kmpl)
21.1 Kmpl (Petrol)
22.74 Kmpl (Petrol)
More Fuel Efficient
Alto 800
Price (in Lakhs, Ex showroom New Delhi)
3.17 L
2.99 L
Saves money
Alto 800

Key Features: Just a quick look into most common features.


Features
Hyundai Eon Era+
Maruti Alto 800 LXi
Air Conditioner
Yes
Yes
Power Windows (front)
Yes
Yes
Power Steering
Yes
Yes
Central Locking (driver side)
Yes
No
Anti-Lock Braking System
No
No
Immobilizer
Yes
Yes
Tubeless Tyres
Yes
Yes
Folding Rear-Seat
Yes
No
Remote Fuel-Lid
Yes
Yes
Steering Adjustment
No
No
Tachometer
No
No
Child Safety Locks
Yes
Yes
Front Fog Lights
No
No
Audio System/FM
No
No
Leather Seats
No
No
Tachometer
No
No
Full Size Front door arm rest
Yes
No
Alloy Wheels
No
No
Driver side Airbag
No. Only for Eon Sportz model
No. It’s optional.
Maruti Alto 800 and Hyundai Eon
Maruti Alto 800

Maruti Alto 800 and Hyundai Eon Comparison
Hyundai Eon


Mileage

Maruti Alto 800 outshines Eon in terms of fuel efficiency.  The ARAI tested mileage figure for both the cars are given below:

Alto 800
22.7 Kmpl (petrol)
30.46 Kmpl (CNG)
Hyundai EON
22.1Kmpl
 NA
In actual road conditions, we can expect an average mileage of 18 Kmpl for Alto 800 (petrol model) and 17 Kmpl for Hyundai Eon.

Price

Alto 800 is comparatively cheaper than Hyundai EON.
The base version of Alto 800 starts from Rs. 2.44 Lakhs and goes up to Rs. 3.56 Lakhs

Hyundai Eon base model starts from Rs. 2.78 Lakhs and goes up to Rs. 3.8 lakhs for the higher end model. All prices quoted are ex-showroom price at New Delhi.
Hyundai is offering specials offers up to Rs. 29,250 for Eon during this festive season whereas there is no offer for new Alto 800.

Verdict

New Alto 800 is a better car than the India’s bestseller old Alto. There are lot of improvements in terms of ride quality, performance, features and overall quality. But if we compare with Hyundai Eon, Eon looks promising and performs better than Maruti Alto 800.
The positive side for Alto 800 is its mileage, price and of course, the ‘Maruti’ brand known for trust, good after sales service, wide network and cheap maintenance. If you are not bothered about the style, design or overall comfort and very tight on budget, Maruti Alto 800 is a good option to choose.

Hyundai also has good service network and enjoys excellent after sales support. If you can compromise little on the price and mileage, Hyundai Eon is the best among the two and definitely outshines Alto 800 as an overall package.  

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17 comments

  1. This post clears my confusion.
    I was just looking for a similar review. I was not impressed by Alto 800 looks still had a confusion whether to book it or not.
    Many Thanks:)

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  2. Maruti's main advantage is the trust that people have with them. Though Hyundai is not far behind. Alto 800 seems to be a good car with poor styling.

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  3. Good and detailed review. For an new car buyer, Alto 800 is a good choice. But in terms of styling, power and comfort, EON wins without any match!!!

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  4. Hyundai Eon rocks. It a cute stylish car. Maruti should seriously think about designing better cars. Eon is more powerful and spacious than Alto 800.

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  5. Why Maruti is not launching any small diesel car? As the petrol prices are going up, diesel Alto car is the need of the hour. Hope to hear the good news. ;)

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    1. Hi Mina,
      Maruti is still working hard to develop small diesel engine for its compact cars. Hope fully we can hear the good news in an year or two! :)
      Regards
      Adi

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  6. Your review is very good. I liked it.
    I am waiting for my new EON to arrive.
    Very nice site.

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  7. Good review. As for the price, Alto is truly value for money car though the design looks odd.

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  8. Good comparison. Heard that Maruti will launch Wagon R in diesel after a couple of years.

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  9. Great and clear review. Just what I wanted. Thanks.

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  10. What about after sales expenditure such as spare parts. I believe for cars in this range after service charges matter a lot , and Maruti Wins hands down in that area....

    2nd have heard that Eons mileage comes out a lot lesser than whats claimed.

    Even if we considered 1 KMPL difference as stated in the article 18 for alto and 17 for eon
    for every 100 ltrs alto runs 1800 km while eon runs 1700 km . That would turn out to be a difference of 5.9 ltrs for eon that means for every 1800 km run EON owner ends up paying 472 rs more (avg petrol price rs 80 p/l).
    And mind it in actual eon mileage is lesser than claimed

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    1. Compared to Hyundai, maintenance might be little cheap for Maruti.
      If we see only the mileage and price, then one should stick to Maruti. I think, that is what is mentioned here in the post.
      Mileage of a car depends on various factors - like driving style, road condition, tyre pressure, traffic, gear change frequency, car service etc. My friend has an Eon Magna and he gets around 19 Kmpl!

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    2. Agree with Meghna. Alto 800 might be cheaper to maintain. But as a whole package Eon scores.

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  11. Whatever comparison we do,people are going to buy the Maruti Alto 800.People has blind trust in Maruti and Maruti's two decade experience and huge service network supports this assumption.People still prefer Maruti over other foreign brands.

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  12. Super review. Got clarified on most aspects.For a budget buyer, Alto is best and the stylish geek should choose Eon.
    This site seems to be unique. Very simple and clear!

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  14. maruti alto800 super rocks

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