Face-off: Maruti Alto versus Hyundai EON

Hyndai Eon was launched in 2011 to compete for market space against the entry level Maruti Alto, considering the huge volumes it commands at a price tag of 2.44 Lakh. The financial year 2010-11 saw the sales numbers for Maruti Alto going as high as 3.47 Lakhs. These are indeed great numbers and only attract more market players in an effort to grab a share of the growth oriented, volumes driven small cars segment. Hyundai EON, the beautifully designed, attention grabbing small car priced at 2.74 Lakhs takes competition directly to the segment leader, Maruti Alto. Here's a comparative analysis to assess how one fares against the other.

Maruti Alto versus Hyundai EON
Maruti Alto versus Hyundai EON

Maruti Alto

The flagship model of Maruti has continued to sell in large numbers since its launch, all thanks to its positioning as a value for money entry level car. It generates decent power and does well on the expectations of the Indian middle class when it comes to mileage and features it sports at the price point. The BS IV compliant vehicle comes without an AC in its lowest priced variant. It is not a features rich car but works as a functional vehicle at the entry level. The buyer needs to pay more for an AC and child safety locks. One feature that deserves a mention here is the new system meant to provide reasonable safety against thefts through the integrated Intelligent Computerised Anti Theft System (iCATS). The steering column is collapsible. Side impact beams serve as a safety feature in the form of shock absorbers on the sides.

Hyundai Eon

The design of the car steals the show. The hexagonal grille in combination with the headlamps gives an appealing look to the Hyundai EON. The tail lamps are built in half moon shape. The interiors are done up in beige and brown combination. The two spoke steering wheel carries a metallic finish. The base variant lacks an AC but the same is available with the other versions. Child safety locks and seat belts along with engine immobilizer constitute the safety features provided. The car is spacious and the rear seat is foldable.

Comparison attribute: Engine

Hyundai EON

It is powered by 814cc three cylinder, 9 valve petrol engine coupled with a five speed manual transmission. McPherson Strut with coil spring and anti-roll bar comprises the suspension at the front.

Maruti Alto

The small car from Maruti is adorned by a 796 cc FC engine which comes with a 5 speed manual transmission system. The front suspension is composed of McPherson Strut with torsion type roll control device.

Winner: Hyundai EON

Comparison attribute: Power & torque

Hyundai EON

The Hyundai EON petrol engine powers the vehicle with 56 PS @ 5500 rpm power and 76.5 Nm @ 4000 rpm torque.

Maruti Alto

The power and torque values for its engine are 47PS @ 6200rpm and 62Nm @ 3000rpm respectively.

Winner: Hyundai EON

Comparison attribute: Top speed & 0-100mph sprint

Hyundai EON

While driving this car, it will take you 21.1 seconds to touch 100 kmph starting from zero. The top speed you can attain with this car is 135 kmph.

Maruti Alto

In 18. 5 seconds, a Maruti Alto will make you go as high as 100 kmph from zero. You can go even further in terms of speed, upto 137 kmph.

Winner: Maruti Alto

Comparison attribute: Fuel economy

Hyundai EON

Whether in the city or on the highway, Hyndai EON gives impressive fuel efficiency numbers. The mileage numbers in the city and on the highway are 17.3 kmpl and 21.1 kmpl respectively. It comes to about 17.7 kmpl overall.

Maruti Alto

In this car you can drive 14.6 km per liter in the city and 18.9 km per liter on the highway. The overall fuel efficiency for a Maruti Alto is 15 kmpl.

Winner: Hyundai EON.

Comparison attribute: Price

Hyundai EON

Hyundai EON is available in D-Lite, Era, Magna and Sportz variants. The lowest priced variant is the Hyundai Eon D-lite at Rs. 2,74,821.

Maruti Alto

Available in the standard, Vxi and Lxi variants, the car carries a price tag of Rs. 2,45,662 for the base model.

Winner: Maruti Alto

Verdict

Hyundai EON emerges as a winner on account of a better engine, more power and better mileage while the Maruti Alto does only slightly better in terms of cost and the top speed it can achieve. The entry level models are in any case not about top speed but more about the engine power, mileage and the design of the car. Hyundai EON is a hands down winner on those parameters but the price difference between Alto and EON may prove to be a dampener for the Hyundai EON models.

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