The entry level hatchback segment has always been ruled by Maruti with its Alto siblings. There also exists a slightly premium sub-segment with cars having bigger engines and more power. It comprised of Alto K10, Spark and Datsun Go till now.
But, with the latest launch of Hyundai Eon, things appear to be as interesting as ever.
So, how does it stack up against the competition in terms of specifications on paper..? Let us have a look!
Eon 1.0L vs Datsun GO vs Alto K10
|Specifications||Datsun GO||Alto K10||Hyundai Eon 1.0L|
|Engine||1198cc, 3-cylinder||998cc, 3-cylinder||998cc, 3-cylinder|
|Power (HP)||68 @5000rpm||68 @6200rpm||69 @6200rpm|
|Torque (Nm)||104 @4000rpm||90 @3500rpm||94 @3500rpm|
|Transmission||5-speed manual||5-speed manual||5-speed manual|
|Dimensions in mm (LxBxH)||3785 x 1635 x 1485||3620 x 1475 x 1460||3515 x 1500 x 1510|
|Kerb Weight||925 kg||760 kg||N/A|
|Fuel Efficiency (ARAI)||20.63 kmpl||20.92 kmpl||20.3 kmpl|
|Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)||Rs 3.12 lacs||Rs 3.15 lacs||Rs 3.83 lacs|
Now the Alto K10 has the least number of features with a power steering, air-con, basic music system and front power windows as standard. The Datsun Go has many segment first features like follow-me home headlamps, phone docking station, distance to empty, real time and average mileage display and a digital tachometer.
While Hyundai Eon, which is also the costliest of the lot, gets reasonable equipment list for the extra dough like adjustable steering, keyless entry, internally adjustable rear-view mirrors, audio system with CD and radio player et al. This because Eon 1.0L is available only in the Magna+ trim for now.
The power difference in these three cars is not very vast but the Datsun Go should be better because of its high torque figures, peak power generation at a more usable and low rpm, all thanks to the bigger capacity engine. The Go also looks the best, followed by the Eon and the Alto K10.
The Alto K10 is the lightest of the lot and outsells everything else in the country by a big margin. Hopefully the new Hyundai Eon with a new bigger engine along with the Datsun Go will be able to make a significant impact in this sub-segment.