Both the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 and the Hyundai Eon are important cars in the Indian market in the sense that they offer something to the common Indian households who cannot afford something fancy. The small car segment is the most booming segment in India.
Alto 800 vs Eon
Maruti started out with the 800 which was succeeded by the Alto and the legacy continued. Hyundai came out with the Eon to offer a proper fight to Maruti. Even though the Alto was not beaten, the Eon definitely caused a scar in the sales, something unheard of before. The two are in a proper rivalry and it is time for the two to measure up against each other.
The design characteristics of the cars
The Alto has extended the design language of the predecessors. The detailed treatment is a little different though. The balanced bonnet gets the petal headlamps with black accents.
This feature sets off the turn signal indicators and the main beam, characterising the front end along with the new two-part grille. There is a chrome-plated flanking strip on either side of the car. The Alto appeal can still be found and this has been maintained throughout the car.
The Eon follows the ‘Fluid Design’ philosophy. There are new trapezoidal design lines that are featured by the bumper and the front grille. On either side are the large swept-back headlights that offer the final touch to the front end.
The Eon is reminiscent of the elder sibling, the i10. The designers at Hyundai have to give it a unique touch by allowing a robust shoulder sweeping up towards the rear. The slightly pronounced features are the wheel arches and the integrated roof spoiler which contribute to the overall style statement.
The Eon actually looks better among the two. The Alto looks quite childish compared to it.
The interiors of the car
The new Alto has definitely grown in size, both from the outside and the inside. The cabin is fresh and there is more room for everyone. The new plastics and accents are quite appealing. Even the dashboard is moulded in a new shape of colour.
The simple cutaways below the front seats offer more leg room for the rear seats. The front seats are beautifully sculpted but should have got a little more space. The cushions and back profiles could have been a little better.
Hyundai has ensured that the interiors do not disappoint after the dashing exterior looks. The Eon definitely looks a little plasticky on the inside but the finish is definitely good. It takes the market expectations to another level.
Space is not as much when compared to the Alto. But the Eon is a little wider and 5 people can squeeze in. The boot space is also taken care of quite well in the Eon. It has 215 litres compared to the 177 litres in Alto.
The Alto features the same F8D engine but has gone a huge revision. The revision has led it to offer a greater amount of torque. The power delivered is 49PS at 6000 rpm and the peak torque output is 69 Nm at 3500 rpm.
The Eon, on the other hand, has an 810cc engine that gets 56 PS at 5500 rpm and a torque of 74.56 Nm at 4000 rpm. The Eon comes with a 5-speed gearbox and offers refined city driving.
The Alto is offered at a much lower price but the Eon definitely has a lot more to offer.
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