Maruti Alto and Renault Kwid are popular options in the entry segment. Even though they are not made for delivering exciting performance, let's see which car among the two wins a drag race.
Maruti Alto and Renault Kwid are the two major players in the entry-level hatchback segment. While Maruti Alto K10 used to be a better performer than the Alto 800, the former was discontinued earlier this year to avoid any internal-cannibalization between the K10 and the S-Presso. Also, we would like to point out that neither the Alto nor the Kwid are built with a strong focus on the performance. Instead, they are commuter-friendly cars with high practicality and affordability. Nevertheless, it's interesting to see how the 1000cc Alto fares against the 800cc Kwid when the two are pitted against each other in a drag race. You, too, can watch the same in the video that we have attached below.
Maruti Alto vs Renault Kwid - Drag Race
In the first 10 seconds of the race, the Renault Kwid leads the battle. However, things change quickly when both cars enter the second gear. The Maruti Alto speeds up and gets ahead of the Renault Kwid. From that point on, the Maruti Alto K10 keeps a good distance from the Kwid and hits the finish line first.
One take-away from this drag race is that the Maruti Alto K10 is better at accelerating than its rival, the Kwid. Even though the Kwid has a good start, it is unable to keep an upper hand over the Alto till the end of the race.
Maruti Alto K10 and Renault Kwid are two popular hatchbacks in the market
Maruti Alto K10’s win can be contributed to the fact that it gets a bigger engine than the Kwid. The Alto K10 makes use of a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder engine that puts out a top power of 69 PS and 91 Nm of maximum torque while the Kwid is powered by a smaller engine, a 0.8-litre engine. Kwid’s motor is able to produce only 54 PS of top torque and 72 Nm of peak torque and the power-to-weight ratio of the Kwid is rated at 80 BHP/Tonne compared to Mauri Alto K10’s 91.9 Bhp/Tonne.
Unfortunately, the Maruti Alto K10 is no longer available in the market since Maruti has put an end to this model. Previously, Maruti Suzuki only had the Alto 800 and the Alto K10 competing in the A1 segment. However, since the launch of the Maruti S Presso, which is priced closely to the Alto K10 and Alto 800, the market shares of the K10 started dropping, which lead Maruti to the final decision of putting an end to the K10. Also, Maruti S Presso is now the direct rival of the Kwid 1.0 since they both share the same SUV-ish design approach. Also, both are powered by a BSVI 1.0-litre three-potter.
The price of the Maruti Alto K10 used to start from Rs 2.92 lakh and went up to Rs 4.22 Lakh while the Kwid 800 is currently priced from Rs 2.92 lakh to Rs 4.22 Lakh. Since the Maruti Alto K10 is now discontinued, customers can opt for the Alto 800 and S Presso, which are priced at Rs 2.92 Lakhs- Rs 4.36 Lakhs and Rs 3.71 Lakhs-Rs 4.99 Lakhs, respectively.