Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 vs Hyundai Eon: Comparison
Hyundai usurped Maruti Suzuki's bread and butter car maker status with the brilliant Eon, but Maruti has just struck back with its all new Alto 800. Let the battle begin...
While both these cars might be little entry level hatchbacks, every mm of space matters. For the buyer, these cars are not just city commutes but the only means of travel, be it the city, the highways or even expressways.
The new Alto has grown not just from the outside but from the inside as well. There is more room for all, the cabin is fresh and appealing with new accents, new plastics, with even the dashboard now moulded in a new shade of colour which is carried all round on the door pads. The simple expedient of large-sized cutaways below the front seats liberates ample foot space for the rear seat occupants and while the front seats seem beautifully sculpted, for my large frame I would have liked both a bigger and wider seat squab as also a better cushioned and profiled back rest with side supports to match.
The dashboard sports an all new design too and looks eons ahead of its predecessor. The instrument binnacle is as simple as it can get with a large central speedometer flanked by a digital fuel gauge at the bottom and the usual tell-tale lights on the left. Coming to the space, the new Alto is packaged way better and as a result feels a lot more spacious.
However, get into the Eon and one can notice that the boffins at Hyundai have definitely come up with better results. Carrying forward the exemplary justice done to the exterior design, Hyundai has ensured that the Eon’s interiors measure up. Having said that, small cars are a tough task for any manufacturer as their primary role is to keep costs down, and therefore materials used have to fit the bill. The Eon is a little plasticky on the inside, but the execution in terms of sculpting the plastic, its fit and finish and overall visual appeal end up taking market expectations up not just by a notch but to a whole new level.
Space compared to the Alto is not much but squeezing 5 people in, whenever the need arises is definitely easier in the Eon. The very important boot space is also ably taken care of by the Eon with a decent 215 litres compared to the 177 litres in the Alto. There is not much to choose from when it comes to space between both these cars however, the Eon gets the better of the Alto in terms of interior design, boot space and that ‘oh so little’ bit of cabin space.
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