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How 3 hatchbacks are fighting it out on Indian roads

Last updated on: May 28, 2012 15:26 IST

How 3 hatchbacks are fighting it out on Indian roads

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Mansi Malhotra


T
he Indian car market is one of the most lucrative and money spinner across the world. It has vehicles from each and every segment and from almost all the automobile companies across the globe.

From home bred cars to SUVs, vehicles made under collaboration or imported cars, automobile experts believe that small cars and hatchbacks are running the show in India.

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The small cars in discussion here are some of the most popular and bestselling vehicles in the car market from prominent companies like Chevrolet India, Hyundai India and Maruti India. They are Chevrolet Spark, Maruti Alto K10 and Hyundai Eon.

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Their prices are quite comparable, Chevrolet Spark starts at Rs 314,000, while Maruti Alto K10 also costs Rs 314,000 but Hyundai Eon comes at a starting price of Rs 274,000 (all prices ex-showroom New Delhi). Hyundai Eon might be a little lesser on price but is also the smallest among the three cars in discussion.

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To start with, under the hood, Chevrolet Spark is fitted with a 1.0 litre smart-Tec petrol mill capable of displacing 995cc that is capable of giving close to 16 Kmpl and can churn out 63 Bhp of power output with 90.3 Nm of torque and is mated with a 5-Speed manual gearbox.

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Maruti Alto K10

The heart of this small car is packed with a 998cc petrol engine mated with a 5-Speed cable gear shift and can produce 68 Ps of power along with 90 Nm of torque. The mileage is quite impressive and this compact car gives around 20.2 Kmpl.

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While, the newest addition to this segment Hyundai Eon is equipped with a SOHC, 814cc engine that can churn out a decent power output of 56 Bhp with 76 Nm of torque.

This engine is mated with a 5-speed manual gearbox and can give an impressive mileage of 17.3 Kmpl.

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Apart from Maruti Alto K10; the other two small cars are being offered in LPG variants as well.

To conclude the engine section, Maruti Alto K10 takes the cake with a power packed engine, which seems to be better than the other two, but features and exteriors matter as well, so let's take a look at those as well.

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The exterior of Chevrolet Spark is adorable with a neatly done up front facade, which has big head lamps and a prominent Chevrolet badge between them. The sides are simple while the rear gets a spoiler along with rear wash and wipe.

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The Hyundai Eon is taller in comparison with the others and has a brilliant aerodynamic design overall.

The front of this small car is sporty and has some chrome elements as well, which are making it look attractive.

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Maruti Alto K10 has an aggressive and a bold nose with a wide radiator grille and a chrome insignia of the company embedded on it.

The sides and rear is quite bland and nothing much to talk about.

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In this section, Hyundai Eon gets the brownie points with refreshing and sporty exteriors, which will certainly entice the customers into buying it.

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The interiors have many good features and gadgets, but Chevrolet Spark has rear power windows, rear window washer and defogger and a spoiler as well, which are missing from the other two.

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While Maruti Alto K10 is slightly low on the features part, Hyundai Eon still has quite a few comparable features.

But to wrap up, in short, Chevrolet Spark has a few more features in comparison with the other cars.

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Overall, all the three cars are doing well in the market, but in terms of sales, Maruti Alto K10 is apparently doing better as the Maruti India brand name is renowned and dependable.

The car itself has got a peppy engine and is the best in terms of space among these three.

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Hyundai India is said to be one of the biggest manufacturer of cars and Eon is doing good sales to keep up with its legacy.

Its strong point is the new design, which is cute and charming and also the price that is quite affordable.

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But, Chevrolet India is not as popular with its brand name and is trying hard to keep up with the competition; it has given Spark some features that makes the car a little better than the others which in turn helped boost its sales.

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Along with this, they are also doing a lot of promotions and advertisements help the car's popularity.

At the same time, Chevrolet India needs to be more efficient with their post sales and servicing, as their spares and components are a little expensive and their car servicing is not up to the mark, which is affecting their brand name to a major extent.

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To conclude, all these three cars are amazing and apt for the Indian road conditions, they are quite affordable and steadfast in almost all the aspects.

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