Should you buy the duly tested and proven Maruti Suzuki Alto or should you consider Marui Suzuki S-Presso as your first car? Find out in this comparison of these two entry-level cars.
Maruti Alto has been around for a very long time and has been consistently selling in huge numbers, making it the top-selling car for Maruti. However, Maruti put out a sibling of the Alto in the same segment to put them against each other. The S-Presso is the next step by Maruti in the entry-level hatchback segment and brings a fresh new look to the segment. It remains to be seen whether this was a smart move by Maruti to pit two siblings against each other or it would simply be a blunder.
Starting off, the exterior design on both these cars are poles apart. The Alto is conventional and basic in design, whereas, the S-Presso has a quirky and sporty design. There is a prominent shoulder line running along the sides of the Alto all the way to the rear and the S-Presso has big wheel arches to make it look macho and purposeful. However, none of them get alloy wheels.
The poles apart design characteristics continue at the rear as well. The Alto has a simplistic design which gives it a very conventional look, whereas, the S Presso with its bumper cladding and quirky taillights has a more modern appeal. The S Presso noticeably has a higher stance when compared to the Alto but the tyres on both these cars look really small.
Interior and Features
The interior of both of these cars is very minimalistic with subtle differences. The centre console on the Alto looks dated when compared to the S-Presso. The S-Presso has a more modern dashboard and has the added convenience of a touchscreen. However, the plastic quality on both the cars is almost identical and the quality levels inside the cabin are satisfactory. The S-Presso again carries over the quirkiness inside as well with a design inspired by the Mini and not to miss the body-colored accents around the console and AC vents. The S-Presso has a wider and bigger cabin when compared with the Alto. The rear seat space on the Alto is very less when compared to S-Presso which has a lot more room at the back and can house people comfortably.
The features list on both of these cars is not extensive and both of them have only the necessary features. The Alto now is offered with a 7-inch touchscreen, which is the same as the S-Presso but unlike the S-Presso, it misses out on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Alto has an analog instrument cluster when compared to the digital one on the S-Presso. Overall, the interior of both these cars are different yet similar in some aspects and both exude practicality and purpose.
|Aspects||Maruti Alto||Maruti S-Presso|
|Ground Clearance (mm)||160||180|
|Kerb Weight (kg)||762||767|
|Boot Space (litres)||177||270|
Both of these cars have the basic safety kit with nothing over the top. Both of them offer passenger and driver-side airbags, ABS with EBD, and rear parking sensors. However, the Alto misses out on some features which the S-Presso has, for example, pretensioners with load limiter seatbelts and speed sensing auto door lock.
Engine and Driveability
The Alto comes with an 800 cc petrol engine which produces 47 bhp and 69 Nm of torque. The S-Presso comes with a 1.0 litre petrol engine which produces 67 bhp and 90 nm of torque. Starting with the Alto, it is a car designed for city driving and is peppy and easy to drive. It is easy to park and economical with the added convenience of CNG. The S-Presso on the other is as nimble and agile to drive and feels a bit more powerful than its sibling. It is equally easy to park in tight spaces and is a boon to drive inside the city with occasional highway duties. Both of these cars can filter potholes, only the sharp ones filter through to the cabin. Overall, S-Presso is a better option when it comes to sheer driveability and comfort.
|Maruti Alto||Maruti S-Presso|
|STD – Rs 2.99 Lakhs||STD – Rs 3.78 Lakhs|
|STD (O) – Rs 3.04 Lakhs||STD (O) – RS 3.84 Lakhs|
|LXi – Rs 3.76 Lakhs||LXi – RS 4.16 Lakhs|
|LXi (O) – Rs 3.80 Lakhs||LXi (O) – RS 4.42 Lakhs|
|VXi – Rs 4.02 Lakhs||VXi – Rs 4.40 Lakhs|
|VXi Plus – Rs 4.16 Lakhs||VXi (O) – RS 4.46 Lakhs|
|LXi S-CNG – Rs 4.56 Lakhs||VXi Plus – Rs 4.63 Lakhs|
|LXi (O) S-CNG – Rs 4.60 Lakhs||VXi AT – Rs 4.90 Lakhs|
|VXi (O) AT – Rs 4.96 Lakhs|
|VXi Plus AT – Rs 5.06 Lakhs|
|LXi CNG – Rs 4.96 Lakhs|
|LXi (O) CNG – Rs 5.02 Lakhs|
|VXi CNG – Rs 5.20 Lakhs|
|VXi (O) CNG – Rs 5.26 Lakhs|
Both the Maruti cars come with a warranty of 2 years/40,000 kms. The standard warranty can be availed up to 5 years/100,000 kms.
Maruti Alto and Maruti S-Presso are battling in the same segment and this move could be a game-changer for Maruti as a whole. Both of these cars fulfill the requirements of an entry-level hatchback in their own ways, but the S-Presso being fresh and coming with more features and new looks into the market, do make it a bit more desirable than the already existing Alto.