Renault Kwid Vs Maruti Alto 800 Vs Hyundai Eon – Here is a specifications based comparison between the three entry level hatchbacks.
The Indian automotive market has evolved over the years. In the recent past, the industry witnessed launch of several new segments and while SUVs are currently the favourite, the mainstream budget hatchbacks continue to enjoy a robust demand. With contemporary models like Renault Kwid and Hyundai Eon, the budget hatchback space has undergone complete transformation. While Kwid has set a new benchmark in the segment thanks to its revolutionary crossover-ish design, the mundane looking Maruti Alto 800 continues to live up to the Alto legacy in the segment. Hyundai Eon, on the other hand was the first model to break the stereotype in terms of design, though it is still behind the two in terms of sales. If you are planning to upgrade to a four-wheeler and unable to decide between these three models, we bring you a detailed spec-based comparison that can help you pick the most suitable car. Check out Renault Kwid vs Maruti Alto 800 vs Hyundai Eon price, specs, features, mileage and other details – Also Read: Everything You Want to Know About Renault Kwid
|Model||Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|Renault Kwid||Rs 2.62 lakh to 4.49 lakh|
|Maruti Alto 800||Rs 2.46 lakh to Rs 3.72 Lakh|
|Hyundai Eon||Rs 3.32 lakh to Rs 4.53 lakh|
Renault Kwid is available only with a petrol engine with a choice between manual and AMT transmission. The carline also includes heavily accessorized variants and a larger capacity 1.0-litre engine option. While the base trim in the line-up is priced at Rs 2.62 lakh, the top-spec variant is available at Rs 4.49 lakh.
Maruti Suzuki Alto on the other hand comes in petrol and CNG variants in manual option. The STD variant is priced at Rs 2.62 lakh, and the CNG LXI (O) trim is offered at Rs 3.72 lakh.
Hyundai EON is offered with two petrol engines-800cc and 1.0L unit in manual option. The hatchback is additionally available in LPG variants on select trims. The Eon range starts from Rs 3.32 lakh and goes up to Rs 4.53 lakh. (all prices mentioned ex-showroom, Delhi).
Built on Renault-Nissan’s CF-A platform, Kwid is undoubtedly the best-looking car in the segment. Up front, it features dual-slat grille, swooping headlamps, black finished manually operated ORVMs etc. The lower bumper houses fog lamps and black plastic cladding on side along with 13-inch wheels inject crossover-ish flair. Furthermore, it offers segment leading ground clearance of 180mm which makes it compatible for Indian terrains as compared to the rivals.
Out of the three, Hyundai Eon offers the best-in-class interior and is better equipped. In terms of connectivity features, Kwid packs in better tech and several advanced bits such as segment first 7.0-inch touchscreen MediaNAV system with navigation functions and radio and Bluetooth connectivity and a digital instrument cluster etc. It additionally offers driver side airbag as an optional provision.
Maruti Alto 800 has a basic interior, although it misses out on a lot of features that are available in the rivalling models.
Sporting a tall and wide stance, Renault Kwid is a clear winner when it comes to spaciousness. It sits on the 2,422mm long wheelbase that translates into a spacious cabin with slightly more space than rivals. When it comes to interior quality, Hyundai Eon and Maruti Alto are much better than Renault Kwid. As for the comfort, Kwid has well-spaced seats and it offers a tad more space at the back. While all three models can accommodate 5 passengers, the legroom and headroom is the best in Renault Kwid. The boot space for storing luggage is around 300-litres in Kwid, which is better than the rivals.
|Features||Renault Kwid||Marut Alto 800||Hyundai Eon|
|Electric Power steering||Yes||No||Yes|
|12V power outlet||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Out of the three cars, Renualt Kwid is better equipped, while Maruti Alto 800 misses out on vitals bits like electric power steering etc. Renault has given prominence to the features and has packed some class leading features such as a touchscreen system, Bluetooth connectivity and GPS navigation system.
|Details||Renault Kwid||Maruti Alto 800||Hyundai Eon|
In terms of proportions, Kwid is the longest and widest, while Hyundai Eon is the tallest. With the longest wheelbase, Kwid offers a spacious cabin compared to rivals. Similarly, it offers the highest ground clearance which makes it suitable for the Indian roads and has the segment best 300L of luggage compartment.
Powered by the 814cc petrol unit, Hyundai Eon offers slightly more power than Renault Kwid and Maruti Alto. Similarly, the 1.0-litre petrol engine in Eon develops a tad more compared to Kwid’s 999cc unit. While Alto 800 is only available in the single 796cc petrol engine. Transmission options on the Kwid include a conventional five-speed manual along with an automated manual transmission, whereas both EON and Alto 800 are available in manual gearbox.
In terms of performance, Alto 800 is a better option than EON. On the other hand, the Kwid offers impressive ride quality on city roads and the light body weight along with high ground clearance make it compatible for driving on rough roads. It’s quick, and comfortable. The body control, too, is very impressive.
|Maruti Alto 800||24.7kmpl|
In terms of mileage, Renault Kwid offers a little over 25 km/l, whereas Maruti Alto is trailed by its French counterpart with 24.7 km/l. Hyundai Eon is behind Alto 800 with ARAI rated fuel economy of 21.1 km/l.