Comparative analysis: Maruti Alto Datsun Redi-Go or Hyundai Eon which one to buy?

Comparative analysis: Maruti Alto Datsun Redi-Go or Hyundai Eon which one to buy?
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The Datsun redi-Go is just a few weeks away from entering the unforgiving Indian budget small car space. It’s sibling Renault Kwid fared very well and hence, there are enough reasons for Datsun to expect a strong start.

The Datsun redi-Go is just a few weeks away from entering the unforgiving Indian budget small car space. It’s sibling Renault Kwid fared very well and hence, there are enough reasons for Datsun to expect a strong start. Apart from competing with the Kwid, the newcomer will also have to fend off the Hyundai Eon and the country’s best-selling for decades, the Maruti Alto.

Though the Datsun and Renault are based on the same CMF-A platform, the top hats have different characters and dimensions. The redi-GO is taller whereas the Kwid is longer. Both cars are marginally larger than the other two when it comes to overall size.

Coming to the engines, all the four models adopt three-cylinder 800 cc petrol engines. The Alto (K10) and Eon are also available with more powerful 1.0L units. The Kwid will receive a 1.0L variant in the coming months. The Eon emerges as the most powerful hatchback of this lot but only by a nominal margin. The Kwid and redi-GO finish second with identical power outputs of 54 PS (both cars share the same engine). The RNA duo also emerges as the most fuel efficient in this comparo with a figure of 25.17 kmpl. At 21.1 kmpl, the Eon is the least efficient. A 5-speed MT is a standard across this lineup.

With touchscreen infotainment system, front power windows, and optional driver airbag, the Kwid emerges as the best-equipped model in this comparo. The other three cars offer front power windows and optional driver airbag but the touchscreen system is replaced by regular audio systems.

The Datsun redi-Go is expected to be the cheapest car in the segment with an estimated starting price of INR 2.5 lakhs (ex-showroom). The Renault Kwid and Alto 800 are roughly in the same price ballpark while the Hyundai Eon is by far the most expensive budget hatchback.

Comparison Table

Datsun redi-Go

Renault Kwid

Maruti Alto 800

Hyundai Eon 0.8L

Length

3429 mm

3679 mm

3395 mm

3495 mm

Width

1560 mm

1579 mm

1490 mm

1550 mm

Height

1541 mm

1478 mm

1475 mm

1500 mm

Wheelbase

2348 mm

2422 mm

2360 mm

2380 mm

Ground Clearance

185 mm

180 mm

160 mm

170 mm

Boot Space (L)

222

300

187

220

Turning Radius

4.73 m

NA

4.6 m

NA

Fuel Tank (L)

28

28

35

32

Engine

3-cy (P)

3-cy (P)

3-cy (P)

3-cy (P)

Displacement

799 cc

799 cc

796 cc

814 cc

Transmission

5-MT

5-MT

5-MT

5-MT

Power

54 PS @ 5678 rpm

54 PS @ 5678 rpm

48 PS @ 6,000 rpm

56 PS @ 5,500 rpm

Torque

72 Nm @ 4386 rpm

72 Nm @ 4386 rpm

69 Nm @ 3500 rpm

74.5 Nm @ 4,000 rpm

Mileage in kmpl

25.17

25.17

22.74

21.1

Weight in Kg

640 (approx)

660 (approx)

695

760

Price in Lakh

2.5 – 3.5 (est)

2.62 – 3.67

2.60 – 3.83

3.24 – 4.42

This article first appeared on Rushlane.com

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