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Old 31st October 2011, 16:40   #1
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I am planning to get a small hatchback for my sister, primarily, I repeat primarily to driven by my sis but off and on I might take the hatch for spin, so the question comes.....

1) Which (Santro or Alto K10) has better In Gear acceleration?
2) Which one has better torque delivery, as in at lower RPM's. Getting good torque @ 3500 - 4000 RPM does not make much sense to me within the city?
3) Space not an issue, so please discount while suggesting.

4) GTO if you happen to get a hold on this POLL, I share the same feelings as you do that a car should be bought purely on the basis of the engine, more so, I would go a step further and say the torque delivery of the engine. Would be thankful if you may suggest.

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Santro GL Plus - 3.55 OTR
Alto K10 Lxi - 3.25 OTR

All - performance is the ONLY deciding factor here.

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You want fun? get K10.

In city fun is Santro.
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2) Which one has better torque delivery, as in at lower RPM's. Getting good torque @ 3500 - 4000 RPM does not make much sense to me within the city?
I have driven both for a considerable distance. Close your eyes and go for the santro, it has got oodles of torque at low rpm to make your drive pleasurable in the city.

The K10 engine has to be whipped to make it perform.
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You want fun? get K10.

In city fun is Santro.
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Pardon me but how would you differentiate "having fun" and "city fun", I don't think K10 is a highway performer?

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Old 31st October 2011, 18:07   #5
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For Delhi it is the Alto K10
. Excellent in gear acceleration
. Excellent AC, and more important performance with AC
. Much better FE in the city
. The leg space when there are only two persons is phenomenal as you can push the front seats way back.
. I have not driven Santro, but the opinion is that it has better low end torque. The K10 engine has a wider RPM range, so revving the engine in a lower gear, instead of changing gear is the way to go. There is practically no FE penalty in keeping the K10 engine at 3-3.5K RPM. In fact I have found that driving at bit higher RPM gives better FE rather than slogging it at 1.5-2K RPM.

The best part is that Alto K10 is narrower than the Santro, hence it is easier to slip through dense traffic and find parking space.
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2) Which one has better torque delivery, as in at lower RPM's. Getting good torque @ 3500 - 4000 RPM does not make much sense to me within the city?
If driveability is your prime concern, the Santro wins hands down. Forget the Alto, it has better bottom end torque than "most" cars under 10L. Because of superior bottom end and shorter gearing, I assume it would have better in-gear acceleration too, though I am not absolutely sure about it. But the Santro is clearly one of the most hassle-free car to drive in traffic.
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All - performance is the ONLY deciding factor here.
Alto K10
  • Better performance from midrange to top end.
  • Handles better at speed compared to Santro.

Santro has better low end torque, so its faster off the line without having to revv the engine high.
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@Torquedo, your sis is really going to be bothered about in-gear acceleration, low-end torque and stuff ? To me, it looks like you want to gift yourself a FTD car and just making it seem like a gift to your sis. :-)

I would suggest you have your sis TD both the cars and come to a decision on which she likes more.
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If I were to gift a car to my sis I'd not be bothered about the few on & offs that I'd be getting with the car. I'd rather want my sis to pick the car unless there's something drastically wrong with the one she's selecting, but then, to each his own. Not sure if your sis herself is looking for such traits in the car, if she is then its a different story.

My vote goes to Santro though, nothing like it for city driving.
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Santro because of its low end torque, highway manners and overall a bigger car from inside because of its tall boy design compared to the Alto. Not to mention the excellent brakes.
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-Performance as the deciding factor.
-Car is for sister.

I cant seem to relate these. Is your sister by any chance an enthusiast?

But anyway on the basis of performance it is K10. The Santro does not have the handling prowess to complement the power. It may be particularly good for city but is no way an enthusiasts car.

But I suggest you ask your sister on what she wants. I am sure her preference will be a lot different from yours.
OT. Did you try Beat? Its looks is a hit with young ladies.

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Frankly, I think you should let your sister pick the criteria. Let her sit in both the cars and figure it out.
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If your sister is a 'boy racer', the K10 for sure.
If she has asked you for advice, asked you to pick the most suitable car for her (because she doesn't trust herself to make the right decision), then the Santro.
If she trusts herself to make the right decision, then let her make the decision. And let her shoulder surf TBhp. (I might get an infraction because of this suggestion!)

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Satro with K&N stock filter and synthetic 0W-40 oil would do wonders....been driving in and around Bangalore, it just feels good not sure about Alto though.
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Of these two, I would suggest going in for Santro. Also, since Eon is launched, maybe your sister can consider it too!
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