Compare Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 and Chevrolet Spark

Key difference: The Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 and Chevrolet Spark both fall under the category of hatchback cars. However, their distinction lies in terms of their design, performance, and engine capacity, etc.

The Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is an upgraded version of the Maruti Alto model, released by Maruti Suzuki in the year 2000. The Alto 800 was launched in the Indian car market on October 16, 2012. The car is a major departure from its predecessor, i.e. the Maruti Alto. The Alto 800 features a complete redesign of its predecessor's engine, the chassis, décor, etc. However, this car still features Maruti’s iconic 796 cc displacement capacity, by which the title 'Maruti 800' was actually coined. Staying true to its pedigree, the Alto 800 is a five door hatchback which runs only on petrol. Additionally, the car features front power windows, power steering, seat upholstery made of fabric, and a single airbag provision for the driver. Undoubtedly, the most striking quality of this car is its mileage, which is an impressive 22.74 kmpl. This number can be even improved upon when the Alto 800 is driven outside the city limits, with no obstructions or traffic jams. All in all, the Alto 800 is an honest reinvention of the Maruti Alto, and perhaps, the Maruti Suzuki 800 too.

The Chevrolet Spark can be understood as the gradient of Daewoo Matiz, which was produced by Daewoo Motors until its take over by General Motors, the American car maker. The take over took place in the year 2002, since when General Motors has been producing and selling the Daewoo Matiz under its own brand name 'Chevrolet Spark'. The car has been sold through its three generations, the last of which was launched in the year 2010. Comprising of the typical five door hatchback style, the Spark is sold across the world by different names such as the Matiz Creative in South Korea, Chevrolet Beat in India, Holden Barina Spark in Australia, etc. The car is not exactly loaded with features, but does enough to serve a family of four adequately. Sporting a funky and fluidic design, the spark packs in a powerful engine with an impressive displacement capacity of 995 cc. Largely available as a petrol run vehicle, the Chevrolet Spark has also been presented in its diesel variant in some select countries of the world. With a healthy fuel tank capacity of 38 liters, the Spark is almost the perfect hatchback for a pleasant weekend outing. However, the car surprisingly falls short in the fuel economy department, with a meager mileage capacity of 21 kmpl. Nevertheless, the Chevrolet Spark still manages to score big on style, and is reasonably potent in performance.

Comparison between Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 and Chevrolet Spark:

Overview:

 

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

Chevrolet Spark

Fuel type

Petrol

Petrol

Mileage-city (kmpl)

17

15

Mileage-highway (kmpl)

22.74

18

Fuel tank capacity (litres)

35

35

Seating Capacity

5

5

Transmission type

Manual

Manual

Engine description

0.8-litre 47.3bhp 12V F8D Petrol Engine

1.0-litre 62.1bhp 4Cylinder SMARTECH Engine

Engine displacement (cc)

796

995

Maximum power

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Maximum torque

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Specifications:

 

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

Chevrolet Spark

Engine

Engine type

F8D Petrol Engine

SMARTECH Engine

No. of cylinders

3

4

Valves Per Cylinder

4

2

Fuel Supply System

MPFI

MPFI

Emission Norm Compliance

BS IV

BS IV

Transmission

Gear box

5 Speed

5 Speed

Drive Type

FWD

FWD

Suspension system

Front Suspension

Gas Filled McPherson Strut , Torsion Roll Control Device

McPherson Struts With Anti-Roll Bar

Rear Suspension

Coil Spring , Gas Filled Shock Absorbers With Three Link Rigid Axle & Isolated Trailing Arm

Torsion Beam Axle

Steering

Steering Type

Manual

Manual

Steering Column

Collapsible Steering

Collapsible Steering

Steering Gear Type

Rack & Pinion

Rack & Pinion

Turning Radius

4.6 meters

4.5 meters

Brake System

Front Brake Type

Disc

Disc

Rear Brake Type

Drum

Drum

Tyres

Tyre Size

145/80 R12

155/70 R13

Tyre Type

Tubeless Tyres

Tubeless Tyres

Wheel Size

R12

R13

Features:

 

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

Chevrolet Spark

Remote Trunk Opener

No

Yes

Remote Fuel Lid Opener

No

Yes

Low Fuel Warning Light

Yes

Yes

Accessory Power Outlet

No

Yes

Rear Reading Lamp

Yes

Yes

Rear Seat Headrest

Yes

No

Foldable Rear Seat

Bench Folding

Bench Folding

Bottle Holder

Front Door

Front Door

Interior

Air Conditioner

No

Yes

Heater

No

Yes

Tachometer

Yes

Yes

Electronic Multi-Tripmeter

Yes

Yes

Fabric Upholstery

Yes

Yes

Glove Compartment

Yes

Yes

Digital Clock

No

Yes

Exterior

Adjustable Headlights

Yes

Yes

Manually Adjustable Ext. Rear View Mirror

Yes

Yes

Tinted Glass

No

Yes

Dimensions:

 

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

Chevrolet Spark

Length

3395mm

3495mm

Width

1490mm

1495mm

Height

1475mm

1518mm

Ground Clearance

160mm

170mm

Wheel Base

2360mm

2345mm

Front Tread

1295mm

1315mm

Rear Tread

1290mm

1280mm

Kerb Weight

695kg

840kg

Safety:

 

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

Chevrolet Spark

Power Door Locks

No

Yes

Child Safety Locks

No

Yes

Halogen Headlamps

Yes

Yes

Rear Seat Belts

Yes

Yes

Door Ajar Warning

No

Yes

Adjustable Seats

Yes

Yes

Engine Immobilizer

Yes

No

Centrally mounted fuel tank

Yes

Yes

Note: The above comparison is between the base models of the respective cars

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