Datsun redi-GO 1.0 AMT vs Maruti Alto K10 vs Renault Kwid 1.0: Affordable automatic cars in India

The new Datsun rediGO 1.0 AMT is the latest launch in the entry level automatic hatchback space at a competitive price point. However, the said segment already has some challenging players present like the Maruti Alto K10 AGS and Renault Kwid 1.0 AMT. Can the newcomer prove its worth in front of this fierce rivalry? Find out in this spec comparison.

By: | Updated: January 24, 2018 5:53 PM
Affordable automatic cars: Datsun redi-GO vs Maruti Alto vs Renault Kwid

Datsun has just launched the redi-GO 1.0 AMT hatchback in India at a price of Rs 3.38 lakh. Importantly, Datsun redi-GO has further spiced up the competition in the small hatchback territory. Customers now have one more option of an AMT car under the Rs 5 lakh price bracket so better for them. The new Datsun redi-GO 1.0 AMT gets a stick selector that is quite easy to use. The car gets a manual drive option as well but there is no park mode on the new redi-GO AMT, which is found in autpmatic gearboxes . The new Datsun redi-GO 1.0AMT gets a creep mode that enables the car to move in bumper to bumper traffic without using the throttle as the driver just needs lifts his foot from the brake pedal. Overall, the redi-GO with does come across as a strong product that does have some limitations but not enough to spoil the overall value offering. In order to help you with a good buying decision, here is the spec comparison report of the new Datsun redi-GO 1.0 AMT with its closest rivals Maruti Alto K10 AGS and Renault Kwid AMT.

First, what is an AMT and how it's different from Automatic Transmission?

AMT or Automated Manual transmission is a kind of a semi-automatic transmission system. The AMT is not built ground-up as an automatic gearbox but it is a manual transmission with an electro-hydraulic module that helps in gear changing without having to press the clutch. An AMT or automated transmission system comprises of two key components namely an electronic control unit and a hydraulic actuator system.The role of the electronic control unit is to engage and disengage the clutch during gear shifts. The AMT is cheaper than traditional AT gearboxes and hence is more suitable for a cost-conscious marlet such as India. For this reason, manufacturers are now being offering AMT even in their entry-level hatchbacks as well. While the term AMT is used widely, Maruti calls this technology as AGS or Auto Gear Shift.

Datsun redi-GO 1.0 AMT vs Maruti Alto K10 vs Renault Kwid 1.0 AMT Engine Specifications

The new Datsun redi-GO AMT gets its power from the same 1.0-litre three-cylinder that powers the standard model. The motor is good for churning out a respective power and torque output of 67 hp and 91 Nm. On the other hand, the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 AGS gets its power from a 998cc, three-cylinder engine that develops a maximum power output of 67 hp and 90 Nm respectively. The new Renault Kwid 1.0 AMT gets its power from a 999cc, three-cylinder engine and its power and torque outputs are identical with the Datsun redi-GO AMT at 67 hp and 91 Nm respectively.

Watch the new Datsun redi-GO 1.0 AMT video review here:

Datsun redi-GO 1.0 AMT vs Maruti Alto K10 vs Renault Kwid 1.0 AMT: Features

As far as features go, the new Datsun redi-GO 1.0 AMT comes with all black interiors with a bit of red and silver accents. The car has a single-DIN infotainment system with CD player, Bluetooth and AUX-in connectivity. The new Datsun redi-GO AMT comes with safety features like an airbag on the driver's side and is also equipped with child safety lock, power windows and an engine immobiliser. Second, the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 AGS gets features like CD player, AUX, and radio. In terms of safety, the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 AMT also gets driver side airbag and an engine immobiliser. Speed sensing door lock and child safety lock are other additional features on the Alto K10 AGS. Last, the Renault Kwid 1.0 AMT is the only car here that gets a touchscreen infotainment system. Also, the car has a fully digital instrument cluster that gives it an edge over its competition. The Kwid 1.0 AMT gets safety features like child safety lock, engine immobiliser, central locking and driver side airbag. Hence, in terms of cabin appeal, the Kwid comes ahead with its segment-only colour touchscreen.

Datsun redi-GO 1.0 AMT vs Maruti Alto K10 AGS vs Renault Kwid 1.0 AMT: Dimensions

The new Datsun redi-GO 1.0 AMT has overall body dimensions of 3429mm x 1560mm x 1541mm (LxWxH) while the Maruti Alto K10 AGS has dimensions of 3545mm x 1490mm x 1475mm (LxWxH). The Renault Kwid AMT comes with the figures 3679mm x 1579mm x 1478mm (LxWxH) and hence, it is the quite the bigger looking car out of the three. The Datsun redi-GO 1.0 AMT and Renault Kwid 1.0 AMT come with generous boot space of 222 litres and 300 litres respectively. The Alto K10 AGS fails to catch up here has it has a smaller boot capacity of 177 litres.

Dimensions Datsun redi GO AMT Maruti Alto K10 AGS Renault Kwid 1.0 AMT
Length 3,249mm 3,545mm 3,679mm
Width 1,560mm 1,490mm 1,579mm
Height 1,541mm 1,475mm 1,478mm
Boot space 222 litres 177 litres 300 litres

Datsun redi-GO 1.0 AMT vs Maruti Alto K10 AGS vs Renault Kwid 1.0 AMT: Price

The Datsun redi-GO 1.0 is the latest in this segment to get the AMT  gearbox and the car has been priced aggressively at Rs 3.8 lakh while the top end Datsun redi-GO AMT S variant will cost you Rs 3.95 lakh. The Maruti Alto K10 AGS has been in the market for over two years now and is a bit expensively priced at Rs 4.09 lakh when compared to the competition. The premium VXI trim on the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 that has a bit more of features is available at the dealerships at a price of Rs 4.17 lakh. Last, the Renault Kwid AMT can be purchased at a starting price of Rs 3.87 lakh and its price reaches up till Rs 4.59 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). Datsun India has done the right think by under cutting rivals when comes to its prices as the buyer in this segment is price sensitive. The affordable automatic segment in India has never ever before had so many choices to choose from and going forward with gradually increasing traffic expect more Indian buyers to opt for the cars with automatic/AMT gearbox.

Datsun redi GO AMT Maruti Alto K10 AGS Renault Kwid 1.0 AMT
 Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rs 3.8 lakh - Rs 3.95 lakh Rs 4.09 lakh - Rs 4.17 lakh Rs 3.87 lakh - Rs 4.59 lakh

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  1. Narayanan Sy
    Feb 7, 2018 at 4:37 pm
    Encouraging review prompting an instant urge to . A good stop to catch your breath after a long run away from a variety of ALTOs( Kindly bear with me as I prefer to call all small cars as ALTO)
    1. RAJESH NS
      Jan 25, 2018 at 11:19 am
      I have been driving ALTO K10 AGS FOR about a month. AUTO GEAR TECHNOLOGY IS VERY GOOD AND VERY COMFORTABLE FOR CITIES I would advise to buy it, as good re value at a later date. Spares of maruthi likely to be cheaper and availability at all times as lot of ALTo sold by maruthi.