Maruti Suzuki Celerio Overview

The world is moving towards smaller capacity engines that offer similar outputs to their larger capacity predecessors. This especially is true among petrol engines, but in diesels, the gains haven’t been as prominent. Diesels however have shown quantum leaps on the refinement and efficiency front and India is just about getting the taste of that in mass segment cars. The Honda City and Maruti Ciaz are prime examples. But none have dared to or needed to build a pint sized engine that’s sole purpose will be to be as cheap to buy as to run.

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Sure there are the Hyundai Grand i10 and Chevrolet Beat 3-cylinder diesels that have been the entry point to diesels in India but could they have gone further and would that have been feasible to develop are questions Maruti Suzuki has answered with this new 793cc 2-cylinder engine. The Celerio is the first car from the Maruti stable to get this engine and we’ve taken it for a quick spin to find out if anything but underwhelms us. For more info on Maruti cars visit Autozhop.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Design & Style

The styling on the Celerio follows a design theme that Maruti calls ‘CICO’ (Curve in, Curve out). Design elements are majorly subdued and conservative, and in no way are groundbreaking.In spite of the Grand i10 being a full 40mm longer than the Maruti, the Celerio has the exact same wheelbase. The way Maruti has packaged the car needs special mention. Wheels are pushed all the way out to the extremes, liberating more space for the passenger cell.

The hatchback gets plenty of curves and creases that complement its compact proportions really well. The large chrome grille flows into the droopy headlamps. The subtle creases on the bonnet and the front bumper lend it a bit of aggression.The silhouette is typically Maruti, featuring just a dominant character line running along the length of the car and flowing into the wrap around tail lamps. The blacked out B-pillars, indicators on the ORVM and the 14-inch wheels all do their bit in adding a dab of premiumness to the hatch.

The rear is clean and simple, with the exhaust tucked away neatly under the bumper. The almond-shaped tail lamps remind us of the Alto 800 at first glance. The top-spec trim gets a rear defogger and rear wash wipe as well.The boot space is a healthy 235-litres, which, although less than the Grand i10’s 256-litre boot, is significantly bigger than the Chevrolet Beat’s 170-litre storage space. The rear seat gets a 60:40 split for additional luggage, and can be folded away all together to liberate 510-litres of space.

The design is definitely neutral on the Celerio. There isn’t a wow factor, nor is it categorically boring. The proportions are spot on for the city too. We only wish the build quality was slightly better.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Cabin & Space

Step inside the cabin and a familiar Maruti layout welcomes you. The dual tone beige and black combination is pleasant and dull silver accents strewn across the centre console look nice and classy.The build quality of interiors has definitely gone up compared to older Marutis. However, compared to its immediate rivals such as the Tiago or the Grand i10, the quality does seem a notch lower. We believe the Celerio scores very high in terms of ergonomics; everything falls to hand very easily and is in just the right spot.

The driver’s seat on the top-spec ZXi (O) variant gets a healthy range for adjusting reach as well as height. Coupled with the rake adjustable steering, and we could get into comfortable driving position relatively easily. There’s adequate support for short trips, but we would have liked slightly more bolstering for the lower back and under thigh for the longer journeys. Also, the integrated headrests don’t support the neck , especially if you are a tall person. The view from the driver’s seat is nice since one tends to sit higher in the Celerio. However, the A-pillar is too thick, so, you will have to be careful while turning at junctions.

The steering wheel is borrowed from the Swift. It gets controls for the audio and calls, the buttons for which feel tactile. The wheel itself has a grainy texture, it isn’t wrapped in artificial leather like the Grand i10.The cluster is a three pod unit that houses a tachometer, a speedometer and a multi-function display that lets you toggle through data like average fuel economy, distance to empty and instantaneous average as well.

The centre console houses an integrated music system (that supports USB, AUX and Bluetooth) in the top-trim, and flows into the manual aircon controls. Lower variants get a blank 2DIN slot to fit an aftermarket head unit. The air-con is typically Maruti, which means it is amongst the best units out there. The cabin gets cooled very quickly, and you wouldn’t have any complaints on that front.

The rear bench sits slightly higher than the front seats and is reclined backwards at a comfortable angle. The seats are rather thin, owing to which support and cushioning is average at best. The bench will accommodate two people in relative comfort. However, a third passenger at the rear will be a tight squeeze. Unlike the Grand i10, the Celerio misses out on rear AC vents, but it isn’t a deal breaker in any way. For Maruti Suzuki Celerio check rbts

Maruti has managed to wriggle out a significant amount of space on the inside for a car that has such compact dimensions. The interior has no ground-breaking features or anything drastically different than the standard Maruti fare. However, it ticks just the right boxes to be a practical city hatchback.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Engine & Performance

Powering the Celerio is the same K-series engine from the Alto K10 and the Wagon R. It develops 68PS of power at 6,200 rpm and 90Nm of torque at 3,500rpm. It’s a peppy motor with good low and mid range grunt and only feels strained and noisy closer to the redline. The Celerio weighs just 810-830kg depending on variant and is quite compact measuring 3,600mm x 1,600mm x 1,560mm (L x W x H). This makes it’s a very nimble car to dart around town and on a winding stretch of road. Good visibility from the driver’s seat only improves confidence to drive it harder. The suspension is pliant at low speeds, not too soft to crash into large potholes but not too stiff either. It’s also sure-footed at high speeds and the Celerio’s light steering makes it quite effortless to drive.

Extracting the engine’s performance through the AMT is a bit of an issue though. The Celerio comes with drive-by-wire technology so gearshifts change according to the way you drive. But the rubber-band effect is amply evident, especially in the lower gears. The lag as the engine changes speeds is just a bit too much for comfort in a continuous gear changing environment when you tend to feather the throttle. It isn’t easy to predict a gear change and so you tend to focus on the revs as you begin to map these changes. It gets jerky at low revs while the gearbox decides to downshift or not. Power available on tap becomes a bit unpredictable because of the dim-witted gearbox and slotting into gaps in traffic requires some planning as a result. check for car loan calculator.

A simple solution is to drive in manual mode where you pull the gear lever for an upshift and push it for a downshift. It makes the car more predictable as you can hold it to the redline and extract more performance out of the motor. It will affect its economy though. But set yourself into an easy driving rhythm and the Celerio AMT will sip fuel with utmost restraint. The on-board mileage indicator gave us a reading of 17kmpl in a mix of city and highway traffic and it has an ARAI certified economy of 23.1kmpl. That’s very impressive.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Ride & Handling

Like most Maruti, the suspension is on the softer side in the Celerio. This lets it absorb the bumps and undulations on the road fairly easily. However, drive over the bigger and badder potholes, and the thuds will be transferred to the cabin. The steering is nice and light and weighs up well as the speeds progress.

You shouldn’t be cornering hard in the Celerio, but if you insist on doing it, it does fairly well. There is a hint of unavoidable body roll owing to its height, but other than that – it does feel composed. High speed stability is confidence inspiring upto 120km/h, post which the car will feel twitchy. Stopping power comes from a pair of ventilated disc brakes in the front and drum brakes at the back. Braking is standard fart – the car comes to a halt cleanly in a straight line without squiggling about too much.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Braking & Safety

Airbags and ABS are standard on top-of-the-line variants and rest of the range get it as optional fitments. Other safety features aboard include rear centre seat belt, head light levelling, rear window wiper & washer, high mounted stop lamp, immobilizer, child proof rear door locks, front intermittent wipers & washers, rear window demister and outside temperature display available on the AGS trims.

Exteriors get body coloured door handles & bumpers, ORVMs with turn indicators, front fog lamps in higher trims, chrome grille and full wheel caps on entire range save for the top-spec trim which comes with alloy wheels. Inside the cabin, the hatchback packs in front seat back pockets, electronic power steering, integrated front & rear head rests, 60:40 rear split seat, height adjuster for driver, glove box, gear position indicator in AGS trims and information display integrated into instrument cluster among others.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Cost in Ahmedabad

Maruti Suzuki Celerio On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 4,53,845 to 5,81,117 for variants Celerio LXI and Celerio ZXI AMT Optional respectively. Maruti Suzuki Celerio is available in 12 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Celerio variants price in Ahmedabad.Check for Celerio price in Ahmedabad at Carzprice.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Round Up

One tends to make preconceived notions about things that are out of the ordinary. A properly functional two cylinder diesel engine with a more than acceptable gearbox and efficiency that would impress the worst of misers, all clubbed together in one package, is something I had not expected out of the Celerio diesel. For buyers on a shoestring budget doing fairly long distances in the city on a daily basis, the Celerio diesel is ideal. It’s not your highway car or the car to buy if you can stretch your budget by Rs 50,000-1 lakh, but at its price point, the Celerio diesel does make a solid case for efficient motoring.

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