March 1, 2019

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Performance & Test Drive

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Overview

Maruti Suzuki has introduced a new Limited edition Celerio hatchback in India. The Celerio like you already know one of the most popular hatchbacks from the manufacturer and was one of the first small family car which came with an Auto Gearshift feature. Previously it was available with both petrol and diesel engine options while later Maruti decided to discontinue the diesel variant.The limited edition Celerio hatchback does not get any mechanical change, but it does get few cosmetic updates to its exterior as well as interior. We have provided all the details of this limited edition Celerio hatchback below.

The hatchback gets styling change in the form of a new graphics and side moldings besides chromes garnishes on the headlamps, fog lamp area, taillight, tailgate and also on the door panels. Just like the exterior the interior too gets few updates of its own in the form of a new steering wheel and seat upholstery. However, one new addition which definitely will impress many comes in the shape of a new ambient lighting system inside the cabin. Maruti is also allowing a provision of a tissue-dispenser box in the cup holder and also rear parking sensors. Maruti Suzuki Celerio price range in India is between 4,87,921 to 6,23,818, check for detail pricing of Maruti Suzuki Celerio in Carzprice.

There are no changes under the hood though, and thus this limited edition Celerio is available with the same 1.0 Litre K10B, three cylinder petrol engine which is capable of producing about 68 Kw of peak power at 6000 rpm and 90 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm. The engine is paired to either a 5-speed manual transmission or also an optional Auto gear shift (AMT transmission).The limited edition hatchback is available in VXi as well as ZXi trims only. Prices for the limited edition Celerio hatchback starts from INR.4.46 Lakhs which is about 12, 000 more than the ex-showroom price.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Design

It is a Maruti Suzuki and not a Hyundai to look very modern and impressive. The Celerio is true to its core brand value and looks decent. Large headlamps and prominent radiator grille dominate the front look. The headlamps with multiple reflectors manage to look modern while the chrome tipped twin slat radiator grille looks attractive. It has an elaborate air intake on the lower section of the bumper and also offers fog lamps.

The side profile might remind you of the A-Star especially the shoulder line and the roofline which are quite reminiscent of the A-Star. It is just the ZXI Optional which gets alloy wheels while rest of the variants get wheel caps which aren’t disappointing. It has a wheelbase of 2425mm and a ground clearance of 165mm. These figures prove that the cabin space is a lot better than earlier and also the ride quality is better considering the ground clearance.

You might confuse the Celerio’s rear with that of Alto 800 and the main influencing factor has to be similarly designed tail lights. The rear tail door has a wide glass section and thus reversing it has no hassles. We had the VXi variant which also came with an integrated spoiler with brake lights affixed on it.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Cabin

Now we are coming to the most important part of any hatch which is its interior specially keeping the Indian masses perspective in mind.

The Celerio hatch promises to offer a spacious interior and like every other Maruti products the interior too has been finished with top notch quality materials. The front seats come with integrated headrests which looks much more comfortable than its predecessor. The steering wheel on the top variant will come fitted with audio mounted controls, the two tone dashboard looks quite neat and tidy and the round air cons looks stylish too.

Maruti Suzuki has tried their best to fit all the essential equipments in the new hatch and the top ZXi variant comes loaded with many new and interesting features such as height adjustable driver’s seat, audio player with CD, USB, aux-in and Bluetooth compatibility, keyless entry, electrically adjustable outside mirrors, audio controls, tilt steering, driver seat belt warning light and rear window demister and many more.

Coming to the rear seats the Celerio hatch definitely is a spacious car and from its exterior styling it is quite clear that this it also has impressive headroom. The rear seats too look spacious but a third person at the rear has always been a bit of a squeeze. Although the rear has a descent boot space of 235 litres if that is not enough then there is also a 60:40 rear split seats.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Performance

Now let’s get to the heart of the matter, the DDiS 125 twin-cylinder 793cc diesel engine. It makes 47.6 PS of power at 3500 RPM and 125 Nm of torque at 2000 RPM. It produces higher torque per cc of 0.16 Nm/cc than the 1248cc MultiJet in the Swift that produces 0.15 Nm/cc. The all-aluminium block makes it a light oil burner at 89 kgs. Crank the engine and the two cylinders come alive in a tad more time than you would expect generally. The vibrations are felt prominently inside the cabin while cranking and on the outside the diesel clatter sounds quite unpleasant (Tata Nano-esque). Shut the door and the ugly noise gets cut inside the cabin significantly thanks to the extensive use of sound deadening materials in the engine bay. Still the vibrations are apparent inside at idle engine speed (950 RPM), which gets slightly better when you switch on the AC and the RPM needle climbs a bit to 1000 RPM. When you get going, you don’t feel the vibrations and it’s relatively smooth and refined. So the NVH levels of the DDiS 125 aren’t well polished but considering it’s a 2-pot motor, we give a thumbs up to Suzuki for controlling the NVH to a great extent but it still has a big scope of improving further.For more info on Maruti Suzuki Celerio visit

The drivability of this engine is fantastic in the city. Thanks to the compact turbocharger and fuel distribution system, there is just a wee bit of turbo lag, which will go unnoticed to most of the people. The car gains momentum quickly and starts accelerating from 1800 RPM that continues till about 3200 RPM strongly, post which the engine feels numb. There is a short band of torque and the engine revs quickly while it redlines at 4900 RPM. In order to get going, you have to shift gears early and you will see the speedo climbing effortlessly until you hit the three digit number. Yes, it struggles to climb post 100 km/hr and is not a highway mile muncher. The 5-speed manual gearbox is slick and easy to use and the diesel Celerio gets a hydraulic clutch, which feels light to operate and comfortable in stop-go traffic. It reaches 100 km/hr in third gear while at the same speed in top gear, the tachometer ticks at 3000 RPM, which is slightly high for a diesel engine. It’s just okay for cruising on the highways but you have to plan your overtaking carefully. Usually after cornering or while overtaking you downshift a couple of gears but in this case downshifting one gear is enough because it feels frozen at the top-end. However, within the city it feels quite peppy to drive and you would love the way it zips around the gaps while the bigger displacement diesels are waiting to shrug off the turbo lag.

Usually at parking speeds or bumper-to-bumper traffic you can make do with releasing the clutch without touching the accelerator for creeping forward. Though with this engine you would want to build some revs and then release the clutch to move forward because otherwise the engine gets quite knocky and juddery. Now the big news is that the Celerio DDiS 125 is India’s most fuel efficient car that returns a claimed fuel efficiency of 27.62 km/l. To achieve those kind of figures, the carmaker has set a low compression ratio, installed a large intercooler and tuned the engine to produce higher torque at low RPM. To further enhance the fuel efficiency they have adopted low viscosity lubricants, high thermal efficiency and minimal friction.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Rideing

The Celerio diesel weighs 900 kgs for the range topping variant compared to 830 kgs of the petrol version. The front end has been made stiffer and now feels more planted having good stability. The suspension is on the softer side and the ride quality is quite plush, specially at lower speeds. The high profile tyres keep the cabin comfortable on those patchy roads while only the big bumps and potholes tend to unsettle the car. At high speeds though the rear tends to bounce a bit. Handling is good and the Celerio diesel turns its face more confidently now and body roll is well controlled despite the tallboy design. The steering is light and easy to operate in congested areas but doesn’t weigh up as much as you would like at triple digit speeds. 165 mm of ground clearance and 4.7 metres of turning radius makes it a very practical hatch. Braking performance is brisk and makes you feel confident with the ideal pedal bite.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Safety

Maruti is offering driver-side airbag as standard on the ZDi variant while the ZDi (Opt) variant comes with dual front airbags and ABS. The Celerio has been crash tested by Euro NCAP and it scored 3 stars, which is an average rating for a hatchback in this segment. As we all know Maruti Suzuki has the largest sales and service network in India and you can find one touchpoint easily anywhere you go. The vast presence of the carmaker offers great peace of mind to Indian car buyers.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Price

Maruti Suzuki Celerio On-Road Price in India ranges from 4,87,921 to 6,23,818 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 India. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Verdict

Should you consider Maruti Suzuki Celerio? It has been priced at Rs.3,96,607 for the LXI (ESR – Mumbai) and Rs.5,03,816 for the ZXI Optional Package (ESR Mumbai). Just by doing a price comparison, Hyundai i10 comes real close to the Celerio as it is priced between Rs.4,01,231 to Rs.4,80,028. Hyundai i10 might seem more appealing in design to some but then the Celerio takes the lead with Automated Transmission.

The Maruti Suzuki Celerio is not a car which would create lot of excitement with its design but then it is a very functionally practical car. EZ Drive is not just a marketing jargon but indeed very convenient in real time conditions. The Celerio also changes the traditional ‘automatic comes at a premium’ thinking. It gives mass market consumers a fair shot towards automatic cars which by itself is brilliant.

Convenience of a clutchless drive, low maintenance because of simple construction and high fuel effeciency are the pivotal points for the Celerio. In addition to that it comes from Maruti Suzuki, a brand which knows India like no other car maker. Thus, if you are looking for a convenient hatch with easy and practical approach, the Celerio should be definitely considered.

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