Maruti Suzuki Celerio First Look Review

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Test Drive in Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Overview

The Celerio might be just another hatchback from the Maruti portfolio for many. However, for the Indo-Japanese auto giant, the hatch has been a potent tool to test uncharted territories. The Celerio was hand picked to feature two crucial firsts for Maruti. The Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) and Maruti’s first indigenously developed diesel motor, the DDiS 125; both first featured on the Celerio before making its way to other hatchbacks. What does the Celerio bring to the table? Let’s find out.

The Celerio is a neutral car, that won’t offend you nor please. It will go about its work in a manner that will ensure peace of mind. Couple that with Maruti’s fantastic service support network, and you have a near perfect ownership experience.Yes, it does have few issues like the inconsistent quality, lethargic diesel engine and doesn’t have all the features that some of its competition boast of. But, as a city commuter, the Celerio – especially in its petrol powered avatar will not disappoint.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Design

Its silhouette has all the elements of the small Suzuki hatchback language, but the fascia and the design is completely new. The front design is part of Suzuki’s new design language with a curved mesh grille connecting the headlamps. The headlamp console and the front bumper have been reworked, giving it a modern feel while the chrome strip on the grille gives it a premium look.

Both the shoulder-line and waist-line are bold, but they don’t add much value to this small car. The top-end variant gets a nice set of alloy-wheels. The rear is typical Maruti with the tail lamp cluster similar to that of the bigger siblings. There are multiple horizontal lines here that actually make the car look more compact from this angle.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Cabin

Similar to the exteriors, the interiors too are not very appealing but are purely functional. The Celerio’s interiors however are a big improvement from that of A Star as the plastic quality feels better and the interior trims feel more secure.Since we sourced the most low on features LXI variant for our interiors bit, we could not get to see the goodies Maruti Suzuki offers on its high end variants. Features like audio and telephony controls mounted on the steering wheel are truly impressive. While LXI and VXI offer basic features, ZXI also gets a music system. Even the ORVMs can be electrically adjusted in the ZXI while the VXI gets manually adjusting mirrors.

It has a spacious cabin and offers great headroom too for taller passengers. The legroom too is impressive for front row and rear row passengers. Spacious cabin has to be the main attraction inside the Celerio’s cabin. All four seats come with an integrated headrest hinting cost cutting measures but then are not evident. Seats are decently cushioned and are ideal for in city traffic.

It has a generous glove box, twin cup holders on the central console as well as provision on door pockets for mundane stowage. Even the boot is a generous 235L which eventually translates into easy luggage storage.The Celerio does not disappoint when it comes to interiors. It feels in sync to its popular siblings like the Swift and Ritz. The interior trim qualities have gone higher considerably and it also appears to be a well knit package than before.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Engine

Celerio Diesel

The world’s smallest diesel motor found its way into the Celerio’s engine bay in 2015. Dubbed the ‘DDiS125’, the 793cc motor comprises of just two cylinders. The overall power output does look meek, especially when stacked against its closest rivals. The two-cylinder motor comes to life with a shake and stir, and vibrates quite a bit before settling into a somewhat smooth idle. On the move, it does sound coarse and the engine noise will filter into the cabin at lower speeds. As the revs climb, the clatter becomes all the more nagging.

The motor lacks the outright punch you’d require for overtakes on the highway. That said, it is decently peppy for driving around in the city. All said and done, it is still the claimed 27.62kmpl mileage figure that tilts the decision in the Celerio’s favour.Compared to its rivals, the Celerio diesel has the least amount of power and torque. However, the lower kerb weight makes the little Maruti light on its feet.

Celerio Petrol

​​​​​​​The petrol option on the Celerio features a slightly altered K10B motor that also does duty under the bonnet of the WagonR. This 3-cylinder, 998cc engine comes mated to either a 5-speed manual or an automated manual transmission (AMT). The light clutch and the rev-happy motor is an amazing combo for city commutes. The power delivery is linear and there is enough low-end grunt to pull cleanly in one gear higher. However, the engine does get very vocal at high revs where the power tapers off very quickly. Irrespective of transmission option, the engine manages a claimed mileage of 23.1kmpl.

The same engine powers the CNG variants as well, but the power output drops to 59PS@6000rpm and so does the torque with 78Nm@3500rpm. However, this helps in returning a staggering mileage of 31.79kmpl. Notably, the CNG variant is available with the manual transmission only.

The Celerio is equipped with an automated manual transmission. There are just two pedals, and the operation is like a conventional automatic vehicle. Slot the gear lever in ‘Drive’ (D), let go of the brakes and the car creeps forward. The operation of the clutch, is controlled by a hydraulic actuator – thereby relieving your left leg. The AMT on the litte Maruti isn’t the most polished units around; there are slight jerks when the car upshifts or downshifts. That said, they can be easily overlooked during daily commutes. You can also take charge of the gears yourself by shifting it into manual (M) mode. To know more info on Maruti Celerio visit Changeonslapac

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Riding

Like most Marutis, 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 Safety

Recently, Maruti has offered optional ABS and Airbags across all trims, which is appreciable. This is on par with what the segment offers. In the EURO NCAP tests, the top end version of Celerio scored 3 stars out of 5.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Price in Chennai

Maruti Suzuki Celerio On Road Price is 5,05,113/- and Ex-showroom Price is 4,40,026/- in Chennai. Maruti Suzuki Celerio comes in 6 colours, namely Cerulean Blue,Blazing Red,Sunshine Ray,Glistening Grey,Pearl Arctic White,Silky Silver. Maruti Suzuki Celerio comes with FWD with 998 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 67 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 90 Nm@3500 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 15.0 seconds . Maruti Suzuki Celerio comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .Check for Maruti Celerio price in Chennai at Autozhop

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Verdict

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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