An amazing amalgamation of looks, space and power – that’s Marui Suzuki Celerio. If you are planning to buy a spacious mid-range hatchback, Maruti Celerio is your car. This beautiful four-wheeler ticks all the right boxes, including good looks, spacious interior and a powerful engine.
Compact size (3695mm x 1600 mm x 1560mm) and a small turning radius (4.7m) – it’s that small box with big wonders. The smaller size of this car will come in handy when you are negotiating the messy traffic of India. Although Maruti Celerio is an entry-level hatchback, its non-controversial design is just right for those who are looking for a low-cost hatchback. Although this car will not win any award for its design, it has a respectable aura which is hard to ignore. If we talk about the exterior styling, then some of the major points include two character lines at the sides, beautifully carved headlamp cluster in the front and a trendy looking tail lamp cluster at the back. While this does not sound like a head turner, but what more can you expect in a car with a below Rs. 5 lakhs price tag.
This car is an entry-level hatchback, so do not expect the moon when you enter the passenger cabin. While you will find extensive use of plastic in the dashboard and the side of the door, the quality is not that bad. All the knobs in the instrument panel are also made of plastic but nothing wobbles (which is a great sign!). However, one thing about this car will surprise you greatly is the amount of space in the passenger cabin. The seats are very comfortable and you will not feel any leg space constraint either sitting on the front or back seats. However, we found the thigh rest a bit inadequate which can be a big brother if you want to go on a long tour in this car. The driver seat is well designed with good back support. When you sit behind the wheel, you will get a perfect view of the road ahead. For the convenience of the riders, there are few places for you to keep cups (two cup holders at the front) and magazines (side pockets at the door).
The engine of this car is pretty decent as it is an upgrade of the one that you will find in the Wagon R. The new engine comes with redesigned springs and valves along with higher pressure fuel injectors. This has not only improved the torque spread significantly but also reduced the friction inside the engine resulting in greater efficiency. Both the CNG and petrol model comes with a 998 cc engine. One thing that will immediately catch your attention when you drive this car is the greater amount of power it provides in slow speed which is a marked improvement from the earlier Wagon R mill. Additionally, the noise insulation is also more effective as you will hear less engine noise in the passenger cabin. The power configuration of the petrol mill is 68 PS @ 6000rpm, and that of the CNG engine is 59PS @ 6000rpm that results in a hammering torque of 78Nm @ 3500 rpm. This model comes with an automatic transmission, which is surprising considering the low price tag.
At a price of Rs. 5.13 Lakhs (ZXi) approximately, this car is still cheaper than its rivals in the market like TATA Tiago which is selling at Rs. 6 Lakhs (approx) and Hyundai Grand i10 prime for Rs.5.67 lakhs (approx). However, if you are looking for cheaper alternatives then you can look at its sibling, Alto K10 which is available for a price tag of Rs. 4.17 lakhs (approx).