A lot of people prefer buying hatchbacks as they are affordable and practical as well. Long distances invariably mean we spend hours in traffic, dealing with the tedious task of having to brake, use the clutch and change gears – to an extent wherein driving becomes more of a bane than a boon. Maruti Suzuki has decided to address this issue by offering an option of an Automated Manual Transmission on their baby, whilst giving it a subtle yet refreshing facelift, as we further reveal in our Maruti Suzuki Celerio review..
The design isn’t anything particularly stunning of the kind, but up-front, the bumper has been reworked, and has a more shapely and angular look to it. The grille now has a honeycomb finish, while the stylish wraparound headlamps remain the same. The side profile remains untouched, although the rear bumper has been given some subtle changes. Its overall design is rather likable, but won’t make one go gaga over it, if you know what we mean in our Maruti Celerio review.
Inside the cabin, the Celerio gets a dual-tone, black-and-cream finish that’s rather inviting. In terms of space, there is ample headroom and legroom, while the front seats provide decent support. Even at the rear, the Celerio is very comfortable with impressive back support. However, the rear bench is a little short, and the headrests are in-built. Occupants at the rear will be comfortable, but it’s best that the third passenger is a child. The dashboard appears well laid-out and the U-shaped centre console has an audio system with air-con knobs incorporated as well. We also liked the positioning of the gear-lever. However, Maruti still has to work hard to ensure that the quality of materials improve. Bottle-holders and cup-holders can be seen around, but the glovebox compartment is a little tiny. At 235 litres, boot space is decent for a car of its size.
Under the bonnet lies a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine that makes 67bhp and 90Nm of torque. Paired to the motor is either a 5-speed manual or an AMT gearbox. We drove the automatic model. The engine is quiet and loves being revved, but as you climb the RPMs, the motor does get a bit noisy. In automatic mode, the Celerio doesn’t disappoint, while up-shifts and down-shifts are pretty decent. You can also put it in M-mode – move the gearstick forward to downshift and pull it back to up-shift. However, this gearbox needs to be refined over time, as the upshifts can be slow at times and the downshifts result in a bit of a jerk. The AMT Celerio is also very frugal at 23.1kpl (ARAI claimed). Over bad roads, the Celerio tackles ruts and bumps without hesitating, while stability in a straight line is commendable too. Around corners, the Celerio feels confident.
In terms of features, the Celerio comes equipped with alloy wheels, electrically-adjustable ORVMs, tilt-adjustable steering, rear defogger, audio player with USB, aux-in and Bluetooth, steering-mounted audio controls, ABS, a driver-side airbag and a lot of other goodies as well.
After having done our Celerio car review, There’s very little to nit-pick on this one. At ₹ 3.9 lakh – ₹ 4.9 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Celerio takes the fight to the Tata Tiago and the Hyundai Santro. As mentioned in our Celerio review, the Celerio just feels like a car that is made to cater to the needs of the Indian small car buyer with all the necessary bells and whistles, further supported by an unmatched sales and service network.
Do look out for our in-depth Suzuki Celerio review to find out more…