Maruti Suzuki Celerio

Overview of the car

Hatchback

Manual

Petrol

20 Mileage

35 Litres

1 AirBags

5 Seater

2 Years / 40,000 Kms

Performance Metrics
158

kilometers per hour

Top Speed
14.24

seconds

0-100 kph
9.4

Meters

Turning Cycle
Tech Specs

Engine

Displacement
998 cc
Max Power
68 bhp
Torque
9.1 kgm
Number of Cylinder(s)
3

Dimensions

Wheel Base
2425 mm
Ground Clearance
165 mm
Bootspace
235 ltrs
Turning Circle
9.4 mtrs
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Suspension & Chassis

Front Suspension
Mc Pherson Strut
Rear Suspension
Coupled Torsion Beam Axle
Steering Type
Power Steering
Tyres
Front: 155/80 R13
Rear: 155/80 R13
Front Brakes
Ventilated Disc
Rear Brakes
Drum
Reviews and Video
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Narain Says

Celerio's suspension is soft and absorbent enough at slow speeds yet does not make the car feel floaty as you encounter mild dips at high speeds. Straight-line stability is good and the Celerio gives you a fair amount of confidence around corners too.

HORMAZD IMG

Hormazd Says

The Celerio is a genuinely well-rounded car that seems tailor-made for Indian buyers. It may not be wildly exciting to look at, but it is smart, easy to drive and efficient. It's also a car that gets the basics right. It's spacious, well put together and backed by Maruti’s fantastic after-sales network.

TorqueX Review

What you’ll like?

Spacious cabin,peppy engine,easy to drive

What you won’t like?

Unsupportive seats,dull and unexciting interiors.

TorqueX Says

The Celerio ticks all the small car must-have boxes.

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Maruti Suzuki Celerio Review, Road Test

Maruti Suzuki Celerio

The Celerio diesel, with its tiny 793cc, twin-cylinder diesel engine, wasn’t really one of the most sought-after cars in our fleet. However, in the long time it spent with us (since June 2015), the Celerio delivered an astounding figure of around 17kpl in Mumbai city driving right from day one, and on the highway, the numbers were even better. The diesel Celerio’s ARAI-claimed overall fuel efficiency figure is 27.62kpl and in real-world testing, it managed to hover around that mark, and that is a big deal.

Sure, the fuel economy numbers from this lightweight two-cylinder diesel engine were fantastic, but a big downside is the refinement. Yes, this car is noisy, both inside and out. The shiny new Celerio received dubious stares from my neighbours every time I brought the engine to life, thanks to the commercial-vehicle-like engine note. Despite all the additional sound-deadening material that Maruti says it has added, there’s a fair bit of engine noise that creeps into the cabin. You don’t expect this from a car that costs almost Rs 7 lakh. 

The Celerio’s styling may not be eye-catching, but is simple and practical.

On the highway, I realised that the engine loses breath when pushed hard. It feels best while cruising at 80-90kph in fifth gear; the Celerio diesel can do this the whole day without complaining. But it’s in the city that the Celerio feels most at home, with enough poke to keep up with the flow of traffic. Also, the clutch is quite light and doesn’t tire you out in stop-go traffic. The electrically-powered steering, however, is heavy for such a car, unlike the petrol-powered Celerio which requires noticeably less effort to steer. Also, over time, the gearshifts became notchy, and slotting it into reverse gear was quite a task.

The model we had was the top-spec ZDi (O) variant. It gets a decent four-speaker music system with USB, AUX and Bluetooth. And being a top-spec trim, it’s got steering-mounted controls as well, even for Bluetooth telephony. Safety is taken care of by ABS and dual front airbags. It also comes with a height-adjustable driver’s seat, power wing mirrors and a rear wash/wipe which make the features list quite decent for a car in this category.

I used the Celerio for what it was intended – city driving, especially during the Mumbai monsoons. Those who know Mumbai know that the roads – figuratively speaking – have more craters than the surface of the moon, and the Celerio did pretty well in ride quality. Its suspension has decent amount of travel, which means it did absorb most of the bumps, save for a few sharp ones which thud through.

Although I am not a big fan of the one-piece front seats in the Celerio and most new Marutis, they are fairly comfortable. My grandmother found the front seat to be at the right height for comfortable ingress and egress. What she was also happy about was the boot. At 235 litres, it may not be class-leading but the opening is wide enough, which means we could fit her wheelchair in easily.

The 235-litre boot was wide enough to hold my grandmother’s wheelchair.

Mechanically, the Celerio didn’t skip a beat in its time with us. And though we put it through quite a lot, there was not a single squeak from this Maruti.

No doubt, the diesel engine with its poor refinement and very modest performance falls far short of the class-best and leaves me wanting for a better power plant. But in all fairness, the Celerio did a fair job of transporting me to office daily and taking my family around town on the weekends. With its ultra-frugal nature, decent boot size, roomy cabin and decent ride quality, the Celerio diesel did its job well. If only it was a nicer car to drive.

 

 

Fact File

 
 
 
 

General

Price when new Price Rs 7.14 lakh (on-road, Mumbai)
Test economy 17.5kpl (overall)
Maintenance costs None
Faults None
Distance covered 18,500km
 
 
 

Comfort & Convenience

  • Central Locking
  • Remote Locking
  • Total Immobilizer
  • Climate Control
  • Remote Boot Release
  • Remote Fuel Lid
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Rear Wiper
  • Rear Defogger
  • Front Power Windows
  • Rear Power Windows
  • Trip Computer
  • Electric Adjust wing mirror
  • Dead Pedal
  • Cruise Control
  • Paddle shifters
  • Sunroof
  • Refrigerator
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Air Conditioner
  • Electric Sun Blinds
  • Leather Wrapped Steering
  • Reversing Camera
  • Hill Start Assist
  • 360 degree camera
  • Heads Up Display
  • Stop/start
  • Daytime running lights
  • LED Lights
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Headlamp Washers
  • Rear AC Vents
  • Rear Power Outlet

Drivers Aid & Safety

  • ABS
  • ESP
  • EBD
  • Brake Assist
  • Parking Sensors
  • Airbags Total (1)

Seating

  • Driver Seat Height Adjust
  • Split rear seats
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Folding Rear Seats
  • Front Adjustable Headrests
  • Rear Adjustable Headrests
  • Passenger Seat Height Adjust
  • Lumbar Support
  • Third row of seats
  • Seat Massagers
  • Seat Memory
  • Cooled Seats
  • Electric Seats
  • Driver Seat Power Adjust
  • Rear Seat Foldable Table
  • Rear Seat Centre Armrest

Entertainment & Communication

  • TouchScreen Audio System
  • Audio system (with Radio)
  • USB Port
  • Bluetooth & Streaming
  • Steering Audio Controls
  • Speakers
  • Hands Free Telephony
  • Satellite Navigation
  • Single CD Player
  • Rear seat screens
  • Subwoofer
  • Voice activated controls

Tyres & Wheels

  • Spare wheel
  • Space saver
  • Alloy Wheels
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