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Review of Maruti Suzuki Celerio 2021

By Himanshu Walia | Published: 28 Dec' 21 | Updated: 13 Jan' 22


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Buying a new car these days is more about what the manufacturer's specs say than about how functional the vehicle is. Although more costly cars are likely to get these fundamentals right, tiny hatchbacks have a harder time finding the proper mix. 

 

Looking at the freshest iteration of Maruti Suzuki Celerio, we want to learn more about it. Is this a car that can be used on a daily basis, or is it just good on paper than what it does on the road?

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Review: Exterior

The new Maruti Suzuki Celerio looks like the Alto 800, but it's a lot bigger. Celerio wheelbase and width have increased over the previous model, giving it better proportions. The architectural details, on the other hand, appear to be a little too simple. While it won't mesmerize you, it's also not off-putting nor is it bombastic or weird.

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The Maruti Suzuki Celerio has halogen headlamps and fog lamps upfront, as well as a modest touch of chrome on the front. This appearance isn't really unique, and it's fairly conservative. LED DRLs would have been a nice touch, but they aren't even available as an add-on.

 

Maruti is selling two accessory kits that enhance the outside and inside of this Maruti Suzuki car.

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The 15-inch black alloy wheels of the Maruti Suzuki Celerio attract the most due to their stylish appearance. Unfortunately, they're only available on the top-spec model, only with the rest sporting 14-inch wheels. ORVMs are body-colored and equipped with turn indicators. 

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The crucial thing to note is that they are electrically retractable and retract instantly when the vehicle is locked. And then there is the common but smart security feature of Maruti Suzuki Celerio - the passive keyless entry button, which should have been designed a lot better; it currently feels aftermarket.

 

The ratio of width and height feels good at the rear, as well as the sleek design provides this Maruti Suzuki Car a respectable appearance. LED tail lights may have given this design a more contemporary appeal. Moreover, a rear wiper, washer, and defogger are included. The boot opening handle is handy, and there's also an unusual-looking passive keyless entry button.

 

The appearance is a little too safe of the Maruti Suzuki Celerio, which may irritate young purchasers who prefer anything more daring. Therefore, the new 2021 Maruti Suzuki Celerio is a commoner hatchback that might not get you that road presence you're looking for.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio review: Front Interior

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While the Maruti Suzuki Celerio is uninspiring in appearance, it is quite attractive on the inside. The black dashboard and silver accents (on the AC vents and the center console) give the Maruti Suzuki Car a more upscale appearance. 

 

The build quality of the Maruti Suzuki Celerio is really remarkable. The fit and finish, as well as the plastic quality, are excellent, which is a pleasant surprise for a Maruti. The same message is conveyed through numerous touchpoints such as all of the buttons, the steering wheel, and the gear shifter.

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The best part, that's the sitting posture, doesn't stop there. The driver's seat of this Maruti Suzuki Car is well-cushioned and spacious enough to fit people of all sizes. Smaller and larger passengers will be snug and also have great outward sight thanks to the large scope of seat adjustability. 

 

The tilt-adjustable steering aids in the optimum driving position even more. The sitting, though, is still shallow, as in a traditional hatchback (unlike something you get in the S-Presso). Ultimately, the Maruti Suzuki Celerio is well-designed in terms of ergonomics.

 

Then there's cabin versatility, which is an aspect in which this Maruti Suzuki Hatchback falls short. It does have two cup holders upfront, as well as a narrow (but tall) storage tray that won't fit contemporary cellphones, keeping them hanging when charging. Apart from that, Maruti Suzuki Celerio has a good-sized glove compartment and door pockets across all doors.

 

Additional storage capacity might have been added to the interior, notably around and behind the handbrake. It would have been wonderful to have unrestricted storage on the dashboard as well.

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The list of features is fairly useful, if not exhaustive. A 7-inch touch display infotainment unit (with four speakers) sits atop the Celerio car and includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The audio quality, on the other hand, is mediocre at best.

 

With the AMT transmission, you also get a manual air conditioner, push-button start, electrically adjustable ORVMs, steering-mounted controls, and Hill Hold Assist.

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Entrance and exit are more difficult on the Maruti Suzuki Celerio as it's not as spacious as the WagonR. Unlike the WagonR, where you simply 'walk' in, you must sit in the car. Entering inside is, however, still simple. 

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Review: Rear Interior

The seat padding is plush and the seat base is flat, so you'll be comfy on city trips. Even two 6-footers seated behind each other might fit comfortably in the available area of Maruti Suzuki Celerio. Knee, leg and headroom are ample, and the interior is light and airy.

 

The one thing you won't be able to accomplish is to seat three people in the back due to the cabin's narrowness.

 

The experience is basic, despite the comfortable seats. Surprisingly, there are no cup holders, armrests, or storage space required while charging the phone, and the headrests are not adjustable in this Maruti Suzuki Car. Also, the passenger-side seatback compartment is only for the passenger.

 

Although door compartments are included, the Maruti Suzuki Celerio might benefit from a few more amenities to improve the rear-seat convenience.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Review: Boot

One of the best features in this Maruti Suzuki Car is the 313-liter boot space which is more than enough. While the volume isn't as vast as the Wagon R's 341 liters, the form is wide and deep, making it easy to stow even large luggage.

 

If the cargo surpasses the boot space, 60:40 split rear-folding seats are also available.

 

There are two difficulties here. To begin with, the loading lip of the Maruti Suzuki Celerio is extremely high and does not have a cover. Moving hefty bags would take a lot of muscle power, and sliding them about too much will scratch the paint.

 

Secondly, there is no boot lighting, so you'll have to use the flashlight on your phone at night to look for specific objects.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Review: Variants

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The Maruti Suzuki Celerio comes in four different models: LXI, VXI, ZXI, and ZX+. All of these, with the exception of the base model, is offered with an AMT automatic gearbox. The price ranges between Rs 4.9 lakh to Rs 6.94 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

Maruti Suzuki Celerio review: Performance

To save petrol, the Maruti Suzuki Celerio gets a better 1.0-liter petrol engine with Dual Jet technology, VVT, and auto-idle start/stop. The power and torque ratings are 68PS and 89Nm, respectively, which aren't really noteworthy. But let's put the brochure aside and concentrate on the journey.

 

As soon as you get started, you'll notice how simple the Maruti Suzuki Celerio is to drive. We're talking about a light clutch, easy gear shifts, and a smooth throttle response. When all of these factors are together, getting off the line is simple and painless. 

 

The Maruti Suzuki Celerio Engine offers a lot of useful power right once, which helps you accelerate quickly. It's not very fast at first, but it picks up the pace gradually. Within city limits, the engine's nature allows the Celerio to feel responsive.

 

At city speeds, overtaking is simple and usually does not necessitate a lower gear.

 

The performance of the Celerio engine is excellent, particularly for a three-cylinder engine. This holds true even while overtaking on the highway at higher RPMs. Driving at 100 kph is smooth, and you still have the power to overtake.

 

They do require planning, but they are doable. In fact, the 1-liter engine of Maruti Suzuki Celerio seems more powerful than the competition's 1.1- and 1.2-litre motors. 

 

If you're attempting to drive the Maruti Suzuki Celerio in bumper-to-bumper traffic, there's a bit of a learning curve involved. Even with modest throttle adjustments, it feels a little jerky, and Maruti has to work on smoothing it down.

 

Although this engine has its advantages, the 1.2-liter powerplant (found in the Wagon R and Ignis) is still the superior unit in terms of smoothness and power output.

 

Choose the AMT version of Maruti Suzuki Celerio if you want a really effortless experience. For an AMT, the shifts are seamless and relatively quick. The gearbox doesn't have to change gears as often as the engine has adequate low-end torque, providing for a more relaxed driving experience.

 

The Maruti Suzuki Celerio mileage is another highlight of the drive. The Celerio is considered to be India's top fuel-efficient petrol vehicle, with an estimated efficiency of up to 26.68kmpl.

 

We'll put this claim to the test in our efficiency run, but based on the amount of time we spent driving the Celerio about the city, we're guessing around 20kmpl.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Review: Drive

Any tiny family car that will spend the majority of its time on city roads must prioritize comfort. At slow speeds, the Maruti Suzuki Celerio manages to keep you comfortable while isolating you from surface flaws. However, when the speed rises, the suspension becomes firmer, and more of the road surface is sensed inside.

 

Damaged roads and potholes are clearly sensed because there is some cabin movement from side to side. Although this isn't particularly unpleasant, we believe a drive in this tiny urban vehicle could have been better.

 

At city speeds, the steering is light and the handling is balanced. This contributes to Maruti Suzuki Celerio's user-friendly aspect, making it more accessible to rookie drivers. However, experienced drivers will observe that the steering does not re-center properly following a turn, which can be unpleasant.

 

On the highways, the steering is unquestionably more reassuring.

Verdict

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The Maruti Suzuki Celerio is a much more elegant choice than the Wagon R and won't scare rookie drivers. It also offers more practical features, such as comfy back seats and a powerful engine that gets great mileage.

 

However, the styling, ride comfort, and cabin practicality of the Maruti Suzuki Celerio could all be improved, preventing it from becoming the ultimate (city) family hatch.

 

If you need a straightforward, fuel-efficient hatchback, you should get the Maruti Suzuki Celerio. If you require anything further (or less), there are a number of well-known Marutis in the same price range.

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