The Celerio has good quality interiors and even the seats are comfortable with sufficient space. Maruti Suzuki has done a good job with the interiors of this hatchback.
This is the first under Rs 4 lakh Maruti Suzuki that has good-looking interiors. The design of the instrument panel is contemporary and even the quality of materials and other plastics is good. This has a dual-tone dash with a music system and even audio controls on the steering wheel. The steering wheel is similar to that on the Swift and other Maruti cars in design. Its three-spoke and even the instrument cluster looks stylish.
The space on the Celerio is decent. It is spacious and the seats are thinner to increase the space. We aren’t sure if these seats will be comfortable on long drives. This could cause some discomfort, as the seats tend to vibrate at idle. The boot size is decent too and even the features on offer. This will replace the A-Star and the Estilo, which have been a failure for Maruti Suzuki in India.
LXi: This is the base model and it gets the AMT— automated manual transmission. This variant gets the integrated front headrest, gear position indicator only in automated.
VXi: This is the mid-variant and this also gets AMT as an option. It doesn’t even get music system as an inbuilt, even in this model. It gets 60:40 rear seat split, front and rear power windows, adjustable outside rear view mirrors.
ZXi: The ZXi is the top variant and it gets music system, steering mounted audio controls, front airbags, ABS, rear wiper, wash and defogger. It even gets front fog lamps and alloy wheels.
Maruti Suzuki has cut the length of the new DZire and also introduced new features in it like the new Swift. To differentiate it form the Swift, it has black and beige interiors instead of the black that come with the hatchback. The Swift Dzire is the sedan to buy, if you want it just for the heck of a three-box, else the Swift does the job.
Just like the new Swift, the interiors of the new DZire have also been redone. The DZire’s interiors are based on that of the new Swift. Swift gets all black interiors, while the DZire has black and beige colour combination. The plastic quality of the materials doesn’t just look good, but it also feels good. It has a lot more features than the previous generation Swift DZire, and it looks more premium also.
The space in both the rows is decent and the knee room even in the second row is good, which was a problem in the outgoing version. Though to our dismay, the boot of the Swift DZire is small for a sedan. The cut length of the DZire doesn’t have a large boot.
LXI/LDI:Talking about the LXI/LDI, Maruti Suzuki hasn’t scaled down the base versionas it has loaded the new Swift DZire LXI with body color bumpers and tubeless tyres. Other exterior features are 2 intermittent wipers in front, steel wheels with centre cap, remote fuel lid and back-door opener.
VXI/VDI/VXI automatic:Unlike the LXI/LDI model, VXI/VDI has body color door handles in addition to body color bumpers, electrically powered ORVMs with turn indicators, front and rear fog lamps for enhanced visibility during unfavorable weather conditions, black out film on A and B pillars and 165/80 R14 steel wheel cap. The instrument cluster includes tachometer along with standard equipments like seat belt, key-off, and door close and light-off reminder for driver, low fuel warning, multi information display etc.
ZXI/ZDI:ZXI/ZDI is loaded with comfort factors like power and tilt steering, power windows with auto down function on driver side window, driver seat adjuster, automatic climate control, lane change indicator, high-end stereo with radio and CD Player, intelligent speed based auto volume, Aux-in and USB socket, 2 front and 2 rear speakers, 2 integrated front tweeters, steering wheel mounted audio controls with illumination. Not the luxury, but practical options are available in the model like accessory socket, retractable cup holder for passengers and in centre console, rear seat back folding centre locking, keyless entry, front seat back pocket and remote fuel lid opener.
The engine on the Celerio is just fine, it is drivable, however it lacks that response time thanks to the sluggish transmission.
The Celerio gets the K-Series engine. However this engine has been revised and it now gets K10B or the K-NextEngine. This is a three-cylinder, 1.0-litre petrol engine that produces 64bhp of power and this is the same rating like the Wagon R. Even the torque is barely any number as it is 90Nm, which is very low. The power produced by this engine is ok, however the drivability is good. The Celerio’s power is spectacular but the drivability is city is what makes the difference. This car isn’t bought to win drag races, its bought to commute from point A to point B with ease and that is what the Celerio is all about.
The AMT (automated manual transmission) on the Celerio is a good option to have. The shifts on the highway are smooth, however it is in the city that the transmission feels jerky. The shifts are lazy too and there isn’t much power in the engine, which means it is sluggish.
The petrol and the diesel versions of the Swift DZire are both reliable and highly frugal. With highly refined mills, Maruti Suzuki has played well with its cards on the new Swift DZire. The new petrol engine now gets an addition of variable valve timing and also the DZire is the only sedan in the C segment to get an automatic transmission.
1.2-litre PetrolThe new Swift DZire’s petrol engine received the variable valve treatment. This augments performance and fuel efficiency, though on paper, power ratings for this engine are 86bhp – a mere increase by a couple of horses. Like any modern petrol, the engine is quiet and low on NVH (noise, vibration and harshness).
When off the gas, the low engine whining sound— as experienced on the old 800s— is audible. Mid- range is good, but it does make you work-hard a bit to extort performance. Overtaking in city might require a downshift, despite the engine’s gradual power deliverance.
The DZire comes with a 5-speed manual and it is also available with a 4-speed automatic transmission also. The gear shifts on the Swift are short and effortless. The previous-generation Swift DZire had good shifts; these are a further improvement over those.
Talking of the 4-speed automatic, the shifts are slow and there is some latency in it. But it is good enough for city driving. We wish, it had a 5-speed box atleast.
1.3-litre Diesel:Previous generation Swift DZire had earned notoriety with its diesel engine. The engine was highly refined with low NVH levels and sufficient torque. The engine however had a noticeable amount of turbo lag. The R&D team of Maruti Suzuki has rectified now this issue in the current-generation Swift and the DZire.
The low-end pull is cleaner making the engine more drivable than the outgoing version. The NVH levels and refinement is far more superior as well. Crank the engine and it springs to live without the slightest of hesitation or melodrama. Driving in bumper-to-bumper city traffic and overtaking isn’t a tough ask in the Swift DZire. The gear shifts are also positive and the engagement process is smooth.
The ride and handling of the Celerio is decent. It doesn’t impress us with the driving dynamics.
The ride on the Celerio is good. It is well composed at low speeds, at high is just fine. The rubber and suspension absorb all the shocks from the road. The suspension does a good job on the Celerio and it is definitely one of the most composed Maruti hatchbacks in this segment. The Maruti Suzuki Celerio does a good job even on bad roads.
The handling is something that doesn’t impress us. The handling of this hatchback is just ok and even the steering feedback is a bit too dead. The Celerio isn’t built for this purpose and it is acceptable to not be good in these departments.
The ride of the Swift DZire is well composed as the rear springs are softened, as compared to the Swift hatch. The handling is decent, but the soft rear doesn’t mean a lot of fun driving can happen.
The ride on the DZire is softer at the rear when compared to the Swift. This gives it better riding characteristics than the Swift. The bumps are soaked in much better and even the ride is more plush than the Swift, atleast for the back row occupants.
The handling isn’t that bad alright. Apart from the rear being soft, there isn’t so much to worry. Minor corrections can be made through the steering that weighs well, giving an accurate feedback. The flexibility of the chassis adds to the enjoyment. Being engineered for city and highway, the steering wheel is light for easy manoeuvrability.