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 Swift has been one of the best sellers for the company and now the refreshed model comes with silver accents and new seat upholstery. The all-black interiors look neat but it may repel anyone looking for an airy interior.
The Swift's front seats are the best in the business and the driver seat comes with a height adjuster. Other premium features on the list include push start button, electric retractable ORVMs with turn indicators, new alloy wheels, premium upholstery, reverse parking sensor, speed based auto volume and Bluetooth connectivity, audio switch in steering wheel and Electromagnetic back door opener.
LXi - The petrol base variant 3-point ELR seatbelts, high mounted stop lamp, sporty wrap around door trims, parcel shelf, sun visor, body coloured bumper, manual internally adjustable ORVMs, 14-inch steel wheel with centre cap, 60:40 split rear seats, tilt steering, remote fuel lid opener and back door opener, and manual air conditioner.
LXi (O)/LDi - The LXi (O)/LDi variants get security alarm system, silver accents on trims, front door power windows, driver side power window-auto down function, central door locking and keyless entry.
VXi/VDi - The mid variants VXi/VDi get day/night IRVM, passenger side vanity mirror, silver accents on steering wheel, inside chrome door handles, body coloured door handles, electric adjustable ORVMs, ORVM mounted side indicator, front and rear fog lamps, blacked out A and B pillars, 14-inch steel wheels with full wheel cap, front and rear power windows, tachometer, stereo with radio and CD player with USB and Aux-in support. The VDI variant gets the ABS with EBD option.
ZXi/ZDi - The top end ZXI/ZDI variants get reverse parking sensors, driver and passenger airbags, ABS with EBD, brake assist, 15-inch alloy wheels, push button engine start, electro-magnetic back-door opener, rear window defogger, rear wiper and washer, front seat belt shoulder adjuster, automatic air conditioner, outside temperature display, Bluetooth connectivity and steering mounted audio controls.
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.
Maruti Suzuki has retained the same petrol and diesel engines as before, but has made some tweaks to improve its overall fuel efficiency. The petrol variants are equipped with a 1.2-litre engine while the diesel variants are powered by the famous 1.3-litre Multijet engine. Both engines are peppy and finely refined.
Maruti Suzuki Swift petrol engine makes a maximum power of 84.3 PS at 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 115 Nm at 4000 rpm and comes fitted with 5-speed manual transmission. The Swift Petrol comes with a 9.67 % improvement and a fuel efficiency of 20.4 kmpl.
Maruti Suzuki Swift diesel is fitted with a 1.3-litre diesel engine making a maximum power of 75 PS at 4000 rpm and a maximum torque of 190 Nm at 2000 rpm. Here too the diesel variants get only the 5-speed manual transmission. The Swift Diesel's fuel efficiency has been increased by 10% at 25.2 kmpl.
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.
Maruti Suzuki Swift has always been a fun car to drive with a great steering. The feedback from the steering is among the best in its class and the car's suspension is tuned for great handling.
The Swift gets McPherson struts to the front and torsion beam to the rear. The car gets around the corners and turns with amazing confidence and holds its ground.