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.
The Swift had boosted the sales of Maruti Suzuki since its launch and the new-generation is simply a great step ahead of the outgoing version. The interiors of the new Swift aren’t just better in quality and feel, but Maruti Suzuki has also introduced various new bells and whistles in it.
The interiors of the new Swift are designed from scratch. The all new black interiors are a refreshing change. 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, 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 is fairly small.
LXI/LDI:Talking about the LXI/LDI, Maruti Suzuki has not bartered with the features of the car and generously loaded the new Swift LXI with body color bumpers and tubeless tyres. The outside rear view mirrors (ORVMs) are adjusted manually in LXI model. Other exterior features are 2 intermittent wipers in front, steel wheels with centre cap, remote fuel lid and back-door opener. The kerb weight of this variant is 960 kg and thus is the lightest among all. Even the tyre size is small being 165/80R14.
VXI/VDI: 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. Swift VXI looks like a high-end hatchback with plush and chic interiors. The sporty wrap around the door trims with silver accents on them renders a menacing look to the car. The day and night IRVM and passenger side sun visor protects from the radiations in this variant of Maruti Suzuki Swift. The silver accents on 3-spoke steering wheel have been added in this variant. The inside door handles have chrome polishing on them which render posh appearance to the inmates. 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 the top-end variant with same engine specs as the other Swift petrol and diesel engines. So it will not account for any deficiency in Swift, rather will take complete care of the driver’s and passenger’s needs. The variant 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, remote fuel lid opener, electromagnetic back door opener, rear window defogger, rear wiper and washer.
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 are both reliable and highly frugal. With highly refined mills, Maruti Suzuki has played well with its cards on the new Swift. The new petrol engine now gets an addition of variable valve timing.
1.2-litre Petrol: The new Swift’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. If your shifts are good, then the Swift is the fastest amongst competition. Overtaking in city might require a downshift, despite the engine’s gradual power deliverance. The gear shifts on the Swift are short and effortless. The previous-generation Swift had good shifts; these are a further improvement over those.
1.3-litre Diesel: Previous generation Swift 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. 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. 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 and handling of the Swift was always good, but now Maruti Suzuki has made it even better. The ride compliance is sorted and with a longer wheelbase and broader tyres, the handling has also been enhanced.
Ride quality of the Swift is sorted. It has to be. This hatch is built for this purpose. Potholes, bumps and the unevenness of the road surfaces are taken care of; without any grating. The suspension set-up on the rest is fairly akin.
Handling is one department where the Swift outshine most of its competition. The front tyres grip and the Swift clings to the line as per your decree. 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. It also weighs up with speed with a good feedback.