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Can you please comment more on driving experience ? in regards of vibrations at higher speeds, reaching triple digit speeds, gear shifting effectiveness and on high way experience ..

Published On : Jan 30, 2015 Ashish
Category : Maruti Celerio
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Maruti Suzuki Celerio gets its power from 1.0-litre K10B engine, which also does duty in WagonR. However, the engine has received multiple changes including drive-by-wire, higher compression in the cylinders, redesigned valves and springs (to lower friction) and also the use of a low viscosity engine oil ala Honda. It uses higher pressure injectors and features a modified inlet that has granted the engine a wider spread of torque.


These changes have made the engine better in terms of performance and refinement. There is decent power at low engine speeds, the motor is responsive and the engine is quiet enough till 3000rpm too. Some of the credit for this also goes to the noise-absorbing insulation on the firewall between the engine and passenger compartment. Like all of Suzuki's K-series engines, the K10B likes to be revved, but this considerably increases the noise levels. The engine sounds increasingly thrashy when you approach its 6100rpm rev limiter, most noticeable when you drive it with a heavy right foot. Performance is better than expected. It achieves 100 kmph from standstill in 14.9 seconds, which is impressive. The engine reaches three digit speeds without much effort and car feels confident on these speeds. 


The Celerio gets a new lighter transmission box, which is 3.5 kgs lighter than the WagonR's. The new gearbox is more responsive, however, it is not par with i10's. The AMT, on the other hand, gives you more piece of mind, the gear shifts are precise and even in bumper to bumper traffic, its job is acceptable.


Coming to Celerio's ride quality, it definitely has an edge over its competitors here. The suspension is soft and absorbent enough at slow speeds. However, it does not make the car feel floaty in high speeds. Straight-line stability is good and the Celerio gives you a fair amount of confidence around corners too. The rear of the car does feel soft and soggy as you go faster, but for most buyers, it is the Celerio’s light steering and tight turning circle that will be the highlights. 

By Arun on Friday, January 30, 2015 4:57:45 PM
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