It can be argued that diesels may not have a bright future in India, considering the guidelines that have been put forward by the Indian government which reduce the standing capacity of the diesel cars in the national capital to 10 years. However, the diesel engines have improved significantly in the past few years and have taken a giant leap in terms of technology. Regardless of their fate in the national capital, diesel engines are here to stay due to the sole reason that they have extremely low running costs.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio Vs Tata Bolt (Design and Exteriors)
Maruti Suzuki Celerio is an entry level hatchback and has large dimensions and is seemingly spacious. Front three quarters and the face of the car are most attractive to look at. The rear section however does not go well with the other styling cues. There is a large, double-slat grille at the centre which is surrounded by stylish headlamps at the front. On the sides, you would notice ORVMs which have indicators integrated into them. Higher variants of the car come equipped with 14inch wheels whereas the base variants use 13inch wheels.
The Bolt on the other hand looks like a well-integrated car that looks appealing from every angle. The taillights look small in proportion to headlights or other design elements. There are large, blackened headlamp cluster on the front which carry projector headlamp along with turn indicator.
|Dimensions & Weights||Maruti Celerio||Tata Bolt|
|Ground Clearance (mm)||165||165|
On the sides there are character lines and stylish alloy wheels that make the car really appealing. The C-pillar has been blackened which gives the impression of floating roof.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio Vs Tata Bolt (Interiors and Features)
If you have ever been inside the cabin of the Swift, Ertiga or Dzire, you will find Celerio’s interiors very familiar. The top-end variant of the Celerio comes equipped with steering mounted controls for telephony, music etc, height adjustable driver seat, front seat back pockets, cup holders, power windows, fuel-lid opener, keyless entry system, AC with heater, CD player with Radio, USB, Aux-in and Bluetooth etc. The car uses a black and beige scheme for interiors which does not look sporty but does a good job in giving an airy feel to the cabin. Also, the front and rear seats come with integrated headrests which may not be to everyone’s taste. There is a 235 litres of boot space which is capacious enough to carry few big bags.
Tata Bolt on the other hand is more impressive in terms of equipment level and interiors. The seats are extremely well made and there are adjustable headrests on the front as well as the rear seats. There’s an infotainment system with 5 inch screen from Harman that would keep you entertained.
|Maruti Celerio||Tata Bolt|
|Boot Capacity (Litres)||235||210|
A navigation system that comes along can guide you in case you get lost. There’s enough space and bins for knick knacks etc. The glove box has been neatly designed too and has internal space to keep the service booklet etc. The Bolt has enough space to seat three passengers abreast (with comfort) on the rear seat. Bolt provides a boot space of 210 litres, there’s huge suspension intrusion into the boot area.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio Vs Tata Bolt (Engine, Transmission and Gearbox)
The Celerio is available with two engine choices – 1litre petrol and 0.8 litre diesel. The engine uses a three cylinder construction whereas the diesel motor uses a two cylinder construction. Both the engines come coupled with five speed transmission. The petrol motor also offers the option of five speed AMT gearbox which the diesel does not. The petrol motor produces maximum power of 68 PS at 6000rpm and a peak torque of 90PS at 3500rpm. The diesel motor churns out 47.6 PS of power at 3500rpm and torque of 125Nm at 2000rpm.
|Engine and Transmission||Maruti Celerio||Tata Bolt|
|Engine Capacity||0.8 L (D) / 1 L (P)||1.3 (D) / 1.2 (P)|
|Gearbox||5 MT / 5 MT and 5 AT||5 MT|
|Power (PS@rpm)||47.6@3500 / 68@6000||75@4000 / 90@5000|
|Torque (Nm)||125@2000 / 90@5000||190@1750-3000 / 140@1500-4000|
|Mileage (kmpl)||27.62 / 23.1||22.95 / 17.57|
The Bolt on the other hand comes equipped with two engine choices – 1.2litre turbocharged petrol and 1.3litre CRDi diesel. There is no option of automatic gearbox and both the engines come equipped with a five speed transmission. The petrol motor produces maximum power of 90 PS at 5000rpm and a peak torque of 140 Nm at 1500-4000rpm. The diesel motor churns out 75 PS of power at 4000rpm and peak torque of 190 Nm between 1750-3000 rpm.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio Vs Tata Bolt (Mileage and Safety)
The Celerio diesel is one of the most fuel efficient car that is available in India. The diesel variant of the car promises to deliver a mileage of 27.6kmpl. Whereas the petrol promises to deliver 23.1kmpl with the manual as well as the AMT gearbox. The top variants of the car (ZDi(O) and ZXi (O)) offer driver as well as passenger airbag, ABS, rear window wiper and washer, rear window demister . Whereas features like child safety locks, immobilizer, high mounted stop lamp come as standard.
The Bolt on the other hand is not as fuel efficient as the Celerio, the petrol variant promises 17.57kmpl whereas the diesel variant promises to offer 22.95kmpl. The Bolt offers immobilizer and rear door locks as standard. Features like ABS, EBD, rear defogger, driver and passenger airbags, perimetric alarm system are found on higher end variants only.
Tata has come a long way, and the Bolt shows the kind of effort that Tata has put in the car. Not only is it more spacious than the competitors, it offers class leading features. The Celerio on the other hand impresses us with it fuel economy and AMT gearbox.
Go for the Celerio automatic for the fuel efficiency and ease of driving. The Bolt is an equally great car that comes with impressive features; however, it would have been great if Tata would have offered an automatic as option.
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