If Maruti Suzuki has built it, people are going to buy it. That’s literally the unwritten law in the minds of Indian customers, who have grown to trust the Indian automaker and its products over the years, for the comparatively low cost of their products, cheap after sales service and wide network of company dealerships. So it is no surprise then, that the newly launched Maruti Suzuki Celerio is bound to shake up the over-crowded hatchback segment in the coming months.
But does the Celerio really live up to the standards of its competition? Or has Maruti Suzuki underplayed its own potential once again, by making a sub-standard product and passing it off in to the market, which they know will be loved and adorned by the average Indian Joe? To find out, here is a quick comparo between the Celerio hatchback and the feature-rich Hyundai Grand i10, along with ratings in each category.
This one is really easy. One look at the Celerio and even a vacuum cleaner will be able to list the names of cars from whom the Celerio has borrowed ’design inspiration’ from. It looks out dated, out of place and like something that was designed in an underground basement with no lights.
The Hyundai Grand i10 on the other hand, checks all the boxes on the design front. It certainly, is not radical or over the top, but it does pass of as a modern car, with a well-thought design, dimensions and layout. It does not look like its too ahead of it’s time either.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio (0)/ Hyundai Grand i10 (1)
When it comes to interiors, features and feel good factor in any hatchback, Hyundai is like the ‘SRK’ of features. Maruti Suzuki on the other hand, is more like ‘Abhay Deol’. The Celerio tries too hard and has still failed to match the quality and built of the Grand i10. In Celerio’s defence, Maruti Suzuki has in fact, borrowed most of the parts and design from the new Swift. But it’s still no match to insides of the Hyundai Grand i10.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio (0) / Hyundai Grand i10 (2)
The overall performance of the engine that powers the Grand i10 - 1.2-litre Kappa - is simply, too good to rank lower than the Celerio’s 1.0-litre K-Next unit. The Kappa engine is refined, quiet and performs better than the Celerio’s 3-cylinder vibrating unit.
On the brighter side for the Celerio, Maruti Suzuki’s latest Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) or clutch less transmission is an industry-first and combines the comfort of an automatic car, while keeping the cost in check. And for this, the Celerio deserves a point.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio (1) / Hyundai Grand i10 (3)
Nothing excites Maruti Suzuki more in the world than higher mileage figures. They make sure that every product coming out their factory are shattering the mileage numbers in their respective categories. The ARAI mileage figure for the Celerio stands at 23.1 kmpl, while the Grand i10 returns 18.9 kmpl.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio (2) / Hyundai Grand i10 (3)
Maruti Suzuki is not too big on safety. They continue to make lighter cars, while keeping basic features like turn indicators in the options list. They have presumed that the Ganesh idols on the dashboard will take care of their passengers. The safety tech in the Hyundai Grand i10 however, rakes up thick with ABS, dual airbags, reverse parking sensors, robust structure, power windows, etc.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio (2) / Hyundai Grand i10 (4)
Launching cars at ridiculous prices is something Maruti Suzuki is well known for. It is very tough for anyone to beat India’s largest carmaker when it comes to competitive pricing. For the sake of comparison, the semi-automatic variant of the Celerio Lxi AMT has been priced at Rs 4.29 lakh, while the cheapest automatic variant of the Grand i10 - Sportz AT 1.2 starts at Rs 5. 74 lakh. (Both prices are ex-showroom, New Delhi).
OVERALL RATING Maruti Suzuki Celerio (3) / Hyundai Grand i10 (4)
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