Maruti Suzuki Celerio Diesel – reviewed by Autoportal

The Maruti Suzuki Celerio is yet another winner from India’s number one car maker, Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL). The hatchback Celerio is not only the first Maruti car with Auto Manual transmission (AMT) but also has diesel variants added recently.

Lots of variants at competitive prices

The Celerio comes in 7 petrol, 1 CNG and 4 diesel variants priced Rupees 3.97 to 5.78 lakh. Two of the petrol variants have Auto Manual Transmission. The diesel variants are the Celerio LDi, the VDi, the ZDi and the ZDi (O) priced Rupees 4.72, 5.02, 5.32 and 5.78 respectively which are quite competitive when compared to those of the rivals.
Pan CardDifferently styled body

The Celerio has a different style when compared to other Maruti hatchbacks. The external features include an aggressive grille with horizontal chrome slats, halogen head lamps, wider air dam on body coloured bumpers, round fog lamps and wider doors with 2 character lines. The ORVM is black, manually adjustable and single for the base variants and two electrical body coloured with blinkers for the top variants.

Spacious cabins

A large wheel base of 2425 mm and the tall by design have made the cabins extra spacious with enough leg and shoulder rooms. The basic features include a manual AC, fabric seats and an engine immobiliser. The ZDi variant has 1 air bag and a music system with Bluetooth connectivity. The top optional variant has features like 2 air bags, ABS, central locking system, power windows and rear defogger and wiper.

Bosch Engine management System

The Celerio has a Bosch Engine Management system comprising fuel injectors, high pressure pumps and electronic controls giving segmental best fuel efficiencies. The diesel variants give mileages of 27.62 kmpl with the 793 cc, 46 bhp and 125 NM torque engines. The car accelerates from 0 to 100 kmph in approximately 19 seconds and the top speed is 125 kmph.

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Top handling and ride qualities

The EZ drive technology accompanied by the electronic power steering makes the controls easy. The suspension system with McPherson struts and the 3-link axle make the ride comfortable. The wheels are 13” size for the base variants and 14” for the top.

The Maruti Suzuki Celerio diesel is offered in four trims, namely, LDi, VDi, ZDi and ZDi (O) along with six body paint options – Sunshine Ray, pigment, sleek Silver, Blazing Red, Peal Arctic White and sparklygray.

Facts about the Celerio Diesel

  • Launched in June 2015
  • Segmental best mileages
  • The cheapest diesel hatchback in India.
  • 60:40 split rear set adds to the boot volume of 235 litres
  • Nearly 8000 units of the Celerio sold every month
  • Sales figures boosted with 18% increase in y-o-y movement

Our verdict

Top mileages, affordable prices, low maintenance costs and the best after sale services make the Celerio score over the rivals. Availability of diesel automatic variants would have made it more competitive.

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