Celerio vs Figo, Ritz, WagonR, Grand i10, Spark, Eon, Bolt, Beat, Liva, Brio, Swift, Elite i20, Polo, Datsun Go, Alto 800, Alto K10, Micra, Xcent, Dzire, Zest, Amaze, Kwid, Spark, Datsun Go+, i10, Santro, Sail U-VA, Pulse, Vista, Indica eV2, Indigo eCS, Micra Active & Nano GenX

1. Celerio vs Figo
2. Celerio vs Ritz
3. Celerio vs WagonR
4. Celerio vs Grand i10
5. Celerio vs Eon
6. Celerio vs Bolt
7. Celerio vs Beat
8. Celerio vs Liva
9. Celerio vs Brio
10. Celerio vs Datsun Go
11. Celerio vs Alto K10
12. Celerio vs Micra
13. Celerio vs Xcent
14. Celerio vs Swift
15. Celerio vs Elite i20
16. Celerio vs Polo
17. Celerio vs Alto 800
18. Celerio vs Dzire
19. Celerio vs Zest
20. Celerio vs Amaze
21. Celerio vs Kwid
22. Celerio vs Spark
23. Celerio vs Datsun Go+
24. Celerio vs i10
25. Celerio vs Santro
26. Celerio vs Sail U-VA
27. Celerio vs Pulse
28. Celerio vs Vista
29. Celerio vs Indica eV2
30. Celerio vs Micra Active
31. Celerio vs Nano GenX

[1] Maruti-Suzuki Celerio vs Ford Figo

Verdict: Figo diesel is better than Celerio, but Celerio petrol is better than Figo and the Automatic Celerio is better that all the others.

Price Difference: Ford Figo with similar features is around 50,000 Rs. more expensive than a Manual Celerio (petrol as well as diesel), whereas an Automatic Celerio is priced more or less identical to a manual Figo petrol.
Fuel Efficiency: The ARAI certified mileage for Figo diesel is just 20 kmpl, which is 7.62 kmpl lesser than the Celerio. However the difference in our efficiency runs, the actual difference was much lesser i.e. about 2 kmpl. The petrol Figo has an ARAI certified mileage of 15.6 kmpl, which is 7.5 kmpl less than the Celerio manual as well as the Celerio automatic. In our real world tests, both the Celerios were about 4-5 kmpl more efficient than the Figo. A diesel Celerio will save around 40,000 Rs. in fuel costs over the span of 5 to 7 years compared to a diesel Figo, while a petrol Celerio will save a whopping 90,000 Rs. over a petrol Figo over the same period. (assuming 1000 km/month, Petrol=75 Rs/lit & Diesel=65 Rs/lit)
Reliability & After Sales Service: There is absolutely contest when it comes to After Sales Support, thanks to Maruti's 2000+ dealer strong network that has penetrated to the remotest places of the country combined with excellent product reliability and well managed dealership operations. Ford on the other hand has worked hard to shake off the bad reputation and has improved a fair bit after the launch of the Figo, which is evident from the fact that used Figo diesels hold great value in the used car market. But the current Figo is going to be replaced by a new one in a couple of months, which will lead to added depreciation. Overall, the Celerio is bound to depreciate around 30,000 Rs. lesser than a Figo over the next 5 to 7 years.
Drivability & Performance:
Petrol: The petrol engine inside the Figo feels like it is trying hard but failing miserably to move the hefty weight of the Figo. Celerio's K10 Petrol engine on the other hand is excellent, it has far better drivability, overtaking ability and full throttle acceleration than the petrol Figo. But the automatic Celerio is even better. It's performance is as good as the manual Celerio with the added convenience of fatigue freeing AMT gearbox.
Diesel: The diesel Figo turns the tables on the Celerio. Firstly it is way more refined than the Celerio's 2-cylinder non-CRDi engine. Secondly, the Figo has absolutely no turbo-lag giving it much better drivability than the Celerio and thirdly, it has slightly better overtaking ability than the Celerio as well.
Space & Comfort: The Figo has marginally better cabin space than the Celerio, in terms of shoulder and elbow room. Even the boot-space is much bigger than the Celerio. However, the Celerio itself is an extremely well packaged car with more than adequate room for 4 passengers and a respectable 232 litre boot, in spite of its compact footprint.
Ride Quality & Handling: One parameter where the Celerio can't even dream of challenging the Figo in generations to come is dynamics. The Figo effortlessly tip-toes over the bumps, with hardly any undulations filtering into the cabin and yet corner's incredibly flat with its hydraulic steering providing excellent precision and feedback at all speeds. The Celerio itself has a well sorted suspension setup with a reasonably pliant ride for a car with such a compact wheelbase and neutral handling around corners, and yet it is much inferior to the magical dynamics of the Figo.
Value for Money: Overall a diesel Celerio will be 1.2 Lakh rupees cheaper than a diesel Figo over an ownership period of 5 to 7 years, but then the Figo is from a segment above and delivers by providing better drivability, refinement, boot-space, and especially its dynamics, which makes it completely worth the extra money. A manual geared Celerio petrol will be 2 lakh rupees cheaper than a petrol Figo over the same period. Even an automatic Celerio petrol will be 1.5 lakhs cheaper than a manual Figo Petrol, which does not justify Figo petrol's value given its poor drivability & efficiency even though its dynamics are vastly superior.

[2] Maruti-Suzuki Celerio vs Ritz
Verdict: Ritz is better than Celerio Manual, but Celerio Automatic is better than Ritz.

Price Difference: 
Diesel: Celerio diesel is approximately 75,000 Rs. cheaper than a Ritz diesel with 2 or 3 features more as you can see in the table given below.
Resale Price:
Diesel: Ritz being quite old now, will most probable be replaced by a new model in a couple of years and hence will face slightly higher depreciation than the Celerio. But even then, you will get back around 35,000 of the extra 75,000 Rs. that you might have to shell out over the equivalent Celerio.
Fuel Efficiency: Ritz diesel has an ARAI rated fuel efficiency of 23.3 kmpl, which is 4.42 kmpl less than the Celerio diesel. However in our back-to-back fuel efficiency runs, the difference was just 1 kmpl as the Celerio's tiny 800cc diesel engine had to work harder than the Ritz's 1250cc powerplant.
Drivability & Performance:
Diesel: In spite of having a much smaller engine the Celerio has better drivability in city traffic than the Ritz, thanks to lesser turbo lag and a lower kerb weight. However, once the turbo spools up, Ritz leaves the Celerio far behind. Ritz has excellent overtaking prowess as opposed to the Celerio which struggles to get up to speed out on the highways. Even the outright acceleration is far better in the Ritz as can be seen from the 0-100 km/h times. But that's not all, the Ritz's 4-cylinder unit is also much more refined and rev-happy than Celerio's 2-cylinder unit.

Ride and Handling: Ritz is quite softly sprung and rides over bumps and ruts much better than the Celerio. Celerio itself is quite adept at handling rough roads given its tiny wheelbase and wheels. Both cars aren't exactly tuned for enthusiastic cornering. The Ritz grips well but has has excessive body roll due to its tall stance, Celerio has neutral handling and tends to understeer when pushed hard.
Space & Comfort: The Ritz is arguable the most comfortable hatchback in the country. It has a high-set seating position, which results in excellent under thigh support as the occupant's knees are level with the seat. The Celerio also is a remarkable achievement in packaging, with more than adequate knee room, leg room and shoulder room for 4 people regardless of its diminutive size. Surprisingly, Celerio has a bigger boot than the Ritz which is an important advantage given Ritz lack of ability to carry 2 full size suitcases.
Reliability & After Sales Service: Both cars have equally brilliant reliability record and are backed by the best service network in the country.

[3] Maruti-Suzuki Celerio vs WagonR
Verdict: Celerio is much better than WagonR
Pricing & Features: As you can see from the table given below, WagonR LXi has almost all the features of Celerio VXi, i.e. Celerio is about 30,000 Rs. more expensive than a WagonR with similar features. However, Celerio is a far superior vehicle than the WagonR, especially in terms of crash safety, high speed stability, handling and ride quality. Moreover it is also available with an automatic transmission which is priced around 75,000 Rs. more than the equivalent WagonR manual but eliminates the hassle of constant gear-shifting in city traffic without any penalty in terms of mileage or performance compared to the WagonR.
Safety: Celerio is much safer car than the WagonR. WagonR's hollwed-out-breadbox like structure makes it flimsy and high dangerous in the event of a crash. Celerio on the other hand has not been tested by NCAP yet but thanks to the improvements made in chassis design and rigidity in the automotive industry in the decade post the launch of WagonR, it is bound to protect its occupants much better in the event of a collision.
Space & Comfort: The tall-boy WagonR surely looks like it will be a much more comfortable and spacious car than the Celerio. But when you actually sit inside the two and compare, you realise that the WagonR just has an extra one foot of headroom over the Celerio, which is absolutely useless. In fact the Celerio being a sensibly wider car has better elbow room and shoulder room than the WagonR, which means it is at least possible to squeeze in a third passenger at the rear for small trips. Celerio also has a bigger 232 litre boot compared to the WagonR's piddly little 180 litre excuse for a boot.
Ride Quality and Handling: WagonR is one of the worst handling cars in the country with horrible ride quality and questionable high speed stability. It's awkwardly tall height coupled with narrow width makes it highly susceptible to body roll. Suzuki has tried to cure this problem partially by using a stiff suspension setup which has made it skittish over bumps and ruts and literally unstable under panic braking. Celerio on the other hand was developed 10 years after the WagonR always planned to remedy the WagonR's problems by using the knowhow that Suzuki has acquired over the last decade. No wonder then that the Celerio has neutral handling with a surprisingly good ride quality for a car with such a small wheelbase and remarkable stability on the highways.
Drivability & Performance: Both cars weigh almost the same and use the same engine-gearbox combination resulting in identical performance. However, the Celerio is also available with the fantastic AMT transmission, which takes the fatigue out of daily commuting and makes the Celerio one of the easiest cars to learn driving with.
Fuel Efficiency: ARAI certified mileage of WagonR is 20.5 kmpl, which is 2.5 kmpl less than the Celerio, in spite of a lower kerb weight and the exact same powertrain!. In our back-to-back efficiency test both cars returned identical fuel efficiency numbers.
Reliability & After Sales Service: Whichever car you buy you will get a reliable vehicle supported by the legendary After Sales Support from Maruti.

4. Maruti-Suzuki Celerio vs Hyundai Grand i10
Verdict: Celerio automatic is better than Grand i10 but Grand i10 is better than Celerio Manual
Price Difference: The Grand i10 is around 75,000 Rs. more expensive than a Celerio with same features, but then its luxurious interiors and spacious cabin and fantastic fit and finish certainly make it feel like a car from a segment above the Celerio, making it much better value for money than the Maruti-Suzuki.
Performance & Drivability:
Petrol: Both cars have excellent petrol engines, but the Grand i10 definitely feels a quantum better than the Celerio, like a car that is half a segment more premium than the Celerio, which it is. Firstly it is easier to drive in city traffic thanks to better torque at lower revs. Even the mid-range is stronger than the Celerio making it easier to overtake heavy traffic on the highways. Top-end too is slightly stronger than the Celerio's
Diesel: Both cars have horrible diesel engines and if you wish to buy a diesel hatchback, please look elsewhere. The problem with both these cars is that they have too small an engine than what is required for their weight. Hence both cars run out of breath much too quickly on the highways and no overtaking abilities to speak of. Amongst the two the Celerio is even worse, with the non-CRDi 2-cylinder engine being nothing less than a pain to drive around. Same goes for the refinement. Grand i10's 3-cylinder engine is not as smooth as it's 4-cylinder competitors and although Hyundai has used up all the tricks in it's sound deadening handbook, the lack of a cylinder is still quite apparent. That being said the Celerio's 2-cylinder engine is even worse with an almost agricultural sounding clatter accompanied by a gruff engine note regardless of the rpm.
Space & Comfort: Celerio is an excellent example of automotive packaging, given how it has managed adequate knee-room, head-room and shoulder space for 4 passengers, with an occasional 5th one and a 232 litre boot inside a tiny footprint. The Grand i10 is a taller and longer car and thus betters the Celerio in terms of headroom and legroom as well as bootspace. It is also slightly more comfortable than the Celerio on long trips, thanks to a higher seating position.
Fuel Efficiency:
Petrol: The ARAI rated mileage of petrol Grand i10 manual is 18.9 kmpl, which is a whopping 4.2 kmpl less than Celerio. The Grand i10 automatic's mileage is rated at 16.95 kmpl, which is a mind boggling 6.15 kmpl less than the Celerio AMT. In our back-to-back tests the manual Celerio was consistently 2-3 kmpl more fuel efficient than the Grand i10, whereas the automatic Celerio was consistently 4 kmpl more efficient than the Grand i10.
Diesel: ARAI has rated the Grand i10 diesel at 24 kmpl, which is 3.62 kmpl less than the Celerio diesel. But in our real world tests, the difference was just over 1 kmpl.
Ride Quality & Handling: The Grand i10 is slightly sub-par in terms of its cornering manners. Even the Celerio isn't exactly the last word in cornering, but thanks to a lower stance and slightly more well weighted steering than the Grand i10 it does inspire more confidence on twisty roads. Grand i10 is too softly sprung and has a longer wheelbase giving it better bump absorption abilities than the Celerio at lower speeds. But as the speeds rise, it feels floaty compared to the Celerio which stays reasonably planted at higher speeds.
Reliability & After Sales Service: Both brands offer the best possible After Sales Service in the country and have built up a hard earned reputation for themselves over the past 2 decades. But even then Maruti-Suzuki still has a huge advantage over Hyundai. Firstly, their service costs are much lower than Hyundai. Secondly, the sheer spread of Maruti's 2000+ dealers can't be matched by Hyundai's 400 odd touch-points and thirdly, Suzuki's products themselves have proven to be marginally more reliable than Hyundai, even to this day.

5. Maruti-Suzuki Celerio vs Hyundai Eon
Verdict: Celerio is better than Eon

Fuel Efficiency: The ARAI rated fuel efficiency of the 800cc version of the Eon is 21.1 kmpl, while that of the 1000cc Eon is 20.3 kmpl, which is 1.9 & 2.7 kmpl less than the Celerio (both AMT and manual). However in our back-to back tests there was hardly any difference between the fuel efficiency of Eon & Celerio. It is worth noting that even the Automatic Geared Celerio was just as frugal as the Eons and the manual Celerio.
Space & Comfort: Even though both cars may look like they are about the same size, the Celerio is a segment bigger car than the Eon. No wonder then that it has far better room inside the cabin, especially at the rear. Unlike the Celerio, Eon neither has adequate knee room nor elbow room even for two passengers at the rear. Even the Eon's 177 litre boot is much smaller and much less usable than Celerio's 232 litre storage space.
Drivability & Performance: The 814 cc engine of the Eon is a weak performer, no two ways about it. It struggles to get going at low revs making it a pain to pilot around the city. On highways, it is even worse, and negotiating inclines with 4 passengers on board is not at all advisable. The new 1 litre mill does improve matters hugely, but even then it is no match for the tractability of the K10 mill in the Celerio. Mid-range is no match to Celerio's and neither is its refinement as good as the Celerio. Only thing better than the Celerio is the Celerio itself, the automatic that is. It has identical performance to the manual Celerio, without any of the hassle associated with the endless gear-shifting required while commuting through our great Indian cities.
Ride Quality & Handling: The Eon has a very small footprint (wheelbase & track), which makes it susceptible to bumps and ruts making for an uncomfortable ride and sub-par high speed stability. It is too softly sprung in an unsuccessful attempt to improve its ride quality and to make matters worse, it has an overly light steering destroying its abilities to handle corners. Celerio on the other hand acquits itself quite well both in terms of handling & ride quality despite a footprint that is not much bigger than the Eon's.
Reliability & After Sales Service: For the record we are talking about the 2 best After Sales Service providers in the market. But even then the sheer spread of Maruti's Service network and the value-for-money that it proved during Service is yet to be matched by Hyundai.
Price Difference: Lower & Mid variants of Eon (Dlite+, Era+ & Magna+) are roughly 50,000 Rs. cheaper than lower variant of Celerio (LXi & VXi). But when you compare the top variants (Celerio ZXi vs Eon Sportz), the Celerio has many more features than Eon making them equal in terms of value-for-money.

6. Maruti-Suzuki Celerio vs Tata Bolt
Verdict: Celerio is better than Bolt

Fuel Efficiency: The ARAI rated mileage of Bolt petrol is 17.59 kmpl which is 5.4 kmpl less than the Celerio. In our back to back tests the difference was lesser, between 3 to 4 kmpl (both Celerio manual & automatic). This means that the Celerio will save around 90,000 Rs. in petrol costs compared to the Bolt  assuming running of 60,000 kms over a span of 5 to 7 years.
Reliability & After Sales Service: There is a world of difference when it comes to the Service Experience of Tata & Maruti. On one hand we have the bulletproof product reliability backed by the country's most expansive and trusted service network in Maruti-Suzuki. While on the other hand we have the pathetic track record for vehicle reliability and equally appalling After Sales Support from Tata. Not only will it make a huge difference in the peace of mind during the period of ownership but it will also have a bearing on the resale value of the two cars. The Bolt will at least lose an additional 45,000 Rs. in depreciation compared to the Celerio over the next 5 to 7 years.
Drivability & Performance:
Petrol: In spite of 200 additional ccs of displacement and an added turbocharger, the Bolt's drivability and performance is no better than the Celerio, thanks to Bolt's higher kerb weight. The petrol engined Bolt has copious amounts of turbo-lag making it a nuisance to drive in city traffic compared to the lightweight Celerio. However once the turbo kick in the mid-range endows the Bolt with slightly better overtaking abilities than the Celerio. Outright acceleration is quite evenly matched in both the cars.
Space & Comfort: The Bolt has a much more roomier cabin than the Celerio, especially at the rear with fantastic leg room and enough room for a occasional 4th passenger in typical Tata style. Celerio isn't too bad though, it does have more than adequate room for 4 occupants and crucially has a bigger 232 litre boot compared to the Bolt's 205 litres.
Ride & Handling: Bolt rides over bumps and ruts with much more authority ad lesser movement than the Celerio. It also has visibly better ground clearance than the Celerio, making it much more suitable for the Indian roads. Celerio also rides better than expected considering its compact wheelbase. Both cars are neutral handlers, with their overtly light electric power steerings playing spoilsort while cornering.
Price Difference:

7. Maruti-Suzuki Celerio vs Chevrolet Beat

Verdict: Celerio petrol is better than Beat petrol, Beat diesel is better than Celerio diesel, but Celerio AMT is the best of all.
Reliability & After Sales Service: The first and foremost reason why the Beat lags way behind the Celerio is in terms of Service Support. Chevrolet with its ever decreasing number of 300 service points is no match for the 2000+ touch point strong network of Maruti. Secondly the product reliability of Suzuki cars itself is a quantum leap better than that of Chevrolet and hence they require lesser maintenance in the first place. Even the service and repair costs of Maruti are significantly lower than that of Chevrolet cars. This has an obvious effect on the resale value of cars from both the brands and by our best estimates, the Beat is bound to depreciate at least 50,000 Rs. more than the Celerio after 5 to 7 years.
Fuel Efficiency: The petrol engined Celerio has an ARAI certified mileage of 23.1 kmpl (manual & automatic both), which is 4.6 kmpl more than the petrol Beat's mileage of 18.6 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests, the petrol Celerios, both manual and AMT, were consistently over 2 kmpl more efficient than the petrol Beat. The diesel engined Celerio has an ARAI certified mileage of 27.62 kmpl which is 2.18 kmpl more than diesel Beat's mileage of 25.44 kmpl. However in our real world tests, the fuel efficiency of both the cars was more or less identical.
Pricing & Features: Beat LS has always been the most popular variant in the Beat range over the years. It retails for 4.5 Lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. But for just 7000 Rs. more, prospective buyers can now buy the top-end ZXi variant of the Celerio, which has a sticker price of 4.57 Lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The Celerio has numerous additional features over a similarly priced Beat like Driver's Airbag, Stereo System and many others that are easily worth around 40,000 Rs. making it around 35,000 Rs. cheaper than a Beat with similar features.
Common Features: AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Front Power Windows, Central Locking, 60:40 Split Folding Rear Seat
Extra Features in Celerio: Airbag-1, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches, Tilt Steering, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Fuel Computer, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog.
Extra Features in Beat LS: Driver's Seat Height Adjust
Space & Comfort: Even though the Beat may seem slightly bigger than the Celerio on the outside, it is actually more cramped than the Celerio on the inside. Owing to its tall-boy nature, the Beat has slightly high set seating, but space is available in short supply, especially at the back. Rear seat is strictly for two adults only and squeezing in a third one is a pain. The Celerio on the other hand has reasonable amount of space left over for the fifth passenger if and when required. But that's not all, the Beat has a positively tiny boot having a capacity of just 170 litres that is much lesser than Celerio's boot-space of 232 litres, which is the bare minimum that is required to hold four people's weekend luggage.
Drivability & Performance:
Diesel: Both the diesels, Celerio as well as Beat are frustratingly underpowered, no two ways about it and you would be much better off choosing the Figo if you were in the market for an affordable diesel hatchback. However if you were to chose between these two, the Beat's 3-cylinder engine significantly more tractable and also more refined than the Celerio's 2-cylinder unit. Even the outright performance is marginally better than the Celerio.
Petrol: When it comes to petrols, the Celerio gains an upper edge over the Beat. The K10 engine is way more free revving and refined than the Beat's unit, especially at higher revs. In spite of being 200cc smaller, the Celerio's lower weight gives it as good if not better performance than the Beat. Both cars are evenly matched in terms of drivability as well as outright performance. One more notable difference between the two cars is that the Celerio's gearshift quality is way better than the Beat's. Beat has a notably recalcitrant notchy and coarse gearbox, a complete antithesis of the Celerio's 'box. And then there's the cutting edge AMT automatic gearbox of the Celerio, which is incredibly effortless to drive around town, with no lesser performance than the manual variant.
Ride Quality and Handling: Owing to its tall-boy stance, the Beat is prone to body roll and understeers heavily around the bends. Moreover, it has an uncommunicative and sterile steering setup making it worse. The Celerio on the other hand has remarkable handling manners for a car in its class. It may not be exactly an enthusiast dream around the corners, but it has neutral and balanced cornering abilities. However, it also suffers from an overtly light steering setup that does not weigh up adequately around the corners. In terms of ride quality, both cars are quite evenly matched with decent bump absorption and damping while driving over bumps and ruts. But the Celerio is much more stable than the Beat during high speed cruising and panic braking maneuvers.

8. Maruti-Suzuki Celerio vs Toyota Liva Etios

Verdict: Celerio is much better value-for-money than Liva
Price Difference: The 'G' variant of the Liva is by far the most popular variant of Toyota's entry level hatchback, which retail for 5.17 Lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi. But shrewd buyers will now compare it to the top-end, automatic, ZXi AT variant of the Celerio that cost 5.06 Lakh rupees, which is still 11,000 Rs. cheaper than the bare-bones Liva! Toyota seems to be taking the Indian customers for a ride with pricing like that. Moreover, the Celerio also has extra features like the Bluetooth Stereo, e-Mirrors, Rear Wiper, which are worth around 20,000 Rs. and not to forget the Automatic gearbox which is singlehandedly worth 50,000 Rs. This makes the Celerio a whopping 80,000 Rs. cheaper than an equivalent Liva!
Common Features: Airbag-1, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Rear Defogger, 4 Speakers, Fuel Computer
Extra Features in Celerio (ZXi AT): Automatic Gearbox, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth, Steering Wheel Switches, Electrically Adjustable ORVM, Rear Wash-Wipe
Extra Features in Liva (G): Driver's Seat Height Adjust
Fuel Efficiency: The petrol Liva has an ARAI certified mileage of 17.71 kmpl, which is 5.39 kmpl less than petrol Celerio's (Manual & Automatic both) mileage of 23.1 kmpl. In our back-toback tests however, the Celerio was barely 2 kmpl more efficient than the Liva. The diesel Liva has an ARAI certified mileage of 23.59 kmpl, which is 4.03 kmpl less than Celerio diesel's mileage of 27.62 kmpl. In our real world tests, the Liva diesel was around 2 kmpl less efficient than the diesel Celerio.
Space & Comfort: Both Liva and Celerio are perfectly spacious and comfortable vehicles with just the right amount of space for carrying five adults. The Liva is marginally more spacious than the Celerio, but the Celerio itself is incredibly well packaged to liberate just the right amount of space for its occupants and has fantastic ergonomics as well. Both cars also have just enough bootspace for weekend luggage or an airport run, with the Liva having a boot-space of 250 litres and the Celerio a smidgen less at 232 litres.
Drivability & Performance:
Diesel: Liva has much better drivability than the Celerio diesel in city traffic, as well as better refinement. The non CRDi 2-cyl diesel engine of the Celerio is just not up to the mark. Liva's 4-cylinder unit on the other hand has outstanding drivability, with hardly any turbo-lag and even though it is lacking in terms of performance and refinement compared to other diesel engines, it is still far better than the Celerio's.
Petrol: Celerio has a more modern, refined & free revving engine than the outdated unit in the Liva. In spite of being 200cc smaller, it has almost the same power-to-weight & torque to weight ratios as the Liva. Therefore performance is evenly matched with the Liva. But the biggest advantage in favour of the Celerio is that even the automatic variant has identical performance as the manual Liva, with the unbeatable advantage of stress-free driving, without the nuisance of clutch-shift-declutch routine.
Handling & Ride Quality: Neither the Liva nor the Celerio are enthusiastic cars to pilot around a series of bends. However, both cars are neutral handling cars with overtly light steering setups. The Liva has a slight edge over the Celerio in terms of its ability to absorb ruts and bumps thanks to a longer wheelbase. Both cars are stable at speeds and under hard braking, which is remarkable given their featherweight chassis.
Reliability and After Sales Service: Both Maruti & Toyota has flawless reputations for providing hassle free ownership experience to their customers in our country. Both have low maintenance costs and as a result fantastic resale value to boot. Only one parameter where Maruti scores over Toyota is in terms of its widespread service network with over 2000 touch points compared to Toyota's 300. However, if your usage is going to be majorly in and around the metros, both Brands have more than adequate service coverage.

9. Maruti-Suzuki Celerio vs Honda Brio

Verdict: Celerio is better value-for-money than Liva
Price Difference: The Brio is just 20,000 Rs. more expensive than a Celerio having similar features, especially if you compare the low & mid variants. This makes the Brio fundamentally better value-for-money than the Celerio thanks to a better powertrain, dynamics and engineering. Comparing the automatics, you can clearly see how revolutionary the AMT gearbox is going to be. The automatic Celerio starts at 4.47 Lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi), which is almost 2 Lakh rupees cheaper than Brio automatic's starting price of 6.35 Lakhs.
Fuel Efficiency: The Celerio (both MT & AT) has an ARAI certified mileage of 23.1 kmpl, which is 4.3 kmpl more than Brio's (both MT & AT) mileage of 18.9 kmpl. In our back to back tests, the manual brio was 2 kmpl less efficient than both the manual & automatic Celerios and the automatic Brio was 3 kmpl less efficient than the Celerios. This translates into savings of almost 60,000 Rs. in fuel costs over an usage of 60,000 kms. 
Drivability & Performance: It is a competition between what is good & what is best. Celerio has a good engine with moderate overall performance, refinement and drivability, but the Brio has the best. It has better tractability than the Celerio and also a wider rev-range, which makes it easier to drive around the city. But as the revs rise, the difference becomes even more stark. It certainly has much better overtaking ability than the Celerio, which is quite apparent on highway drives. But the biggest difference is in the top-end punch, with the Honda engine singing melodiously at the redline, leaving the Celerio breathless in its wake. When it comes to automatics, the Brio trumps the Celerio in terms of smoothness of the gearshifts thanks to its conventional five speed gearbox. But then the Celerio's newfangled AMT gearbox itself is not unacceptably jerky and its flaws are totally forgivable given its price-tag and efficiency advantages.
Space & Comfort: Celerio trumps the Brio both in terms of cabin space as well as boot-space. Celerio has marginally better knee-room, head-room and elbow-room than the Brio in the rear. But the Brio has slightly better ergonomics in terms of lumbar and under thigh support than the Celerio, even the front seats are wider and have better side bolstering than the Brio. Boot-space though is sorely lacking in the Brio, is just 175 litres, which is not even enough for a weekend trip or an airport run. Celerio's 232 litre boot feels like a life-saver in comparison.
Ride Quality and Handling: Brio is slightly more of an enthusiasts car than the Celerio. It is nimble around corners and more pointy than the Celerio. However, the Celerio has a more pliant ride, especially at low speeds compared to the Brio. Both cars have a common flaw though, which is their overtly light steering setup.
After Sales Service: Both brands have stellar reputations for making ultra-reliable and easy-to-maintain cars in our country. Maruti holds an advantage over Honda only in terms of the sheer spread of its service network, which is largely irrelevant for the city dwellers who constitute majority of car buyers in the country. Both cars are bound to hold excellent resale value after 5 to 7 years of rigorous usage as well. Overall though the Celerio is a more practical car due to bigger and much needed boot-space and marginally better fuel efficiency than the Brio, but Brio has stronger fundamentals engine-gearbox-chassis-suspension and surprisingly similar pricing to the Celerio and will give a more pleasurable and satisfying ownership experience than the Celerio to its customer. Unless of course you are opting for the automatic geared Celerio AMT, which is far more affordable and efficient than the automatic Brio.

[10] Maruti-Suzuki Celerio vs Datsun Go

Verdict: Celerio is better than Datsun Go
Pricing & Features: Celerio's most popular variant, 'VXi' (manual transmission) retails for 4.27 Lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. For around 25,000 Rs. less Datsun offers the Go's 'T(O)' variant. Not only is the Datsun Go cheaper, but it also has better features than the Celerio, mainly the Driver's Airbag and the immensely convenient Mobile Docking Station, which are worth around 15,000 Rs. more than Celerio's making it around 40,000 Rs. cheaper than an equivalent Celerio. So is the Celerio worth paying 40,000 Rs. more than a Datsun Go? Lets find out...
Common Features: AC, Power Steering, Front Power Windows, Central Locking
Extra Features in Celerio (VXi): Rear Power Windows, 60:40 Split Seat
Extra Features in Datsun Go (T O): Driver Airbag, Mobile Docking Station + 2 Speakers
Fuel Efficiency: Celerio has an ARAI certified mileage of 23.1 kmpl, for both manual as well as automatic geared variants. This is 2.47 kmpl more than the Datsun Go's fuel efficiency of 20.63 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests, the Celerio (both manual and automatic) was consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the Datsun Go. This translates to savings of around 30,000 Rs. over an usage of 60,000 kms with the Celerio in comparison to the Datsun Go. This negates most of the Go's price advantage making both the cars equally expensive to buy and run.
Drivability & Performance: On one hand you have Kwid's fantastic K10 power-train which is refined & free-revving but a bit lacking in terms of low-end torque. The Datsun Go requires lesser gearshifts while negotiating city traffic, making it an easier car to live with on daily commutes. Unless you decide to go for the Celerio AMT, which is an absolute breeze to pilot around city streets. Datsun Go also falls short in terms of refinement compared to the Celerio and its engine feels slightly reluctant to rev compared to the Celerio's.
Handling & Ride Quality: Both cars are surprisingly comfortable over bumpy roads considering their tiny footprints and affordable price tags. Even straight line stability at high speeds and under panic braking scenarios is commendable in both cars. However, neither cars are keen handlers. Both of them start understeering much below serious cornering speeds, which is not entirely unexpected given their narrow tyres. Both cars also have uncannily similar, overtly light steering setups that spoils their handling even further.
Space & Comfort: Datsun Go has a slight edge over the Celerio both in terms of cabin space as well as boot-space. It has noticeably better rear knee-room and leg-rrom making it more comfortable over longer distances. Both Go as well as Celerio could have done with better under thigh support though. Go's bootspace is around 33 litres more at 265 litres, compared to Celerio's 232 litres. However, all things said and done Celerio itself is an amazingly well packaged car with just adequate space for five people and their weekend luggage.
Length (mm): Go - 3785, Celerio - 3600
Width (mm): Go - 1635, Celerio - 1600
Height (mm): Go - 1485, Celerio - 1560
Reliability & After Sales Service: Datsun is no match for Maruti's legendary service support in our country. Firstly, Suzuki's product reliability itself is a notch superior to Nissan-Datsun which makes the service centre's job easier in the first place. In addition to that Maruti's service centre's have been around for a long time and have been optimised and improved upon by parent company Suzuki over three decades. And last but not the least, after an ownership period of 5 to 7 years, the celerio is bound to depreciate at least 50,000 Rs. lesser than the Datsun Go. This brings the Celerio's overall cost of ownership to 40,000 Rs. lesser than the Datsun Go overall, making it undoubtedly better value-for-money amongst the two.

[11] Maruti-Suzuki Celerio vs Alto K10

Verdict: Celerio is better than Alto K10
Pricing & Features: Alto's top-end 'VXi' variant retails for 3.53 Lakh ex-showroom Delhi, which is 74,000 Rs. more than the Celerio's 'VXi' variant that costs 4.27 Lakh rupees.
Common Features: AC, Power Steering, Front Power Windows, Central Locking, Parcel Shelf
Extra Features in Alto K10 (VXi): Stereo: FM, USB, Aux + 2 speakers
Extra Features in Celerio (VXi): 60:40 Split Rear Seat, Rear Power Windows
Fuel Efficiency: Both Manual & Automatic geared Alto K10 has an ARAI certified mileage of 24.1 kmpl, which is 1 kmpl more than Celerio's mileage of 23.1 kmpl. However, in our back to back tests the difference was just half a kpl in favour of the Alto. This translates to a negligible difference of 10,000 Rs. in favour of the Alto K10 over an usage of 60,000 kms.
Space & Comfort: Celerio is a far more spacious and comfortable car than the Alto K10, no surprises there. Alto falls way below the minimum required space and ergonomics threshold, while the Celerio falls above that, which will make a huge difference in the comfort and well being of the occupants over the entire usage period of the car. Celerio is significantly better in terms of leg-room, knee-room, head-room, shoulder-room, elbow room, under thigh support, lumbar support, interior quality, fit and finish, design and any other parameter you can imagine than the Alto K10. Seating three passengers on the rear seat is no less than a punishment in the Alto K10, while it is perfectly acceptable for short durations inside the Celerio. Even the boot-space which is in incredibly short supply inside the Alto K10 is far better in the Celerio. The Celerio is more than worth the premium it commands over the Alto K10 just for its ergonomic superiority alone.
Boot-space (litres): Celerio - 232, Alto K10 - 170
Length (mm): Celerio - 3600, Alto K10 - 3545
Width (mm): Celerio - 1600, Alto K10 - 1490
Height (mm): Celerio - 1560, Alto K10 - 1475

Reliability & After Sales Service: Maruti has an unparalleled reputation for service support in our country. Suzuki's products themselves are incredibly reliable as well making the job easier for the service guys in the first place as well. However, the Alto K10 has a marginal advantage over the Celerio as it's spare parts are slightly cheaper than the Celerio. However, rest assured that both the cars will hold excellent resale value after a usage of 5 to 7 years.
Ride Quality & Handling: Celerio has far superior dynamic capabilities than the Alto K10. It has a maturity and compliance in its ride quality, which feels like it is from two segments above the Alto K10. The Alto K10 itself benefits from a low CG and leverages the advantage it gains from it by using soft springs to provide decent bump absorbing capabilities. However, it's tiny wheelbase and track place a natural limit on its dynamic capabilities. Celerio is no enthusiast's cars but is a neutral handler with a good balance between ride quality and handling. It is also more stable during high speed cruising and panic braking than the Alto K10.
Ground Clearance (mm): Celerio - 165, Alto K10 - 160
Drivability & Performance: Both cars are powered by the same fantastic K10 petrol engine. It is an incredibly refined and rev happy unit, albeit with a weak low-end torque. However, both car are available with the smart AMT automatic gearbox, which makes them incredibly easy cars to drive around town. Alto K10 gets an edge in terms of overall performance thanks to its lighter kerb weight, but the Celerio itself in not at all deficient in terms of performance when compared to other cars in its segment.
Verdict: If you plan to keep your car for the next 5 to 7 years, you should try your best to stretch your budget and buy the Celerio. The huge advantages that it has over the Alto K10 in terms of comfort, dynamics refinement and safety are worth far more than the additional expenditure compared to the Alto K10 and its sheer value-for-money is insanely higher than its older stable-mate.

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