Maruti-Suzuki Celerio vs Swift Comparison

Celerio vs Swift Comparison
Verdict: Celerio AMT automatic is a far more practical car than the Swift, Celerio manual-petrol is more practical and better value-for-money than the Swift petrol, but Swift diesel is better than Celerio diesel.

Pricing & Features: The Celerio’s top-end ZXi variant, is increasingly becoming its most popular variant amongst prospective customers. It costs 4.57 lakh, Ex-showroom, Delhi (5.32 Lakh for ZDi). Swift’s cheapest variant the ‘LXi’ retails for 4.65 Lakh (5.84 Lakh for the LDi), which is 8000 Rs. more (52,000 Rs. more for the diesel) than the Celerio. However, Celerio easily has extra features worth 50,000 Rs. over the Swift, which makes it around 60,000 Rs. cheaper than an equivalent Swift (and 1.1 Lakh rupees cheaper for the diesel).

Common Features: AC, Power Steering
Extra Features in Celerio (ZXi): Airbag-1, Front Power Windows, Central Locking, Stereo: FM, Aux, Bluetooth, USB + 2 Speakers, Fog Lamps, Navigation, 7” Touch-screen
Extra Features in Swift (LXi): Tilt Steering

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol: Both cars are powered by the K series family of engines, the Swift with the larger K12 unit and the Celerio with the smaller K10 unit. Both of them are supremely refined and rev-happy and a bit low on low-end torque. Celerio being over 100 kg lighter than the Swift, its smaller engine is able to cope up with the comparative lack of displacement compared to the Swift’s K12 and gives the Celerio almost as good performance and drivability as the Swift. What gives the Celerio a huge advantage is the AMT gearbox, which takes away the pain of commuting by eliminating the need for constant gear-changes and that too without any loss of performance or efficiency.

Power (PS@rpm): Celerio – 68@6200, Swift – 84.3@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Celerio – 90@3500, Swift – 115@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Celerio – 820, Swift – 935
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Celerio – 83, Swift – 90
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Celerio – 110, Swift – 123

Diesel: Swift is powered by the Fiat sourced 1250cc, 4-cylinder, Multijet power plant whereas the Celerio is powered by Suzuki’s first attempt at a diesel engine, the 800cc 2-cylinder unit. The Celerio’s unit is significantly unrefined compared to the Swift’s engine, thanks no doubt to half the number of cylinders. It is also too weak for highway use as it lacks any semblance of overtaking prowess. In contrast the Swift is a delight on the highways with a potent midrange making light work of overtaking heavy traffic on the highways. Celerio’s only saving grave is that it has decent drivability around town and turbo-lag is well controlled. The Swift on the other hand suffers from immense turbo lag anywhere below 2000 rpm making it a pain to pilot around city traffic.

Power (PS@rpm): Celerio – 47.6@3500, Swift – 75@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Celerio – 125@2000, Swift – 190@2000
Kerb Weight (kg): Celerio – 890, Swift – 1050
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Celerio – 53, Swift – 71
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Celerio – 140, Swift – 181

Fuel Efficiency:
Petrol: The Celerio has an ARAI certified mileage of 23.1 kmpl, which is 2.7 kmpl more than the Swift’s mileage of 20.4 kmpl. In our back to back tests, the Celerio was consistently 2 kmpl more efficient than the Swift. This equates to a saving of 35,000 Rs. over an assumed usage of 60,000 km at current fuel prices, which means that the Celerio is around 90,000 rupees cheaper (adding in the 60,000 rupee feature & pricing difference) than a Swift to buy and run.

Diesel: The Celerio has an ARAI certified mileage of 27.62 kmpl, which is 2.42 kmpl more than the Swift’s mileage of 25.2 kmpl. In our back to back tests, the Celerio was consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the Swift. This equates to a saving of 20,000 Rs. over an assumed usage of 75,000 km at current fuel prices, which means that the diesel Celerio is around 1.3 Lakh rupees cheaper (adding in the 1.1 Lakh rupee feature & pricing difference) than a diesel Swift to buy and run.

Space & Comfort: Contrary to fact that Swift is a visually larger car than the Celerio, it is the Celerio which has more spacious and comfortable interiors. Especially in the rear, the Swift suffers badly in terms of knee-room and feels too claustrophobic. Celerio on the other hand can accommodate 4 full size adults in perfect comfort and there is some scope for squeezing in a fifth passenger for small distances. Even the boot space is usably larger in the Celerio with its 232 litre boot which is at least able to accommodate weekend luggage unlike Swift’s tiny 205 litre unit.

Length (mm): Celerio - 3600, Swift - 3850
Width (mm): Celerio - 1600, Swift - 1695
Height (mm): Celerio - 1560, Swift - 1530

Ride Quality & Handling: Celerio has a well balanced suspension setup with a more pliant and comfortable ride than the Swift, in spite of a smaller wheelbase and tinier wheels. Swift on the other hand has a stiff low speed ride. However, Swift’s stiffly sprung suspension makes it a hoot to drive around the bends. The Celerio has a lower understeer threshold but in itself has decent grip and stability around the curves.

Ground Clearance (mm): Celerio - 165, Swift – 170
Tyre Size: Celerio – 165/70R14 (V&Z) or 155/80R13 (L), Swift – 185/65R15 (Z) or 165/80R14 (L&V)

Reliability and After Sales Service: Both cars hail from the stable of the unchallenged leader of Service Support in the country, Maruti-Suzuki. Both Celerio and Swift have proven reliable beyond doubt in the market and it is no surprise that they are bound to hold outstanding residual value after 5 to 7 years of use. Swift continues to have an upper hand over the Celerio thanks to a higher desirability quotient and thus will save around 25,000 Rs. more than the Swift during resale. This means the Overall Cost of Ownership of a Swift is 65,000 Rs. more than the Celerio (and 1 Lakh Rs. more for the diesel). Since Celerio petrol is a more comfortable and also much easier to drive (AMT) it is definitely more practical and better value-for-money option than the Swift. But Swift on the other hand has stronger fundamentals; performance & dynamics than the Celerio and thus is a technically superior car catering to buyers of more refined tastes. The Celerio diesel is sorely lacking on the performance front and there is absolutely no point suffering through it for half a decade, making the diesel Swift a far better alternative to it. 

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