KUV100 vs Celerio Comparison

Mahindra KUV100 vs Maruti-Suzuki Celerio Comparison
Overall, The Celerio diesel’s Total Cost of Ownership is unbelievably low. However, we do not recommend anybody to suffer through the tractor like refinement and Nano like performance of the 800cc 2-cylinder diesel unless you are on a very stringent budget. The best option on offer is by far the Celerio AMT. Firstly it has that cutting-edge AMT automatic gearbox, which makes city driving a breeze by taking out the hassle of constant gearshift and clutch operation. Secondly it has immensely better performance and refinement than the diesel Celerio as well as both the KUVs. The KUV100 diesel is a decent effort from Mahindra, but its Total Cost of Ownership is just 25,000 Rs. less than the Celerio AMT and its performance, dynamics and quality are still significantly inferior to the Celerio as well.

Celerio vs KUV100 Comparison Video Review:

Pricing & Features: Celerio’s top-of-the-line petrol-automatic ‘ZXI AMT O’ variant retails for 5.19 Lakh ex showroom, Delhi. Prospective customers who want to stand out in the crowd of hatchbacks today, are considering the KUV100 for its micro-SUV looks. KUV100's ‘K6+’ petrol variant retails for 5.66 Lakh, which is around 50,000 Rs. more than the top-end automatic Celerio & 65,000 Rs. more than the top-end manual Celerio. (Celerio ‘ZDi Opt’ costs 5.78 Lakh, which is 75,000 Rs. cheaper than the KUV's ‘K6+’ diesel costing 6.51 Lakh). Being more expensive, the KUV100 also has a few extra features, important ones being Parking Sensors and Driver’s Seat Height Adjust etc. Cumulatively they are worth around 30,000 Rs. while the Celerio has the extra AMT Gearbox, which alone is worth around 50,000 Rs. This makes the KUV100 ‘K6+’ around 65,000 Rs. more expensive than an equivalent Celerio.

Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Steering Wheel Switches, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog
Extra Features in KUV100 (K6+): Driver’s Seat Height Adjust, 2 Tweeters, Parking Sensors
Extra Features in Celerio (ZXi AMT O): Automatic Gearbox

Performance & Drivability
Petrol: In spite of having a smaller engine Celerio outperforms the KUV100 quite effortlessly, thanks to a lighter kerb weight. Both cars feel a bit deficient in low-end torque. But the Celerio is hugely superior to the KUV in terms of refinement and is delightfully free revving too. Just because this is Mahindra’s first attempt at a petrol mill and Suzuki’s umpteenth, doesn’t mean that Mahindra can expect the customers to cut it any slack at the showrooms.

Power (PS@rpm): KUV100 – 82@5500, Celerio – 68@6200
Torque (Nm@rpm): KUV100 - 115@3500, Celerio - 90@3500
Kerb Weight (kg): KUV100 – 1075*, Celerio - 820
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): KUV100 – 76, Celerio – 83
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): KUV100 – 107, Celerio – 110

Diesel: Ironically, the tables are turned in Mahindra’s favour when it comes to the diesel engines. This is by far Mahindra’s best effort so far, with fantastic drivability and excellent performance from a small 1200 cc engine, with acceptable level of refinement to boot. The 800 cc, 2-cylinder mill is Suzuki’s first attempt at a diesel, which frankly has not delivered as expected. Refinement can rival that of agricultural vehicles, with a rather coarse and quite audible clatter. Performance also leaves a lot to be desired, with a weak mid-range and an even weaker top-end making it a nuisance to drive on the highways. Only decent thing is its city drivability and thus the only applicable use case for the car is as a city taxi.

Power (PS@rpm): KUV100 – 77@3750, Celerio – 47.6@3500
Torque (Nm@rpm): KUV100 – 190@1750-2250, Celerio - 125@2000
Kerb Weight (kg): KUV100 – 1175*, Celerio – 890
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): KUV100 – 66, Celerio – 53
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): KUV100 – 162, Celerio – 140

Fuel Efficiency: 
Petrol: In our back-to-back tests, both the manual & automatic Celerio’s were consistently over 3 kmpl more efficient than the KUV100 manual
ARAI Mileage (kmpl): KUV100 (manual) – 18.15, Celerio (manual) – 23.1, Celerio (automatic) – 23.1
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): KUV100 (manual) – 4.10, Celerio (manual) – 3.20, Celerio (automatic) – 3.20

Diesel: In our real-world tests, the Celerio was consistently 2 kmpl more efficient than the KUV100.
ARAI Mileage (kmpl): KUV100 (manual) – 25.32, Celerio – 27.62 (manual)
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): KUV100 (manual) – 2.20, Celerio – 2.05 (manual)

Space & Comfort: KUV100 is considerably bigger than the Celerio and that has directly translated into a more spacious cabin. KUV also has an added advantage of a higher hip point, facilitating easier ingress and egress and better under thigh support. However, do note that Celerio itself has been judiciously made adequately big enough to accommodate four full size adults comfortably, leaving enough room for an occasional fifth passenger as well. KUV100’s 243 litre boot is similar to Celerio 232 space and just about enough for four traveler’s weekend luggage.

Length (mm): KUV100 – 3675, Celerio – 3600
Width (mm): KUV100 – 1715, Celerio – 1600
Height (mm): KUV100 – 1655, Celerio – 1560

Ride Quality & Handling: KUV100 is no match to balanced dynamics of the Celerio. KUV is too softly sprung, giving it a cosseting low speed ride compared to the Celerio, but Celerio’s high speed stability and cornering manners are far superior to that of KUV’s. KUV’s excessive body roll makes it a spoilsport around corners, and although Celerio is not an out and out cornering machine, it is a neutral handler, and inspires confidence in the bends. KUV’s steering has been setup to weigh up considerably as the speeds rise, while Celerio’s feels a tad too light at speed, but Celerio’s steering does have comparatively better feel and feedback than the KUV’s.

Ground Clearance (mm): KUV100 – 170, Celerio – 165
Tyre Size: KUV100 – 185/65R14, Celerio - 165/65R15 (V & Z), 155/80R13 (L)

Reliability and After Sales Service: Mahindra is no match to Maruti’s Legendary Service Support in India. Maruti’s 2000+ service points have a far wider reach than Mahindra’s 450 odd service centers. Moreover, Suzuki’s product reliability itself has been far superior to Mahindra’s questionable track record so far. Adding to KUV100’s woes is the fact that both its petrol and diesel mills are brand new and may have their own set of teething troubles. It would be prudent to adopt a wait and watch policy for the first six month before putting your hard earned cash down for a KUV.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh): Celerio being a Maruti-Suzuki is expected to retain excellent residual value and thus depreciate much lesser than the KUV100, leading to following resale values after an usage of 5 to 7 years.
KUV100 (Diesel manual) – 3.60, Celerio (Diesel manual) – 3.45,
KUV100 (Petrol manual) – 3.00, Celerio (Petrol manual) – 3.00, Celerio (petrol automatic) – 3.00

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
KUV100 (diesel manual) – 5.11, Celerio (diesel manual) – 4.38
KUV100 (petrol manual) – 6.76, Celerio (petrol automatic) – 5.39, Celerio (petrol manual) – 5.23

Verdict: The Celerio diesel’s Total Cost of Ownership is unbelievably low. However, we do not recommend anybody to suffer through the tractor like refinement and Nano like performance of the 800cc 2-cylinder diesel unless you are on a very stringent budget. The best option on offer is by far the Celerio AMT. Firstly it has that cutting-edge AMT automatic gearbox, which makes city driving a breeze by taking out the hassle of constant gearshift and clutch operation. Secondly it has immensely better performance and refinement than the diesel Celerio as well as both the KUVs. The KUV100 diesel is a decent effort from Mahindra, but its Total Cost of Ownership is just 25,000 Rs. less than the Celerio AMT and its performance, dynamics and quality are still significantly inferior to the Celerio as well.

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