Tiago vs Celerio Comparison

Tata Tiago vs Maruti-Suzuki Celerio Comparison
Overall, the Celerio AMT is our pick of this test. The unmatched comfort and convenience offered by the cutting-edge AMT gearbox coupled with similar Total Cost of Ownership as the manual petrol cars makes it unbeatable in terms of the sheer-value-for-money. However, if you plan to cover well over 1 Lakh kms in the next 5 to 7 years, then the Tiago diesel would be our recommendation for you. It is similar to the Celerio in terms of Ownership Cost and importantly has far better highway performance than the almost asthmatic Celerio diesel.

Tiago vs Celerio Comparison Video:

Pricing & Features:
The top-of-the-line Celerio petrol ‘ZXi O’ variant, retails for 5.62 Lakh, on road, Delhi, which is 45,000 Rs. more than Tiago 'XZ' variant's price of 5.20 Lakh. But that's not all, Tiago also has a couple of extra features over the Celerio, worth around 10,000 Rs. making it around 55,000 Rs. cheaper than an equivalent Celerio. (Celerio 'ZXi AMT ABS' petrol-automatic costs 5.76 lakh while the Celerio 'ZDi O' diesel-manual costs 6.53 Lakh and Tiago 'XZ' diesel-manual costs 6.12 Lakh on road, Delhi)

Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Fog Lamps - Front, Alloy Wheels, Driver's Seat Height Adjust, Tilt Steering
Extra Features in Tiago (XZ): Parking Sensors, 4 Tweeters
Extra Features in Celerio (ZXi O): none

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol:
In spite of having a 200cc smaller engine, Celerio is effectively more powerful and torquey than the Tiago, considering the power & torque to weight ratios. That is because the Tiago weighs an incredible 260 kgs more than the Celerio, negating all its power and torque advantage. Both cars are neck-to-neck in terms of performance across the rev range. But the Celerio's K10 engine is in a different league altogether in terms of refinement and free revving nature. The Tiago's engine gets quite vocal and sounds harsh as the revs rise.

Power (PS@rpm): Tiago – 85@6000, Celerio – 68@6200
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tiago - 114@3500, Celerio – 90@3500
Kerb Weight (kg): Tiago – 1080, Celerio – 820 (260 kg difference)
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tiago – 79, Celerio - 83 (5% difference)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tiago – 106, Celerio - 110 (4% difference)

Diesel:
Tiago's diesel engine feels much more satisfying to drive than the diesel Celerio. Celerio's 800cc 2-cylinder engine sounds cent-percent agricultural. In comparison, the Tiago's 3-cylinder oil-burner feels much more refined and revs more freely as well. Both cars have managed to keep turbo-lag to a minimum and are quite effortless to drive in city traffic. However, when the road opens up, the Celerio runs out of breath quite quickly compared to the Tiago. Celerio fails to even keep up with fast moving traffic and overtaking is completely out of question. Tiago though not great is far better than the Celerio at Highway speeds.
Power (PS@rpm): Tiago – 70@4000, Celerio - 47.6@3500

Torque (Nm@rpm): Tiago - 140@1800-3000, Celerio – 125@2000
Kerb Weight (kg): Tiago – 1080, Celerio – 890 (190 kg difference)
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tiago – 65, Celerio – 53 (23% difference)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tiago – 130, Celerio – 140 (8% difference)

Fuel Efficiency:
In our real world tests, the Celerio petrol (both manual & automatic) was consistently one kmpl more efficient than the Tiago petrol. The diesel Celerio was also just over one kmpl more efficient than the diesel Tiago.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): Tiago (petrol, manual) – 23.84, Celerio (manual & auto, petrol) – 23.1, Tiago (diesel, manual) – 27.28, Celerio (diesel, manual) - 27.62
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh): Tiago (petrol, manual) – 3.12, Celerio (manual & auto, petrol) – 3.23, Tiago (diesel, manual) – 2.25, Celerio (diesel, manual) - 2.21

Space & Comfort:
Tiago has marginally more space inside the cabin than the Celerio. However, the Celerio has better ergonomics. Tiago lacks adequate lumbar support, which becomes quite apparent after long hours in the driving seat. In comparison, the Celerio is far more fatigue-free on long journeys. Tiago's 242 litre boot-space is also practically the same as Celerio's 232 litre capacity.
Length (mm): Tiago – 3746, Celerio – 3600
Width (mm): Tiago – 1647, Celerio – 1600
Height (mm): Tiago – 1535, Celerio – 1530

Ride Quality & Handling:
Tiago handles more enthusiastically around corners than the Celerio. It has a quicker turn-in and eager responses in contrast to the safe but boring handling manners of the Celerio. Tiago also has a marginally better bump absorption than the Celerio. That being said both cars have surprisingly good dynamics for their segment and bargain basement price tags.
Ground Clearance (mm):
Tiago – 170, Celerio – 165
Tyre Size: Tiago – 175/65R14, Celerio - 165/65R15 (V & Z), 155/80R13 (L)

Reliability and After Sales Service:Maruti-Suzuki has maintained an almost flawless record of vehicle reliability and service support in our country over a span of thirty long years. Tata on the other hand has been struggling to get both its product reliability as well as its dealership experience up to the level of today's Car Buyers expectations. Maruti's sheer reach with over 2000+ touch points is also far wider than Tata's reach with its 400 odd touch points.
Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Celerio is bound to depreciate much lesser than the Tiago, thanks to Maruti's superior reliability and after sales service track record, compared to Tata.
Tiago XZ (Petrol manual) – 2.65, Celerio ZXi O (Petrol manual) – 3.20, Celerio ZXi AMT ABS (Petrol automatic) – 3.28, Tiago XZ (Diesel manual) – 3.30, Celerio ZDi O (Diesel manual) - 3.92

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Celerio negates Tiago's price advantage by retaining higher resale value resulting in similar Total Cost of Ownership (for both petrol as well as diesel offerings).
Tiago XZ (Petrol manual) – 5.67, Celerio ZXi O (Petrol manual) – 5.64, Celerio ZXi AMT ABS (Petrol automatic) – 5.70, Tiago XZ (Diesel manual) – 5.06, Celerio ZDi O (Diesel manual) - 4.82

Verdict:The Celerio AMT is our pick of this test. The unmatched comfort and convenience offered by the cutting-edge AMT gearbox coupled with similar Total Cost of Ownership as the manual petrol cars makes it unbeatable in terms of the sheer-value-for-money. However, if you plan to cover well over 1 Lakh kms in the next 5 to 7 years, then the Tiago diesel would be our recommendation for you. It is similar to the Celerio in terms of Ownership Cost and importantly has far better highway performance than the almost asthmatic Celerio diesel.


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