Datsun RediGo vs Celerio Comparison Review

Maruti Suzuki Celerio vs Datsun Redi Go Comparison Review:


"Celerio has a 200cc larger displacement engine than the Redi Go, but the Redi Go is almost 200 kg lighter than the Celerio. Overall both cars have identical power-to-weight & torque-to-weight ratios. Both cars crack the 100 kph mark in just over 15 seconds as well."

Pricing & Features:
Datsun Redi Go's top-end, 'S' variant retails for 4 Lakh Rs. On road, Delhi. However, customers who have doubts, over the long term ownership experience of Datsun cars, will certainly take a look, at the Celerio from the trusted stables of Maruti. Celerio's 'VXi' variant, retails for 5.00 Lakh Rs, making it exactly 1 Lakh Rs. more expensive than the Redi Go 'S'. Both cars have a few extra features that are absent in the other. The Redi Go 'S' has Driver's Airbag, a Music Player, LED Daytime Running Lights & a Tachometer, while the Celerio VXi has Rear Power Windows, a Parcel Shelf & a 60:40 Split Folding Rear Seat. Surprisingly, the Redi Go 'S' does not offer something as basic as Central Locking, while the Celerio 'VXi' doesn’t offer a Tilt Adjustable Steering.
(Celerio VXi AMT costs 5.50 Lakh Rs, On Road, Delhi)

Common Features: AC, Power Steering, Front Power Windows

Extra Features in Celerio (VXi): Central Locking, Rear Power Windows, Parcel Shelf, 60:40 split Folding Rear Seat
Extra Features in Redi Go (S): Driver Airbag, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux + 2 Speakers, LED DRLs, Tilt Steering, Tacho

Reliability & After Sales Service:
Nissan-Datsun, still has a long way to go, to even get close to the levels, of Hassle Free Ownership experience, provided by Maruti-Suzuki, in India. Firstly, Celerio has proven its reliability to the Indian Car Buyers, over the past three years. Redi Go on the other hand, has a newly developed powertrain, exclusively for developing markets, and it is best to wait it out, till there’s enough evidence, that excessive cost-cutting, hasn’t resulted, in any reliability issues. Maruti’s Service Stations, have also proven to be effective, punctual and affordable, while Datsun’s unestablished dealers, are yet to get their operations in order. Last but not the least, Maruti’s sheer network reach, with its 2000+ touch points is far wider than Nissan-Datsun’s combined reach with 200 odd outlets.

Fuel Efficiency:
In our real world tests, the Redi Go was almost 2 kmpl more efficient than the Celerio manual as well the automatic variant. This translates to a savings of 25,000 Rs. over a usage of 75,000 kilometers at current petrol prices.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): Celerio (petrol, manual & automatic) – 23.1, Redi Go (petrol, manual) – 25.17 (difference 4.7 kmpl)

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh): Celerio (petrol, manual) – 3.00, Redi Go (petrol, manual) – 2.75

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
The Celerio is bound to fetch far better resale price than the Redi Go post a usage of 5 to 7 years, thanks to Maruti's stellar track record compared to Datsun over the past three decades in this regard.

Celerio VXi (Petrol, manual) – 2.85 lakh
Celerio VXi AMT (Petrol, automatic) - 3.05 lakh
Redi Go S (Petrol, manual) – 2.05 lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Overall the Redi Go ‘S’ works out to be just 45,000 Rs. or 10% cheaper than the Celerio VXi in terms of Overall Ownership Cost. Interestingly, the Celerio VXi AMT automatic works out to be just 30,000 Rs. more expensive than the manual geared version and around 75,000 Rs. more expensive than the manual geared Redi Go 'S' over an Ownership period of 5 to 7 years.

Celerio VXi (Petrol manual) – 5.15 lakh
Celerio VXi AMT (Petrol automatic) - 5.45 lakh
Redi Go S (Petrol manual) – 4.70 lakh

Performance & Drivability: 
Celerio has a 200cc larger displacement engine than the Redi Go, but the Redi Go is almost 200 kg lighter than the Celerio. Overall both cars have identical power-to-weight & torque-to-weight ratios. Both cars crack the 100 kph mark in just over 15 seconds as well. However, the Celerio holds a big advantage over the Redi Go in terms of refinement. Suzuki's K10 engine is in a different league altogether compared to Redi Go's 800cc unit. It is significantly more refined and rev-happy compared to the Redi Go's (3-cylinder) mill.

Power (PS@rpm): Celerio – 68@6000, Redi Go – 54@5678
Torque (Nm@rpm): Celerio - 90@3500, Redi Go - 72@4386
Kerb Weight (kg): Celerio – 820, Redi Go – 635

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Celerio – 83, Redi Go – 85
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Celerio – 110, Redi Go – 113

Space & Comfort:
Celerio has a slight advantage over the Redi Go in terms of rear-seat space. Both cars may look tiny on the outside, but they have adequately spacious and comfortable seating for four full-size adults on the inside. There is enough head-room, knee-room and shoulder-room all around. Celerio's slightly wider rear-seat can come in handy when you want to squeeze in a fifth occupant for small distances. The Redi Go on the other hand is a strict four seater. Celerio’s 235 litre boot is also hardly any bigger than Redi Go’s 222 litre boot volume. Redi Go's interiors are bit of a disappointment, they look and feel too dated for such a modern car. Celerio's interiors, though not great are still vastly better in terms of quality as well as design compared to the Redi Go's.

Length (mm): Celerio – 3600, Redi Go – 3430
Width (mm): Celerio – 1600, Redi Go – 1560
Height (mm): Celerio – 1560, Redi Go – 1541

Ride Quality & Handling:
Celerio dynamics, are much more matured compared to the Redi Go's. Suzuki engineers have done a fantastic job of tuning the Celerio's chassis-suspension. It genuinely rides like a car from a segment above. Redi Go's ride feels a bit unresolved in comparison. But that is only because the Celerio has really outdone other cars in its class. In isolation, Redi Go's bump absorption and pliancy is also far better than what customers in this segment had to suffer through earlier. Celerio's handling, though not sporty is balanced and safe. Redi Go's lack of inertia makes it delightfully responsive, but its small footprint and tall height don't help during enthusiastic cornering.

Ground Clearance (mm): Celerio – 165, Redi Go – 185

Tyre Size:
Celerio – 155/80R13 (LXi), 175/65R14 (VXi/ZXi)
Redi Go - 155/70R13

Wheelbase (mm): Celerio - 2425, Redi Go - 2348

Verdict:
Technically the Celerio is a far superior automobile to the Redi-Go. Its superior road holding, excellent refinement, and supple ride is a class-apart, compared to the Redi Go. It is also just 45,000 Rs. more expensive than the equivalent Redi Go in the long term, which is less than a 10% difference. Celerio is also bound to be more reliable, easier to get serviced and well put together than the Redi Go. Overall, it worth much more than the 10% extra expenditure that it asks for, and thus it is the clear winner of this test.

However, if you consider the fact, that the car which you are planning to buy, is going to play a big role in the comfort and convenience of your daily commute, for years to come.

 An automatic can cut down at least half the pain of a daily commute, by eliminating the constant clutching de-clutching and gear rowing.

 Thanks to the cutting-edge AMT technology, you no longer have to shell out big sums of money or face any efficiency disadvantages over a manual gearbox.

 A Celerio AMT costs only 30,000 Rs. more than a manual in terms of Overall Ownership Cost, which is just 6% more than the manual and definitely worth it!

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