Ignis vs Celerio Comparison Review

Updated on: Mar 13, 2017
Maruti Suzuki Celerio vs Ignis Comparison:


"The Ignis is powered by a bigger 1200cc 4-cylinder engine, but weighs roughly the same as the Celerio, which is powered by a smaller 1000cc 3-cylinder mill. Not only does this make the Ignis noticeably smoother and more free revving than the Celerio, but it also gives it better performance than the Celerio across the rev range"

Ignis vs Celerio Video Comparison:



Pricing & Features:
The Ignis ‘Delta’ petrol, is priced at 5.6 Lakh Rs. on road Delhi, which is just 5000 Rs. more expensive than the Celerio ‘ZXi O’ variant, costing 5.6 Lakh Rs. If we compare the automatics, Ignis 'Delta AT', which retails for 6.2 Lakh Rs. is around 50,000 Rs. more expensive, than the Celerio 'ZXi AMT ABS', having a sticker price of 5.7 Lakh Rs.

In addition to being 5000 Rs. cheaper, the Celerio 'ZXi O' has a few extra features that are absent in the Ignis 'Delta' like Height Adjustable Driver's Seat, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defogger, Alloy Wheels and Fog Lamps. The Ignis on the other hand has 200 extra ccs of displacement and an extra cylinder over the Celerio!

Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers & 2 Tweeters, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Steering Wheel Switches

Extra Features in Ignis (Delta):

Extra Features in Celerio (ZXi O): Height Adjustable Driver's Seat, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defogger, Alloy Wheels and Fog Lamps

Pricing of other variants:
Ignis Delta (diesel manual) – 7.20 Lakh
Ignis Delta AGS (diesel automatic) – 7.80 Lakh

Performance & Drivability:
The Celerio is no match to the Ignis petrol, in terms of performance, which is quite obvious. The Ignis is powered by a bigger 1200cc 4-cylinder engine, but weighs roughly the same as the Celerio, which is powered by a smaller 1000cc 3-cylinder mill. Not only does this make the Ignis noticeably smoother and more free revving than the Celerio, but it also gives it better performance than the Celerio across the rev range. This also makes it's AMT version less susceptible to roll-back on the inclines, compared to the Celerio. Apart from that both cars have equally smooth, but slightly slow-shiting AMT setups.

The Ignis diesel is significantly more vocal than the petrols, but makes up for it with a helluva torquey mid-range. It is the best car, for pulling high speed overtaking maneuvers, over heavy vehicles on the highways. And why wouldn't it be? It has more than twice as much torque as Celerio petrol and over 50% more than the Ignis petrol. The diesel Ignis is also available with an AMT, but its shifts aren't as smooth, as those in the petrol cars. The Celerio diesel, had been discontinued due to poor market response.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Ignis (petrol) – 101, Celerio (petrol) – 83, Ignis (diesel) – 79
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Ignis (petrol) – 138, Celerio (petrol) – 110, Ignis (diesel) – 200

Power (PS@rpm): Ignis (petrol) – 84.3@6000, Celerio (petrol) – 68@6200, Ignis (diesel) – 75@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Ignis (petrol) - 115@4000, Celerio (petrol) – 90@3500, Ignis (diesel) – 190@2000
Kerb Weight (kg): Ignis (petrol) – 835, Celerio (petrol) – 820, Ignis (diesel) – 950

Fuel Efficiency: 
Both the Ignis manual & automatic petrols, have an ARAI certified mileage of 20.9 kmpl, which is 2.2 kmpl more than the equivalent Celerios. However, in our back to back tests, the Celerio was just over 1 kmpl more efficient than the Ignises. The diesel Ignis though was consistently 3 kmpl more efficient the Celerio petrol.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Ignis (manual & automatic, petrol) – 20.89
Celerio (manual & automatic, petrol) – 23.1
Ignis (manual & automatic, diesel) – 26.8

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh):
Ignis (manual & automatic) – 3.45 Lakh
Celerio (manual & automatic, petrol) – 3.10 Lakh
Ignis (manual & automatic, diesel) – 2.25 Lakh

Space & Comfort:
The Ignis is marginally bigger than the Celerio, along every dimension. However, there's hardly any difference in the space inside both the cars. Only advantage that the Ignis has, is that it has a high-set rear seat, which provides better under-thigh support, and better headroom as well as easier ingress-egress, than the Celerio. Ignis' boot is also a tad bit bigger than the Celerio's and it's interiors are a bit more lively as well.

Boot-space (lit): Ignis - 260, Celerio - 232

Length (mm): Ignis – 3700, Celerio – 3600
Width (mm): Ignis – 1690, Celerio – 1600
Height (mm): Ignis – 1595, Celerio – 1530

Ride Quality & Handling: 
The Celerio, has a more balanced suspension setup, than the Ignis. The Ignis, is set-up on the stiffer side, since it is a taller car, and the resulting body roll, needed to be kept in check. However, thanks to wider tyres and a bigger footprint, it feels grippier and more responsive, around corners. It's higher ground clearance, compared to the Celerio, also makes it less likely to scrape its underbody over broken tarmac, making it better suited the harsh realities of our country's roads.

Wheelbase (mm): Ignis - 2438, Celerio - 2425

Ground Clearance (mm): Ignis – 180, Celerio – 165

Tyre Size:
Ignis – 175/60R15
Celerio - 165/65R15 (V & Z), 155/80R13 (L)

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Maruti-Suzuki is a legend, when it comes to After Sales Support in our country. Add in the typical Japanese reliability factor, and you end up with the most hassle free car ownership experience, in the market. The Ignis being exclusive to Nexa showrooms, has a slight disadvantage compared to the the Celerio in terms of rural reach, but otherwise, you just cant go wrong with either of these cars, in terms of overall service support.

Resale & Cost of Ownership:
The Ignis being a more premium and modern offering, is bound to retain slightly higher residual value than the Celerio, after 5 to 7 years of usage. That makes up for its higher price and fuel cost, with respect to the Celerio, resulting in 40,000 Rs. lower cost of ownership for the Ignis 'Delta' than the Celerio 'ZXi O' in the long term.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh): 
Ignis Delta (petrol manual) – 4.00 Lakh
Celerio ZXi O (petrol manual) – 3.25 Lakh

Ignis Delta (petrol automatic) - 4.25 Lakh
Celerio ZXi AMT ABS (petrol automatic) - 3.50 Lakh

Ignis Delta (diesel manual) – 4.50 Lakh
Ignis Delta (diesel automatic) – 4.65 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Ignis Delta (petrol manual) – 5.05 Lakh
Celerio ZXi O (petrol manual) – 5.45 Lakh

Ignis Delta (petrol automatic) - 5.40 Lakh
Celerio ZXi AMT ABS (petrol automatic) - 5.30 Lakh

Ignis Delta (diesel manual) – 4.95 Lakh
Ignis Delta (diesel automatic) – 5.40 Lakh

Verdict:
The Celerio is an excellent all round package. But, within just two and a half years of its launch, it has already started feeling quite dated. In retrospect, it did feel like a pretty dated product, even on the day of its launch. The arrival of the Ignis, has highlighted this point even more. As demonstrated above, lower variants of the Ignis, are priced squarely similar to the top-end variants of the Celerio, and have similar feature content, as well.

 Maruti has tried to hide this fact, by selling the Ignis, exclusively through the Nexa outlets, and Celerio through its regular outlets. The Celerio is in a dire need of a face-lift, but doing that might make it more expensive than the Ignis. However, even at today's prices the Ignis remains a better value-for-money option than the Celerio, making it the clear winner of this shootout!

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