Grand i10 vs Celerio Comparison

Maruti-Suzuki Celerio vs Hyundai Grand i10 Comparison
Verdict: Celerio automatic is better than Grand i10 but Grand i10 is better than Celerio Manual

Price Difference: The Grand i10 is around 75,000 Rs. more expensive than a Celerio with same features, but then its luxurious interiors and spacious cabin and fantastic fit and finish certainly make it feel like a car from a segment above the Celerio, making it much better value for money than the Maruti-Suzuki.

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol: Both cars have excellent petrol engines, but the Grand i10 definitely feels a quantum better than the Celerio, like a car that is half a segment more premium than the Celerio, which it is. Firstly it is easier to drive in city traffic thanks to better torque at lower revs. Even the mid-range is stronger than the Celerio making it easier to overtake heavy traffic on the highways. Top-end too is slightly stronger than the Celerio's

Diesel: Both cars have horrible diesel engines and if you wish to buy a diesel hatchback, please look elsewhere. The problem with both these cars is that they have too small an engine than what is required for their weight. Hence both cars run out of breath much too quickly on the highways and no overtaking abilities to speak of. Amongst the two the Celerio is even worse, with the non-CRDi 2-cylinder engine being nothing less than a pain to drive around. Same goes for the refinement. Grand i10's 3-cylinder engine is not as smooth as it's 4-cylinder competitors and although Hyundai has used up all the tricks in it's sound deadening handbook, the lack of a cylinder is still quite apparent. That being said the Celerio's 2-cylinder engine is even worse with an almost agricultural sounding clatter accompanied by a gruff engine note regardless of the rpm.

Space & Comfort: Celerio is an excellent example of automotive packaging, given how it has managed adequate knee-room, head-room and shoulder space for 4 passengers, with an occasional 5th one and a 232 litre boot inside a tiny footprint. The Grand i10 is a taller and longer car and thus betters the Celerio in terms of headroom and legroom as well as boot-space. It is also slightly more comfortable than the Celerio on long trips, thanks to a higher seating position.

Fuel Efficiency:
Petrol: The ARAI rated mileage of petrol Grand i10 manual is 18.9 kmpl, which is a whopping 4.2 kmpl less than Celerio. The Grand i10 automatic's mileage is rated at 16.95 kmpl, which is a mind boggling 6.15 kmpl less than the Celerio AMT. In our back-to-back tests the manual Celerio was consistently 2-3 kmpl more fuel efficient than the Grand i10, whereas the automatic Celerio was consistently 4 kmpl more efficient than the Grand i10.
Diesel: ARAI has rated the Grand i10 diesel at 24 kmpl, which is 3.62 kmpl less than the Celerio diesel. But in our real world tests, the difference was just over 1 kmpl.

Ride Quality & Handling: The Grand i10 is slightly sub-par in terms of its cornering manners. Even the Celerio isn't exactly the last word in cornering, but thanks to a lower stance and slightly more well weighted steering than the Grand i10 it does inspire more confidence on twisty roads. Grand i10 is too softly sprung and has a longer wheelbase giving it better bump absorption abilities than the Celerio at lower speeds. But as the speeds rise, it feels floaty compared to the Celerio which stays reasonably planted at higher speeds.

Reliability & After Sales Service: Both brands offer the best possible After Sales Service in the country and have built up a hard earned reputation for themselves over the past 2 decades. But even then Maruti-Suzuki still has a huge advantage over Hyundai. Firstly, their service costs are much lower than Hyundai. Secondly, the sheer spread of Maruti's 2000+ dealers can't be matched by Hyundai's 400 odd touch-points and thirdly, Suzuki's products themselves have proven to be marginally more reliable than Hyundai, even to this day.