New Figo vs Celerio Comparison

Ford Figo vs Maruti-Suzuki Comparison
Verdict: Celerio AMT is better value-for-money than Figo Automatic. Figo Diesel is far better than Celerio Diesel. Figo Petrol with manual transmission is slightly better than Celerio Petrol manual.

Price Difference: Celerio ZXi (Manual) is increasingly becoming the most popular variant amongst it's customers. It retails for 4.57 lakh, Ex-showroom Delhi. However, customers having a budget of upto 5 Lakh now have the option of upgrading a segment higher to the new Ford Figo's 'Trend' variant, which carries a sticker price of 5.01 Lakh rupees. The Figo Trend has a few extra features compared to the Celerio, crucial of them being the Passenger Airbag and the convenient needed Mobile Docking Station, which are worth around 20,000 Rs. This means a Figo with similar equipment levels as the Celerio is just 25,000 Rs. more expensive in spite of being from the Swift's segment. (The Celerio ZDi & Figo Trend Diesel cost 5.32 & 5.98 Lakh respectively.)
Common Features: Driver Airbag, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Tacho, Tilt Steering
Extra Features in Figo Trend: Passenger Airbag, Mobile Docking Station, Auto-Up Anti-Pinch Driver Window, Electric Boot Release
Extra Features in Celerio VXi: Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog

Fuel Efficiency: The ARAI certified mileage for new Figo diesel is 25.83 kmpl, which is 1.79 kmpl lesser than the Celerio's mileage of 27.62 kmpl. However in our back-toback efficiency runs, the actual difference was less than 1 kmpl. The petrol Figo has an ARAI certified mileage of 18.16 kmpl for the manual variant and 17 kmpl for the 1.5 automatic version. This is 4.94 & 6.1 kmpl less than the manual & automatic variants of the Celerio respectively (both have a ARAI certified mileage of 23.1 kmpl). In our real world tests, both the Celerios were about 3 kmpl more efficient than the Figo manual and 4 kmpl more fuel efficient than the Automatic Figo. A diesel Celerio will save just 15,000 Rs. in fuel costs over the span of 5 to 7 years compared to a diesel Figo. A manual geared petrol powered Celerio will save a whopping 75,000 Rs. over manual geared Figo petrol and an AMT Celerio will save 95,000 Rs. over the Dual Clutch Transmission equipped Figo Petrol.

Reliability & After Sales Service: There is absolutely contest when it comes to After Sales Support, thanks to Maruti's 2000+ dealer strong network that has penetrated to the remotest places of the country combined with excellent product reliability and well managed dealership operations. Ford on the other hand has worked hard to shake off the bad reputation and has improved a fair bit after the launch of the Figo, which is evident from the fact that used Figo diesels hold great value in the used car market. Ford is even promising that a routine service will cost no more than 2199 Rs. for the new Figo, which would significantly undercut Celerio's Servicing bills. We expect the diesel Figo to hold better resale value than the Celerio over the next 5 to 7 years, however, the Celerio petrol will definitely hold slightly better value than the Figo petrol over the same period.

Drivability & Performance:
Petrol: The 1.2 petrol engine inside the Figo feels like a huge improvement over the old one thanks to a higher output as well as the reduced kerb weight of the car itself. Celerio is powered by the well known K10 engine, whose free revving nature and refinement make it a very likeable unit. Both engines are quite evenly matched be it in terms of driveability, overtaking abilities or outright acceleration. When it comes to automatics, the Celerio is no match for the performance of the 1500cc dual clutch equipped powertrain of the Figo. Figo's gearshifts are also incredibly smooth compared to the slightly jerky shifts of the Celerio's AMT. But, the entry level automatic Celerio starts at 4.47 lakh, which is a mind boggling 2.5 lakh lesser than the automatic Figo's entry price of 6.92 lakh, so whatever disadvantages the AMT might have compared to the Figo's DCT are instantly forgiven.
Power (PS@rpm): Figo 1.2 – 88@6300, Figo 1.5 – 112@6300, Celerio – 62@6200
Torque (Nm@rpm): Figo 1.2 - 112@4000, Figo 1.5 – 136@4250, Celerio – 90@3500
Kerb Weight (kg): Figo 1.2 – 1040, Figo 1.5 – 1050, Celerio – 820
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Figo 1.2 – 85, Figo 1.5 – 107, Celerio – 83
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Figo 1.2 – 108, Figo 1.5 - 130, Celerio – 110

Diesel: The diesel Figo turns the tables on the Celerio. Firstly it is way more refined than the Celerio's 2-cylinder non-CRDi engine. Secondly, the Figo has absolutely no turbo-lag giving it much better drivability than the Celerio and thirdly, it has immensely better performance than the Celerio. Where the Celerio struggles to overtake heavy traffic on the highways, the Figo absolutely decimates all and sundry, without even needing a downshift. There's a world of difference when it comes to outright acceleration of both the cars as well. The Celerio needs a yawn inducing 20 odd second to accelerate from 0-100 kmph, Figo needs just over 12 seconds.
Power (PS@rpm): Figo – 100@3750, Celerio – 47.6@3500
Torque (Nm@rpm): Figo - 215@1750-3000, Celerio – 125@2000
Kerb Weight (kg): Figo – 1060, Celerio – 890
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Figo – 94, Celerio – 53
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Figo – 203, Celerio – 140

Space & Comfort: The Figo has marginally better cabin space than the Celerio, in terms of shoulder and elbow room. Even the boot-space is slightly bigger than the Celerio. However, the Celerio itself is an extremely well packaged car with more than adequate room for 4 passengers and a respectable 232 litre boot, in spite of its compact footprint.

Ride Quality & Handling: One parameter where the Celerio can't even dream of challenging the Figo in generations to come, is dynamics. The Figo effortlessly tip-toes over the bumps, with hardly any undulations filtering into the cabin and yet corner's incredibly flat with its hydraulic steering providing excellent precision and feedback at all speeds. The Celerio itself has a well sorted suspension setup with a reasonably pliant ride for a car with such a compact wheelbase and neutral handling around corners, and yet it is much inferior to the magical dynamics of the Figo.

Value for Money: Overall a petrol Celerio will be 1.2 Lakh rupees cheaper than a Figo over an ownership period of 5 to 7 years, mainly due to the difference in fuel efficiency, but then the Figo is from a segment above and delivers by providing better drivability, refinement, boot-space, and especially its dynamics, which makes it completely worth the extra money. A manual geared Celerio petrol will be 2 lakh rupees cheaper than a petrol Figo over the same period. Even an automatic Celerio petrol will be 1.5 lakhs cheaper than a manual Figo Petrol, which does not justify Figo petrol's value given its poor drivability & efficiency even though its dynamics are vastly superior.