Beat vs Celerio Comparison

Maruti-Suzuki Celerio vs Chevrolet Beat Comparison
Verdict: Celerio petrol is better than Beat petrol, Beat diesel is better than Celerio diesel, but Celerio AMT is the best of all.

Reliability & After Sales Service: The first and foremost reason why the Beat lags way behind the Celerio is in terms of Service Support. Chevrolet with its ever decreasing number of 300 service points is no match for the 2000+ touch point strong network of Maruti. Secondly the product reliability of Suzuki cars itself is a quantum leap better than that of Chevrolet and hence they require lesser maintenance in the first place. Even the service and repair costs of Maruti are significantly lower than that of Chevrolet cars. This has an obvious effect on the resale value of cars from both the brands and by our best estimates, the Beat is bound to depreciate at least 50,000 Rs. more than the Celerio after 5 to 7 years.

Fuel Efficiency: The petrol engined Celerio has an ARAI certified mileage of 23.1 kmpl (manual & automatic both), which is 4.6 kmpl more than the petrol Beat's mileage of 18.6 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests, the petrol Celerios, both manual and AMT, were consistently over 2 kmpl more efficient than the petrol Beat. The diesel engined Celerio has an ARAI certified mileage of 27.62 kmpl which is 2.18 kmpl more than diesel Beat's mileage of 25.44 kmpl. However in our real world tests, the fuel efficiency of both the cars was more or less identical.

Pricing & Features: Beat LS has always been the most popular variant in the Beat range over the years. It retails for 4.5 Lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. But for just 7000 Rs. more, prospective buyers can now buy the top-end ZXi variant of the Celerio, which has a sticker price of 4.57 Lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The Celerio has numerous additional features over a similarly priced Beat like Driver's Airbag, Stereo System and many others that are easily worth around 40,000 Rs. making it around 35,000 Rs. cheaper than a Beat with similar features.
Common Features: AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Front Power Windows, Central Locking, 60:40 Split Folding Rear Seat
Extra Features in Celerio: Airbag-1, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches, Tilt Steering, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Fuel Computer, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog.
Extra Features in Beat LS: Driver's Seat Height Adjust

Space & Comfort: Even though the Beat may seem slightly bigger than the Celerio on the outside, it is actually more cramped than the Celerio on the inside. Owing to its tall-boy nature, the Beat has slightly high set seating, but space is available in short supply, especially at the back. Rear seat is strictly for two adults only and squeezing in a third one is a pain. The Celerio on the other hand has reasonable amount of space left over for the fifth passenger if and when required. But that's not all, the Beat has a positively tiny boot having a capacity of just 170 litres that is much lesser than Celerio's boot-space of 232 litres, which is the bare minimum that is required to hold four people's weekend luggage.

Drivability & Performance:
Diesel: Both the diesels, Celerio as well as Beat are frustratingly underpowered, no two ways about it and you would be much better off choosing the Figo if you were in the market for an affordable diesel hatchback. However if you were to chose between these two, the Beat's 3-cylinder engine significantly more tractable and also more refined than the Celerio's 2-cylinder unit. Even the outright performance is marginally better than the Celerio.

Petrol: When it comes to petrols, the Celerio gains an upper edge over the Beat. The K10 engine is way more free revving and refined than the Beat's unit, especially at higher revs. In spite of being 200cc smaller, the Celerio's lower weight gives it as good if not better performance than the Beat. Both cars are evenly matched in terms of drivability as well as outright performance. One more notable difference between the two cars is that the Celerio's gearshift quality is way better than the Beat's. Beat has a notably recalcitrant notchy and coarse gearbox, a complete antithesis of the Celerio's 'box. And then there's the cutting edge AMT automatic gearbox of the Celerio, which is incredibly effortless to drive around town, with no lesser performance than the manual variant.

Ride Quality and Handling: Owing to its tall-boy stance, the Beat is prone to body roll and understeers heavily around the bends. Moreover, it has an uncommunicative and sterile steering setup making it worse. The Celerio on the other hand has remarkable handling manners for a car in its class. It may not be exactly an enthusiast dream around the corners, but it has neutral and balanced cornering abilities. However, it also suffers from an overtly light steering setup that does not weigh up adequately around the corners. In terms of ride quality, both cars are quite evenly matched with decent bump absorption and damping while driving over bumps and ruts. But the Celerio is much more stable than the Beat during high speed cruising and panic braking maneuvers.