Celerio vs Brio Comparison

Maruti-Suzuki Celerio vs Honda Brio Comparison
Verdict: Brio with manual transmission is better than Celerio manual, but Celerio Automatic is better than Brio automatic

Price Difference: The Brio is just 20,000 Rs. more expensive than a Celerio having similar features, especially if you compare the low & mid variants. This makes the Brio fundamentally better value-for-money than the Celerio thanks to a better powertrain, dynamics and engineering. Comparing the automatics, you can clearly see how revolutionary the AMT gearbox is going to be. The automatic Celerio starts at 4.47 Lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi), which is almost 2 Lakh rupees cheaper than Brio automatic's starting price of 6.35 Lakhs.

Fuel Efficiency: The Celerio (both MT & AT) has an ARAI certified mileage of 23.1 kmpl, which is 4.3 kmpl more than Brio's (both MT & AT) mileage of 18.9 kmpl. In our back to back tests, the manual brio was 2 kmpl less efficient than both the manual & automatic Celerios and the automatic Brio was 3 kmpl less efficient than the Celerios. This translates into savings of almost 60,000 Rs. in fuel costs over an usage of 60,000 kms.

Drivability & Performance: It is a competition between what is good & what is best. Celerio has a good engine with moderate overall performance, refinement and drivability, but the Brio has the best. It has better tractability than the Celerio and also a wider rev-range, which makes it easier to drive around the city. But as the revs rise, the difference becomes even more stark. It certainly has much better overtaking ability than the Celerio, which is quite apparent on highway drives. But the biggest difference is in the top-end punch, with the Honda engine singing melodiously at the redline, leaving the Celerio breathless in its wake. When it comes to automatics, the Brio trumps the Celerio in terms of smoothness of the gearshifts thanks to its conventional five speed gearbox. But then the Celerio's newfangled AMT gearbox itself is not unacceptably jerky and its flaws are totally forgivable given its price-tag and efficiency advantages.

Space & Comfort: Celerio trumps the Brio both in terms of cabin space as well as boot-space. Celerio has marginally better knee-room and head-room than the Brio in the rear, while the Brio has marginally better elbow-room. But the Brio has slightly better ergonomics in terms of lumbar and under thigh support than the Celerio, even the front seats are wider and have better side bolstering than the Brio. Boot-space though is sorely lacking in the Brio, is just 175 litres, which is not even enough for a weekend trip or an airport run. Celerio's 232 litre boot feels like an absolute life-saver in comparison.

Length (mm): Celerio - 3600, Brio - 3610
Width (mm): Celerio - 1600, Brio - 1680
Height (mm): Celerio - 1560, Brio - 1500

Ride Quality and Handling: Brio is slightly more of an enthusiasts car than the Celerio. It is nimble around corners and more pointy than the Celerio. However, the Celerio has a more pliant ride, especially at low speeds compared to the Brio. Both cars have a common flaw though, which is their overtly light steering setup.

Ground Clearance (mm): Celerio - 165, Brio - 165

After Sales Service: Both brands have stellar reputations for making ultra-reliable and easy-to-maintain cars in our country. Maruti holds an advantage over Honda only in terms of the sheer spread of its service network, which is largely irrelevant for the city dwellers who constitute majority of car buyers in the country. Both cars are bound to hold excellent resale value after 5 to 7 years of rigorous usage as well. Overall though the Celerio is a more practical car due to bigger and much needed boot-space and marginally better fuel efficiency than the Brio, but Brio has stronger fundamentals engine-gearbox-chassis-suspension and surprisingly similar pricing to the Celerio and will give a more pleasurable and satisfying ownership experience than the Celerio to its customer. Unless of course you are opting for the automatic geared Celerio AMT, which is far more affordable and efficient than the automatic Brio.