Celerio vs Datsun Go Comparison

Maruti-Suzuki Celerio vs Datsun Go Comparison
Verdict: Celerio is better than Datsun Go

Pricing & Features: Celerio's most popular variant, 'VXi' (manual transmission) retails for 4.27 Lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. For around 25,000 Rs. less Datsun offers the Go's 'T(O)' variant. Not only is the Datsun Go cheaper, but it also has better features than the Celerio, mainly the Driver's Airbag and the immensely convenient Mobile Docking Station, which are worth around 15,000 Rs. more than Celerio's making it around 40,000 Rs. cheaper than an equivalent Celerio. So is the Celerio worth paying 40,000 Rs. more than a Datsun Go? Lets find out...

Common Features: AC, Power Steering, Front Power Windows, Central Locking
Extra Features in Celerio (VXi): Rear Power Windows, 60:40 Split Seat
Extra Features in Datsun Go (T O): Driver Airbag, Mobile Docking Station + 2 Speakers

Fuel Efficiency: Celerio has an ARAI certified mileage of 23.1 kmpl, for both manual as well as automatic geared variants. This is 2.47 kmpl more than the Datsun Go's fuel efficiency of 20.63 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests, the Celerio (both manual and automatic) was consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the Datsun Go. This translates to savings of around 30,000 Rs. over an usage of 60,000 kms with the Celerio in comparison to the Datsun Go. This negates most of the Go's price advantage making both the cars equally expensive to buy and run.

Drivability & Performance: On one hand you have Kwid's fantastic K10 power-train which is refined & free-revving but a bit lacking in terms of low-end torque. The Datsun Go requires lesser gearshifts while negotiating city traffic, making it an easier car to live with on daily commutes. Unless you decide to go for the Celerio AMT, which is an absolute breeze to pilot around city streets. Datsun Go also falls short in terms of refinement compared to the Celerio and its engine feels slightly reluctant to rev compared to the Celerio's.

Handling & Ride Quality: Both cars are surprisingly comfortable over bumpy roads considering their tiny footprints and affordable price tags. Even straight line stability at high speeds and under panic braking scenarios is commendable in both cars. However, neither cars are keen handlers. Both of them start understeering much below serious cornering speeds, which is not entirely unexpected given their narrow tyres. Both cars also have uncannily similar, overtly light steering setups that spoils their handling even further.

Ground Clearance (mm): Go - 170, Celerio - 165

Space & Comfort: Datsun Go has a slight edge over the Celerio both in terms of cabin space as well as boot-space. It has noticeably better rear knee-room and leg-rrom making it more comfortable over longer distances. Both Go as well as Celerio could have done with better under thigh support though. Go's bootspace is around 33 litres more at 265 litres, compared to Celerio's 232 litres. However, all things said and done Celerio itself is an amazingly well packaged car with just adequate space for five people and their weekend luggage.

Length (mm): Go - 3785, Celerio - 3600
Width (mm): Go - 1635, Celerio - 1600
Height (mm): Go - 1485, Celerio - 1560

Reliability & After Sales Service: Datsun is no match for Maruti's legendary service support in our country. Firstly, Suzuki's product reliability itself is a notch superior to Nissan-Datsun which makes the service centre's job easier in the first place. In addition to that Maruti's service centre's have been around for a long time and have been optimised and improved upon by parent company Suzuki over three decades. And last but not the least, after an ownership period of 5 to 7 years, the celerio is bound to depreciate at least 50,000 Rs. lesser than the Datsun Go. This brings the Celerio's overall cost of ownership to 40,000 Rs. lesser than the Datsun Go overall, making it undoubtedly better value-for-money amongst the two.