Celerio vs Liva Comparison

Maruti-Suzuki Celerio vs Toyota Etios Liva Comparison
Verdict: Celerio is much better value-for-money than Liva

Price Difference: The 'G' variant of the Liva is by far the most popular variant of Toyota's entry level hatchback, which retail for 5.17 Lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi. But shrewd buyers will now compare it to the top-end, automatic, ZXi AT variant of the Celerio that cost 5.06 Lakh rupees, which is still 11,000 Rs. cheaper than the bare-bones Liva! Toyota seems to be taking the Indian customers for a ride with pricing like that. Moreover, the Celerio also has extra features like the Bluetooth Stereo, e-Mirrors, Rear Wiper, which are worth around 20,000 Rs. and not to forget the Automatic gearbox which is singlehandedly worth 50,000 Rs. This makes the Celerio a whopping 80,000 Rs. cheaper than an equivalent Liva!
Common Features: Airbag-1, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Rear Defogger, 4 Speakers, Fuel Computer
Extra Features in Celerio (ZXi AT): Automatic Gearbox, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth, Steering Wheel Switches, Electrically Adjustable ORVM, Rear Wash-Wipe
Extra Features in Liva (G): Driver's Seat Height Adjust

Fuel Efficiency: The petrol Liva has an ARAI certified mileage of 17.71 kmpl, which is 5.39 kmpl less than petrol Celerio's (Manual & Automatic both) mileage of 23.1 kmpl. In our back-toback tests however, the Celerio was barely 2 kmpl more efficient than the Liva. The diesel Liva has an ARAI certified mileage of 23.59 kmpl, which is 4.03 kmpl less than Celerio diesel's mileage of 27.62 kmpl. In our real world tests, the Liva diesel was around 2 kmpl less efficient than the diesel Celerio.

Space & Comfort: Both Liva and Celerio are perfectly spacious and comfortable vehicles with just the right amount of space for carrying five adults. The Liva is marginally more spacious than the Celerio, but the Celerio itself is incredibly well packaged to liberate just the right amount of space for its occupants and has fantastic ergonomics as well. Both cars also have just enough bootspace for weekend luggage or an airport run, with the Liva having a boot-space of 250 litres and the Celerio a smidgen less at 232 litres.

Drivability & Performance:
Diesel: Liva has much better drivability than the Celerio diesel in city traffic, as well as better refinement. The non CRDi 2-cyl diesel engine of the Celerio is just not up to the mark. Liva's 4-cylinder unit on the other hand has outstanding drivability, with hardly any turbo-lag and even though it is lacking in terms of performance and refinement compared to other diesel engines, it is still far better than the Celerio's.

Petrol: Celerio has a more modern, refined & free revving engine than the outdated unit in the Liva. In spite of being 200cc smaller, it has almost the same power-to-weight & torque to weight ratios as the Liva. Therefore performance is evenly matched with the Liva. But the biggest advantage in favour of the Celerio is that even the automatic variant has identical performance as the manual Liva, with the unbeatable advantage of stress-free driving, without the nuisance of clutch-shift-declutch routine.

Handling & Ride Quality: Neither the Liva nor the Celerio are enthusiastic cars to pilot around a series of bends. However, both cars are neutral handling cars with overtly light steering setups. The Liva has a slight edge over the Celerio in terms of its ability to absorb ruts and bumps thanks to a longer wheelbase. Both cars are stable at speeds and under hard braking, which is remarkable given their featherweight chassis.

Reliability and After Sales Service: Both Maruti & Toyota has flawless reputations for providing hassle free ownership experience to their customers in our country. Both have low maintenance costs and as a result fantastic resale value to boot. Only one parameter where Maruti scores over Toyota is in terms of its widespread service network with over 2000 touch points compared to Toyota's 300. However, if your usage is going to be majorly in and around the metros, both Brands have more than adequate service coverage.