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Maruti Suzuki Celerio X 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Harshit Gupta - Senior Editor Mar 31 2020 Share this blog

Lately, the Indian automotive market has been facing a trend where most consumers are preferring crossovers and SUVs to hatchbacks. While Maruti Suzuki has a decent selection of SUVs on offer, they still wanted to cash in the craze, especially in the budget segment. The Maruti Suzuki Celerio X is a lightly reskinned Celerio that gets updated bumpers and body cladding, to replicate a crossover. However, the Celerio X is a budget hatchback in its truest sense and the only other thing that’s different from the regular hatchback (other than the body cladding and the bumpers) is the higher ground clearance on offer which is ideal for most bad roads.

The  Celerio X received an update in February wherein it received a wide range of safety kit as standard fitment from the base variant. The Celerio X price in India starts at Rs. 4.75 lakhs for the base Vxi variant and goes up to Rs. 5.52 lakh for the top end Zxi(o) AMT variant.

The Maruti Suzuki Celerio X is not as well equipped as other vehicles at this price point. It's also nearly Rs. 10,000 dearer when you compare it spec-by-spec with the normal Celerio. However, while the Celerio X did attract some customers initially, the lack of a touchscreen system has made it lose sales every month since most customers prefer going for the cheaper and well-loaded Wagon R or Ignis. However, if you are considering a Celerio, is it worth paying extra and upgrading to the Celerio X?

What will impress you:

  • Efficient and reliable K10 engine

  • A good amount of ground clearance

  • Cheap AMT option

  • Easy to drive in the city

  • Glovebox is spacious

What Won’t:

  • Outdated design

  • Maruti Suzuki sells better-equipped models for less

  • No touchscreen system

  • Ride and handling balance is not well-tuned

What’s New in the 2020 Maruti Suzuki Celerio X?

For the 2020 model year, the Maruti Suzuki Celerio X gets the following updates:

  • Driver airbags, ABS, EBD, rear parking sensors, a speed alert system and a seatbelt reminder for the front seats are now available as standard

  • The  Celerio X continues as-is in terms of mechanicals and overall equipment and features on offer

2020 Maruti Suzuki Celerio X Variants and Features

There are a total of 4 variants offered in the Maruti Suzuki Celerio X. These variants are all offered with the option of an AMT gearbox if one wishes for more convenience. Celerio X price in India ranges from Rs. 4.75 lakhs for the base Vxi manual and goes all the way up to Rs. 5.52 lakhs for the Zxi(o) AMT. The following is the distribution of the variants on offer.

Trim

Vxi

Vxi(o)

Zxi

Zxi(o)

Petrol Manual Price (Ex-Delhi) in INR

4,75,000

4,81,000

4,99,000

5,40,000

Petrol AMT Price (Ex-Delhi) in INR

5,18,000

5,24,000

5,42,000

5,52,000

Features 


Power steering

Adds over Vxi:

Adds over Vxi:

Adds over Zxi:

Front and rear power windows

Passenger airbag

Steering mounted audio controls

Passenger airbag

Accessory power outlet

Pretensioner and force limiter seat belts

CD player with radio

Pretensioner and force limiter seat belts

Vanity mirror


Four speakers

Height adjustable driver seat

Rear seat headrest


USB and AUX input

Front fog lights

Dual front cup holders


Bluetooth connectivity


Rear parking sensors


Turn indicators on ORVMs



Driver airbag and ABS with EBD


Power adjustable external mirrors



Rear spoiler


Rear wiper, washer, and defogger


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The standard Vxi variant is very sparsely equipped and doesn’t make much sense at its price. While the Zxi variant does cost quite a bit more, it comes with quite a lot of modern-day necessities as standard, making it the most value-for-money variant of the lineup. However, if you can stretch your budget by a bit, opting for the Zxi(o) variant gives you features like a passenger airbag and proper pre-tensioner seatbelts, which are definitely recommended if you care about your family’s safety. The Zxi(o) variant also gets a height-adjustable driver’s seat that’s definitely required if you’re taller than the average person in India.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio X Offers (March 2020)

There are currently no offers available on the Maruti Suzuki Celerio X. For CARHP Special Offers, check your local prices here: 

Variants

Highlight Features

Ex-Showroom Price (Pan India)

Vxi

Driver airbag and ABS with EBD

4.75 Lakhs

Vxi (o)

Pretensioner and force limiter seat belts

4.81 Lakhs

Zxi

Turn indicators on ORVMs

4.99 Lakhs

Zxi (o)

Front fog lights

5.40 Lakhs

Maruti Suzuki Celerio X Engine and Performance

Powering the Celerio X is Maruti’s tried and tested K10B engine which produces 67 Bhp and 90 Nm of torque and is in use across a wide range of their vehicles. While the Celerio’s power output seems quite low, its low weight makes it feel quite nimble, without affecting its overall efficiency. This makes it a very easy car to drive in the city, especially in traffic. What also helps in making the drive easier is the AMT gearbox which seamlessly shifts between gears without requiring any input from the user. Maruti Suzuki Celerio X gets the BS6 powered engine that has lower sulphur emission.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio X engine

The K10B engine and AMT gearbox combination have proven to be a really good powertrain from Maruti since it's been validated to be very reliable and peppy, while not being too expensive to maintain and service. It was initially developed as a replacement for the ubiquitous 796 cc engine used in the Alto 800 but eventually slotted above it as a more powerful and tractable option. 

Models

Maruti Suzuki Celerio X

Tata Tiago NRG

Hyundai Santro

Price (Ex-Delhi) in INR

Rs. 4.75 Lakhs

Rs. 5.84 Lakhs

Rs. 4.29 Lakhs

Engine

998 cc K10B three-cylinder petrol engine

1199 cc three-cylinder petrol engine

1086 cc four-cylinder petrol engine

Transmission

5 Speed Manual/AMT

5 Speed Manual/AMT

5 Speed Manual/AMT

Power (bhp)

67bhp@6000rpm

84bhp@6000rpm

68bhp@5500rpm

Torque(N-m)

90Nm@3500rpm

140Nm@1800-3000rpm

99Nm@4500rpm

This engine also provides a relatively linear output of torque and power which helps in improving the overall vehicle’s tractability and ride quality.

How well does the Celerio X accelerate?

While the K10B feels quite peppy in the city, it does take some time for it to gain speed on the highways. Efficiency has always been Maruti’s primary concern and Celerio X’s short gearing makes it feel bogged down after the 60 kmph mark. 0-100 takes a leisurely 15.83 seconds, which is quite a bit more than what its competition is capable of. However, the Celerio X’s competition does come with larger engines with higher power outputs. 

Models

Maruti Suzuki Celerio X

Tata Tiago NRG

Hyundai Santro

0-100 KMPH

15.83 secs

14.5 secs

14.5 secs

Quarter Mile

N/A

N/A

N/A

Engine

998 cc K10B three-cylinder petrol engine

1199 cc three-cylinder petrol engine

1086 cc four-cylinder petrol engine

Overall, the Celerio X will not disappoint you in the city but will definitely need you to work the gears to gain speed on the highway.

How is its ride quality in city?

Maruti Suzuki has been one of the very few manufacturers in the Indian automotive industry that tunes its cars for a sportier ride and feel and the Celerio X is no exception. The Celerio X’s steering feels quite direct and there are sufficient feel and feedback from the road at all speeds. 

Celerio X in white colour  ride quality in city


The steering also stays quite light at city speeds and progressively weighs up as you increase your speed. Ride quality is slightly on the harsher side though since the suspension has been set up to tackle corners with ease. But, the Celerio X’s raised ground clearance causes it to roll around a bit more than the Regular Celerio. To its merit, the stiffer suspension setup does help in improving ride quality over bad roads since its suspension soaks up potholes and bumps with ease without unsettling the passengers in the cabin. Overall, the Celerio X rides very well for a city car and will definitely not cause any concerns if you enjoy driving.

How do the brakes perform on Celerio X?

As standard, the Maruti Suzuki Celerio X now gets ABS and EBD as standard across all variants. Previously, the car without ABS and EBD would skid quite a lot during hard braking and would cover a considerable amount of distance before coming to a stop. However, the updated brakes feel much more sure-footed and bring the car to a halt without causing the tires to skid. 

Model

Maruti Suzuki Celerio X

Tata Tiago NRG

Hyundai Santro

Front Brakes

Disc

Disc

Disc

Rear Brakes

Drum

Drum

Drum

Kerb Weight (kg)

835

1085

900

While there is a considerable amount of pedal travel when you press the brakes, the braking effect feels progressive overall and doesn’t destabilize the car like the previous brakes used to do. However, you might need to press the brakes a little bit harder than usual in city conditions, since the brakes take some time to respond in city conditions.

How much mileage does this car return?

While all vehicles in this segment come with the same tank size for fuel, the Tiago NRG is rated as the most fuel-efficient vehicle in this comparison, even if it gets the largest engine in its class. However, the Celerio X is not too far behind in terms of mileage since its engine is the least powerful and also feel quite laidback in comparison. The optional AMT gearbox on all models does drop the figure by a few points, but most people are willing to trade efficiency for the greater amount of convenience the automatic offers. The Celerio X’s range is decent enough for the segment as you might need to fuel it up on a weekly basis, depending on your frequency of use.

Model

Maruti Suzuki Celerio X

Tata Tiago NRG

Hyundai Santro

Mileage (Kmpl)

23

24

20.3

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

35

35

35

Range (Km)

805

840

710.5

The Celerio X is definitely not the most fuel-efficient, but since its engine has been updated to BS 6 standards, its competition will also see a drop in numbers once they convert their engines to meet the new regulations.

2020 Maruti Suzuki Celerio X Exterior Details

Is the new Celerio X's design pleasing to the eyes?

The  Maruti Suzuki Celerio X measures in at a decent 3715 mm, but its overall wheelbase size of 2425 mm does mean that there’s more space in its interiors when compared to its competition. The Celerio X is also the lightest vehicle in this comparison, and while that does improve fuel efficiency, we don’t think its structure will hold up during accidents.

Orange coloured Celerio X side profile


Its build quality also feels quite shoddy since the interiors are filled with low-quality plastics which also feel quite cheap to the touch. Its narrow body also restricts room in the rear part of the cabin and only two passengers will be able to sit comfortably across the rear bench.

Model

Maruti Suzuki Celerio X

Tata Tiago NRG

Hyundai Santro

Kerb weight (kg)

835

1085

900

Length(mm)

3715

3793

3610

Width(mm)

1635

1665

1645

Height(mm)

1565

1587

1560

Ground clearance (mm)

165

180

170

Wheelbase (mm)

2425

2400

2400

Overall, Celerio X’s compact dimensions might make it a very easy vehicle to maneuver in city traffic and tight parking spots, but it does restrict the overall interior room to some extent.

Exterior Feature

  • New bumpers with body cladding around the sides and rear

  • Option of a dual-tone paint scheme

  • Turn indicators on the mirrors

  • Larger steel wheels with wheel covers

  • Rear spoiler with an integrated stoplight

  • Revised front grille

2020 Maruti Suzuki Celerio X Interior Details

How Comfortable are the Celerio X seats?

The Maruti Suzuki Celerio X is a five-door hatchback and is considerably spacious for its class. While the class-leading wheelbase plays a major factor in enhancing space, the slim seats also help make more room for taller people. As standard, the Celerio X gets a sporty black interior with special graphics on the seats, which does help make the cabin feel like a nice place to be in. 

Celerio X seating all rows with textured seat upholstery


The Celerio X also gets large windows, which brighten up the cabin and reduce the effect of claustrophobia for some people. The front seats get a decent amount of support and comfort over long distances, but the seats lack in terms of overall cushioning which gets uncomfortable. There’s also a limited amount of space in the front footwells and it might turn out to be a problem for taller drivers since the steering cannot be adjusted for rake or reach. But, the top-end Zxi(o) gets a height-adjustable seat for the driver, which can be adjusted to its lowest setting to adjust for taller drivers. 

Model

Maruti Suzuki Celerio X

Tata Tiago NRG

Hyundai Santro

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

The rear seats are also well-shaped and contoured, but these seats are also low on cushioning and might induce back pain if used for too long. Rear headroom is average for the segment and people over 6 feet will be able to fit comfortably. Don’t expect seating three adults across the rear seat though, since there’s not enough shoulder room to accommodate three adults comfortably. The middle seat also lacks a headrest which might cause injuries for the passenger occupying that seat. Overall, the Celerio X gets a decent interior for its price, but it doesn’t stand out or do things differently in any way.

Is there any infotainment system equipped with Celerio X?

The Maruti Suzuki Celerio X is the only vehicle at its price point which misses out on a touchscreen infotainment system. While the music system on offer is decent enough, it misses out on quite a lot of features a touchscreen system usually offers. 

The standard music system is also not available on the base variant, which is completely unacceptable at the price the Celerio X retails at.

The music system gets the following features when equipped:

  • A monochrome LCD display with eight radio memory settings

  • One USB and one AUX port

  • Four speakers

  • Bluetooth telephony and audio output

  • Radio FM/AM tuner

  • Music player

Creature Comfort Features

  • All four power windows with individual switches
  • A standard music system with AUX, USB, and Bluetooth
  • Black cloth upholstery with graphics
  • Four headrests
  • Centre console with cupholders
  • Manual AC controls
  • Steering mounted audio controls on the top-end variant

Is the boot space sufficient on this Maruti Car?

While the Celerio X doesn’t get the largest boot in its class, the 235-litres of boot space is quite practical and usable on a daily basis. The spare wheel underneath the boot floor does take up a considerable amount of space and reduces boot capacity by a bit, but it doesn’t intrude into the remaining boot. 

235 litres of boot space in Celerio X

The boot opening is large and square and there are no intrusions from the body that gets in the way. The low loading lip also helps in loading heavy cargo and the rear seats can be folded down to liberate more space.

Model

Maruti Suzuki Celerio X

Tata Tiago NRG

Hyundai Santro

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (Litres)

235

242

235

The Celerio X can be used as a reliable cargo hauler, although loading too much of cargo might bog down the Celerio X and cause it to not accelerate as fast as it does when hauling a full load of passengers.

2020 Maruti Suzuki Celerio X Safety and Reliability

The Maruti Suzuki Celerio X has not been tested by the NCAP. However, the car it's based on, the Maruti Suzuki Celerio was tested in 2016 and received a dismal score of zero stars. The structure was also rated as unstable in the frontal crash test. This model missed out on airbags, ABS and EBD, which would’ve only helped it improve its score to a similarly disappointing one-star score. 

The test dummy that was put in the driver seat during the frontal overlap test was seen to sustain injuries in his chest, head, and legs, which might turn to be fatal in the real world. It does get a one-star rating in terms of child safety though, but the lack of standard ISOFIX child seat anchors and the inability to hold the child seat in place certainly hurts Celerio X’s overall rating. Like all other Marutis, the Celerio X gets a 2 year/40,000 km warranty, which is quite insufficient when compared to other vehicles in this segment.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio X Head-to-Head Competition Check

Maruti Suzuki Celerio X vs Tata Tiago NRG

The Tata Tiago NRG is offered in only one trim which is based on the XZ trim of the Tata Tiago. This trim gets a significant list of features when compared to the Celerio X. While it does start at a higher price, the Tiago not only gets a touchscreen display, it also gets a much more spacious cabin, a more powerful engine, better efficiency figures, and a better and larger boot. These features make the Tiago NRG a much better vehicle to live with on a daily basis, especially since all the controls of the Tiago feel better to the touch and much more ergonomic than the Celerio X. However, the Celerio does feel much more involving to drive since its throttle response feels much more lively than the Tiago’s. 

Grey coloured Tata Tiago NRG


The Celerio X’s AMT is also much more smooth in operation and doesn’t cause the head nod effect as you’d get in the Tiago. However, we’d still recommend the Tiago, since its build quality feels far superior. While the Tiago hasn’t been tested by NCAP, there have been many instances of people surviving to tell their story after being involved in really bad crashes in the Tiago.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio X vs Hyundai Santro 

The Hyundai Santro has been recently crash-tested by NCAP and it didn’t fare too well in the test. However, it still did score a two-star rating, which is much better than the Celerio’s. The Santro also offers a touchscreen infotainment system in its top two variants and a normal music system on the rest of the variants. The Celerio X is definitely much more efficient than the Santro, but the Santro’s throttle response is very energetic and doesn’t feel out of steam at any speed. 

Hyundai Santro vs Maruti  Suzuki Celerio X


The Santro also handles quite well and doesn’t lose composure at higher speeds, which is quite unlike most Hyundais. Finally, the Santro’s AMT unit is much more responsive and smooth to drive when compared to the Celerio X, and while Hyundai has compromised on providing some luxuries in the interest of costs, they didn’t compromise on essentials like safety and build quality, which makes it the better car.

Final Verdict for the 2020 Maruti Suzuki Celerio X

Maruti Suzuki’s Celerio was instrumental in introducing the AMT gearbox to the masses in 2014. It was extremely successful at launch, and nearly 33% of orders were for the automatic variant, which is big when you consider that India was predominantly a manual transmission preferring market. However, the Celerio has remained the same ever since and the Celerio X was a very minor update which gave it body cladding and new bumpers, while the competition moved on to newer vehicles. This has reflected in the Celerio’s overall sale numbers since most people go for the other vehicles being sold by Maruti at the same price from the same showroom. The Celerio X urgently needs an updated list of equipment if it wants to attract newer customers since its competition offers much more for lesser money.

Safety is also a big concern in India right now and while the Celerio X does get airbags, ABS and EBD, it still requires a stiffer structure to prevent any injuries to its occupants. Overall, you should only consider the Celerio if you want a practical, no-nonsense vehicle that is easy on the pocket and also convenient enough to drive in the city. 

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