All-new Maruti Suzuki Celerio: fuel efficiency has a new definition
The new Maruti Suzuki Celerio feels so fast and powerful (for its size) that you might think it uses a lot of fuel. But no matter how or where you drive it – fast, slow, crawling in a traffic jam or on a highway at speeds above 100 km / h – the overall fuel consumption figure (as displayed on the on-board computer). ) just does not drop below 20 kmpl.
And if you are a good driver (driving fast is not good driving) the new Celerio could well report an actual fuel efficiency of 22-23 kmpl, even within city limits! With a claimed figure of 26.68 kmpl (AGS), the Celerio is India’s most fuel efficient gasoline car. We drive it fast, slowly, crawling through a traffic jam and down the highway.
What makes it so fuel efficient?
CV Raman, technical director of Maruti Suzuki India, explained to me that this was due to five technical changes: reduced weight of 15 kg (compared to the previous generation model), idle start / stop technology, use of low viscosity engine oil, wind reduction of low rolling resistance tires.
What does it look like?
The previous generation of Celerio did not turn heads. This one looks better (the grille section brings a lot of freshness to the car) but calling it a head tuner might go a bit too far.
How is the cabin?
It is surprisingly spacious and five adults can sit comfortably. The legroom is great. The high end variant I drove has most of the features expected of a car in this price range (Rs 5-7 lakh). These include a 7-inch Smartplay Studio display with smartphone navigation, engine start / stop button with smart key, gearshift indicator, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, comfortable seats, and more. Luggage space is also good.
How does it roll?
In its price range, the Celerio might just be the best driver’s car. Whether it’s the AGS model or the one with manual gearbox, it’s a pleasure to drive. Accelerating from any speed to any speed is almost intense and braking inspires confidence. I had to do emergency braking once and the car didn’t lose its course an inch and came to a safe stop.
Steering feedback – mechanical signals that the front tires send to the steering wheel – is so precise that you feel most bumps and dips in the road through the steering wheel. This leads to safer driving.
This brings us to energy efficiency.
– In the AGS model, going through a traffic jam in Udaipur for about 30 minutes and 10 km, it returned 22 km / liter.
– While driving on a six-lane motorway at more than 100 km / h for 15 km, it returned 21 km / liter.
—When driving on a two-lane national road (almost without traffic) for about 80 km, it returned 23 km / liter.
Should we buy it?
Priced from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 6.94 lakh (ex-showroom), the new Celerio seems a bit expensive, but it is a very convenient car to own and use. In case you are not a fan of the body shape of the SUV (remember that most SUVs under Rs 10 lakh are just high hatchback cars, not really sport utility vehicles), the Celerio makes good sense. It’s neat, easy to maneuver, exciting to drive, can navigate narrow lanes and can also go over 100 km / h on a highway for hours. Energy efficiency is real and it can lead to slightly lower operating costs. But it turns few heads.