First Drive

Maruti Celerio EZ Drive automatic review, test drive

Our first drive of Maruti's Celerio; both manual and EZ Drive automatic versions impressed us by ticking all the right boxes.

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Maruti Celerio EZ Drive comes with an automated manual transmission.
Maruti Celerio EZ Drive comes with an automated manual transmission.
A new small car from Maruti is always big news. What makes it even more interesting is that the Indo-Japanese company has a habit of delivering blockbusters every now and then. And that's exactly what the Celerio looks like, a winning proposition, and here's why. 
 
One thing's for sure, it's clearly a Maruti; or should we say a Suzuki. Designed in Japan to appeal to a wide global audience, this clean but safe design is unlikely to polarise opinion. An updated version of the Suzuki grille and the wraparound headlights are clearly attractive, and the tall bumper adds some character as well; but otherwise the design seems quite plain. Still, on the whole, the Celerio’s inoffensive styling should find favour among all types of buyers in the small car segment. 
 
 
What new owners will also take kindly to is the cabin, which scores really well on roominess. The Celerio is a fairly tall hatchback and Suzuki engineers have used vertical space well to maximise head and legroom. The single-piece front seats offer far more support than their slender frame would have you expect; so clearly progress has been made in making these slim line seats comfy. There's more space at the rear than you'd expect as well, the Celerio feels as roomy in the back as the Brio. The seat is pretty comfortable, with good support for your back. But thigh support is poor and the rear seat base is a tad shorter than we’d have liked. The small, fixed headrests could also be ineffective in preventing whiplash injuries (the type incurred when your neck is snapped back) in the event of a collision. Also, the cabin isn’t very wide, so seating three in the back will prove to be quite a squeeze. It's no Indica Vista, that's for sure.  

 

Fact File

Engine

Type 3 cyls, 998cc, petrol
Power 67bhp at 6000rpm
Torque 9.1kgm at 3500rpm

Transmission

Type front wheel drive
Gearbox 5-speed manual / automated manual

Dimensions

Length 3600mm
Width 1600mm
Height 1560mm
Wheel base 2425mm
Boot volume 235 litres
Ground clearance 165mm

Chassis & Body

Weight 830kg
Tyres LXI 155/60 R13 / VXI and above 165/70 R14

Suspension

Front McPherson strut with coil spring
Rear Coupled torsion beam axle with coil spring

Steering

Type of power assist Electronic

Brakes

Front ventilated discs
Rear drums

Performance

0-20 1.03 / 1.72sec
0-40 2.75 / 3.57sec
0-60 6.22 / 6.75sec
0-80 9,42 / 10.45sec
0-100 14.94 / 15.41sec

Economy

Tank size 35 litres

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Maruti Celerio EZ Drive comes with an automated manual transmission.
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