As you sit in the Maruti Celerio, several ideas come to mind. The car is taller, and you get more headroom. You sit up high because of the fixed seat height fees as if it is in the highest position. If you are short, you will fall in love with the ample view of the road. You will not miss the seat height adjustment in the Maruti Baleno. The cabin is spacious, and the interior is spacious too good for its segment. In term s of legroom, Maruti Celerio scores high, and the seat goes back and forth to ensure the tall occupants are happy and comfortable.
The quality is, and as soon as you step in, you know you are in a budget Maruti. Generally, the quality is between the Swift and the WagonR. Some parts feel flimsy, and the hand break plastic feels light. Maruti Celerio is not an automatic, at least not in the primary sense. This is why the Maruti dabbed the technology ‘auto gear shift,’ and they made it their selling point. It is easy to operate because the ‘auto gear shift’ technology works just like the Celerio manual transmissions. The difference is how you operate the clutch and how you shift the gears. In the manual, you will do these tasks. However, with the automatic Celerio, the clutch and the shift gears are operated by the hydraulic actuators present in the engine bay. You have no clutch pedal, and for the gearshifts, you don’t have ego do anything. This makes it like a conventional automatic. It is a simple idea, the gear lever and clutch functions are not in the cabin, they are in the engine bay.
It is a good thing, especially if you have to deal with traffic. There is no clutch pedal, so you don’t have to keep shifting between the Neutral, 1st and 2nd gear. While in transit, there is no need of stepping on the accelerator. Just release the break, and your Celerio will crawl forward. Any budget car owner will fall in love with the relaxed left leg. The tricky part with this vehicle while driving in the city is when it comes to parking in tight spots. Unlike the conventional automatic technology, where you can ease the car forward, the Celerio auto gear shift is like an on and off solution. As the vehicle tries its best not to let go of the clutch, the car results in an eager movement which is quite tricky when you are getting out or into tight parking spots.
If manual transmission is your thing, Celerio’s light clutch pedal will be an appeal. You can efficiently manage the stop and go traffic. You can move without any acceleration input, provided you slowly release the clutch pedal. As you push the gear lever from the neutral position to left or right you will feel some resistance; otherwise, everything else is good.
Generally, the Maruti celerio is an excellent budget vehicle, but since everyone has their taste, there is no way of knowing which car is better between the two. You have to drive them both to know which one suits you.