Maruti Suzuki Celerio and Tata Tiago are two strong contenders in the A-segment. We pitch these two compact hatchbacks against each other.
Maruti Suzuki has launched the second generation Celerio in the market with a host of changes to make it a worthy contestant in the segment. The compact hatchback has been one of the best-sellers in its class since it was first introduced in 2014. But in recent years, it has been facing the heat from solid challengers like Tata Tiago.
Where Tata Tiago has lately, surprised by its looks, cutting edge interiors and safety aspects, Maruti Celerio has donned a new avatar to restore its pride. Let’s see how these two cars differ from each other and which one is the best value for money.
There is a clear difference in the dimension department, as seen in the below table. Where Tiago is longer and wider, the Celerio is taller and also has a slightly larger wheelbase. The Celerio now also comes with an updated boot capacity than its previous version (235L), giving it an edge over Tiago. Ground clearance is the same in both cars.
|Tata Tiago||Maruti Celerio|
Looks and Design
The Tiago exterior profile is surely an aggressive one with a boldly sculpted hood, slimmer and sportier headlamps, tri-arrow grille design and chrome garnish on front fog lamps. The profile is further highlighted by the contrasting black roof, 15-inch dual-tone alloy wheels and revamped taillights.
The new Celerio, on the other hand, now features a more rounded design, with smooth flowing curves, characterized by 3D sculpted design and radiant grille. A chrome strip runs in between, connecting the oval-shaped headlights. The car for the first time gets darkened 15-inch alloy wheels, while the rear profile features droplet-styled tail lights.
Interiors and Features
Inside, Tata Tiago sports a dual-tone interior theme with tri-arrow designed elegant upholstery and a spacious cabin for a nuclear family. One of the main highlights of Tiago is the digital instrument cluster, which gives it an edge over other cars in the segment. The feature list includes 7-inch touch screen infotainment, powered by Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 8-speakers Harman audio system, automatic AC, electrically adjustable & foldable ORVMs and glove box cooling, among others.
Celerio has now grown into a more sophisticated vehicle with completely revamped interiors. The energetic cabin features an all-black colour theme with contrasting faux aluminium accents on the air cons, centre console and steering wheel. The new-gen Celerio is high on comfort and convenience, as it now features a SmartPlay 7-inch touchscreen unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, electrically adjustable ORVM, 60:40 rear seat split, steering mounted controls and also push engine start/stop button, which isn’t present in Tiago.
The Tiago is the only car in the segment that has received a 4-star Global NCAP safety rating due to its high strength body structure. Both the cars come with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, speed alert system, rear defogger and rear parking sensors.
However, Tiago also gets Corner Stability Control and a rear parking camera, while Celerio boasts of an important Hill Hold Assist feature that comes quite handy on slopes.
It is a crucial point of comparison and maybe the deal-breaker for many. The Tiago, as depicted in the table below, is the powerful of the lot. However, the engine is Celerio is brand new, returning the highest fuel efficiency in the segment.
|Tata Tiago||Maruti Celerio|
|Engine||1.2L petrol||1.0L petrol|
|Transmission||5-speedMT/5-speed AMT||5-speedMT, Auto Gear Shift|
Pricing and Verdict
Tata Tiago has been priced in the range of Rs. 5.19 – 7.64 Lakh, while the Maruti Celerio costs between Rs 5.15 – 6.94 Lakh (ex-showroom). The pricing is certainly not the deciding factor as both cars are competitively priced. But many things separate them from each other.
Where Tiago excels in the styling, power, comfort and safety departments, the Celerio, on the other hand, is a brand-new offering with a new design, decent comfort and safety features, a more economical engine and the seal of Maruti trust and reliability. However, if we have to pick up a one looking at the overall comparison, Tata Tiago seems to be dominating every department with a few misses.
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