Which car is the best: Hyundai Santro vs Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Variants Comparison
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Which car is the best: Hyundai Santro vs Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Variants Comparison

Hyundai has launched the Santro at an introductory price starting from Rs 3.89 lakh to Rs 5.45 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India). As the nameplate returns to the compact hatchback segment, it resumes its rivalry with the likes of the Maruti Celerio and Maruti WagonR as well as the Tata Tiago and Datsun GO. In this article, we see how it fares against the Celerio and which of the two hatchbacks deserves your hard-earned money.

But first, let us compare the mechanicals of these two compact hatchbacks:

DIMENSIONS

MEASUREMENTS HYUNDAI SANTRO MARUTI CELERIO
Length 3610mm 3695mm
Width 1645mm 1600mm
Height 1560mm 1560mm
Wheelbase 2400mm 2425mm
Boot Space 235 litres 235 litres

The Santro and the Celerio are the same height and offer the same amount of boot space but the Hyundai hatch is wider. However, the Maruti hatch is longer and thus also has a longer wheelbase.

ENGINE

HYUNDAI SANTRO MARUTI CELERIO
Engine 1.1-litre 4-cylinder petrol 1.0-litre 3-cylinder petrol
Power 69PS 68PS
Torque 99Nm 90Nm
Transmission 5-speed MT/AMT 5-speed MT/AMT
Fuel Economy 20.3kmpl 23.1kmpl
HYUNDAI SANTRO MARUTI CELERIO
Engine 1.1-litre 4-cylinder petrol CNG 1.0-litre 3-cylinder petrol CNG
Power 59PS (CNG) 59PS (CNG)
Torque 84Nm (CNG) 78Nm (CNG)
Transmission 5-speed MT 5-speed MT
Fuel Economy 30.48km.kg 31.76km.kg

Hyundai has come up with a reworked version of the 1.1-litre 4-cyl engine from the previous Santro while the Maruti uses the 1.0-litre engine 3-cyl engine. The Celerio offers only 1PS less power and 9Nm less torque compared to the Santro. The Santro and the Celerio come with a factory-fitted CNG option as well, and the Celerio has a marginally higher claimed fuel economy.

Variants and Prices

HYUNDAI SANTRO MARUTI CELERIO
D-lite: Rs 3.89 lakh
Era: Rs 4.24 lakh LXI: Rs 4.21 lakh
LXI(O): Rs 4.35 lakh
Magna: Rs 4.57 lakh VXI: Rs 4.54 lakh
VXI(O): Rs 4.70 lakh
Sportz: Rs 4.99 lakh ZXI: Rs 4.80 lakh
VXI AMT: Rs 4.97 lakh
Magna AMT: Rs 5.18 lakh VXI AMT(O): Rs 5.13
Magna CNG: Rs 5.23 lakh VXI CNG: Rs 5.16 lakh
ZXI AMT: Rs 5.23 lakh
Asta: Rs 5.45 lakh ZXI (OPT): Rs 5.28 lakh
VXI(O) CNG: Rs 5.31 lakh
Sportz AMT: Rs 5.46 lakh ZXI AMT(O): Rs 5.40 lakh
Sportz CNG: Rs 5.64 lakh

Hyundai Santro vs Maruti Suzuki Celerio: Variants Comparison

HYUNDAI SANTRO ERA RS 4.24 LAKH
Maruti Celerio LXI Rs 4.21 lakh
Difference Rs 3,000 (Santro is more expensive)

Common Features: Driver side airbag, manual air conditioning, power steering, bottle holders in doors, rear seat bench folding, body-coloured bumpers, power outlet

What Santro offers over Celerio: ABS with EBD, tachometer, gear shift indicator, 2.5-inch multi-information display, rear AC vents, front power windows

What Celerio offers over Santro: None

Verdict: The Santro offers a lot more at a slight premium over the entry level variant of the Celerio, making it the better choice at this price point. The Santro also offers safety features like ABS with EBD as standard, unlike the Celerio.

Hyundai Santro Magna vs Maruti Celerio VXI

HYUNDAI SANTRO MAGNA RS 4.57 LAKH
Maruti Celerio VXI Rs 4.54 lakh
Difference Rs 3,000 (Santro is more expensive)

Common Features (over previous variants): Central locking, front and rear power windows, chrome surround front grille, day-night IRVM, body-coloured door handles and ORVMs

What Santro offers over Celerio: ABS with EBD, tachometer, gearshift indicator, 2.5-inch MID, rear AC vents, ticket holder

What Celerio offers over Santro: Rear seat 60:40 split, 14-inch wheels, co-driver vanity mirror, full wheel covers

Verdict: The Hyundai Santro is marginally more expensive here but also comes with more features, particularly ABS and rear AC vents. As the Celerio loses out on the safety aspect, the Santro is the one to pick.

Hyundai Santro vs Maruti Suzuki Celerio: Variants Comparison

Hyundai Santro Sportz vs Maruti Celerio ZXI

HYUNDAI SANTRO SPORTZ RS 4.99 LAKH
Maruti Celerio ZXI Rs 4.80 lakh
Difference Rs 19,000 (Santro is more expensive)

Common Features (over previous variants): Electrically adjustable ORVMs, front and rear speakers, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, steering-mounted controls, ORVM with indicators, keyless entry, rear defogger, 14-inch wheels, full wheel covers

What Santro offers over Celerio: ABS with EBD, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink connectivity, Hyundai i-blue app for remote audio control, rear AC vents, eco coating technology for air conditioning, rear parcel tray, gear shift indicator

What Celerio offers over Santro: Rear window wiper and washer, rear seat 60:40 split, co-driver vanity mirror, tilt-adjustable steering

Verdict: The Santro is considerably more expensive in this case but offers more safety and comfort as well as a touchscreen infotainment system. The Celerio does get some handy features like keyless entry and a tilt-adjustable steering for a lower price but misses out on ABS. For that reason, the Santro wins once more.

Hyundai Santro Asta vs Maruti Celerio ZXI (Opt)

HYUNDAI SANTRO ASTA RS 5.45 LAKH
Maruti Celerio ZXI (Opt) Rs 5.28 lakh
Difference Rs 17,000 (Santro is more expensive)

Common Features (over previous variants): Front fog lamps, ABS, rear window wiper and washer, front seatbelt with pretensioners, co-driver vanity mirror, passenger airbags

What Santro offers over Celerio: Rear AC vents, eco coating technology for air conditioning, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink connectivity, Hyundai i-blue app for remote audio control, gear shift indicator

What Celerio offers over Santro: Alloy wheels, height-adjustable driver’s seat, rear seat 60:40 split, tilt-adjustable steering

Verdict: These are the top variants of both the Celerio and Santro without AMT, and the Hyundai hatchback is more expensive here. The extra cost is for the rear AC vent feature and the modern infotainment system, and yet only the Celerio offers conveniences like tilt-adjustable steering and height adjustment for the driver. However, both these top variants miss out on the comfort of adjustable headrests. For the driver-centric conveniences, it is the Maruti Celerio that wins. However, for a more feature-rich experience and ensuring the comfort of those in the back seat, the Santro would be our pick.

Hyundai Santro vs Maruti Suzuki Celerio: Variants Comparison

Hyundai Santro Magna AMT vs Maruti Celerio VXI AMT(O)

HYUNDAI SANTRO MAGNA AMT RS 5.18 LAKH
Maruti Celerio VXI AMT(O) Rs 5.13 lakh
Difference Rs 5,000 (Santro is more expensive)

Common Features (over previous variants): ABS, tachometer, gear position indicator

What Santro offers over Celerio: Integrated audio system, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, steering-mounted controls, front speakers, 2.5-inch MID, ticket holder, rear AC vents, Hyundai i-blue app for remote audio control

What Celerio offers over Santro: Passenger airbag, rear seat 60:40 split, 14-inch wheels, front seat belts with pretensioners, co-driver vanity mirror, full wheel covers

Verdict: The Celerio in this variant is less expensive than the Santro while offering more safety features. While the Hyundai offers more in terms of entertainment and comfort features at this price, the safety advantage of the Maruti makes it the better choice.

Hyundai Santro Sportz AMT vs Maruti Celerio ZXI(O) AMT

HYUNDAI SANTRO SPORTZ RS 5.46 LAKH
Maruti Celerio ZXI Rs 5.40 lakh
Difference Rs 6,000 (Santro is more expensive)

Common Features (over previous variants): Electrically adjustable ORVMs, front and rear speakers, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, steering-mounted controls, ORVMs with indicators, keyless entry, rear defogger, 14-inch wheels, full wheel covers

What Santro offers over Celerio: 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink connectivity, Hyundai i-blue app for remote audio control, rear AC vents, eco coating technology for air conditioning, rear parcel tray

What Celerio offers over Santro: Rear window wiper and washer, rear seat 60:40 split, co-driver vanity mirror, tilt-adjustable steering, passenger airbags, front seat belt pretensioners

Verdict: The Santro is marginally more expensive in this case but it is the Celerio that offers more safety features and driver comforts, making it the winner between these two.

Hyundai Santro vs Maruti Suzuki Celerio: Variants Comparison

Hyundai Santro Magna CNG vs Maruti Celerio VXI CNG

HYUNDAI SANTRO MAGNA CNG RS 5.23 LAKH
Maruti Celerio VXI CNG Rs 5.16 lakh
Difference Rs 7,000 (Santro is more expensive)

Common Features: Driver side airbag, manual air conditioning, power steering, rear seat bench folding, power outlet, central locking, front and rear power windows, chrome surround front grille, day-night IRVM, body-coloured door handles and ORVMs, body-coloured bumpers

What Santro offers over Celerio: ABS with EBD, tachometer, gear shift indicator, 2.5-inch MID, rear AC vents, rear parcel tray, fire extinguisher, ticket holder

What Celerio offers over Santro: Rear seat 60:40 split, 14-inch wheels, co-driver vanity mirror, full wheel covers

Verdict: The Hyundai Santro is once again the more expensive car here, and offers features like ABS and rear AC vents. As the Celerio still does not offer enough safety features, the Santro wins again, like its equivalent petrol-powered option.

Source: CarDekho.com

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