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    Maruti Automatic Comparison SPresso vs Celerio vs WagonR: Which Budget Automatic Car Should You Buy?

    by V3Cars Team Dates: 16 Oct 2019

    Until now, Maruti Suzuki expected you to spend more, way more, to get a spacious small car. The Alto 800 and the Alto K10, both fail to comfortably accommodate a 6-footer driver and you can forget about fitting in two tall passengers behind each other. So, the next obvious alternatives were the WagonR and the Celerio.

     


    Maruti SPresso vs Celerio vs WagonR

     

    Now that we have another tall boy in the house, you get more options to pick from.

     

    While these cars appear to come from different segments, you must know that you can squeeze in some discounts on the WagonR and the Celerio because they’ve been around for some time. However, no amount of haggling will get you a discount on the SPresso because it’s new.

     

    If you’re considering buying a Maruti Suzuki car with the following 3 attributes:

    • Spacious interiors
    • Automatic
    • Affordable

    Then, look no further. We will compare these affordable automatic cars to give you the definitive answer. Because we want you to get the best value for your money.

     

    So, let’s compare the 1.0-litre VXI automatic variants of the Celerio and WagonR with the SPresso VXI Plus automatic.

     

    Maruti SPresso VXI Plus AMT vs Celerio VXI AMT vs WagonR 1.0 VXI AMT - Price Comparison

     

     

    PRICE COMPARISON

    EX-SHOWROOM DELHI

    Maruti SPresso

    Automatic Prices

    Maruti Celerio Automatic Prices

    2019 Maruti WagonR 1.0 Prices

    Variants

    Price

    Variants

    Price

    Variants

    Price

    VXI AMT

    Rs. 4.68 lakh

    VXI AMT

    Rs. 5.18 lakh

    VXI 1.0 AMT

    Rs. 5.31 lakh

    VXI (O) AMT

    Rs. 4.74 lakh

    VXI (O) AMT

    Rs. 5.25 lakh

    VXI (O) 1.0 AMT

    Rs. 5.62 lakh

    VXI Plus AMT

    Rs. 4.91 lakh

    ZXI AMT

    Rs. 5.44 lakh

       
       

    ZXI (O) AMT

    Rs. 5.53 lakh

       

     

     

    In terms of prices, the SPresso clearly has an upper hand by being an affordable alternative. But if you can get some discounts, then the Celerio price can come close enough to the SPresso. Meanwhile, the WagonR is also fairly new and also a little more expensive. Therefore, you’ll find limited discounts on the WagonR if any.

     

    Winner: Maruti SPresso VXI Plus AMT

     

    Maruti SPresso VXI Plus AMT vs Celerio VXI AMT vs WagonR 1.0 VXI AMT - Dimensions Comparison

     

     

     

    Maruti S-Presso

    2019 Maruti WagonR

    Maruti Celerio

    Length

    3565mm

    3655mm

    3695mm

    Width

    1520mm

    1620mm

    1600mm

    Height

    1564mm

    1675mm

    1560mm

    Wheelbase

    2380mm

    2435mm

    2425mm

    Ground Clearance

    180mm

    165mm

    165mm

    Boot Space

    240 litre

    341 litres

    235 litres

    Fuel Tank

    27 litre

    32 litres

    35 litres

    Tyre Size

    165/70 R14

    165/70 R14

    165/70 R14

     

     

    As you can see, the Celerio is the longest here while the Maruti WagonR is the tallest and by a healthy margin. The WagonR’s height can put many SUVs to shame. In terms of the wheelbase, the WagonR and the Celerio are pretty evenly matched while the SPresso has a 55mm disadvantage compared to the WagonR. What the SPresso loses in wheelbase, it makes up in ground clearance. With 180mm ground clearance, it’s the safest choice here to travel on broken and gravely roads.

     

    The boot space is again remarkable in the SPresso and beats the Celerio by a narrow margin but the WagonR is on another level with 41% more space. The fuel capacity reinforces the idea that the SPresso is from a lower segment. But, for some reason, the wheel size is the exact same on all three cars as all get 14-inch tyres.

     

    The SPresso and WagonR are both made on different versions of HearTect chassis. The WagonR shares the exact chassis with the more expensive Ignis, so, it’s even more spacious than it used to be. Even a 6-footer with a turban, will not have any problem getting in or out of the car. Once inside, there’s plenty of headroom and legroom as well.

     

    The SPresso may look like a tall boy, but the real tallboy (WagonR) remains unbeatable in the cabin space department. The SPresso is also the narrowest of the three cars. It won’t be as comfortable for three passengers in the backseat.

     

    Winner: WagonR

     

    Maruti SPresso VXI Plus AMT vs Celerio VXI AMT vs WagonR AMT - Engine and Specs Comparison

     

     

    Engine displacement

    1.0-litre

    Fuel type

    Petrol

    Max Power

    68PS @ 5500RPM

    Max Torque

    90Nm @ 3500RPM

    Transmission

    5-Speed MT/ 5-Speed AMT

     

    Since all the three cars have the same 1.0-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine, the power and torque output remains identical. It’s a proven engine with good bottom-end torque that’s easy to drive in traffic. It’s been around for a decade and has been refined enough that you can expect it to do its job just fine for years to come.

     

    As far as the AMT automatic goes, it’s again the same unit, which first debuted with the Celerio. Again, this has been around for the better part of this decade. So, you can rest assured that any rough edges must have been ironed out by now.

     

    So, although all three cars here are evenly matched, the difference comes in the form of fuel efficiency. The Celerio has an ARAI-certified fuel efficiency figure 23.1kmpl, the WagonR promises to deliver 22.5kmpl while the SPresso only claims to run 21.7km on one litre of petrol.

     

    The difference is noticeable but not big enough to clearly announce a winner in this segment.

     

    Winner - None (Draw)

     

    Maruti SPresso VXI Plus AMT vs Celerio VXI AMT vs WagonR 1.0 VXI  AMT - Features Comparison

     

    Let’s first get through the common features:

    • Body-coloured bumpers
    • Body-coloured outside mirrors
    • Body-coloured door handles
    • 60:40 split rear seats
    • Front power windows
    • Air conditioning with heater
    • Power steering
    • Accessory socket
    • Gear position indicator
    • Driver airbag
    • ABS
    • Seatbelt reminder for front passengers
    • Reverse parking sensors
    • Full wheel covers
    • Non-Adjustable Headrest
    • Overspeed warning

     

    The feature list though is a tough one to decipher. While the Celerio is easy to ignore because of its limited list of features, the WagonR VXI and SPresso VXI Plus are close.

     

    Maruti SPresso VXI Plus AMT Features

    Maruti Celerio VXI AMT Features

    Maruti WagonR VXI 1.0 AMT Features

    Bluetooth/USB/Aux

    Tachometer

    Tachometer

    2 speakers

    Rear power windows

    Security alarm

    Distance to empty

    Chrome grille

    Front Power Outlet

    Remote central locking

    Central locking

    Remote central locking

    Front Power Outlet with USB charger

    Mirror for front passenger in the visor

    Instant and average fuel efficiency

    Internally-adjustable outside mirrors

    Outside temperature display

    Distance to empty

    Instant and average fuel efficiency

    Internally-adjustable outside mirrors

    Smartplay dock music system

    Rear parcel tray

    Front Power Outlet

    Bluetooth/USB/Aux

    Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

    Day/night inside mirror

    2 speakers

    Reversing Camera

     

    Tilt Steering

    7-inch touchscreen Smartplay infotainment system

     

    Electrically-Adjustable Outside Mirrors

    Android Auto and Apple Carplay

     

    Rear Parcel Tray

    Steering-mounted music controls

     

    Rear Power Windows

       

    Day/night inside mirror

     

    The WagonR and the SPresso, both get the new crash-compliant HearTect chassis. So in the safety department, the WagonR and the SPresso are evenly matched.

     

    Both cars get rear parcel tray, 2-speaker Bluetooth music system, a basic MID and remote central locking. The WagonR’s strengths include a Smartplay dock music system to use your phone as a stop-gap infotainment system solution. The WagonR also gets power-adjustable outside mirrors, rear power windows and a tilt steering as well.

     

    The SPresso comes well-kitted in the entertainment department. It gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Carplay. It’s also the only car here with steering-mounted music controls and reversing camera. It’s the only car in this comparison missing a day/night inside mirror. Thankfully, it’s not that difficult to install in the aftermarket.

     

    Although the SPresso VXI Plus AMT misses out on a few features compared to the WagonR, it still wins us as the large screen music system and steering-mounted controls gives the cabin an upmarket appeal.

     

    Winner: Maruti SPresso VXI Plus AMT

     

    The lack of remote central locking and any kind of music system makes the Celerio VXI AMT a little too barebones for our taste.

    The inclusion of day/night mirror, power mirrors and rear power windows makes the WagonR VXI AMT a good option to the touchscreen infotainment system

     

    Maruti SPresso VXI Plus AMT vs Celerio VXI AMT vs WagonR VXI 1.0 AMT Comparison Verdict

     

    The big thing Celerio VXI AMT has going for it is its price. But the car is starting to show its age. The WagonR is a proven formula and there are only a few cars in India that hold their resale value like WagonR.

     

    The Maruti SPresso VXI Plus has a few things going in its favour:

    1. You get the same engine and transmission as the other two cars
    2. The cabin space may not be as good as the new WagonR but it’s definitely comparable with the previous generation WagonR
    3. The infotainment kit is as good as it gets these days with features similar to the top-trim cars from Nexa
    4. SUV styling and highest ground clearance in this comparison
    5. Lower price compared to the other two cars

     

    It’s difficult to believe that you can get significantly more space, features, safety and style compared to the Alto K10 VXI AMT for Rs. 41,000 more. Considering the price of Rs. 4.91 lakh (ex-Delhi) for the Maruti SPresso VXI Plus AMT, it’s easy to say that this “micro-SUV” packs a lot of punch.

     

    But, is it the best value you can get? Read our Renault Kwid RXT vs Maruti SPresso VXI Comparison:

    Renault Kwid RXT Vs Maruti SPresso VXI - Which Car Should You Buy?

     

    Maruti S-Presso Variants Explained: STD, LXI, VXI, VXI+ - Which Variant To Buy?


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