Maruti Celerio vs Datsun Go: Specs, Features and Price comparison

2014 Auto Expo showcased two currently rivalling A segment hot cakes – Maruti Celerio and Datsun Go. While Datsun Go has sold over 2,000 units within 10 days of its launch, Maruti Celerio on the other hand, has been more successful. It has generated about 1,000 unit bookings per day in the first month since launch which has pushed Maruti into thinking of doubling its production to 10,000 units per month.

Maruti Celerio vs Datsun GoMost of the car buyers of this section of cars are sensitive about looks and perks they get for their hard-earned money, and both the cars are well received by their target audience. The Celerio offers Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) which is but a regular gearbox with automated gear shifting mechanism that performs very well in stop-go traffic conditions.

The AMT version of Celerio has typical Reverse, Neutral and Drive modes with manual shifting slot to the left. The amazing automatic variant is the USP among senior citizens and commuters through dense traffic.

The wide horizontal front chrome grille of Celerio’s conjoins with headlamps, making the car look wider with better road presence. The Go on the other hand looks more charming with its pouting chrome grille.

Suzuki’s ‘Curve in, Curve Out’ (CICO) styling makes the Celerio look a segment above the Datsun Go, although the latter is based on Nissan Micra’s V-platform with refreshed interior and exterior design cues. Other design features covering the perimeter of both cars are simple and to the trend.

Priced between Rs 3.12 and Rs 3.70 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi), the Datsun Go comes with better and harder interior plastics. Celerio on the other hand is equipped with Maruti’s cliched average interior plastics, despite its expensive price range between Rs 3.76 and Rs 4.79 lakhs. Both come with dual-tone interiors, console mounted gearshifts, nominal air-conditioning and adequate leg-room.

The Go features a strategically placed smartphone holder on the centre of the dashboard console with nearby USB charging port and a 3.5mm Aux-In port to add tune to the modest speaker system. While the Celerio offers Music system & steering mounted controls only on the top-end ZXi variant, the AMT goers are puzzled by the lack of ZXi variant in their choice of drive. Celerio AMT VXi model has no remote keyless entry as well.

Both the cars produce identical max power of 68PS but the torquey Go climaxes a thousand rpm earlier. The 1.2-litre 3 cylinder DOHC engine on the Go is the same as found in Micra but tuned to do 20.63 kmpl. While the 1.0-litre 3 cylinder K10B engine in Celerio delivers 23.1 kmpl (both MT & AMT). Although being heavier by around 100kg, the Go sprints 0-100 kmph faster than Celerio by close to 2 seconds.

Check out the spec comparison chart below:

Specifications

Datsun Go

Maruti Celerio

Engine 1198cc, 3 cyl, 12v DOHC 998cc, 3 cyl, 12v K10B
Max Power 68PS @ 5,000 rpm 68PS @ 6,000 rpm
Max Torque 104Nm @ 4,000 rpm 90Nm @ 3,500 rpm
Transmission 5MT 5MT / 5AMT
0-100 Sprint 13.3 sec 15.05 sec
Dimensions (LxWxH) 3785x1635x1485 mm 3600x1600x1560
Wheelbase 2450 mm 2425 mm
Ground Clearance 170 mm 165 mm
Min. Turning Raduis 4.6 m 4.7 m
Fuel Efficiency (ARAI) 20.63 kmpl 23.1 kmpl
Kerb Weight 925 kg 830 kg
Suspension

Front / Rear

McPherson Strut /

H-Type Torsion Beam

McPherson Strut /

Coupled Torsion Beam Axle

Brakes F / R Ventilated Disc / Drum Ventilated Disc / Drum
Tires (F & R) 155/70 – R13 155/80 – R13 (LXi)

165/70 – R14 (VXi)

Boot Volume 265 litres 235 liters
Tank Capacity 35 litres 35 liters
Price (Ex-Delhi) 3.12 – 3.70 lakhs 3.76 – 4.79 lakhs

Of the two, we vote for the Datsun Go as it offers more space, power. driving fun and a better overall package as compared to the Maruti Celerio. The only reason we would prefer the Celerio, is for its AMT. Read our Datsun Go review here.