Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai Motors are two of the leading car manufacturers in India. Though the Maruti Suzuki is the industry leader and the segment leader in most cases, Hyundai is not far behind. The Korean company is giving a tough fight to the Indian company in terms of products and services. Both the companies offer small to big cars –that is starting from budget cars to premium cars. However, the major competition is in the small car sector as it is the biggest segment of the lot in India at present.
Here is an attempt to compare two small cars from the rival companies – the highly successful Maruti Suzuki Celerio and the ever-popular Hyundai Santro Zing. Though both cars have their distinctive features, care has been taken to make a realistic comparison. For practical purposes, certain important features like Price, Engine, Mileage and other add-ons are considered as points of reference.
Price – Both the Celerio and Santro Xing are priced less than four lakh rupees, with the Celerio cheaper by about 12000 rupees. Accordingly, the price of Celerio is about 3.76 lakh rupees and that of Santro Xing is 3.88 lakh rupees (both Ex-Showroom prices). Maruti cars are known to be cheaper than their competition and hence, it should not be surprising that the Hyundai car costs a bit high.
Engine – Maruti Celerio is powered by a 998cc K10B engine, whereas the Santro Xing is powered by a 1086 cc SOHC engine. Both the cars come with five-speed manual transmission gearbox (for parity, only petrol versions are being considered). The Celerio seems to be faster of the lot as it generates a maximum power of 67 bhp @ 6000 rpm, with a maximum torque of 90 Nm @ 3500 rpm. However, the Santro is more powerful as it generates a power of 62 bhp @ 5500, with a maximum torque of 96 Nm @ 3000 rpm. It means the Santro will fare better on uphill roads, even though the Celerio might be faster on the plains.
Mileage – The Celerio is the clear winner here, with a top-class mileage of 23.71 kmpl (ARAI Certified). Santro Xing, on the other hand gives a fuel economy of about 17.92 kmpl only.
Other features – Both cars can accommodate five people. Celerio is both longer and wider than the Santro and the latter is taller than the former. Both the cars come with basic accessories and features, with some features offered as add-ons. However, as a whole, both the cars offer similar comforts.
To sum up, it can be concluded that the Maruti Celerio seems a better and economical option, considering the initial cost as well as mileage.