Suzuki Alto vs Suzuki Celerio (Maruti Suzuki Celerio) In-Depth Comparison

The Suzuki Alto and Suzuki Celerio are both popular hatchbacks in most parts of the world. Their ruggedness, reliability and great resale value are probably why they’ve gained quite a massive following.

While they both originate from the same parent company, Suzuki, these vehicles have quite distinct features that set them apart.

The winds of change are inevitable. The Suzuki Celerio name went global after the “Alto” was done away with for distribution purposes in various markets. It was also known as the Maruti Suzuki Celerio in India and Latin America before 2009. After that, Suzuki simply chose to call it the Celerio.

This review will share the different properties of each model to help guide you through the purchasing process.

Interior and Exterior Comparison

Suzuki Alto

2014 SUZUKI ALTO exterior
Above: Exterior of a used 2014 Suzuki Alto


On the exterior, the Suzuki Alto comes with a touch of elegance. The headlights have a futuristic feel to them and the overall shape is a little boxy. That said, the wheel region gives it a more rounded look that balances out the design and tells you that this is more than your typical compact vehicle.

From an operational viewpoint, passengers are also able to find their way without much hassle thanks to the presence of electric windows, manual air conditioning and comfy cabin storage. Capable of seating 4 passengers, the Suzuki Alto is sure to tick most of your driving needs without breaking the bank.

2014 SUZUKI ALTO steering wheel
Above: Interior of a used 2014 Suzuki Alto

The interior of the Suzuki Alto is quite appealing. As a driver, you feel like you’re on top of the world thanks to the excellent seating optics and the ease in which you’re able to access the instrument panel.

Available in an assortment of color options, the Suzuki Alto gives you the freedom to personalize its elegance.


Suzuki Celerio

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Above: Exterior of a used 2017 Suzuki Celerio, courtesy of Wikipedia


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On the outside, the Maruti-Suzuki Celerio is simply stunning. Best described as a broad profile, the Maruti-Suzuki Celerio has excellent proportions that make it stand out from the typical vehicle traffic. The cheekiness of the design works well for it especially when you consider the rear wheelbase is about 2425mm, enough clearance to give passengers on board sufficient legroom to sit comfortably.

The Suzuki Celerio gets impressive marks for the impressive design of the interiors. The dashboard comes with a sweeping wave design that makes it easily accessible while the black and beige dual-tone colors add to the model’s allure.

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Above: Interior of a used 2020 Suzuki Celerio, courtesy of Wikipedia

The absolute comfort of the driver’s seat gives the experience a “thronely” feel. You can easily adjust the driver’s seat and fine-tune the steering wheel until it fits your exact needs. Impressively, you can access both audio and call controls straight from the steering wheel—a handy feature when you’re out and about cruising through the cityscapes.

At the instrument panel, there’s a multi-information display that fits perfectly with the integrated stereo system.

At the front, the Maruti-Suzuki Celerio has the trend game on lock. The grille is well-lined with chrome and the fog headlamps at the bottom round off the impressive exterior design.

Engine & Fuel Efficiency Comparison

Suzuki Alto

2014 SUZUKI ALTO engine
Above: Engine of a 2014 used Suzuki Alto

The Suzuki Alto comes with a 68 bhp, 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine, just the right specs to make this an economic model. While it’s not the most powerful engine in the world, the Alto can give you the best of both worlds i.e. excellent urban driving and long-distance drives.

In terms of performance, the engine may be a tad bit noisy when pushed but is silent most of the time. During long drives, you can rely on the heater to start warming up after about 1 mile of driving, a great feature that gives you a homely feeling as you drive.

In cityscapes, you’re sure to experience the ease in which the Suzuki Alto handles corners and the skinny tires work brilliantly if you’re into more sporty models.

With a fuel capacity of 35 liters, the Suzuki Alto has great fuel efficacy. On average, the fuel consumption is about 21.5 km/l (50.6 mpg) on the manual transmission. For the automatic transmission, fuel consumption is about 20.0 km/l (47 mpg).

Overall, it’s a worthy purchase.


Suzuki Celerio

2015 Suzuki-Celerio-Engine
Above: Engine of a used 2015 Suzuki Celerio courtesy of this review

Powered by the 998 cc K10B engine (K-next), the Suzuki Celerio is quite robust. The three-cylinder, 12-valve engine can give you a power output of about 67 bhp at 6,000 rpm and a net torque of 90 Nm at 3,500 rpm.

In terms of fuel efficacy, the engine is well built to save costs at the pump with fuel consumption of about 23.1 km/liter (54.3 mpg). The 5-speed manual transmission is quite popular in most parts of the world. That said, the automatic manual transmission, with the EZ drive technology, is fast gaining acceptance among driving fanatics. With the new technology, you don’t have to press onto the clutch of shift gears to gain a speed thrust. This is because of the presence of an electrical control unit that powers a hydraulic actuator to do the homework.

If you’re looking to spice up your drive, then the Suzuki Celerio is an excellent choice thanks to the existence of drive-by-wire technology that is responsive and won’t cost you at the pump.

In terms of safety, the Maruti-Suzuki Celerio is well-equipped with an assortment of features for a safe drive. There are airbags at the front, ABS with EBD, an immobilizer, headlamp leveler and child locks. The brake system includes ventilated disc brakes at the frontal section and drum brakes at the back, making for smooth but firm stopping power.

Final Verdict

The Suzuki Alto and the Suzuki Celerio are both no-nonsense kind of city cars. They are fully capable of doing the job on the road whilst still affording you all the reliability and great running costs that Suzuki has become known for.

We’ve gone through the various distinctive features to keep you better informed when it comes to choosing between the two. Go ahead and check out all the Suzuki Alto and Celerio models that BE FORWARD has to offer—used cars at competitive prices.

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