The already over populated entry level hatchback segment of cars in India recently saw the newest entry in form of Celerio from none other than the segment leader, Maruti Suzuki. The car has been strategically positioned by Maruti between their WagonR and Ritz giving an option to people who considers other cars like Chevrolet Beat which also lies in the same price bracket.
Chevrolet has also given minor updates to their most trendy hatch to take on the new competitors. In this article; we try to find out which of these two cars justify their pricing the best.
The base variant, LXI of Celerio and PS of Beat are priced at INR 3.9 and 4.06lakhs respectively. While both these models comes with basic features like power steering and air-conditioner, it’s the Beat which has additional features like internally adjustable side mirror, height adjust front headrest, LCD display for its digital tachometer and remote tail gate opener.
However, the VXI variant of Celerio has a slight advantage over the LS variant of Beat with a price tag of INR 4.20 and 4.33lakhs respectively as it comes with additional rear power windows. The top variants of Beat and Celerio are loaded with features like body colored door handles, ORVMs, rear washer, wiper, defogger, steering mounted controls of an integrated music system with four speakers, electrically adjustable ORVMs and safety features like driver side airbag and central locking.
Both these cars also come with optional packages available only on their top variants which include alloy wheels and safety features like ABS and front passenger airbag. The LT (opt) and ZXI (opt) variants of Beat and Celerio are priced at INR 5.26 lakhs and 4.96 lakhs respectively.
There is not much difference between the pricing of these cars and looking at the features list and premium quality, one will surely think of buying Beat over Celerio but the Celerio strikes back with its availability with automatic transmission. The EZ drive technology of Celerio which features an Automated Manual Transmission means that it has an advantage.
Moreover, the pricing of the Automatic version of Celerio starts as low as INR 4.30 lakhs while its fairly equipped version VXI is nearly 30K more expensive than its LXI version making it the cheapest car in our market available with automatic transmission. Still the funky looking Beat holds a style advantage too and it boils down to what you want style and design or sheer convinience of an autobox.