The new 2018 Hyundai Santro is merely days away from its official launch on 23 October 2019. The all-new small car from Hyundai has been so far known as the AH2, which is its codename. The new model will be a replacement for the slow-selling Eon, which means it will become the most affordable model in the company’s line up.
The AH2 will become a direct competitor of the Renault Kwid 1.0, Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, and Maruti Suzuki Celerio. Regulars here would know that we have already compared the new Hyundai Santro with the Renault Kwid and the Maruti Wagon R. Finally, we have decided to compare the new model with what could be one of its toughest rivals. Here is our new 2018 Hyundai Santro vs Maruti Celerio comparison review to help you find out the better car between the two –
2018 Hyundai Santro vs Maruti Celerio Price Comparison
|New Hyundai Santro||Rs. 4 Lakh|
|Maruti Suzuki Celerio||Rs. 4.21 Lakh|
Prices of the Maruti Suzuki Celerio start at Rs 4.21 lakh. On the other hand, it is rumoured that the prices of the new Hyundai Santro will start at Rs 4 lakh, which should help it undercut the prices of its Japanese competitor by a good margin. However, please note that the new model will be launched at introductory prices and it won’t be long before the car gets a higher selling price.
Thus, soon, both the models will be sold at almost the same price. The top model of the Celerio costs Rs 5.4 lakh, while the top model of the Santro could easily cross the Rs 5.5 lakh market. This is being predicted as the new Korean car will have a higher number of features on offer.
Thanks to a higher list of features, which will include bits like a touchscreen infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the new Hyundai Santro could end up offering a higher value for money. On the other hand, the Celerio, in spite of being a well-priced car that comes with an optional AMT, could end up looking slightly over-priced in front of the new Hyundai model.
2018 Hyundai Santro vs Maruti Celerio Mileage Comparison
|New Hyundai Santro||20.30 Kmpl|
|Maruti Suzuki Celerio||23.10 Kmpl|
This is one area where the Maruti Celerio wll has a clear advantage. With an ARAI-certified fuel efficiency of 23.10 kmpl, it will end up being a lot more frugal than the new Hyundai Santro, which have an ARAI-rated mileage of 20.30 kmpl.
Indian car buyers are highly sensitive when it comes to fuel economy. We have seen some brilliant cars being outsold by mediocre models only because of the higher fuel mileage of the latter. Hence, the low fuel economy might end up being a huge drawback for the new model.
Powering the Maruti Celerio is a peppy K10 engine that was first introduced on the A-Star. The 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine of the Japanese hatchback produces a maximum power of 67 bhp and a peak torque of 90 Nm. This motor comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission as standard and a 5-speed AMT as optional.
In comparison, powering the 2018 Hyundai Santro is a new version of the 1.1-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that powered the earlier i10. This engine will deliver a maximum power of 68 bhp and a peak torque of 99 Nm. It is quite clear that it will deliver a slightly higher performance than the Celerio. Plus, being a four-cylinder unit, it should be more refined than the three-cylinder unit of the Maruti rival.
Even the new Santro will be available with a 5-speed manual transmission as standard and a 5-speed automatic as optional. This will make it the first car from its company to sport an automated manual transmission. While the Celerio won the mileage comparison, the new Santro wins this part of our 2018 Hyundai Santro vs MarutiCelerio comparison.
2018 Hyundai Santro vs Maruti Celerio Comparison of Features
The fully loaded version of the MarutiCelerio feels just too underequipped in comparison with the AH2. The highlights of the Celerio’s features list include a double-din music system, dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, fog lamps, and steering-mounted centre console.
In comparison, the 2018 Hyundai Santro will have a much long equipment list. It will offer rear AC vents, keyless entry with push-button start/stop, touchscreen infotainment system, dual front airbags, ABS, ISOFIX child seats, speed alert warning, speed sensing door locks, impact sensing door unlock, and front row seatbelt reminder. In this part of our 2018 Hyundai Santro vs Maruti Celerio comparison, the new Korean hatchback has a clear advantage.
2018 Hyundai Santro vs Maruti Celerio Comparison of Dimensions
|Model||Hyundai Santro||Maruti Suzuki Celerio|
|Length||3,610 mm||3,695 mm|
|Width||1,645 mm||1,600 mm|
|Height||1,560 mm||1,560 mm|
|Wheelbase||2,400 mm||2,400 mm|
|Ground Clearance||160 mm||170 mm|
|Boot Space||235 L||235 L|
The Hyundai Santro has a clear advantage over the Maruti Celerio in terms of overall length. On the other hand, the new Santro will offer a higher width. Both are equally tall and have the same boot space. However, the Celerio has a slightly higher ground clearance. None of these models has a clear advantage in this part of our 2018 Hyundai Santro vs MarutiCelerio comparison.
2018 Hyundai Santro vs Maruti Celerio Comparison Verdict
Price – The new Hyundai Santro will be launched at introductory prices, which should start at roughly Rs 4 lakh. In comparison, the MarutiCelerio will be slightly costlier, at least till the difference evens out after the introductory pricing offer comes to an end.
Specifications – There is no clear winner of this part of our comparison. Both of them will have AMT. The Santro will have a slightly higher torque, but the difference won’t be too high.
Mileage – In this part, the MarutiCelerio enjoys a clear advantage over the Hyundai Santro. It has a much higher ARAI mileage, which is something that will work in its favour. The Santro, with an ARAI-certified mileage of 20.3 kmpl, won’t be anywhere as fuel efficient as Celerio’s 23.10 kmpl.
Features – Thanks to features like push-button start and multi-function steering wheel, the new Hyundai Santro becomes the clear winner of this part of the comparison. Its 7-inch infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will give it a very premium touch.
From our 2018 Hyundai Santro vs Maruti Wagon R comparison, it gets quite clear that none of the two cars here holds a huge edge over the other. So, the buyer should choose as per his exact requirement in order to make the most of its new purchase.