The Indian automobile market is flooded with passenger vehicles in almost every segment of the industry. Small cars, sedans, sub-compacts, SUVs, etc., are all rocking the domestic market and the number of cars plying on the road is swelling like never before.
Among all the other brands, Maruti Suzuki, Honda, Tata, and Hyundai have been the most trusted in the hatchback and mini car segment. These companies have been gaining popularity with any car that they intrude in the market. As for an example, Maruti Suzuki’s introduction of a new car in the form of the MarutiCelerio X cross has managed to get a good response right from the days it was first spotted.
However, Renault, the French automaker, has managed to get a competitive position in the mini hatch segment with the Kwid Climber, which is one of the best-selling models in the segment. But with all its popularity, is it better than the MarutiCelerio X? It belongs to the same segment alright, but what matters is how they perform on the road when they are head-to-head against each other. So, let’s find out which of the two is better, at least on paper.
The Maruti Suzuki Celerio X is based on the standard Celerio hatchback along with some aesthetic additions which make it appear like a crossover. It gets additional black cladding on the front fascia, which includes the lower bumper. The front grille also gets a black treatment. The wheel arches are prominent and get excessive cladding. The rear profile seems similar to the standard version, albeit the lower bumper which has a lot of black cladding and skid plates.
The Renault Kwid Climber, on the other hand, looks like an SUV but is small in size. It has a big bonnet compared to its size along with a muscular bumper. There is a skid plate up front which is painted in Metallic Grey and Orange. It gets orange inserts on the roof rails and the ORVMs as well. The car also gets black cladding along the lower skirts as standard across all variants and 13-inch wheels, similar to its Indo-Japanese counterpart.
The Maruti Suzuki Celerio X is expected to get the same engine that powers the regular hatchback. It will be available in a 1.0-litre petrol engine trim that would be capable of producing a highest power of 67 bhp at 6,000 revs per minute along with a peak torque of 90 Nm at 3,500 revs per minute. The power will be sent down to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual unit or a 5-speed AMT, depending on the variant you choose.
However, the Renault Kwid Climber is available with the bigger engine trim of the standard Kwid. The 1.0-litre petrol engine makes 67 bhp peak power at 5,500 revs per minute and a maximum torque of 91 Nm at 4,250 revs per minute. The transmission duties are handled by a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT unit.
The final verdict
The Renault Kwid Climber is a very affordable car and starts at a price of Rs. 4.33 lakhs exclusive showroom. The Celerio X, on the other hand, is expected to launch for somewhere around Rs. 5 lakhs.
The Maruti Suzuki Celerio X is essentially a crossover version of the standard hatchback with all the necessary updates. The physical designing is detailed with some butch additions like the blacked grille and generous black cladding.
On the other hand, the Renault Kwid Climber holds some of the best styling traits in the segment as standard. Being powered by a bigger engine than the regular version, the power production is similar to the Celerio.
The MarutiCelerio X may be termed as a little overpriced considering its engine specifications and features that are on offer. However, the Kwid Climber turns out to be the perfect match for the customers who want to buy a mini-car that portrays an unconventional hatchback styling.