Rising fuel prices are a constant concern for buyers, and manufacturers are constantly trying to find their way around it. Apart from EVs, switching to an alternative fuel is the only option for now, and CNG is surely the best one. Today, let’s talk about 2 important upcoming CNG hatchbacks that might help save a lot of people a lot of money. Tata has teased a CNG variant for the Tiago, and so has Maruti, for the Celerio. Let’s see who wins this Tata Tiago CNG vs Maruti Suzuki Celerio CNG battle!
Well, there’s no doubt that the Tiago is miles ahead of the Celerio here. The 2021 Celerio looks more like a mixture of the Spresso and the Alto, which is certainly not working in its favour. The Tiago on the other hand looks agile, sporty and more urbane than the Celerio. We understand that this is subjective, but it’s still an essential point in this Tata Tiago CNG vs Maruti Suzuki Celerio CNG comparison.
The Celerio is powered by a 1L K10C engine which promises efficiency figures north of 30KM/Kg. The engine on the Tiago is not yet confirmed, but Tata Motors will most likely continue with the same 1.2L 3-Cylinder engine for the CNG variant as well. Undoubtedly, Tiago’s engine is going to be much more powerful than the one on the Celerio. However, we know that power high power figures are not one of the key things one looks for in a CNG car.
The quality of materials on the inside of both these cars is pretty decent; both also get a touch-screen infotainment unit. Basic features like Power Windows, electronically controlled ORVMs and climate control are offered on both these cars. The Tiago’s interior looks a tad bit better with the all-black treatment that Tata has chosen. It also gets a digital display for the driver, adding to the premium quotient of the car.
Another point where the Tiago jumps ahead is Safety. The Tiago has been tested by the Global NCAP body had it had scored a 4-Star Safety Rating. The Celerio on the other hand has not yet been tested. The Tiago also gets a few electronic safety features as an extra layer of protection, something the Celerio misses out on.
Both these hatches are similarly priced and both start at Rs.4.99 Lakhs (ex-showroom). The CNG variants are expected to come at a premium of around Rs.60,000-80,000 over the regular petrol variants.