A quick tour of both these cabins will put a few things in perspective. Tata has again done a great job of injecting various finishes for the shades of grey and black plastic which also include a fish skin texture. A special mention to the Tiago’s buttons and stalks which have now evolved to be of a better quality. These, coupled with the fresh dash curves and colour coded air vents impart a better feeling of quality throughout the interiors when compared to the Celerio. The latter, however, shows off its subtle, less inspiring grey and black plastics, and in the process does not stand out to attract the younger crowd, even though quality is up to the segment mark. Visibility out of the driver’s seat is better in the Celerio as it is angled towards the front end. It also feels bigger on the inside due to the larger glass panes and the taller roof. Getting in and out of the Celerio is easier too.
Though the seats on the Tiago offer better contours than the Celerio’s, they are just too soft. The firmer seats seen on the Celerio mean that there is more comfort, especially on those long drives. Having said this, rear seat occupants will have more legroom in the Celerio, and front seat occupants will enjoy more legroom in the Tiago. While thigh support is identical for both cars in the front, there’s more thigh support for rear passengers seated in the Tiago. Also, occupants in the Tiago will enjoy better shoulder room both in the front and the rear, which in the end, will translate into a little more comfort for the third rear passenger. Expect the front passenger in the Tiago to also admit that their seat is a tad too high. The Celerio will bring some relief to taller occupants who will find an extra 5cm and 2cm headroom in the front and rear respectively. While the Tiago’s boot can hold 242 litres, seven litres more than the Celerio’s, it is the latter’s boot that is more usable due to the overall shape of the enclosure. It can also be accessed without a key, unlike the Tiago’s.
A look at the features list of the Celerio ZXi (O) reveals two airbags, ABS, fog lamps, alloys, driver seat height adjust and a four speaker music system with USB AUX and Bluetooth operations. One also gets central locking with an external handle for the boot, power windows for the front and rear, electric mirrors, steering mounted controls and tilt adjustable steering. There’s also a trip computer with distance to empty and instant fuel efficiency indicator, rear wiper, rear defogger, turn indicators on the mirror and a 60:40 split rear seat. What the Tiago XZ gets over the Celerio are theatre dimming lights, a Harman eight speaker music system with navigation features, rear parking sensors, EBD and corner stability control, a cooled glove box and a gear shift display. However, the boot opens only with the key or through the internal boot release, and split rear seats are absent.