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Cultus v Celerio: Are Indian Cars Really Better?

Consumer rights activists and motorheads in Pakistan have often compared Pakistani cars and their equivalents in India. Almost always, cars in India have come on top in terms of their features, specs and price.

Even when you factor in the exchange rate difference, the Indian car is cheaper (or so it seems) than its Pakistani counterpart and what’s more – it offers more in terms of comfort, safety, etc. Rubbing salt into the wound.

Today we will compare the Suzuki Cultus 2021 and the Suzuki Celerio 2021. For our readers’ information, Cultus is called Celerio in India, Thailand, etc. 

The Pakistani and Indian Cultus’ will be weighed for their: 

  • Interior
  • Exterior
  • Comfort and Convenience
  • Safety and Security
  • Dimensions
  • Engine
  • and more

Make sure to read the entire review to get the complete picture and judge for yourself whether Indian Cultus is actually better than its Pakistani counterpart. 

Cultus 2021 Overview

Before getting to the comparison, let’s share some general information about the Suzuki Cultus.

In 2017, Suzuki Pakistan stated that it would replace the existing Cultus with Celerio. It didn’t live up to it and brought the same Cultus into the market though with a whole new shape and interior much similar to the Celerio. 

For Pakistanis, it was still a big thing – after all Suzuki had finally made a huge change to the same old and some would say “boring’ Cultus after more than a decade. Some of the other “revolutionary” and needless to say unexpected features offered in the new Cultus were: 

  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Dual SRS airbags 
  • Immobilizer 
  • Keyless entry

The new shaped Cultus was initially priced at Rs.1,025,000. Given its new features, the price was considered reasonable at the time. 

But today, after just 4 years, the only thing that has gone up about Cultus is not its standard but price, which has jumped from Rs.1,025,000 to Rs.1,904,000. 

Enough of the overview for now.

Ready for the Cultus VS Celerio comparison?


FeaturesSuzuki Cultus 2021Suzuki Celerio 2021
Sunvisor with ticket holder✔️✔️
Bottle holder✔️✔️
Front seat back pockets (passenger side)✔️✔️
Sitting capacity55
Air conditioner✔️✔️
Electric windows✔️✔️
Audio system✔️✔️


FeaturesSuzuki Cultus 2021Suzuki Celerio 2021
BumperBody coloredBody colored
Front grilleBlack with chrome accentChrome accent
Outside door handles and side mirrorsBody coloredBody colored

Comfort And Convenience

FeaturesSuzuki Cultus 2021Suzuki Celerio 2021
Air conditioner (Manual)✔️✔️
Pollen filter✔️
Power steering✔️✔️

Safety And Security

FeaturesSuzuki Cultus 2021Suzuki Celerio 2021
Driver side airbag✔️✔️
Passenger side airbag✔️✔️
Headlight leveling✔️
Child-proof rear door locks✔️✔️
BrakesFont: Ventilated disc 
Rear: Drum, leading & trailing
Font: Disc
Rear: Drum
Speed alert system✔️
Seat belt reminder (Driver + Passenger)✔️✔️
Reverse parking assist sensors✔️
Central door locking✔️
Remote-control door locks✔️


SpecificationsSuzuki Cultus 2021Suzuki Celerio 2021
Overall length3600 mm3695 mm
Overall width1600 mm1655 mm
Overall height1540 mm1555 mm
Wheelbase2425 mm2435 mm
Tread front1420 mm1430 mm
Tread rear1410 mm1440 mm
Kerb weight795 kg800 kg
Gross vehicle weight1270 kg1260 kg
Seating capacity55
Fuel tank capacity (L)35 L32 L
Tire size165/65/R14165/70/R14


SpecificationsSuzuki Cultus 2021Suzuki Celerio 2021
Capacity998 CC998 CC
Engine typeK10BK10C
Number of cylinders33
Number of valves in each cylinder44
Maximum output50 kW/6000 rpm49 kW/5500 rpm
Maximum torque90 N m/3500 rpm89 N m/3500 rpm
SuspensionFront: MacPherson strut with coil spring
Rear: Torsion beam with coil spring
Front: MacPherson strut with coil spring
Rear: Torsion beam with coil spring
Fuel average14-18 Km/L24-28 Km/L

Suzuki Cultus Price in Pakistan and India:

The price of Cultus 2021 starts from Rs.1,904,000, while the Celerio is approximately priced at INR.500,000, which roughly gets to about PKR.1,178,800.

It is pertinent to mention here that after the passing of the Finance (Supplementary) Bill 2021 or “mini budget” the Pakistani Cultus price is expected to increase.

Cultus New Model: Final Word

No doubt, Suzuki Celerio is way better than the Cultus when it comes to features, and price. 

We wish we had the Suzuki Celerio in Pakistan instead of the Cultus, so that we could enjoy driving a superior hatchback. 

Suzuki Pakistan should take into account the features of Celerio that outweigh Cultus and plan to offer them in the upcoming Cultus 2022. 

What’s your take on this? Which one do you think is better? Please leave a comment below.

One response to “Cultus v Celerio: Are Indian Cars Really Better?”

  1. I think localization is the big factor between Pakistan and India Car makers. Indian localization process is much faster and easy as they have their own steel mill and batter CNC local made machines.Secondly they have their own R&D and have experienced engineers that is why cost of cars is lower than pakistan.

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