Small cars with big-vehicle toys: Suzuki Celerio vs. Toyota Wigo

Small cars with big-vehicle toys: Suzuki Celerio vs. Toyota Wigo

Mini-subcompact cars are growing up. They're combining features once exclusive to larger and pricier vehicles with small-car hallmarks such as stellar fuel-efficiency and an easy-to-drive nature.  

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • How does the 2022 Suzuki Celerio's Auto Gear Shift (AGS) work?

    With AGS, the Celerio driver has a choice of letting the transmission do the shifting, or doing the gear shifting himself or herself but without using a clutch pedal. 
  • What are key equipment offerings of the 2022 Toyota Wigo?

    The Wigo is equipped with an Android Auto and Apple CarPlay-compatible infotainment, push-start ignition, and reversing camera and sensors.
  • An example of a small car with big-car aspirations is the all-new, third-generation Celerio, which is Suzuki's latest entry to the A-segment market. For some time, this market has been the sole domain of Toyota and  its little Wigo — (yes, and even the Mitsubishi Mirage Hatchback)  

    Suzuki is quick to boast the 2022 Celerio's fuel consumption rating of 28kpl. That number comes from a three-cylinder one-liter engine (67hp, 89Nm of torque), which is helped by an engine auto start/stop function. What was once the reserve of upscale vehicles, the Celerio's start/stop shuts off the engine when the car is at a standstill, eliminating excess idling and fuel consumption. The engine switches on again when it's time to get going. 

    Aside from the start/stop, another novel feature of the 2022 Celerio's Dualjet engine is, well, found in its name. The Dualjet consists of two fuel injectors per cylinder in order to create a finer mist of fuel for combustion. 

    2022 Suzuki Celerio Left low

    2022 Suzuki Celerio Side Profile Left

    And apart from a five-speed manual, the Celerio's engine can also be paired with what Suzuki calls Auto Gear Shift (AGS) transmission. With AGS, the Celerio driver has a choice of letting the transmission do the shifting, or doing the gear shifting themselves but without using a clutch pedal. 

    As for the 2022 Wigo, it's powered by a three-cylinder inline engine that generates 65hp and 89Nm of peak torque. Being a mini-hatchback, the Wigo should be able to return budget-friendly fuel-economy numbers. In terms of transmission choices, the Wigo gets a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual. 

    2020 Toyota Wigo TRD S rear quarter2020 Toyota Wigo TRD S

    Safety is also expected by buyers of A-segment vehicles, and here, the Celerio and Wigo once again pack the safety equipment from higher vehicle segments. 

    Inside the Celerio lies the Heartect chassis which, Suzuki claims,  absorbs impact energy in case of a collision. The Celerio's front end is designed to withstand pedestrian collision. The car is also equipped with big-car safety kitting such as hill-hold function and stability control. Dual airbags and reversing sensors are included. 

    The Wigo is also equipped with reversing sensors as well as a reversing camera. Ensuring more security on the road is the dashboard camera the Wigo can be equipped with. Two airbags and three-point seatbelts for all five occupants also come with the Wigo. 

    In terms of equipment, the 2022 Celerio and 2022 Wigo can almost make a small-car buyer feel that they've acquired an upscale car for an economy vehicle budget. The Celerio is fitted with a 6.2-inch infotainment screen with phone mirroring through WebLink, while the Wigo's touchscreen allows Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A push-start ignition further pushes the Wigo's big-car projection. 

    2022 Suzuki Celerio Center Console

    Toyota Wigo CabinThese features — along with the two hatchbacks' manual aircon, four speakers, and power windows — can be found in surprisingly spacious cabins. The Celerio, in particular, offers 60:40 split folding rear seats to expand the 295-liter trunk capacity. The Wigo's rear bench folds as a single piece. 

    So, the 2022 Celerio and Wigo may be small cars, but they're big in terms of what they offer. The spec sheets of the top-of-the-line Celerio (GL AGS) and Wigo (TRD-S AT) show the ingredients of these small hatchbacks. 

    SPECIFICATIONS

    Suzuki Celerio GL AGS

    Toyota Wigo 1.0 TRD S AT

    Length (mm)

    3,695

    3,700

    Width (mm)

    1,655

    1,600

    Height (mm)

    1,555

    1,520

    Minimum Ground Clearance (mm)

    170

    180

    Displacement (cc)

    998

    998

    Maximum Torque (Nm/rpm)

    89/3,600

    89/4,400

    Maximum Power (hp/rpm)

    67/5,600

    65/6,000

    Engine Type

    Three-cylinder Inline Petrol, Multipoint Injection with Dual Jet

    Three-cylinder Inline Petrol

    Engine Auto Stop Start System (EASS)

    With

    Without 

    Transmission

    Five-speed Automatic Gear Shift (AGS)

    Four-speed Automatic Transmission

    Suspension

    Front: MacPherson Strut

    Rear: Torsion Beam

    Front: MacPherson Strut

    Rear: Torsion Beam Axle

    Brakes

    Front: Ventilated Disc

    Rear: Drum

    Front: Ventilated Disc

    Rear: Drum

    Tires

    175/60 R15

    175/65 R14

    Clearance Lamp

    Without

    Line Guide Type

    Headlamps

    Halogen Multi-reflector

    Projector Halogen

    Front Fog Lamps

    With

    With

    Rear Combination Lamps

    Standard

    With LED Brake Lamp

    Rear Spoiler

    Without

    With

    High Mount Stop Lamp

    With

    LED Type, Spoiler Integrated

    Sport Kit

    Without

    Front Spoiler, Side Skirt, Rear Skirt, Two-tone Rear Spoiler, TRD S Decals, and Badge

    Side Mirrors

    Standard, Power Adjust

    Power Folding, Power Adjust, with Signal Light repeaters  

    Back Camera

    Without

    With

    Back Sonar

    With

    With

    Airconditioning System

    Manual

    LCD Air-conditioner Panel

    Dashboard Camera

    Without

    Digital Video Recorder

    Tachometer

    Digital

    Standard 

    Folding rear seats

    60:40 Split

    Single Piece 

    Audio System

    6.2-inch Multimedia Audio with AM/FM, Bluetooth, AUX, WebLink, and USB

    Touchscreen Display Audio with Apple Carplay, Android Auto, AM/FM, Aux, USB, Bluetooth, and Voice Command

    Anti-theft System

    Immobilizer

    Immobilizer and Alarm

    Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)

    With

    With

    SRS Airbags

    Driver and Front Passenger 

    Driver and Front Passenger

    Electronic Stability Programme 

    With

    Without 

    Hill Hold Control

    With

    Without 

    Available Colors

    Arctic White Pearl, Fire Red, Glistening Grey Metallic, Speedy Blue Metallic 

    Yellow SE, White, and Gray Metallic

    PRICE

    P754,000

    P700,000

     

    Photos from Suzuki Philippines Inc., Toyota Motor Philippines, and Kent Flores

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