It would be unreasonable to expect a sub-£10k city car to be the last word in refinement, so you probably won’t be surprised to learn that the Celerio’s three-cylinder petrol engine is a bit vocal. Some rivals do a better job of keeping engine noise out of the cabin, but at least you don’t feel too many vibrations through the steering wheel or pedals when you accelerate.
There’s plenty of wind and road noise at a 70mph cruise, so several rivals, including the Hyundai i10, are quieter choices if you regularly travel on the motorway.
The Celerio’s five-speed manual gearbox is excellent, with a light and precise shift action. However, the optional four-speed automatic gearbox causes the engine to rev harder before it changes gear, generated unwanted noise. The changes themselves aren’t particularly smooth, either.
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