The Maruti Suzuki Baleno plugs the gap between the Swift and the other premium hatchbacks in its segment. The Baleno is larger than the Swift, has more premium features while still being priced very competitively against the more premium offerings from competitors like the Hyundai i20 and the Volkswagen Polo. The Baleno is a Maruti at heart, and is a value-for-money offering backed by premium network - Nexa.
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Crisp Summary: The Baleno is Maruti's ticket into the premium hatchback segment. It is positioned above the Swift and rivals cars like the i20, Polo and the Jazz. The Baleno is a very important car for not only Maruti but Suzuki as well - it will be sold across the globe and will be exported from India as well.
The Baleno is under 4 meters in length and the design is pretty catchy. It is a wide hatchback but sits pretty low and this gives it a sporty stance. The front end is dominated by a smile shapred chrome outline that runs from under the chrome, all the way to the 'eye lids' of the headlamps. Side profile is where you get to see the rising shoulder line which tapers off into the tail light area slightly. Rear of the Baleno is rather interesting with well finished tail lamps and a horizontal chrome line running across the width of the car. Loading lip of the Baleno is placed very high though and this could be an issue when you have couple of heavy suitcases to lift around. But at 339 litres, the boot is the second biggest in the segment after the Jazz.
On the inside, the Baleno impresses a lot. Its just not the space on offer but the long list of features and the feel good factor that has the ability to keep customers and their families happy. It also gets a touch screen infotainment system (like the Ciaz and the new Ertiga) and the cabin seems well put together for this price. Our only grouse is the 'low' and 'hammered' in feeling which is due to the low roof height. Space at the back is excellent and you can easily seat three adults without a fuss.
The Baleno gets a choice of two engine options - a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.2-litre diesel. Both these motors are also seen on other Maruti offerings. Though the power and torque outputs of the two engines are not class leading, the low kerb weight of the Baleno really helps. Infact, the car is approximately 170 and 240 kilos lighter than the Jazz and i20 respectively. As a result, performance from both the engines is really good. The petrol engine is also offered with an optional CVT and the car will soon get a 1.0-litre Boosterjet (or turbocharged petrol) unit by end 2016.
Priced from Rs 4.99 lac onwards, the Baleno offers terrific value for money and is a serious contender for the hatchback of the year award. Safety is taken care of by offering ABS and dual airbags as standard even in the base version! Note that the Baleno is only being sold via Nexa dealerships but yet has managed to become the 2nd largest premium hatchback in India and is giving the Elite i20 sleepless nights.
The Baleno top end version comes with keyless entry and start-stop which means you can enter the car by pressing the black button on the door handle while the key is in your pocket. The Swift suffered from lack of space on the inside but the Baleno has surprised everyone. It offers more space than the Elite i20 and its easy to seat five adults in comfort. It also offers 339 litres of boot space which is way more than that of the Swift but more on that later. However, due to the a low roof (the Baleno is the lowest car in the segment) headroom is limited especially at the rear.
The Baleno has an all-black theme on the inside, broken well by clever usage of silver and chrome inserts. That said, quality of materails isnt a match for the Elite i20 which feels 'richer' on the inside. From the driver's seat, what catches your fancy is the speedometer console - definately the most funkiest of all the premium hatchbacks. But it is functional as well - it shows the power and torque curves, average and instantenous fuel economies, tank range, driving time and outside temperature. The steering wheel looks good and feels great to hold and gets controls for audio system and voice commands. The wheel does not get thumb contours but we like the little detailing in the form of chrome inserts at 3,6 and 9pm slots. Neat. And the steering has both tilt and telescopic adjustment.
On the right of the steering is the start/stop button and a small place to keep your wallet. You also notice the provision for accessory buttons under the start/stop button - we guess the international version has this area very busy.
The top end model gets your attention thanks to the segment first Apple CarPlay system which is similar to the one seen in other cars like the S-Cross. This is a 7" touchscreen system that lets the user pair his iPhone with the system - the screen also doubles up as a rear camera and has navigation as well.
The climate control sits below the infotainment system and has a sharp sloping desing with controls finished in silver. The Aux-in and USB ports are located in front of the gear lever and so is the charging outlet. There are two compartments under this for knick knacks and your cups or mobiles.
In terms of storage places, you can place one litre bottles in the doors, there is a front arm-rest with storage space and a glovebox that is not cooled like the one found in the i20.
The Baleno has impressive rear seat space, so much so that it is easy to seat five adults. There are no rear ac vents or an arm-rest but the car impresses us with its massive boot. Rear passengers also get a charging outlet which is located at the back side of the front arm-rest console. There is also a place to keep your mobile phone while its been charged. The rear windows also roll dowm completely which will be a hit with Indian families. Now while the rear bench gets a 60:40 split, it does not fold flat complately.
Lots and lots of space for five. We love the design and the feature loaded speedometer console.
Rear visibility for driver is poor. Limited headroom
There is good amount of boot space in the Baleno that can take all the luggaue for the weekend.
The Balen is a stunner - no two ways about it. It is lower and yet wider than most other cars in the segment and this makes it look very sporty. What catches your eye immediately is the smiling front - the chrome line running around the grille and fusing into the headlamps which also get day time running lights. The lower part, ie, the bumper, has conventional design and nothing that will set heart beats racing. That said, the front three quarter is a nice angle to look at the Baleno but only if the alloy wheels were sporty enough - there are no match for the i20's diamond cut design. Side profile is something we like - it clearly shows the sloping roofline and the rising shoulder line which finishes into the tail lamps. The rear is equally interesting with a wide horizontal chrome strip, sharpely taked windscreen and LED tail lights. The Baleno gets body mounted outside mirrors which do well in terms of keeping air drag low. The car also gets blacked out A and B pillars.
Maruti has played safe with the design - its not striking and yet will appeal to the masses
Alloy wheel design is a let down
Petrol: The petrol engine Baleno has a rated economy of 21.4kmpl for both the manual and CVT versions. In real world conditions, expect a figure of 13-14 kmpl in a mix of low and dense traffic conditions. Expect the car to deliver over 20kmpl on the highways at speeds of under 100km/h
Diesel: The diesel engine Baleno has a rated economy of 27.39kmpl which is more than the competition. Expect real world figure to be around 19kmpl in a mix of low and dense traffic conditions. The same will rise to 24-25kmpl when driven at 90-95kmph on open roads.
Tank Range: The Baleno has a relatively small fuel tank but with an impressive fuel economy, expect the car to do about 600km before requiring a fill up when driven in city conditions (for diesel).
Very good fuel economy - the diesel will win hearts with its low running costs
Fuel tank capacity could have been better
|1.3 Sigma||27.39 kmpl|
|1.3 Delta||27.39 kmpl|
|1.3 Zeta||27.39 kmpl|
|1.3 Alpha||27.39 kmpl|
|1.2 Sigma||21.4 kmpl|
|1.2 Delta||21.4 kmpl|
|1.2 Zeta||21.4 kmpl|
|1.2 CVT Delta||21.4 kmpl|
|1.2 Alpha||21.4 kmpl|
|1.2 CVT Zeta||21.4 kmpl|
The Baleno powered by the 1.3-litre DDiS 190 motor has an ARAI-certified mileage of 27.39 km/l
The Baleno powered by the 1.2-litre VVT motor, and coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission, has an ARAI-certified mileage of 21.4 km/l
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Pros Flat torque, good handling,
Cons Outdated looks, dull dashboard
Baleno flat torque is one good reason to drive baleno, with flat torque you don't have to shift gears very often in slow traffic and hilly roads. Steering is direct and give high confidence while driving Only downside is looks and dull dashboard
9 of 17 users found this review helpful.
Pros Great Looks,
Cons Average Performance,
Overall look is good but waiting for the user review. If anybody is having new maruti suzuki baleno then plz share reviews with us.
51 of 81 users found this review helpful.
Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Fuel Efficiency,Comfort,Excellent leg room at back side., even more than many sedans... boot is more than sufficient,
Cons Average Interiors,Plastic quality could have been better..
Today I booked beleno Zeta... Earlier i was planing to buy Dezire Zxi, but after test drive of baleno i changed my decision. Clutch, Steering and gear box is butter smooth. ....... Getting each and everything more than Dezire at low price... Keep it up Maruti !!! waiting for delivery which is after 25 days !!!!
140 of 162 users found this review helpful.
Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Great Interiors,Fuel Efficiency,Comfort,
Cons Average Looks,
Baleno is the best fuel efficiency car in Indian Market. I am also use Maruti Baleno Sigma Petrol version car.
67 of 85 users found this review helpful.
Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,
Cons Average Interiors,
Got my baleno few days back with premium silver colour and alpha model. Everything is perfect about the baleno apart from few things when we compare it to elite i20 and honda jazz 1. Firstly yes, interiors Average quality. Did not give leather seats in top variant,surprising Apply carplay is good 2.Music Speakers are average quality and tweeters are attached too which does not give a premium music experience and sounds too average 3.Interior lighting More could've been done by giving various controls and cockpit like elite i20. Final verdict No matter what, you will end up choosing it in comparison to honda jazz and elite i20 because of the fuel average, brand trust and maintenance. Sold looks and something refreshing apart from interiors. Amazing drive quality which is useful for city drive and roadtrips along with a deadly combination of average fuel consumption.
149 of 162 users found this review helpful.