Maruti-Suzuki Baleno Overview

Baleno is back, but only with the name, other than that it’s an all new car from India’s leading passenger carmaker, Maruti Suzuki. Baleno, as we know a decade back was a sedan that failed to live up to the names of other Maruti cars. Though the Baleno sedan was favourite among the enthusiasts and can still be seen on rally tracks, it failed to attract conventional buyers. Learning from its past, the company this time launched the Baleno in the growing premium hatchback segment to compete with the likes of Hyundai i20 and Honda Jazz. The hatchback is available in both the fuel trims across four variant options-Sigma, Delta, Zeta, Alpha. Mynewcar’s recommended variant is Zeta. The color option for this premium hatchback are Fire Red, Premium Silver, Autumn Red, Premium Urban Blue, Pearl Arctic White and Granite Grey. Let’s find out what makes this new hatchback so special among its competitors.

Car Type Hatchback,Hatch-Back
Fuel Diesel,Petrol
Transmission Automatic,Manual
Expert Rating
Ex-showroom Price Range 5,29,176 - 8,49,249

Maruti-Suzuki Baleno Exterior

Maruti-Suzuki Baleno Exterior

The Baleno is based on Suzuki’s next gen platform which enhances its safety component. The hatch follows Maruti’s "Liquid Flow" design language. The body is curvy in nature with limited sharp edges. The front-end gets a V-shaped grille, projector headlamps taken from Swift, daytime-running LEDs, black detailing and chrome eyebrows. At the rear, the taillamps are bit compact in size (not like other Maruti cars) which gives it a distinctive look. The LED lamps and rear spoiler adds more to the sportiness of the car. There is also a chrome bar that can be found on the boot of the car. Surprisingly, there is no Maruti Suzuki or the variant badge at the rear or anywhere for that matter. The diesel variant though gets the DDiS badge at the front panels. The side gets door mounted ORVMs which is kind of unique in itself as generally the wing mirrors are placed on pillars. Fun Fact- Tata Nano has it. Coming to side profile, the door handle gets rich chrome-finish and one can't miss the large glass area. Like the Honda Jazz, the Baleno gets rear quarter glass on the C-Pillar which brings more light inside the cabin.There no doubt that the Baleno is a best looking hatchback from the Maruti and thus we give it star rating of 4.2 out of 5.

Maruti-Suzuki Baleno Interior

Maruti-Suzuki Baleno Interior

The feel of stylish exterior is been carried inside too. The dashboard looks quite unique and interesting and features V-shape center console with touchscreen infotainment system that also supports Apple’s Car Play. The all new black theme with silver accents are the welcome changes from Japanese car maker. Other thing that stood apart in the cabin is MID (Multi-Information Display) which gives driver aided informations like distance to empty, real time fuel consumption, and gets a cool set of graphics which actually shows the power and torque usage. The seats are comfortable and since the car is 3995mm long, it do gets sufficient amount of legroom. The car is also wide enough to house three passengers to sit comfortably in the rear row. However, Maruti still lacks in offering certain features like rear armrest, rear ac vents, upmarket leather upholstery and even some parts of the interior do get hard plastics; taken straight from the affordable Maruti cars. The boot space of 339-litres is big enough for large suitcases and can even hold more luggage with 60:40 rear seat split. In summary, we like what Maruti has done with the Baleno’s interior and it wont fair if we don't give it a deserving 4.6 star rating.

Maruti-Suzuki Baleno Driving

Maruti-Suzuki Baleno Driving

In ride and handling, Maruti has done a superb job. The suspension are bit on tighter side but absorbs bad surfaces quite easily. McPherson Strut suspension in front and Torsion Beam on rear performs decently and filters the rough surfaces for a smoother drive. It's only the big potholes that are felt inside. The car remains stable on triple digit speed and even the body roll is minimum. The steering wheel is balanced i.e, it’s neither too light, nor too tight. The manual gear shifts are smooth and you can even overtake the vehicle in the fourth gear. The petrol is also offered with the CVT gearbox which though is known for its rubber band effect- not a good thing. The NVH ( Noise, Vibration, and Harshness ) levels are also bare minimum and the sound of the engine starts to creep inside once you rev the car hard for about 80 to 100kmph. For offering comfortable and smooth ride, we give Baleno a well deserved 4.3 star rating.

Maruti-Suzuki Baleno Engine
Maruti-Suzuki Baleno Engine

 

Engines in the Baleno are the same tried and tested mills which we have already seen in Swift and Ritz hatchback. The 1.2-litre VVT petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel motor. The petrol engine is peppy and rev happy. Its power delivery is linear and throttle response is good. The engine gives an output of 83.1bhp @ 6000 rpm and peak torque of 115Nm @ 4000rpm. The motor offers better combustion, reduced friction and lower emissions which all adds up to its best-in-class fuel efficiency of 21.4kmpl. The petrol model is offered with 5-speed manual and CVT gearbox. Coming to the 1.3-litre DDiS diesel model, its output is 74bhp @ 4000rpm and max spin at 190Nm at 2000rpm. The diesel model is only offered with 5-speed manual while its direct competitor Elite i20 features a 6-speed manual gearbox. Fuel efficiency of diesel Baleno is 27.39kmpl which is segment best. In the following months, the automaker might even launch the 1.0-litre turbocharged Boosterjet petrol engine to make up for the low power output. On the engines, Maruti has done nothing new or unique, considering the fact that Baleno is made from the scratch. These are the same powertrains we have been seeing for a while. Even the diesel model gives only 74bhp while a much needed 90bhp was expected from it. Keeping all these things in mind, we tend to give Baleno a 3 star rating for its engine and performance.

Maruti-Suzuki Baleno Safety
Maruti-Suzuki Baleno Safety

Frankly speaking, Baleno is a feature rich car and we like to emphasis on the part that the Baleno comes with dual airbags, ABS and EBD standard across all the variants. This is a welcome change from Maruti and we definitely appreciate this as it strengths the safety of passengers. The top spec model gets projector headlamps, automatic climate control, steering mounted audio and voice control, touch screen infotainment system with CarPlay and USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity. The instrument cluster also gets MID display which is cool in its own way. Since Baleno is offered with cool features, we also give it a cool rating of 4.

  • Maruti-Suzuki Baleno Value
  • Maruti-Suzuki Baleno Value

    When it comes to pricing a product, Maruti has a tendency to undercut its chief rivals and Baleno is no different. In petrol model, base Sigma is priced at Rs 4.99 lac while the top-end Alpha gets a price tag of Rs 7.01 lac. The CVT variant is priced at Rs 6.76 lac. Coming to diesel, price for Sigma variant is Rs 6.16 lac and for Alpha it is Rs 8.11 lac. Factoring what Baleno packs in, the price range seems to be justified and thus we give a rating of 3.5

    Maruti-Suzuki Baleno Maintainence
    Maruti-Suzuki Baleno Maintainence

    The cost of ownership over a period of a year depends on several factors like variant type, odometer run, location, fuel cost, loan interest, maintenance and insurance amount. Here to make calculations easier, we have taken the base 1.2- litre petrol model with yearly run of 12,000kms (1000kms per month). We have not factored in the loan and interest amount as it varies from customer to customer. So, the approximate cost of ownership of the Baleno (Base Sigma Petrol) for 12 months is Rs 50,784. This includes Rs 35,439 for fuel expenses, Rs 14,100 for insurance and Rs 1,245 on maintenance. The car comes with a standard warranty of 24 months or 40,000 kms (whichever comes first) from the date of delivery. Being a Maruti car, Baleno will be easy to maintain. On the cost of ownership, the car scores star rating of 4.

    Maruti-Suzuki Baleno Rivals
    Maruti-Suzuki Baleno Rivals

    The cost of ownership over a period of a year depends on several factors like variant type, odometer run, location, fuel cost, loan interest, maintenance and insurance amount. Here to make calculations easier, we have taken the base 1.2- litre petrol model with yearly run of 12,000kms (1000kms per month). We have not factored in the loan and interest amount as it varies from customer to customer. So, the approximate cost of ownership of the Baleno (Base Sigma Petrol) for 12 months is Rs 50,784. This includes Rs 35,439 for fuel expenses, Rs 14,100 for insurance and Rs 1,245 on maintenance. The car comes with a standard warranty of 24 months or 40,000 kms (whichever comes first) from the date of delivery. Being a Maruti car, Baleno will be easy to maintain. On the cost of ownership, the car scores star rating of 4.

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