Expert Review

Maruti-Suzuki Baleno


Car Type
Fuel Options
Ex-showroom Price

The Baleno was launched first way back in 2015 and since then went to become a super hit plus establishing the Nexa sales outlets for Maruti. It was the first premium hatchback for Maruti and since then has been one of the best selling cars from the Maruti stable. Last year it got a facelift plus now it is available with two petrol engines including a smart hybrid equipped version also. The trim levels are Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha. The colours on the Maruti Baleno are NEXA Blue, Met Premium Silver, Fire Red, Pearl Arctic White, Granite Gray, Ray Blue.


The Maruti Baleno is an attractive design that still looks fresh even many years after its launch. It is a new design and is based on the first of the new platform made by Suzuki. It is a plus sized hatchback but looks fantastic with sharp lines, the distinctive V shaped grille and sporty bumper There are also superb looking new 16inch alloys on the top-end while the rear gets attractive tail-lamps. The Baleno is 3995 mm in length, 1745 mm in width and 1510 mm in height. Its wheelbase is 2520 mm.


The Maruti Baleno sports a luxurious cabin by its class standards plus has a dual black/blue interior. The dials are stunning with blue details and the centre console is also V-shaped plus the steering wheel is a sporty three spoke one. There are also silver accents used on the centre console. Space is excellent with the rear seat having enough space for three plus the boot is also quite big. In terms of features the Baleno has nearly everything that you can want with climate control, touch-screen with smartphone connectivity, rear camera with sensors, steering controls with voice commands, LED DRLS with projector headlamps, dual airbags, powered mirrors etc.


The Maruti Baleno has a petrol engine with the new 1.2 dualjet while the earlier 1.2l petrol also continues but in BS6 form. The Baleno has a 5-speed manual as standard while a CVT is optional. Despite the size, the Baleno feels light and the fast with the 12l petrol giving enough performance. The manual gearbox is slick and the clutch is also very light. Same goes for the steering. Its ride is a bit firm but goes over bad roads pretty well. The mild-hybrid system on the dualjet engine works well while the CVT automatic on standard petrol engine is smooth but a bit slow that said it is fairly efficient.


The Baleno was launched with both a 1.2l petrol and a 1.3l diesel but now it only has a 1.2l petrol. The petrol engine 1.2l K12B makes 83 bhp and 113Nm while standard is a 5-speed manual and an CVT is optional. The mileage for the Baleno manual is a very good 21.01 kmpl while the CVT is 19.56. The new K12C petrol engine makes 90 bhp and 113Nm while the mileage is 23.87 kmpl.


The Baleno gets features like dual airbags, ABS with EBD, seatbelt pretensioners, ISOFIX child seat, speed warning etc.


The first service of the Swift is free and that happens post 12 months or 10,000 km. Then on it’s a yearly service or per 10,000 km. The cost of each service is roughly Rs 3.5,000 plus to near Rs 5,000 plus.


The Maruti Baleno is a premium hatchback which competes with the Hyundai i20, Ford Figo, Volkswagen Polo, Honda Jazz, Tata Altroz, Toyota Glanza.


Prices for the Maruti Baleno start at Rs 5.6 lakh and go all the way to Rs 8.9 lakh ex-showroom. At that price the Baleno is an excellent option due to the features, mileage and space. We recommend the manual petrol version as that is the best option. It has all the requirements of a premium hatchback but also the needs of a common hatchback buyer too in terms of fuel economy.