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Rs. 5.26 to 8.43 lakh
Ex-showroom Price, Delhi
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Maruti Baleno Comparisons

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  • Exterior and Interior
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  • Variants
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Maruti Suzuki Baleno is a premium hatchback and although it stacks under 4-metre of length (3995 mm), its 1745 mm wide cabin makes it quite a large car. The design and style on the Baleno are the best we have seen from the Maruti till date. Baleno’s cabin too is impressive and the minimalistic design of the dash augers very well. Even the rear seat of Baleno is surprisingly roomier for a hatchback. Under the hood, the Baleno is offered with a choice of a 1.2-liter K-series petrol engine and a 1.3-liter DDiS diesel engine. While the petrol Baleno is capable of making 85 PS/115 Nm, the diesel Baleno puts out 75 PS/190 Nm of raw performance. The Maruti Baleno retails in the price range of Rs 4.99 - 8.11 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and is up against the likes of Hyundai Elite i20 and Honda Jazz among others.
Based on Suzuki’s Liquid Flow design theme, the Baleno looks modern and chic. The smooth flowing design is likeable, and bits such as the smoked out projector headlamps, 16-inch alloy wheels and the LED taillamps add character. We like how Maruti Suzuki hasn’t gone overboard with the usage of chrome, limiting it to just the door handles, grille and a chunky slat at the rear.

Unlike most of its contemporaries, the Baleno’s cabin wears an all-black theme. The thoughtful use of dull-silver accents helps liven up the place a bit. The instrument cluster deserves a special mention here, as it features a cool live power and torque pie chart. The top-spec Alpha version gets a 7-inch touchscreen with navigation and Apple CarPlay, and automatic climate control as well. Being a Maruti, the basics are well thought of. The steering adjusts for reach and rake, and there’s plenty of range for the driver’s seat both in terms of height and reach. The cabin is spacious enough for five, and the 339-litre boot will have no issues swallowing their luggage.
The hatchback is offered with a choice of three engine options. If you like your cars to be powered by petrol, you get to choose between a 1.2-litre, four-cylinder motor and 1.0-litre turbocharged three-pot. Bear in mind you can opt for the latter in a single RS variant and that’ll get you a pair of disc brakes at the rear as well! The diesel alternative is the tried-and-tested 1.3-litre motor that powers almost every car Maruti makes. All engines offer a nice blend of city and highway drivability, mixed with reasonable economy. The 1.2-litre engine is also available with a CVT automatic

Maruti’s Baleno can be had in a total of 12 variants including the RS. The base-spec petrol variant (Sigma) costs Rs 5.26 lakh, whereas the top-spec Alpha CVT variant is priced at Rs 8.34 lakh. The RS retails for Rs 8.37 lakh, whereas prices for the diesel variant spans from Rs 6.44 lakh - Rs 8.43 lakh.

Ford Figo: The Figo is an all-rounder that does a bit of everything. It’s spacious, is well-equipped and, if you pick the diesel (especially in the S trim) it’s a hoot to drive as well. Did we mention it sips through a pinched straw all the time?

Hyundai Elite i20: The one that has it all! The Elite i20 brings a sense of class and features to this segment like no other. Premium build, loads of kit on offer, looks that turns heads and space for five. What more do ya need, eh?

Volkswagen Polo: Volkswagen’s Polo may not have set the sales charts on fire, but it has its own little fanclub. Primary reasons being the rock-solid build quality inside out, and the fun-to-drive engines in the GT variants. It might seem a bit dated to some, but we aren’t complaining just as yet!

Honda Jazz: With space that could shame a few apartments in Mumbai, the Honda Jazz is a sensible hatch for the practical lot. The engines are refined, equipment levels are on par with its peers and it’s backed up by Honda’s repute of reliability and after sales support.

If you want to buy the Baleno because everyone else is, go ahead. It truly is a well-rounded package. We’re glad ABS and dual airbags are standard no matter what variant you choose. We’d recommend the slightly naughty RS variant - because we’re fun that way.

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