Maruti Suzuki Baleno Overview
The Maruti Baleno 2017 has become the most popular premium hatchback in the country. Maruti is currently enjoying the success of the Baleno. This hatchback is spacious, delivers excellent performance and returns good fuel efficiency as well. It comes with a petrol and a diesel engine option. Both the engines are peppy and it is the petrol that has a higher demand. Maruti was a late entrant into the premium hatchback space, but it came with a storm that swept away most of the competition. It was priced aggressively and came feature loaded. The Maruti Baleno 2017 carries all these traits and is the best seller as well. The Maruti Baleno CVT is now offered with Alpha model. This means that it will be offered with all the features and there shall be an automatic with all the features.
The Baleno is manufactured in Maruti’s Gujarat plant and the company had to ramp up production after it received a spectacular demand from the market after its launch. Customers see the car a value for money, hence they queue up to but the Baleno. Read on for our detailed review of the Maruti Baleno. Test drive for Maruti Suzuki Baleno.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Design & Look
The Baleno is based on an all-new ‘Liquid Flow’ design philosophy which takes its inspiration from ‘energetic mass of water in motion’. This has defined the curvaceous body and dynamic styling cues. We first saw the Baleno at the Frankfurt Motor show in October 2015 and as of 2019, the Baleno has received a facelift.With the facelift, the Baleno doesn’t look drastically different from the version it replaces, but it has made some noticeable improvements. Up front, you get a new and more aggressive grille. The headlights may not look all that different vs the original model, but in place of the bi-xenon projector headlights, it now sports LED projectors like the Swift, Ignis, Dzire, Ciaz and S-Cross.
While LED projectors with light guides are offered in the Baleno Delta & Baleno Zeta, the top-spec Baleno Alpha gets them with DRLS. A design distinction for the 2019 Baleno is the new front bumper. It now has a larger air-dam/lower grille, while the fog lamps now sit higher up, closer to the headlights.At the side, the profile of the Baleno does look a tad unusual. It’s quite bulbous, especially at the rear and doesn’t look at sharp as the Hyundai i20. We wouldn’t call it a polarising design trait, but what was a turn off was the old alloy wheel design, that looked too much like plain Jane wheel caps. Thankfully, that’s changed with the facelift and it now sports two-tone 16-inch alloys on the Zeta and Alpha variants.
Move to the back, though, and there are no notable changes with the facelift. The hatch door feels small compared to the large balloon-like rear bumper. The hatch has a large contour that runs in tandem with the end of the tail lamps. The tail lamps feature LEDs which look classy. The badging is minimalistic with a Suzuki ‘S’ badge in the centre and ‘Baleno’ logo on the left. There is a roof spoiler with an integrated brake light.
No mention of the variant or engine option here. You can differentiate the petrol from the diesel with a small badge on the front passenger side fender.The wing mirrors are mounted on the door and are body coloured with integrated turn lamps. The length of the car is 3995 mm which is a tad under 4 metres. The width stands at 1745mm which is over 100mm larger than the Jazz. The height is 1510mm which is tall but the Jazz leads the pack with a height of 1544mm because of its MPV-like design. With a wheelbase of 2520mm, it lies in the middle of the pack.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Cabin & Comfort
We’d describe the interior in one simple word – minimal. The Baleno’s dashboard looks clean and sports a classy combination of all-black with silver highlights. The quality is also noticeably better than many other Maruti cars like the Swift or Dzire, though, the difference isn’t night and day. It still doesn’t feel as upmarket as an Elite i20. The three spoke steering wheel gets small chrome inserts at the end of each spoke. The steering mounted music controls are large chunky buttons on the left. The phone controls are behind which is a bit uncomfortable but we got used to it over time. You get both reach & rake adjustment on the steering wheel which has now become a standard in the segment. The instrument cluster is a huge step up from what Maruti usually offers. At first glance, it appears to have been lifted off the S-Cross, but look closely and it is not the case. It runs a sporty blue theme and the MID has a host of readouts and charts that kept us, a geeky bunch, happy. You get two identically sized dials for the speedo & rev-counter. At the bottom of each dial is an integrated dial for fuel level and temperature.
There is a 4.2” digital screen between the both with shows you a host of things. It gives you instructions on how to start the vehicle and an analogue-cum-digital clock. A small Baleno model shows up when you leave a certain door open showing which door is open and it also pops up when the reverse parking sensors are engaged. We had the most fun while using the power & torque charts. It shows you what portion of the total available power & torque you are using. With the 2019 update, the Baleno’s cabin does go from all-black to a combination of blue and black. This change is mainly seen in the seat upholstery, wherein the headrests and side bolsters are still black, but the rest is draped in blue. A similar blue fabric insert is also added to the doorpads and door armrests.
That is not the end of it. You get graphical displays on fuel economy along with a distance to empty read out. You also have the option to check fuel economy or average speed over a period of time. All the settings can be adjusted from the same MID. With consumers now wanting to be in the know about everything, we love the MID. We spent way too much time exploring the MID. It was just that intriguing. The wiper, indicator and light stalks are chubby little units. Other premium features you get on the Baleno include rain sensing rain wipers & auto headlamps.Another major highlight of the 2019 Baleno is the new infotainment system. It’s still a 7-inch touchscreen, but is a new unit made by Harman instead of the old one that debuted in the Ciaz, developed by Bosch. This is the same touchscreen seen in the 2019 Wagon R and has a slightly more polished user-interface.
Below the infotainment system, nestled at the bottom of the ‘V’, is the climate control system. It houses a round and crisp display. Surrounding the display are a host of chunky buttons for various air-con controls.The bottom of the dash houses the power outlet and the USB & Aux ports. They are covered by a flimsy tab and we wonder how long it would last on constant use. There is an adjustable cup holder here. There is a single illuminated glove box at the bottom. We felt the plastic used here could be better. The front seats are comfortable. The driver seat is adjustable for height as well. The front seats travel a healthy amount and it is easy to get into the seat. The fabric is dull and we feel better materials could have been used for the upholstery.
You do get a centre arm rest, but its position is a little awkward. The only purpose it serves is to act as the storage cover. The door houses the front speakers and a tweeter. It has the console with buttons for the power windows and the wing mirror controls. They could have done with more premium switches here by providing illumination.You also get two reading lights at the front and the cluster has the mic integrated into it. Both sun visors get illuminated vanity mirrors. For Maruti Suzuki Baleno visit jsrr.in
Move to the back, and you will be impressed by the amount of space available. The 4 of us, a bunch of large people, were comfortable. All thanks to the huge wheelbase. You get large adjustable headrests. The rear doors have a large pocket for 1L bottles. The bottle holder’s design is well integrated into the door. There is a nice touch of cushioning on the door to accommodate your arm. You do not get a centre arm rest! While the competitors don’t have it too, it would have been a nice touch.
Another thing that’s missing is the rear air con vent. Something that’s available on the Elite i20. You get a single charging power outlet which is integrated at the back of the centre arm rest. You can access the boot with your keys in the pocket (thanks to the request button) and this is handy when your hands are busy carrying all the shopping bags.We find the interior really spacious which is a huge plus. At the same time, interiors look and feel premium. Maruti has clearly chosen function over form here.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Engine & Transmission
The engines on offer are a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre diesel. Both are offered with five-speed manual, while the petrol even gets a CVT on option. The petrol engine has great performance, complimented by the light weight of the car. The body weight of the Maruti Baleno is about 900kgs. The performance of the petrol engine is the best in its segment. The engine is highly refined and it has good power power on offer too. At the same time, this engine packs in generous torque too. The petrol comes with an option of five-speed manual or CVT. The CVT is recommended for city driving, while the petrol manual has good amount of punch too.
The Maruti Baleno diesel is certainly not the most powerful one in the segment, on paper. As it produces 75bhp only and has five-speed manual. But in the real world, the performance is at par with the competition. You do not feel the turbo lag, in fact this is a highly drivable engine. Both the engines have good power and drivability, the petrol has better of the two. As this diesel car is agin lighter than its competition, The Maruti Baleno ranks very high in mileage. For a petrol engine, this returns about 13 km/l in the city and about 16km/l on the highway. At the same time, the Maruti Baleno CVT has an efficiency of 11 km/l in the city and about 14km/l on the highway. On the other hand, the diesel engine returns close to 16 km/l in the city and about 19 km/l on the highway.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno mileage according to the ARAI mileage certification touches 13 kmpl in the city and 16 kmpl on the highways for the petrol variant, and 16 kmpl in city streets and 22 kmpl on the highways as far as the diesel model is concerned. Where the Maruti Suzuki Baleno Facelift automatic variant CVT is concerned, it returns an acclaimed mileage of 11 kmpl in the city streets and 14 kmpl on the highways.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Ride & Handling
Clearly, the Baleno’s suspension has been tuned as a city run-about. It takes potholes and slightly rough roads really well. The higher wheelbase makes it less agile but that is the price you will have to pay for larger cabin space. Having said that, we found the handling really predictable. Another thing that impressed us is the steering unit. It’s light at low speeds and well weighted at higher speeds. They really have us impressed here as when we compare it to the Elite i20 and the Jazz, their steering continues to be light at high speeds.
The car has ventilated discs at the front and drums at the rear. A pretty standard affair in the segment. While the i20 was originally offered with discs all around, they got rid of them in the latest Elite avatar to save on costs. The standard ABS & EBD (Anti-Lock Brakes and Electronic Brake-Force Distribution) aids braking to a great extent.A huge thumbs up to the suspension and steering departments at Maruti for what they’ve pulled off with the Baleno. The ride & handling is spot on for city driving conditions and the occasional highway jaunts.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Braking & Safety
For the first time, Maruti Suzuki Baleno Facelift features the revolutionary “HEARTECT” platform and assures extra safety for its passengers. The high tensile steel present in Baleno helps in improving the overall safety by making the body much stronger and rigid. The front disc brakes and the rear drum brakes provide stopping power to its axles. The safety features of the new Maruti Suzuki Baleno include ABS with EBD, dual airbags, pre-tensioner, ISOFIX child restraint system, speed alert system, brake assist and force limiter seatbelts with reminder, and rear parking sensors come standard across all variants. The new Baleno 2019 complies with side crash, offset and pedestrian safety norms and regulations.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno On-Road Price in New Delhi ranges from 5,64,401 to 9,71,003 for variants Baleno Sigma Petrol and Baleno Alpha CVT Petrol respectively. Maruti Suzuki Baleno is available in 11 variants and 14 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Baleno variants price in New Delhi. Check for Baleno price in New Delhi at Carzprice.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Final Word
The new Maruti Suzuki Baleno with lucrative safety features, better exterior design and an upgraded CVT transmission is definitely worth every penny. Thereby, it gives a very tough competition to its rivals in the same segment.Maruti Baleno is a good value for money, much better than its competition. But what it lacks is the finesse that competition offers. The manner in which some of the premium hatches feel premium and luxurious, the Baleno doesn’t give the same experience due to the touch and feel of the materials.