Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Overview of the car

Hatchback

Manual

Petrol

19.4 Mileage

37 Litres

2 AirBags

5 Seater

2 Years / 40,000 Kms

Performance Metrics
171

kilometers per hour

Top Speed
12.6

seconds

0-100 kph
9.8

Meters

Turning Cycle
Tech Specs

Engine

Displacement
1197 cc
Max Power
84 bhp
Torque
11.7 kgm
Number of Cylinder(s)
4

Dimensions

Wheel Base
2520 mm
Ground Clearance
170 mm
Bootspace
339 ltrs
Turning Circle
9.8 mtrs
Click to view the car dimensions chart

Suspension & Chassis

Front Suspension
Mc Pherson Strut
Rear Suspension
Torsion Beam
Steering Type
Electric,Rack & Pinion
Tyres
Front:185/65 R15
Rear: 185/65 R15
Front Brakes
Disc
Rear Brakes
Drum
Reviews and Video
NARAIN IMG

Narain Says

The Baleno doesn't dart into the corners with the eagerness of the Swift and the steering isn't bristling with feel either.But there's a maturity to the its dynamics and the handling is very predictable and failsafe.

HORMAZD IMG

Hormazd Says

Baleno's bid to be seen as a premium offering has ironically been undermined by a bargain price. It gives you the maximum bang for your buck and that's the most compelling reason to buy one.

TorqueX Review

What you’ll like?

Ride and handling, cabin space, equipment list

What you won’t like?

Interiors lack upmarket feel, rough diesel engine, edgy and nervous steering

TorqueX Says

Ticks All Right Boxes And Gives The Best Bang For The Buck

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Autocar Review

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Review, Road Test

Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Look, I’m not a particularly fuel-efficient driver, and I’m the first to raise my hand and admit it. I’ve tried, once or twice, I promise, and sure, I could probably make it happen if I really had to. But in everyday driving, it’s just not my style. It’s too much effort; too much tedium. My very, very patient colleague Rahul Kakar once brought a Renault Lodgy from Delhi to Mumbai using just about half a tank of diesel. I’d have probably given up by Gurgaon.

What doesn’t help is my commute, which is like Kryptonite that feeds on driving enjoyment, which, in turn, is every petrolhead’s super-strength. It’s 80 percent traffic, some of which is of the crawling, 5kph variety, so it’s something I try to get over with as soon as possible. Subsequently, on our fuel efficiency record cards, there’s always a pretty dismal number next to my name, because if I’m not stuck in traffic, I’m making the most of not being stuck in traffic, if you know what I mean.

The thing is, a routine has started forming on my commute, and I’ve accepted my fate. I adopt a Zen-like state of mind and embrace the traffic; flow with it, if you will. And that, as it turns out, makes for much better fuel efficiency. I tanked up the Baleno recently and was astonished to see it had done 542km between fill-ups! That’s an astonishing 15kpl! I whipped out a calculator in disbelief and a few frenzied taps later, realised it was right. I then spent half an hour interrogating the entire Autocar India editorial and testing team to see if anyone accidentally filled it without me knowing, and didn’t log a record. Nope.

What I did find out is that it did go on one leisurely highway run between those fill-ups, and that will have definitely driven the number up by a kpl or two. But the truth is, it nudges past 12kpl on my commute every day. And this is a petrol car, lest we forget. Two things make this possible. The
first is the weight, which at 890kg even for this top-spec car, is a full 75kg lower than the cheaper Swift. The second is the engine – this is quite possibly the best all-rounder in the naturally aspirated 1.2-litre class. It’s so tractable low down, it can handle your 5kph crawl in second gear without a fuss.

And keeping me entertained during the crawl is the superb colour-screen between the dials
that gives you so much information. At first I thought it was gaudy and gimmicky, but I’ve soon realised that trying to bump up the ‘real-time fuel-economy’ number is an immensely fun game – it’s also the reason I’ve been subconsciously working on improving my fuel efficiency. The only annoyance is that the ‘distance to empty’ readout disappears once the yellow reserve fuel warning light comes on – that’s when you need it the most!

I’ll stop here, simply because it’s the longest I’ve talked about fuel efficiency in a single stretch of my entire life (what have I become?). For the kind of driving I’m resigned to daily, however, this newfound light-footedness of mine is a great gift, especially after the recent petrol price hike. And so is the Baleno; it’s comfortable, spacious, feature packed, and now fuel-efficient in my hands too.

 

Fact File

 
 
 
 

General

Price when new Rs 8.46 lakh (on-road, Mumbai)
Test economy 12.07kpl (overall)
Maintenance costs None
Faults Rattle from rear left wheel
Distance covered 9340km
 
 
 

Comfort & Convenience

  • Central Locking
  • Remote Locking
  • Total Immobilizer
  • Climate Control
  • Remote Boot Release
  • Remote Fuel Lid
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Rear Wiper
  • Rear Defogger
  • Front Power Windows
  • Rear Power Windows
  • Trip Computer
  • Electric Adjust wing mirror
  • Dead Pedal
  • Cruise Control
  • Paddle shifters
  • Sunroof
  • Refrigerator
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Air Conditioner
  • Electric Sun Blinds
  • Leather Wrapped Steering
  • Reversing Camera
  • Hill Start Assist
  • 360 degree camera
  • Heads Up Display
  • Stop/start
  • Daytime running lights
  • LED Lights
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Headlamp Washers
  • Rear AC Vents
  • Rear Power Outlet

Drivers Aid & Safety

  • ABS
  • ESP
  • EBD
  • Brake Assist
  • Parking Sensors
  • Airbags Total (2)

Seating

  • Driver Seat Height Adjust
  • Split rear seats
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Folding Rear Seats
  • Front Adjustable Headrests
  • Rear Adjustable Headrests
  • Passenger Seat Height Adjust
  • Lumbar Support
  • Third row of seats
  • Seat Massagers
  • Seat Memory
  • Cooled Seats
  • Electric Seats
  • Driver Seat Power Adjust
  • Rear Seat Foldable Table
  • Rear Seat Centre Armrest

Entertainment & Communication

  • TouchScreen Audio System
  • Audio system (with Radio)
  • USB Port
  • Bluetooth & Streaming
  • Steering Audio Controls
  • Speakers
  • Hands Free Telephony
  • Satellite Navigation
  • Single CD Player
  • Rear seat screens
  • Subwoofer
  • Voice activated controls

Tyres & Wheels

  • Spare wheel
  • Space saver
  • Alloy Wheels
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