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Maruti Baleno

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  • Economy
    Mileage
    27.4 kmpl
    Service cost
    `4,506 /yr
  • Performance
    Engine
    1248 cc 
    BHP
    74
  • Comfort
    A/C
    Yes
    Power Steering
    Yes
  • Safety
    Central Lock
    Yes
    Brake Assist
    No
  • EMI
    Duration
    5 years
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April 07, 2016: Maruti Suzuki has introduced an automatic transmission with Baleno’s Zeta variant. Priced at INR 7.47 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi), the car is equipped with a CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission) unit and retains all the features that are currently available on the manual Zeta trim. Earlier, CVT was available only on the mid-trim Delta. Alloy wheels, front fog lamps, auto headlamps, chrome door handles, auto dimming IRVM, height-adjustable driver's seat, keyless entry & go, illumination for the glovebox and an MID with a colour TFT screen are some of the features that Baleno’s Zeta trim comes loaded with.

Maruti Baleno price list

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    1.3 Sigma
    1248 cc,  Manual, Diesel, 27.39 kmpl
    `6.3 Lakh*
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    1.3 Delta
    1248 cc,  Manual, Diesel, 27.39 kmpl
    `7.0 Lakh*
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    1.3 Zeta
    1248 cc,  Manual, Diesel, 27.39 kmpl
    `7.6 Lakh*
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    1.3 Alpha
    1248 cc,  Manual, Diesel, 27.39 kmpl
    `8.3 Lakh*
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    1.2 Sigma
    1197 cc,  Manual, Petrol, 21.4 kmpl
    `5.2 Lakh*
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    1.2 Delta
    1197 cc,  Manual, Petrol, 21.4 kmpl
    `5.8 Lakh*
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    1.2 Zeta
    1197 cc,  Manual, Petrol, 21.4 kmpl
    `6.4 Lakh*
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    1.2 CVT Delta
    1197 cc,  Automatic, Petrol, 21.4 kmpl
    `6.9 Lakh*
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    1.2 Alpha
    1197 cc,  Manual, Petrol, 21.4 kmpl
    `7.1 Lakh*
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    1.2 CVT Zeta
    1197 cc,  Automatic, Petrol, 21.4 kmpl
    `7.5 Lakh*
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    RS
    998 cc,  Manual, Petrol, 21.4 kmpl
    `5.1 Lakh*
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Baleno color options

  • premium urban blue

  • Autumn Orange

  • Pearl Arctict White

  • Fire Red

  • Ray blue

  • PREMIUM SILVER

  • Granite Grey

Specifications

Variants Fuel Type Mileage Transmission Engine Description Power
City Highway
1.3 Sigma Diesel 22.59 kmpl 27.39 kmpl Manual 1248cc 
74bhp @ 4000rpm
1.3 Delta 22.59 kmpl 27.39 kmpl Manual 1248cc 
74bhp @ 4000rpm
1.3 Zeta 22.59 kmpl 27.39 kmpl Manual 1248cc 
74bhp @ 4000rpm
1.3 Alpha 22.59 kmpl 27.39 kmpl Manual 1248cc 
74bhp @ 4000rpm
1.2 Sigma Petrol 17.8 kmpl 21.4 kmpl Manual 1197cc 
83.1bhp @ 6000rpm
1.2 Delta 17.8 kmpl 21.4 kmpl Manual 1197cc 
83.1bhp @ 6000rpm
1.2 Zeta 17.8 kmpl 21.4 kmpl Manual 1197cc 
83.1bhp @ 6000rpm
1.2 CVT Delta 17.8 kmpl 21.4 kmpl Automatic 1197cc 
83.1bhp @ 6000rpm
1.2 Alpha 17.8 kmpl 21.4 kmpl Manual 1197cc 
83.1bhp @ 6000rpm
1.2 CVT Zeta 17.8 kmpl 21.4 kmpl Automatic 1197cc 
83.1bhp @ 6000rpm

Maruti Baleno review

Overview

Introduction

Baleno – the name meaning “a flash of lightning” in Italian, indeed fits this machine perfectly. This product from Maruti Suzuki India Limited has definitely taken the world by storm with its new dynamic look and impressive features. We at Car Dekho, personally like the way it is designed and it absolutely looks different from other models under this brand. One of its main competitors Hyundai Elite i20 has been ruling this segment for quite some time until the launch of Baleno, which managed to beat it in terms of sales. It also rivals with Honda Jazz and Volkswagen Polo in this segment. Let us explore this machine and get to know the Knicks and knacks of this stunning hatchback.

 
Pros:

1. Smart looking hatchback. Unlike any other model from Maruti, this vehicle definitely stands out in the crowd. 

2. Security features. Dual airbags, ABS and EBD are offered across the entire lineup as standard.

3. User friendly cabin. Quite spacious, accommodates five occupants easily. 

Cons:

1. Build quality. Maruti should have upgraded this section as well.

2. Absence of rear AC vents, while its competitors are already offering them. 

3. Its sale only through the NEXA outlet will limit its reach. 

Stand Out Features

1. SmartPlay infotainment system with Apple CarPlay function that lets you use your iPhone through its touchscreen. 

2. CVT gear box. This new generation system gives seamless performance, while ensuring better drivability.

Overview

Fancier than Swift, Maruti Baleno has undoubtedly grabbed many eyeballs since the time it has been first showcased. The manufacturer has introduced it in different shades of mettle, ranging from Ray Blue to Granite Gray among others. This comes in four trim levels – Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha. The RS concept, which is the performance oriented version of Maruti Baleno, was recently displayed at the Delhi Auto Expo 2016. This is slated to be launched in the coming months. It is reported to feature a new 1.0-litre Boosterjet turbocharged petrol engine that can produce 112bhp along with 175Nm torque output. It may rival with the upcoming Hyundai i20 N Sport, Volkswagen Polo GTI when it hits the market. On the other hand, the existing model comes with a choice of two engine options - 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel, which are based on a DOHC valve configuration. Both these are offered with a five speed manual gear box, while the petrol version also gets the CVT automatic transmission option. For Maruti, safety is of paramount importance and hence, it has loaded various protective elements that keeps you safe always. It includes two airbags at front, reverse parking sensors, central locking system, and Suzuki TECT body as well, which meets the highest security norms. Apart from these, it owns many arresting elements such as the infotainment system, multi information display, UV cut glass for doors, LED lamps and lots more. 

Exterior

Based on the Maruti's “Liquid Flow Design,” its body has highly defined curves and impressive styling along with a low flowing silhouette. It has a powerful stance and innovative aspects that makes it quite unique from others.


 

Talking about its exterior dimensions, this hatch is comparatively longer and wider than its competitors. As for the height, Honda Jazz is 44mm and Elite i20 is 5mm taller than Baleno. Coming to ground clearance, it equals with Hyundai, while Honda and Volkswagen are lagging behind. And, its wheelbase is 51mm longer than the Polo, whereas the Jazz and Elite i20 tops the chart in this particular section. 

In the bold front facade, the perforated radiator grille with chrome treatment outshines all others in the race. This thick chrome strip, which extends from the sides and makes its way right to the headlight cluster, does add a class of elegance to it. 

This machine illuminates the path ahead with its bright projector headlamps. These along with turn indicators and LED daytime running lamps are positioned in the trendy headlight cluster, whose design resembles with that of Swift. 

Bumper in body color looks simple yet neat and houses a wide air intake that are further surrounded by round fog lamps on either side. 

The beautiful curves and window frames are quite alluring on its sides. The window sill is neatly coated with chrome, whereas the pillars get black finish. Another highlight is the first-in-class UV cut glass for doors, which safeguards you from the UV ray effect. 

The outside rear view mirror caps are done up in body color, which adds to its elegance. These further come integrated with side turn mirrors.

A modish set of alloy wheels in the top two trims makes it look quite attractive. These rims are sized 16 inches and are adorned with tubeless radial tyres of size 195/55 R16. Meanwhile, the remaining variants are offered with 15 inch steel wheels. 

In the rear, a chrome strip sits between the windscreen and boot lid, thus bringing it a unique stature. While the spoiler integrated with a high mount stop lamp, gives its rear a sporty appeal.

Besides these, it has a trendy taillight cluster equipped with LED lamps and turn indicators as well, which provides a complete look to its rear end. 

As for the boot compartment, it comes with 339-litres luggage storage capacity, which is 15 liters less than the Jazz, but better than what its other rivals are offering. 

Interior

Inside the Baleno, the attractive black color scheme, overall design and ambient lighting looks quite pleasant besides giving a soothing effect to your eyes. Moreover, the metallic inserts on a few elements further add to its rich appeal. 

A special mention about the dashboard, which looks contemporary with advanced equipments positioned on it. Especially, the SmartPlay infotainment system with touchscreen display, ensures the best-in-car entertainment. This unit comes with a host of features like smartphone, media and Bluetooth connectivity along with navigation system and voice commands as well. 

A three-spoke multi-functional steering wheel is on the offer with tilt and telescopic adjustment functions. It is also mounted with switches that eases the operation of audio and call functions.

Its ergonomic seating arrangement is another aspect, which makes this vehicle a right option to go with. The driver's seat has height adjustment function, while both the front and rear headrests are adjustable as well. Besides, the rear bench seat is also available with a split folding facility that allows you to store in more luggage. 

Aside from all these, it comes loaded with other elements as well such as the air conditioning unit, front center armrest with storage, glove box illumination, metal finished inside door handles, and sunvisors with vanity mirrors. 

Performance

Petrol

It also comes with a 1.2-litre VVT petrol motor that does duty in the Swift, Dzire and also the much smaller Ritz as well. On paper, the engine puts down 83.1bhp at 6000rpm and 115Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. The leader of the pack, by a small margin, is the i-VTEC in the Honda Jazz which churns out 89bhp. 

This petrol version is offered with two gearbox options. A 5-speed manual and a CVT. We are happy Maruti didn’t go down the AMT route here because the gearbox tends to be jerky. The manual gear box is smooth and the CVT performs as expected. 

The ARAI fuel economy stands at 21.4kmpl. This is almost 3kmpl ahead of the claims by i20 and the Jazz. The Polo’s 16.5kmpl is way behind the competition. In terms of the automatics, the Elite i20 still doesn’t have an Auto option and the Baleno's 17.8 lies a good 3kmpl ahead of the Jazz. 

Meanwhile, its performance oriented version – Maruti Baleno RS, which was recently unveiled at the 2016 Auto Expo, is said to come with a 1.0-litre Boosterjet turbocharged petrol engine that can generate a peak power of 112bhp in combination with torque of 175Nm. Let's hope this new motor too, impresses us with exceptional performance like the other engines in this series. 

Diesel

The Baleno’s 1.3 litre diesel mill again needs no introduction. The same engine in various states of tune is used in a host of cars by Maruti and Tata. It produces 74bhp power at 4000rpm and puts down 190Nm of torque at 2000rpm. This is a bit limp compared to the 99bhp put out by the i-DTEC on the Jazz and 89bhp by the CRDi on the i20. Even the lower weight of the machine won’t help it here as the difference is too high. If you want something more powerful and premium from the Maruti stable, you will have to look at the S-Cross which offers the more powerful 1.6 DDiS variant.  

The let down here continues to be the noise levels. The engine certainly feels better, than on the Swift, due to the lower weight of the Baleno. It has a typical diesel turbo-lag at the lower RPMs, but has decent punch on the move. While the diesel offers slightly more punch compared to the petrol, it feels noisier with the diesel clatter filtering into the cabin.

Ride and 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 wheel base 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 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 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. 

Safety 

The Baleno is built on Suzuki’s TECT (Total Effective Control Technology) body structure. This helps in keeping the occupants safe as well as increase pedestrian safety. Significant aspects such as anti-lock braking and electronic brake force distribution are standard across all variants. You also get headlamp leveling which allows to adjust the throw of the lamps in case of a loaded/unloaded back seat and front seatbelt pre-tensioner along with seatbelt force limiter that reduces impact and prevents you from hitting the steering/dash in case of a crash.  

Variants

This hatch is offered in 4 different variants for both the petrol & diesel. The petrol CVT automatic is offered only on the Delta trim. This means, in the automatic avatar, you cannot get features such as LED DRLs, projector headlamps, reversing camera and SmartPlay infotainment system which is a huge let down. 

The base variant (Sigma) misses out on rear power windows and an entertainment system. These are the features that most people would look for in a premium hatch so we suggest you steer clear. The next variant (Delta) is our pick of the lot. It offers great value and has features such as steering mounted controls for the audio system, keyless entry, and power windows. This is the only variant to be offered with the CVT gearbox. A bit disappointing because we think an auto gearbox equipped car should come with more bells & whistles.  

The next variant (Zeta) features things such as LED DRLs, alloy wheels, fog lamps and start-stop button. This variant, because of its features, give it a true premium feel. We think this will appeal to most of the people who have their eyes fixed on the Baleno.  

The top end (Alpha) gets a reversing camera, Apple’s SmartPlay system and projector headlamps. We don’t see these features as essentials and will only help you in standing out against the sea of Baleno’s that Maruti is churning out. 

Verdict

The Baleno offers good fit and finish compared to any other car in its showroom. The car looks beautiful from the outside and isn’t too bad on the inside either. While the diesel may seem underpowered, it makes up with a lightweight body and splendid fuel economy. Something that Maruti has always been synonymous with. In terms of performance, it falls in the middle of the segment and the car is easy to drive in city conditions. One of the biggest advantages of having the Baleno over the completion is the access to their unmatched after sales and service network.  This machine is a step up from the Swift in terms of what it offers. It’s perfect for someone who is looking for something more than the Swift and at the same time wants to retain the peace of mind of owning a Maruti Suzuki.

Maruti Baleno price

Variants New Delhi Bangalore Mumbai Chennai Pune Hyderabad Kolkata Find On Road Price in Your City
1.3 Sigma
(Diesel)
6,33,928 6,54,815 6,63,410 6,53,804 6,45,745 6,54,360 6,62,308   Get On Road Price  
1.3 Delta
(Diesel)
7,00,024 7,22,086 7,32,083 7,21,075 7,12,940 7,21,631 7,30,097   Get On Road Price  
1.3 Zeta
(Diesel)
7,61,258 7,84,620 7,96,284 7,83,647 7,75,463 7,84,096 7,93,074   Get On Road Price  
1.3 Alpha
(Diesel)
8,32,699 8,57,331 8,71,114 8,56,358 8,48,348 8,56,808 8,66,466   Get On Road Price  
1.2 Sigma
(Petrol)
5,15,263 5,34,324 5,39,345 5,33,394 5,24,914 5,33,799 5,40,581   Get On Road Price  
1.2 Delta
(Petrol)
5,80,711 6,00,851 6,07,368 5,99,906 5,91,450 6,00,353 6,07,687   Get On Road Price  
1.2 Zeta
(Petrol)
6,41,205 6,62,419 6,70,724 6,61,475 6,53,164 6,61,922 6,69,832   Get On Road Price  
1.2 CVT Delta
(Petrol)
6,86,675 7,08,698 7,18,924 7,07,754 6,99,798 7,08,201 7,16,659   Get On Road Price  
1.2 Alpha
(Petrol)
7,11,776 7,34,245 7,44,612 7,33,301 7,25,149 7,33,748 7,42,325   Get On Road Price  
1.2 CVT Zeta
(Petrol)
7,47,000 8,07,955 8,04,220 8,06,984 7,61,790 8,07,656 8,14,454   Get On Road Price  

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  • Excellent Premium Featured Car
    By AmbrishJoshi| October 28, 2015 | 182921 Views
    Look and Style: Looks of this car are really very impressive when compared to other models. Comfort: Very good leg space with a luxury feel of seating. Pickup: Excellent. Mileage: Comparatively good. Best Features: Elegant headlight with superb Daylight running light, Reverse parking camera, excellent Bluetooth connectivity and the speaker phone is... Read Full Review
  • Baleno- The most elegant functional hatchback
    By suri| November 06, 2015 | 67758 Views
    Look and Style Very elegant, rich and suave looks,  Comfort: Spacious inside, especially the rear seats. The widest Hatchback in its class, 16-inch tyres would give you max ride comfort. Pickup: with Torque of 115 ps and Kerb weight being at 890kgs, the car has the best initial pick and it is fun to drive Mileage: ARAI certified mileage is the best... Read Full Review
  • Baleno - Defective Product!! Maruti - Deaf Management!!
    By KAPIL GUPTA| November 30, 2015 | 105700 Views
    Look and Style: Definitely a Good looking vehicle! Comfort: Bad!!!! Noise on applying brakes in the brand new car. Pickup: Yet to experience. Mileage: Yet to experience. Best Features: Thinking of one... mmm... still thinking. Needs to improve: Everything!!! Overall Experience: Very Bad!! Pathetic!! Maruti & Nexa are cheating their customers! T... Read Full Review
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Maruti Baleno in news

  • Baleno Scores 3-star Rating in Euro NCAP Crash Test
    Posted On | April 21, 2016 | 227993 Views
    The Baleno has scored three stars in the Euro NCAP crash test. Another variant equipped with safety pack was able to achieve a 4-star rating. Read Full News
  • Maruti Suzuki Baleno Zeta Petrol Automatic launched at INR 7.47 lakhs
    Posted On | April 07, 2016 | 173238 Views
    Maruti Suzuki has announced the introduction of an automatic transmission with Baleno’s Zeta variant. Priced at INR 7.47 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi), the car is equipped with a CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission) unit and retains all the bell and whistles that are currently available on the manual Zeta variant. Earlier CVT was available only on the mid-trim Delta. Read Full News
  • Baleno is Maruti's most Exported Car
    Posted On | March 31, 2016 | 39011 Views
    The Baleno is far ahead than its competitors and the carmaker has exported 3,400 units of it. Read Full News
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