Exterior : The presence of the car is felt as soon as it appears in front of us. Amazing Design. Daytime Running Lamps add to the design.
Projector headlamps inspire much confidence during night drive (these are automatic headlamps which double up as follow me lamps).
PS-Styling is dependent on one's own preferences.
Interior (Features, Space & Comfort) : Amazing and bold step by Maruti to go for all black interiors. Kudos for it. Never ending legroom is a big plus for this car. Add this to 2 airbags, ABS and EBD as standard form base variants is great.
Interior features like 7 inch touchscreen is quick responsive (preloaded Maps, Apple Carplay, doubles up as reversing cam), parking sensors, voice command able to recognise Indian accents, boot lamp, 3 reading lamps, illuminated glove box, illuminated boot well, Auto climate control AC, amazing speakers 4+2 with awesome sound quality, extremely detailed MID with tonnes of information and graphics (real time average, distance to empty, real-time power and torque display, driving pattern, detail information of each drive when one turns off the car,)
Enough space to keep things and 4L bottles.
Engine Performance, Fuel Economy and Gearbox ; Average wise its Outstanding, have driven 1710 km in 24 days. City average is 23.7 Kmpl and the average oh highway was 25.2 Kmpl (Average economy of 24.4 kmpl).
The engine is a bit noisy and audible at low speeds of around 40-45 Kmph, after that it's not audible and the engine never lacks a punch after 1800 rpm.
Gearbox is smooth and easy to shift.
Ride Quality & Handling : Ride quality is good and small potholes are taken down without any fuss and never seem to loose you comfort at any given time.
The car handles really well even at the speed of 135-140 Kmph and you never feel that the car is out of control. The confidence that the car inspires makes you feel really comfortable and worry free.
Final Words : Had booked elite i20. Never wanted to buy a the Baleno looking at the bhp figure of 74.
Took a test drive of the Baleno and was impressed like anything. The figure of 74 bhp can be misleading as the weight of the car is cut down by a lot and strength is also improved with the use of new age materials. 74 bhp are truly impressive and the car is a delight to drive.
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