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The Complete Buyers Package!

By for Maruti Baleno 2017-01-18 19:01:10.0
66 people found it helpful. 4794 ViewsWrite Review
5 ⁄ 5
  • Appearance
  • Performance
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
  • Fuel Economy
  • Overall Satisfaction

When the Baleno was launched in 1999 in India as a sedan, it's sales were significantly lower than both the Maruti Esteem and the Hyundai Accent. Therefore it was withdrawn from the Indian market in 2007. Maruti, however, decided to dust off the Baleno label and re-launch it as a hatchback in 2015. It was an immediate hit, clocking a much higher than expected sales and a huge order backlog, which encouraged further production. Since it's a Premium car, it is sold through the upmarket 'Nexa' dealership. My buying choice of the Baleno lies in it being cost effective and coming loaded with a host of additional features vis-a-vis the Jazz and i20. Here is my review of the Baleno, which will not only describe the car, but also explain why it is a complete buyer's package:-

Exteriors:-

The Stunning, Bold and Dynamic exteriors of the Baleno will definitely captivate you enabling you to look at the Baleno with awe. The liquid-flow design and the V-Shaped front grille are some of the innovative features of the Baleno's exteriors. Apart from the stylish design, the car also has several features that help you overcome various driving constraints such as the fog lamps and LED projector headlamps. The exteriors fully justify Maruti's slogan 'Made of Mettle' for the Baleno.

Interiors:-

Furthermore, the interiors evoke praise. Each and every element combines to enhance the style of the interiors. There is plenty of knee room available for the rear passengers even if the front seats are adjusted to accommodate a tall person. The rear seating is not a squeeze for 3 adults. The front seats are very well cushioned allowing a comfortable journey for the passengers. Various parts are chrome-finished making the interiors lavish and giving a whole new look.

Performance:-

The sporty feeling of the Baleno's ride is enjoyed by everyone. The 1.2 litre VVT engine delivers vigorous power and torque. The car goes over bumps very comfortably without any discomfort to the passengers. An impressive mileage of 19 kmpl and 21 kmpl is delivered for roads and highways respectively which is very good for metropolitan cities.

Entertainment:-

This vehicle keeps you entertained whenever you are on the go. You get a SmartPlay infotainment system with Apple CarPlay. This is a feature that enables one to connect their iPhone and use it on a bigger screen. Navigation system, steering mounted audio, aux and USB are some of the other useful features of the Baleno.

Safety and Security:-

Safety has always been a priority of a buyer as well as of an automobile company. Equipped with Airbags, ABS with EBD, Anti Pinch window and the Suzuki TECT body makes the Baleno the place where everyone feels safe. Utility and Storage:- The Baleno boasts of more than adequate storage space for a person's daily usage. The vehicle has bottle holders on each door, a front floor storage space and an arm rest with a storage console. The boot is large at the capacity of 339 litres. It comes with the 60:40 split where the seats can be divided. This enables you to store large amount of luggage. The parcel tray above the boot is also pretty useful for storing items.

Pricing:-

Great design and features don't come for free. However, The Baleno is an exception. The price tag of 5 to 7.5 lakhs is a great bargain for a car like this.

Verdict:-

No doubt, it is a complete buyer's package as it ticks all the buyer's requirements and has a favourable cost-to-benefit ratio. Owning the Baleno brings me utmost pleasure because of the satisfaction yielded due to possessing this car. I am positive that the other owners of the Baleno feel proud of owning this brilliant car and will only contribute high compliments and regard when discussing the achievements of the Baleno.

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  • prathapan |23 Jan,2017 03:01:04 PM

    I already booked for petrol Zeta model and waiting. awesome car.

    Sunil Kacker |23 Jan,2017 04:59:00 PM

    Congratulations! Very good choice!

    prathapan |09 Feb,2017 11:22:56 AM

    haaa

  • Sumati Bahree |25 Jan,2017 08:08:35 PM

    Very good review

  • Siddhanth Chopra |26 Jan,2017 06:39:31 PM

    I am confused to buy between a Baleno, i20 and Jazz. Please give me your advice.

    Sunil Kacker |26 Jan,2017 08:14:20 PM

    Hi Siddhanth, I would strongly suggest you the Baleno as it gives you great features at a very low price. If you would plan to buy it, look at the Delta or Zeta variant if you have a low budget but Alpha is also an option if you want more features and you can extend your budget.

  • Ravinder |09 Feb,2017 11:57:26 PM

    I want to purchase CAR choice between the Maruti Baleno and Honda Amaze. Pl suggest

    Sunil Kacker |11 Feb,2017 09:07:29 PM

    Hi Ravinder, Baleno is a Hatchback (small car) while Amaze is Sedan (long car). However, Baleno is as long as a sedan. It offers plenty of legroom. Boot is also quite big. The Amaze offers less features and is a bit dated. Also, considering Maruti, their resell value is better and service network is also well-established. Service costs are also low. However, if waiting period is an issue, there is a solution to it. Shortly the Gujarat plant is to open and the waiting period will come down.

  • naggaraju |19 Mar,2017 02:23:16 PM

    i was Booked on january 2017 baleno CVT zeta ,still i am waiting for baleno . too much waiting period .

    Sunil Kacker |20 Mar,2017 06:12:29 PM

    Hi Naggaraju, Since automatic has become high in demand for Baleno, deliveries at times take a lot of time. Also, if you buy a colour that is high in demand, the waiting period shoots up even more. To be sure, follow up with the dealer to take action. Anyway, heartiest congratulations for your new car. Hope it comes soon! Fingers crossed!

  • Chandrakant Bhaskar |07 Apr,2017 04:20:23 PM

    I already booked for petrol Zeta model in jan-2017 and waiting for car. due to waiting I am getting confused.

    Sunil Kacker |24 Apr,2017 11:11:54 AM

    Hi Chandrakant, The Zeta variant is the variant that is very high in demand, hence the waiting period shoots up. There is no point opting for other options like the i20 and Jazz as they too have waiting periods. The i20 feels premium every bit but isn't that spacious and practical. The Jazz feels very spacious and practical but doesn't feel very premium. The Baleno on the other hand gives you the best of premium feel, spaciousness and practicality. Remember Sabra ka phal meetha hota hai.

  • ASHVIN PATEL |20 Apr,2017 09:29:45 PM

    as per user review baleno is fine but is corporat discount is awailable

    Sunil Kacker |24 Apr,2017 02:07:34 PM

    Yes, they are available.

  • ambareesh |28 Apr,2017 08:45:25 AM

    when I enquired about corporate discount, they told me that it is not available? please tell me where it is available? and many people are complaining about suspension, is that a problem there in baleno? Please reply

  • Sunil Kacker |29 Apr,2017 10:16:13 AM

    Hi Ambareesh, Corporate discounts are subject to availability from dealer to dealer. Try out some other dealers and you can get them. The suspension is a bit on the firm side. It can tackle small speed breakers easily but one can feel some jerks when the car goes over big speed breakers.

    ambareesh |29 Apr,2017 06:39:17 PM

    I am staying in Bangalore, can you please tell me which dealer is offering corporate discount?

    Sunil Kacker |02 May,2017 05:26:26 PM

    Not sure about dealers in Bangalore as I don't live there but you can go to the Nexa website and there is an option for dealer locator. Shortlist a few dealers, call them up and ask them about your query.

  • JATIN GALIA |14 Jun,2017 05:12:01 PM

    Hi, Sunil Kacker,I hear that Baleno has same engine as swift and many times engine gives more vibration and it coming towards driver seat.And engine creates more sound than normal.Is it true ?

  • Dr. Shashikant H GAikwad |19 Oct,2017 11:16:22 AM

    Hi, Sunil Kackar !!! I am having Santro Zing GLS and looking for new car Specially Baleno! I am confused with petrol / diesel. Also I want to know about car exchange as my santro is 94000KM run and 2009 model. Please help!

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