Toyota Glanza Vs Maruti Baleno Comparison: What are the differences?

by Harish Kumar | 14/06/2019
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The Toyota Glanza has been on sale in India for quite some time. It is the rebadged version of the Baleno but still, many don’t have a brief idea of which is the better between the two. Read our Toyota Glanza Vs Maruti Baleno Comparison to get to know about the differences between the two models.

1. Maruti Baleno vs Toyota Glanza: Prologue

The Toyota Glanza was officially introduced in our market at the prices starting from Rs 7.22 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and going by the first few months on sale, the Glanza has witnessed a fair share of success in the country.

Coming under the Toyota and Suzuki’s partnership, the Toyota Glanza is basically a re-engineered badged version of the greatly popular Maruti Baleno premium hatchback. People are really curious about the extent to which the Japanese carmaker would embed its “personality” to the shared model. However, to everyone’s disappointment, the Toyota Glanza looks almost identical to the model that it’s based on. All that has been changed to set it apart from the Baleno is a new grille, new name and Toyota badges in place of the Suzuki logo.

So for such things, why should we choose the Toyota Glanza when there’s already one? What are the differences between the two? Read on our detailed comparison of Maruti Baleno and Toyota Glanza below to find out the answer.

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2. Maruti Baleno vs Toyota Glanza Dimensions: Which is bigger?

Basically a rebadged version of the Baleno, the Toyota Glanza bears no difference in terms of sizes as compared to the original vehicle. That means that the Glanza gets the exactly same dimensions of the Maruti Baleno with regards to length, width, height, wheelbase, boot space and kerb weight.

 Dimensions  Maruti Baleno Toyota Glanza 
 Length  3,995 mm  3,995 mm
 Width  1,475 mm  1,475 mm
 Height  1,510 mm  1,510 mm
 Wheelbase  2,520 mm  2,520 mm
 Kerb Weight  935 kg  935 kg
 Boot Space  339 litres 339 litres

The strategy of selling a car under two brands or essentially known the badge-engineering with minor or no changes in terms of dimensions is not a rare sight in the Indian market. It has been adopted multiple times in the country and the success stories are, in truth, few and far between. Nonetheless, the Toyota Glanza gets an exception. The Baleno and Glanza are both measuring 3,995 mm long, 1,745 mm wide, 1,510 mm high along with the wheelbase of 2,520 mm. Even they are also sharing the kerb weight of 935 kg as well as the capacity to load as much as 339 litres of luggage. So why customers still go for the Glanza while they’ve already got the Baleno, exactly the same one on their option list? Let’s find out on the next parts.

3. Maruti Baleno vs Toyota Glanza Design: Which is better looking?

Exterior Comparison

There’s no surprising that the Glanza and Baleno are basically the same cars. From the same sizes, the Baleno and Glanza gets no difference in the cosmetic design bits. You may think that the Glanza is nothing more than a copy-paste version of the Baleno and that Toyota’s designers are so lazy to draw just a single tweak in the vehicle that they’re selling.

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From the front to the rear fascia of the Glanza, we hardly find a thing to distinguish the newer model from the previous one. Apart from the new two-slate chrome grille that houses the Toyota badge, the headlamps, fog lamp housings, alloy wheels design, rear section remain unchanged. It continues using the projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, a set of 15-inch two-tone precision cut alloy wheels, big LED taillights, sculpted bumpers among others. Note that the Toyota Glanza also gets an option of new “Sporting Red” body paint that is set to be the positioning colour of its brand.

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Interior Comparison

Following the exterior design approach, the Toyota Glanza gets an identical interior with the Baleno, barring the badge on the steering wheel. It comes with the same all-black interior theme with blue colour-coded bits on the seats along with the similar door armrests. At the first glance, we could not spot the difference in the dashboard layouts of the two vehicles. The two cars share the same floating touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay which is flanked by the vertical central AC vents. The physical buttons lie under the display as well while the instrument panel is exactly what we see on the Baleno hatchback.

4. Maruti Baleno vs Toyota Glanza: Which is more convenient?

Infotainment and Connectivity Features

By sharing the identical interior bits, the Toyota Glanza also takes the leaf out the book of the Baleno in terms of convenience and comfort. Toyota Glanza retains the same dashboard layout from its Baleno counterpart, albeit being rebranded as “Smart Playcast”. It utilizes a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system available with voice command as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, in which the two latter features weren’t appearing on any India-spec Toyota models at that time. However, the Baleno still towers over the Glanza when it comes to the dedicated SmartPlay Studio Smartphone application.

Maruti baleno facelift interior

You know, Maruti Suzuki launched the premium Baleno with a smartphone app dubbed “Suzuki Connect” which offers a range of advanced functionalities such as real-time vehicle tracking, geo-fencing, fuel efficiency indicator, driver behavior, GPS navigation, trip details among others.

toyota glanza interior

In comparison, the newly-launched Toyota Glanza offers “Toyota Connect” smartphone app from which users can get access to navigation, 24/7 concierge service, roadside assistance and a dealer locator only. Interestingly, Toyota offers a 12-month free trial for its Toyota Connect services whereas the “Suzuki Connect” commands an extra amount of Rs 10,000 for a 3-year subscription, but it is far more value for the money considering the features it has on offer.

Comfort features

Other comfort features that the two vehicles have in common encompass height adjustable driver seat, fabric upholstery, leather-wrapped multifunctional steering, glove compartment, digital clock, outside temperature display, power front and rear windows, auto climate control, accessory power outlet, rear seat headrest, front cup-holders, engine start/stop, keyless entry, voice command and more.

The Toyota Glanza misses out on remote trunk opener, remote fuel lid opener and smart access card entry while they are all featured in the segment leader.

Safety and Security features

No doubts, the safety packages of the two cars are also identical, sans a couple of minor features. Most of the safety bits like dual airbags, anti-lock braking system, EBD, power door locks, ISOFIX child seat mounts, seatbelt warning, immobilizer, reverse parking sensors are carried over from the Baleno to the fellow Glanza.

5. Maruti Baleno vs Toyota Glanza Engine Specifications: Which is higher performance?

As we’ve just stated above that the Glanza and Baleno bears a striking similarity in terms of styling designs except for some minor updates. They’re both essentially the same, from the length, width, height, wheelbases to the same 339 litres of boot lid. Even they shares the similar layout on the inside, barring the Toyota’s badge mounted on the steering. Therefore, let us go straight into the engines and variants comparison which points out the major difference between two cars.

Maruti Baleno- Engine Specs
 Engine Type  1.2-litre K12B Petrol 1.2-litre DualJet K12C Petrol 1.3-litre Diesel
 Max Power  83 HP  90 HP  74 HP
 Max Torque  113 Nm  113 Nm  190 Nm
 Transmission  5-speed MT, CVT  5-speed MT  5-speed MT
 Fuel Mileage  21.01kpl (MT)/19.56kpl (CVT)/23.87kpl (SHVS)  27.39 kmpl

While the Maruti Baleno is available with both petrol and diesel engine options which make a range of variants with variable price points, the Toyota Glanza gets petrol engine options available with two trims only. As you’ve already known, the Toyota Glanza was launched with G and V trims which are equivalently based on the Baleno Zeta and Alpha counterparts. So, both the Glanza G and V have borrowed the same features from the corresponding variants of the Baleno sibling.

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To speak more specifically, the Toyota Glanza is available with a total of four variants, namely G MT, V MT, G CVT and V CVT. The new Glanza employs two engine options- a 1.2-litre K12N motor that is supported by a mild-hybrid system (for the G MT variant), along with a 1.2-litre K12M mill sans the mild-hybrid tech (for all three other variants). The former comes to produce 90 BHP of max power and 113 Nm of peak torque while the latter churns out approximately 7 BHP less than the earlier version.

 Toyota Glanza- Engine Specs
 Engine Type  1.2-litre K12N Petrol with Smart Hybrid  1.2-litre K12M Petrol
 Max Power  90 HP  83 HP
 Max Torque  113 Nm  113 Nm
 Transmission  5-speed MT  5-speed CVT
 Fuel Mileage  21.01kpl (MT)/19.56kpl (CVT)/23.87kpl (SHVS)

Another important thing is that the Maruti Baleno offers a diesel engine option which has been given a miss on the new Toyota Glanza. However, one should keep in mind that, the absence of a diesel motor won’t likely to impact the Glanza, to say the least since Baleno’s overall sales figures are tilted in favour of the petrol by a huge margin. In other words, more than 80 per cent of the Baleno sales is petrol, not to mention Maruti Suzuki’s plan to discontinue all diesel engines before BSVI’s rollout.

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7. Maruti Baleno vs Toyota Glanza Mileage: Which is more fuel efficient?

For those caring much about the fuel economy, the Toyota Glanza’s fuel mileage figures stand at 23.87 kmpl for the manual G variant (Smart Hybrid), 21.01 kmpl for the V MT and 19.56 kmpl for the CVT variants, which are all standing on par with those of the Baleno.

8. Maruti Baleno vs Toyota Glanza Price and Warranty: Which is more affordable?

Price

 Maruti Baleno Prices   Toyota Glanza Prices Difference
 Sigma Petrol  Rs 5.58 Lakh      
 Delta Petrol  Rs 6.36 Lakh      
 Zeta Petrol  Rs 6.97 Lakh      
 Delta Petrol Smart Hybrid  Rs 7.25 Lakh      
 Alpha Petrol  Rs 7.58 Lakh  V Petrol Manual  Rs 7.58 Lakh  
 Delta Petrol Automatic  Rs 7.68 Lakh      
 Zeta Petrol Smart Hybrid  Rs 7.86 Lakh  G Petrol Manual Smart Hybrid  Rs 7.21 Lakh  Rs 65,000
 Zeta Petrol Automatic  Rs 8.29 Lakh  G Petrol Automatic  Rs 8.29 Lakh  
 Alpha Petrol Automatic  Rs 8.90 Lakh  V Petrol Automatic  Rs 8.90 Lakh  

To everyone’s surprise, the Japanese manufacturer introduced the Glanza with quite a competitive price bracket. Although the Glanza V MT, G MT and CVT are priced exactly the same as the equivalent Baleno variants, the G MT still undercuts the Zeta (Smart Hybrid) by almost Rs 65,000. That said, the Glanza G MT is priced significantly lower than the equivalent Zeta variant while the features are completely the same.

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Prices of the Maruti Baleno range from Rs 5.58 Lakh for the base Sigma petrol variant to Rs 8.90 Lakh for the top-spec Alpha CVT that would provide flexibility for the customers’ choices. Prices of the Toyota Glanza, on the other hand, stand between Rs 7.22 Lakh and Rs 8.90 Lakh (ex-showroom) but its variants are feature-rich. Thus, there is basically no real base trim or mid-spec model available across the Glanza’s lineup.

Warranty

Furthermore, the Toyota Glanza also endears itself with more attractive warranty packages, from the standard to the extended ones. The Toyota-badged hatchback offers a standard 3-year/ 1,00,000 km warranty that is in sync with other Toyota models in the market. In comparison, the Baleno provides a 2-year/ 40,000 km warranty as standard which is shorter than what the Glanza gets to offer. Overall, it’s in this part of the competition that the Toyota Glanza turns out to be a better deal compared to the donor Baleno hatchback.

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With a “tastier” warranty scheme and attractive price front, the new Glanza appears to have a competitive edge over the Baleno, especially when considering the fact that it offers sufficient key features with the option of mild-hybrid tech as well as the equal fuel mileages as seen on the donor model.

Toyota has already confirmed that it attempts to offer different buying and aftersales services for the Glanza’s buyers so it remains to see how Japanese company keeps its words. Recently, Maruti Suzuki has offered discounts of Rs 40,000 for the Baleno across its NEXA outlets during the month of June to stay competitive amongst the competition.

9. Maruti Baleno: Other Competitors

 Other Competitors  Compare with Maruti Baleno
 Renault Triber  Maruti Baleno vs Renault Triber
 Tata Altroz  Maruti Baleno vs Tata Altroz
 Maruti Swift  Maruti Baleno vs Maruti Swift
 Hyundai i20  Maruti Baleno vs Hyundai i20

11. Verdict: Which model is worth buying between Maruti Baleno vs Toyota Glanza?

With a “tastier” warranty scheme and attractive price front, the new Glanza appears to have a competitive edge over the Baleno, especially when considering the fact that it offers sufficient key features with the option of mild-hybrid tech as well as the equal fuel mileages as seen on the donor model. Toyota Glanza has smartly endeared itselft with more attractive warranty packages, both standard and optional along with great buying and aftersale services, all of which that give it a huge advantage over the Baleno rival. However, the Baleno still wins a fair share of premium over the Glanza considering the better Suzuki Connect suite. That's one of the reasons why the Baleno still runs faster than the Glanza in terms of sales performance in over the last few months. The Maruti car successfully writes its name in top 3 bestsellers in the segment while the Glanza just makes it to top 10.

To understand why Maruti cars are still selling like hot cakes in India, kindly refer to the comparisons of Maruti cars which were written by our experts team. Similarly, you can go for the section of Toyota car compare for such more articles. We are willing to provide you with a wide range of car comparisons, car reviews, tips and stories so that you can enjoy the time reading and shopping with Indianauto.com.

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