Maruti Suzuki Baleno Review 2018: What Could The Best-selling Hatchback Offer?

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Maruti Suzuki Baleno has been the top-selling hatchback in India. What is so appealing about this car?

The Baleno is not a stranger to us. Three years after the latest updates, Maruti Suzuki Baleno has become the household name, always come off the top of our head whenever mentioning about hatchbacks. In fact, it is on the top 5 best-selling cars in India and the sales number of the Baleno has gone beyond 4.5 lakhs. Are these figures able to blow your mind? 

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Just to remind you, Maruti Suzuki Baleno was India-spec originally, developed and born in India. Indian customers were the first one to ever put hands on the Baleno’s steer. It was made with Indians’ taste in mind, and it might be the reason why the Baleno become such a hit. 

The massive success of the Baleno seems to be so assured that the Maruti has been sleeping on this model for quite a long time. However, the facelift Baleno is due to come in 2019. But before any new updates arrive, IndianAuto will give you a comprehensive Maruti Suzuki Baleno review.

1. Maruti Suzuki Baleno Exterior

Being around for quite a long time, it is reasonable that parts of the Baleno design have become quite outdated, for example, the big-eye tail lights or the headlight’s style. However, Baleno still remains relevant and charming until these days due to the harmonious styling and its elegance. The Baleno wasn’t considered as an innovative design back at its launch. However, the moderation in style does seem to work in long-term as now, the Baleno is still sold-out without changing anything about their appearance. 

Maruti Suzuki Baleno front end

Maruti Suzuki Baleno side end

Maruti Suzuki Baleno rear end

Maruti Suzuki Baleno has a posh and elegant styling

The softness is the most prominent design characteristic for the Baleno. We have the curving V-shaped grille and headlight on the front end. It is simple, and there is nothing special about it to talk about. The side and the rear profile remains the same simple design language. The highlight of the rear is the chrome strip that lies underneath the window glass. The best thing about the exterior of the Baleno is that it comes with some goodies, for example:

  • Projector headlights with LED DRL

  • 15-inch wheels

  • Roof spoiler

2. Maruti Suzuki Baleno Interior

Inside the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, compared with today’s standard, the interior of the Baleno lacks something called “premium”. It doesn’t feature some popular premium treatments in the recent models like black piano, upholster seat cover or soft plastic, not to mention the chunky design at the centre console. However, the interior serves an excellent service for car users. The interior is practical, well-equipped and well-functioning. 

Maruti Suzuki Baleno dashboard

The interior of the Baleno is practical and well-equipped 

Space and seating

The Baleno comes with well-cushioned and bolstered seat with an ample space at the front row. It also packed with goodies like height adjustment feature as well as the tilt and reach adjustable steering. All of these contribute to the uttermost comfort for the driver as they could easily find their ideal seating position.

maruti baleno interior layout

Both the rear and the front seats are comfortable to sit on

Not only on the front but also the rear passengers receive a good amount of space, especially for the knee. What’s more, you also get adjustable headrest. One of the misses is the premium cover material which should have been better with upholstery or leather. Besides, the Baleno could have done better with center armrest and rear AC vent. 

maruti suzuki baleno rear row

The rear seats are spacious in the Baleno

Ergonomics wise, the interior comes with a well-thought and practical layout with buttons and switches put just on the right place. It allows easy operation and control. The boot boasts a generous space of 339 litres. 

Features

At its launch, the Baleno is known as a feature-rich car. It has some many good techs that are still desirable these days. 

  • Climate control

  • Colour TFT information screen

  • 4.2-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay support and built-in navigation system

  • Rear parking camera 

  • Steering-mounted controls

  • Keyless entry 

  • Push start/stop button 

  • USB and AUX input 

Maruti Suzuki Baleno information cluster

The illuminated information cluster with digital display is the highlight of the dash

Maruti Baleno touchscreen

The 4.2-inch touchscreen unit is quite small compared with other recent models

On the safety front, the Baleno is packed with goodies like ABS with EBD, dual airbags.

3. Maruti Suzuki Baleno Performance

Petrol engine

Maruti Baleno pulls power from a 1.2-litre VVT petrol engine that could make 85PS and 115Nm. The power is delivered to the wheels via a 5-speed manual. Another option is the CTV gearbox. 

The 1.2-litre K12 petrol on the Baleno could be found in a bunch of cars from the Maruti like the Swift and the Dzire. The engine is highly trusted and still on service on the Swift. There are many things we could complain about this engine. It has the linear power delivery. 

Maruti Suzuki Baleno running on race

1.2-litre VVT petrol engine together with CTV gearbox offers butter smooth performance

Besides the standard 5-speed manual, the car will also come with a CTV option. However, this option only comes in the next-to-entry-level Delta trim, which means that CTV model will not have premium features like LED DRLs, chrome handles, alloys wheels, touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, and TFT information cluster. The peak of the CTV is that it helps carry out city driving smoothy. But the downside is that it easily gets out of breath when running to the highway. The mileage of the petrol engine measures at 21.4kmpl. 

Diesel engine 

The diesel version receives power from a 1.3-litre DDiS 190 motor. It could launch 75PS and 190Nm. The diesel engine could exert a humble power figure when compared to other engines of the engines from the same segment. The lightweight of the Baleno has helped to make up for the humble output. However, there is still recognizable turbo lags at low rev range, but as the car speeds up, it will get more linear and smooth. 

Maruti Suzuki Baleno engine bay

The diesel engine comes with a very humble power, just 75PS 

Compared with the petrol version, the diesel engine gives out the more nimble performance. The Baleno, however, still needs to work more on their NVH level as the cabin is interrupted by sounds from outside. 

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