Is Maruti Baleno The Best Hatchback? A Quick Overview Of The Pros & Cons

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The Maruti Baleno is the current best-selling premium hatchback for the auto manufacturer and it commands a waiting period of 3-4 months. Let us take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of the Baleno before you buy this hot selling hatch.

First, let us take a look at some of the not so good aspects of the Maruti Baleno.


Since the hatchback is positioned as a premium car, the Baleno lacks the best or the premium touch in its interiors. The quality is good, however, it could have been better considering Maruti positioning it as a premium product. The feel and quality of the Hyundai Elite i20 are comparatively better, well, some of you might differ.

Also Read: Comparison Of Maruti Baleno Automatic vs Honda Jazz Automatic

On the exterior, the Baleno is not as sharp and angular in design like some of its competitors. The curvy design might not impress one and all. The design might not be like the Japanese, however, it reminds us of a European design, big, bold and muscular.

Also, the rear row seat is much shorter and tall people could find it a bit short of height, even the under thigh support is not great, this could make your long travel a bit of a challenge.

The Suzuki spec Baleno is a lot lighter, weighing an 865 kilogram, which is way lighter than Maruti Swift, you might feel a lack of solidity in the hatchback, however, this new chassis will be the future of all cars coming from Maruti and the company bets on this new engineering.

Also Read: Comparison Of Maruti Baleno Delta vs Zeta Variants

Maruti is selling the Baleno through its premium showroom, Nexa and the showroom are limited in numbers when compared to the much larger Maruti dealership network. This could limit the reach to many and you will have to depend only on Nexa to buy your Baleno.

The CVT or the automatic variant of the Baleno is available in the Delta and Zeta variant and loses out on DRLs and projector headlamps, also, the Baleno CVT does not come with reverse parking camera and the Smart Infotainment system.


Looking at what you will like about the Maruti Baleno are some of the very good features it boasts of. Let us look at some of the advantages of the Baleno.

This is a well-priced premium hatchback and is comparatively lower priced to the Hyundai Elite i20 or the Honda Jazz. It might not be the best-looking car, however, it is a smart looking car and it packs a whole lot of features for the price you pay.

Maruti is leaping ahead with the safety norms which will become mandatory in 2017, like the standard dual airbags and ABS with EBD. The Maruti Baleno gets dual airbags and ABS with EBD as standard, across all the variants. So, even if you are looking to buy the base variant of the Baleno, you are not compromised with the aspect in safety features.

The cabin space of the Baleno is good and five adults can easily sit and not get cramped like the Swift. Even the boot can swallow a good 339 liter, which is second best in the segment, coming after the Honda Jazz.

Models on the Baleno come in petrol, diesel and automatic in petrol. The ride quality of the petrol is the best among the rivals which are, Elite i20 or even the Honda Jazz. The diesel is efficient even if there might be some lag. As for the automatic variant of the Baleno, it's quite refined and smooth because the Baleno is equipped with the CVT technology and not an AMT which is seen in other Maruti cars.

For the price you pay, the Baleno comes with some of the best features like the UV-cut glasses, projector headlamps with DRLs, reversing camera, Infotainment system with navigation, electrically foldable ORVMs and lots more.

Last but not the least, the Maruti has confirmed that the Baleno can be serviced at any of the Maruti 3000+ dealership network and need not go to Nexa for the service. Maruti boasts of the best in post sales service and your Maruti Baleno can be maintained with no hassles.

Features & Specifications

Maruti has loaded the Baleno with the best of features which includes projector headlamps, auto headlamps, DRLs, door request sensor, user-friendly MID (Multi-Information Display), Dual Airbags and ABS with EBD, which is standard across variants.

As for the specifications, the Maruti Baleno is powered by a petrol and a diesel model as well. The petrol head is a 1.2-litre engine which churns out 83bhp at 6000rpm and a good torque of 115Nm at 4000rpm, this is mated to a 5-speed manual and an option of an automatic gearbox in the Delta and Zeta variants.

As for the diesel, it is powered by 1.3-litre engine, which produces 74bhp at 4000rpm and a healthy torque of 190Nm at 2000rpm, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.


VariantPetrolDieselAutomatic (Petrol)
SigmaRs. 5,15,263Rs. 6,33,928NA
DeltaRs. 5,80,711 Rs. 7,00,024Rs. 6,86,675
ZetaRs. 6,41,205Rs. 7,61,258Rs. 7,47,702
AlphaRs. 7,11,776Rs. 8,32,699NA


The advantages of the Maruti Baleno outweighs its disadvantages because its features and the kind of money you are putting into the hatchback. It might not be the best looking car, certainly it's not a bad looking car at all. In fact, it brings out a sense of a bold and muscular looking car.

Maruti has provided the best of safety features on the Baleno and it beats it competitors hands down and with the post sales services as a backing, the Maruti Baleno is a winner.

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Story first published: Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 15:48 [IST]
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