New Maruti Swift 2018 Vs. Baleno: Which One Should You Buy?

By Sukesh

Maruti Suzuki has launched the new 2018 Swift in India at a starting price of Rs 4.99 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi). The new Maruti Swift features an all-new design with redesigned front and rear profile. The hatchback also features an all-new interior with premium features.

New Maruti Swift 2018 vs Baleno: Which One Should You Buy?

Apart from the Swift, Maruti Suzuki also offers the Baleno premium hatchback in India. Both the new Maruti Swift and the Baleno are priced very closely which makes it a difficult choice for the buyer. So, which one should you buy, the new Swift or the Baleno? Here is the detailed comparison between the new Maruti Swift 2018 and the Baleno.

New Maruti Swift 2018 vs Baleno: Which One Should You Buy?

Design

The new Maruti Swift gets an all-new design with a revamped front and rear profile. The front fascia of the new third-gen Swift gets a new hexagonal grille with blacked out horizontal slats, newly designed headlamps with projector lights and a redesigned bumper with larger circular fog lamps.

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    New Maruti Swift 2018 vs Baleno: Which One Should You Buy?

    The side profile of the new 2018 Swift comes with a floating roof design with the window frame mounted door handle which goes well with the overall design. The 2018 Swift retains the signature sloping roof design. The rear of the new Swift gets LED tail lamp cluster, revamped tailgate and a new bumper.

    New Maruti Swift 2018 vs Baleno: Which One Should You Buy?

    Coming to the Baleno, the overall design looks more matured as compared to the sporty new Swift. The Maruti Baleno features the liquid flow design. The front fascia of the premium hatchback features a V-shaped 3D layered front grille with chrome detailing, wide air dams and stylish headlamps with projector lights and LED DRLs.

    New Maruti Swift 2018 vs Baleno: Which One Should You Buy?

    The side profile of the Baleno sports a flowing design with chrome door handles and 15-inch alloy wheels. The rear of the Maruti Baleno features a prominent chrome strip running across the tailgate, raked windshield, roof-mounted rear spoiler and LED tail light cluster.

    Dimensions New Maruti Swift Maruti Baleno
    Length 3840mm 3995mm
    Width 1735mm 1745mm
    Height 1530mm 1510mm
    Ground Clearance 163mm 170mm
    Wheelbase 2450mm 2520mm
    New Maruti Swift 2018 vs Baleno: Which One Should You Buy?

    The interior of the new Swift model gets an all-black theme with a redesigned dashboard similar to the new Dzire. The interior sports a new flat-bottom steering wheel, touchscreen infotainment system, circular AC vents and stylish circular AC control dials. The chrome satin finish on the dashboard renders a premium look to the interior of the new Swift.

    New Maruti Swift 2018 vs Baleno: Which One Should You Buy?

    The Baleno also sports an all-black interior with some components carried over from the second-gen Swift. The steering wheel looks premium, and the centre console gets a touchscreen infotainment system flanked by AC vents on either side. The overall design is clean and clutter-free. The interior of the Baleno feels more stylish and upmarket as compared to the new Maruti Swift.

    Overall Design Rating

    New Maruti Swift 8/10
    Maruti Baleno 7/10

    New Maruti Swift 2018 vs Baleno: Which One Should You Buy?

    Features

    The new 2018 Maruti Swift comes loaded with features such as 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirroLink. Other features include engine Start/Stop button, keyless entry with smart key, automatic headlamps, automatic climate control, electrically operated and adjustable ORVMs.

    New Maruti Swift 2018 vs Baleno: Which One Should You Buy?

    The Baleno premium hatchback is equipped with features such as 4.2-inch TFT display for the instrument cluster, the same 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Carplay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. The other features of the Baleno are similar to the Swift with engine Sart/Stop button, keyless entry with smart key, automatic climate control and electrically foldable ORVMs.

    Overall Features Rating

    New Maruti Swift 8/10
    Maruti Baleno 8/10

    New Maruti Swift 2018 vs Baleno: Which One Should You Buy?

    Engine Specifications & Gearbox

    The new third-gen Maruti Swift draws power from the existing 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engine. The petrol engine produces 83bhp and 140Nm of torque; the diesel unit is good for 74bhp and 190Nm of torque. Both the engines come mated to a 5-speed manual or an optional 5-speed AMT gearbox.

    New Maruti Swift 2018 vs Baleno: Which One Should You Buy?

    The Maruti Baleno also utilises the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engines producing identical power figures as the Swift. So, when it comes to engine, both the cars are equally matched. The petrol engine on the Baleno is coupled to a 5-speed manual or a CVT gearbox, whereas the diesel engine is available with a 5-speed manual gearbox.

    Overall Engine Rating

    New Maruti Swift 8/10
    Maruti Baleno 8/10

    New Maruti Swift 2018 vs Baleno: Which One Should You Buy?

    Safety

    The new Maruti Swift comes with a host of safety features such as dual-front airbags, brake assist, ABS with EBD and IsoFix child seat mounts as standard across the range. Apart from that, the top-spec variants also get reverse parking camera and sensors, day and night adjustable IRVM and speed-sensitive automatic door lock.

    New Maruti Swift 2018 vs Baleno: Which One Should You Buy?

    The Maruti Baleno also comes with dual-front airbags, ABS, seat belt pre-tensioner and IsoFix child seat mounts as standard across all the variants. Apart from that, the top-spec variant is equipped with reverse parking camera and sensors, auto headlamps and auto dimming IRVM. Both the new Swift and Baleno gets similar safety features.

    Overall Safety Ratings

    New Maruti Swift 8/10
    Maruti Baleno 8/10

    New Maruti Swift 2018 vs Baleno: Which One Should You Buy?

    Price

    The new Maruti Swift is priced at Rs 4.99 lakh for the base variant and the top-spec trim carries a price tag of Rs 8.29 lakh. With the significant updates to the design and features, the slight bump in the price does make sense.

    New Maruti Swift 2018 vs Baleno: Which One Should You Buy?

    The Maruti Baleno carries a price tag of Rs 5.35 lakh for the base petrol model and goes all the way up to Rs 8.49 lakh for the top-spec diesel model. There is not much of a difference in the pricing of the two vehicles, but with the spacious cabin and larger proportions, the Baleno makes for a better package.

    New Maruti Swift 2018 vs Baleno: Which One Should You Buy?

    Verdict

    The new Maruti Swift is an excellent car with its new design and features. We can expect a slight bump in the price of the new 2018 Swift. But given the new design and safety features, it is worth it. On the Other hand, the Baleno is a good package in the premium hatchback segment. The affordable price tag makes the deal even sweeter.

    New Maruti Swift 2018 vs Baleno: Which One Should You Buy?

    So, if you are on a budget and looking for a stylish and feature-rich hatchback, the Swift is the car for you. If you do not mind spending a few extra thousand, then you should go with the Baleno as it offers more space and appealing looks with its large proportions. The new Maruti Swift will be launched in India at the Auto Expo 2018.

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