Maruti Suzuki Baleno, the company's first ever premium hatchback, is finally here. Maruti Baleno has been priced between Rs. 4.99 lakh - Rs. 8.11 lakh (ex-showroom) and the car undercuts all of its rivals including the Hyundai i20 and the Honda Jazz - the two top-selling premium hatchbacks currently. Now with an aggressive pricing, several segment-leading features, two really impressive powertrains and Maruti Suzuki's badge, the Baleno looks like a great proposition.
To find out if the Maruti Baleno has what it takes to become the best premium hatchback in the country, we compare its specifications, dimensions, fuel-efficiency and safety features with the Honda Jazz and Hyundai i20.
Maruti Baleno vs Hyundai i20 vs Honda Jazz - Prices
Maruti Baleno - Rs 4.99 lakh - Rs 8.11 lakh
Honda Jazz - Rs 5.36 lakh - Rs 8.64 lakh
Hyundai i20 - Rs 5.36 lakh - Rs. 8.30 lakh
(prices given above are ex-showroom, Delhi)
Maruti Baleno vs Hyundai i20 vs Honda Jazz - Safety Features
While all three vehicles offer tons of features to its buyers, it's the Maruti Suzuki Baleno that offers most number of safety features as standard equipment. It's the only car in its segment that offers dual airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) as standard features on both petrol and diesel variants. The Honda Jazz also offers ABS+EBD with the base diesel trim, but the petrol base is devoid of these features. Shocking it may sound to many, but the Hyundai i20 offers the least number of standard safety features. As a matter of fact, first two variants of the Hyundai i20, Era and Magna, don't even get driver-side airbag.
Baleno vs i20 vs Jazz - Engine Specs
Maruti Suzuki Baleno features the same engines, a 1.2-litre VVT petrol and a 1.3-litre DDiS 200 diesel, that power the Swift twins. But with a lighter weight (around 100kg), the Baleno offers more power-to-weight ratio than the Swift. And because of the same reason, it also returns better fuel-efficiency. While the 1.2-litre K-series engine is good for 83bhp and 118Nm, the 1.3-litre diesel engine churns out 74bhp and 190Nm.
Hyundai i20, on the other hand, comes with a 1.2-litre Kappa petrol and a 1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel engines that produce 83bhp, 113Nm and 89bhp, 219Nm respectively. Coming to Honda Jazz, it still is the most powerful car in its league with a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol (90bhp, 110Nm) and a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel (99bhp, 200Nm).
The Maruti Baleno may not look as exciting as its rivals on paper, but the car is equally fun-to-drive in real life conditions due to its lighter weight.
Baleno vs i20 vs Jazz - Mileage
Maruti Baleno: Petrol - 21.4kmpl | Diesel - 27.39kmpl
Hyundai i20: Petrol - 18.7kmpl | Diesel - 22.54kmpl
Honda Jazz: Petrol - 18.6kmpl | Diesel - 27.3kmpl
In this department, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno beats both of its rivals hands down. Though the Honda Jazz's diesel version comes close second.
Baleno vs i20 vs Jazz - Dimensions
Maruti Baleno: Length - 3,995mm | Width - 1,745mm | Height - 1,470mm | Wheelbase - 2,520mm | Boot space - 355-litres
Honda Jazz: Length - 3,995mm | Width - 1,694mm | Height - 1,544mm | Wheelbase - 2,530mm | Boot space - 344-litres
Hyundai i20: Length - 3,985mm | Width - 1,734mm | Height - 1,505mm | Wheelbase - 2,570mm | Boot space - 285-litres