Baleno vs i20: Clash of The Premium Hatchback Titans

Baleno vs i20 Comparison: Clash of the Premium Hatchback Titans

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The Hyundai i20 was one of the first premium hatchbacks to be launched in the country and has been one of the most popular models ever since then. The supremacy of the Hyundai i20 was directly challenged by the introduction of the Maruti Baleno and the two cars continue to face stiff competition from each other even today. If you are also in the market to buy one of these premium hatchbacks, here is a detailed Hyundai i20 vs Maruti Baleno comparison that will help you understand the two products better.

Hyundai i20 Vs Maruti Baleno Price And Variants

The Maruti Baleno is one of the cheapest premium hatchbacks in India in 2023 and is priced from ₹6.61 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Hyundai i20 on the other hand is significantly expensive and is priced from ₹7.45 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Maruti Baleno Hyundai i20
Starting Price (Ex-showroom, Delhi) ₹6.61 lakh ₹7.45 lakh

Hyundai i20 Vs Maruti Baleno – Engine, Gearbox, and Performance

cars24 baleno vs i20 baleno engine The buyers of the Maruti Baleno get to choose from two powertrain options – 1.2L K12C Dual jet petrol and 1.2L K12 CNG. While the 1.2L K12C engine delivers a maximum power output of 88.5 bhp and 113 Nm of peak torque output, the CNG powertrain churns out 76.4 bhp and 98.5 Nm. The petrol engine is offered with either a 5-speed manual or an AMT gearbox. The Hyundai i20 is also offered with two engine options: 1.2L Kappa petrol and 1.0L TGDi turbo petrol. As far as power output is concerned, the 1.2L Kappa petrol engine is capable of producing up to 86.7 bhp and 114.7 Nm of maximum torque while the turbo engine delivers 118 bhp and 172 Nm of peak torque. Three different gearbox options are available for the buyers depending on the engine they go for—5-speed manual, IVT, and 7-speed DCT. Moving on to the dynamics front, it is the Hyundai i20 that offers a more balanced setup for the buyers. The ride quality is not only better but the suspension also absorbs most of the bumpers and bad roads without breaking a sweat. The steering wheel also feels better and is more responsive when compared to the Baleno. The hardcore enthusiasts may opt for the N-Line versions of the i20 which get a stiffer suspension and tweaked steering to improve the dynamics and driving experience. The Baleno on the other hand may not be as good as the i20 but offers a decent suspension setup and driving experience. If I were to pick any one of the two, the Hyundai i20 definitely would be my choice.
Hyundai i20 Maruti Baleno
Engine 1.2L Kappa Petrol, 1.0L TGDi Turbo Petrol 1.2L K12 Dual Jet, 1.2L K12 CNG
Maximum Power Up to 86.7 bhp (1.2L P)118 bhp (1.0L P) 88.5 bhp (Petrol)76.4 bhp (CNG)
Peak Torque 114.7 Nm (1.2L P)172 Nm (1.0L P) 113 Nm (Petrol)98.5 Nm (CNG)
Transmission 5-Speed MT, IVT (1.2L P)7-Speed DCT (1.0L P) 5-Speed MT, 5-Speed AMT
Mileage 20.35 km/l (P MT)19.65 km/l (P IVT)20.25 km/l (1.0L DCT) 22.35 km/l (P MT)22.94 km/l (P AMT)30.61 km/kg (CNG MT)
Fuel Tank 37L 37L (Petrol)55L (CNG)
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Design And Dimensions

cars24 baleno vs i20 size comparison While both cars have a similar footprint, it is the Hyundai i20 that looks sportier with its sharp and aggressive styling. The sleek LED lights along with a muscular grille not only give it a better stance but complement the character of the car. The side profile too falls in line with the overall styling while the rear is too busy for my liking. The build quality levels are better than the Baleno and you will not find any major issues with fit-finish levels and panel gaps. The new Baleno however continues to feature a more subtle design language and gets a revised front fascia which is largely dominated by new LED lights and a bold front grille. The Baleno however now looks better from the rear, but it is a purely subjective matter. Picking one of the two cars just on the basis of the exterior styling is hard as both the cars come with a different approach and are equally appreciated by the buyers in the segment.
Maruti Baleno Hyundai i20
Length 3,990 mm 3,995 mm
Width 1,745 mm 1,775 mm
Height 1,500 mm 1,505 mm
Wheelbase 2,520 mm 2,580 mm
Boot Space 318L 311L
Seating Capacity 5 5
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Hyundai i20 Vs Maruti Baleno Interiors And Features

cars24 baleno vs i20 baleno side profile Step inside the Hyundai i20 and you will notice that the car not only boasts an extensive features list but also gets a more modern and premium dashboard. For starters, the Hyundai i20 gets multiple new features including a sunroof, digital instrument console, wireless charging, etc. The seats at the front as well as at the rear are spacious and it is the i20 that offers better and more spacious second-row seats. The Baleno continues with its more elegant character on the inside too and offers great comfort along with sorted ergonomics. While the interiors may not feel as premium as the i20, there is no dearth of storage spaces and we do get some exclusive features like a heads-up display and a 360-degree surround view setup. A quick Hyundai i20 vs Maruti Baleno features comparison is given below in the table:
Maruti Baleno Hyundai i20
Headlamps Projector LED Headlights Projector LED Headlights
Keyless Entry And Push Button Start/Stop Yes Yes
Driving Modes No No
Infotainment System 22.86 cm SmartPlay Pro+ 26.03 cm HD Touchscreen Infotainment
Apple CarPlay And Android Auto Yes, Wireless Yes, Wireless
Audio System 6-Speaker ARKAMYS System 7-Speaker Bose Premium Sound
In-Built Navigation Yes, with Geo-Fencing and Vehicle Tracking Yes
Digital Instrument Console Yes Yes
Follow Me Home Headlamps Yes Yes
Driver Seat Adjustment 6-Way Manual 6-Way Manual
Seat Ventilation No No
Sunroof No Yes
Automatic Headlamps and Wipers Yes Yes
Surround View Camera 360 Degree Camera Rear-View Only
Electronically Adjustable ORVMs Adjustable And Foldable Adjustable And Foldable
Auto-dimming IRVMs Yes Yes
Connected Car Tech Suzuki Connect Hyundai BlueLink
Voice Recognition And Commands Yes Yes
Air Purifier No Yes
Front Armrest Yes Yes
Cooled Storage Yes Yes
Foldable Rear Seat 60:40 Split Folding 60:40 Split Folding
Electronic Parking Brake No No
Ambient Lights No Yes
Automatic Climate Control Yes Yes
Wireless Charging Pad Yes Yes
Cruise Control Yes Yes
UV Cut Glass Yes No
Heads-Up Display Yes No
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Hyundai i20 Vs Maruti Baleno Safety

cars24 baleno vs i20 i20 side profile On the safety front, while we are yet to get any safety ratings for the Maruti Baleno, the Hyundai i20, on the other hand, scored a three out of five-star rating in the GNCAP crash tests while the bodyshell integrity was found to be unstable. On the features front, both the cars are equally matched and are offered with most of the bells and whistles expected at this price.
Maruti Baleno Hyundai i20
Airbags Yes, Up To 6 Airbags Yes, Up To 6 Airbags
Traction Control, Electronic Stability Program Yes Yes
Hill Hold Control Yes Yes
ISOFIX Mount Yes Yes
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Yes Yes
ADAS Safety Suite No No
Speed Sensing Auto Lock Yes Yes
Cornering Lamps No Yes
Safety Ratings NA 3-Star GNCAP (OLD PROTOCOL)
Also Read: Hyundai i20 Safety Rating

Warranty, Reliability, And Resale

The Baleno is offered with a standard warranty of two years or 40,000 km, whichever comes first. The Hyundai i20 gets a three-year warranty in addition to the extended warranty packages that are available for the buyers. The after-sales support offered by Maruti as well as Hyundai is similar and the after-sales support network too is comparable. In terms of resale value, it is the Baleno that takes the lead and fetches better resale value.
Standard Warranty Coverage
Maruti Baleno 2 Years/ 40,000 Km Standard Warranty
Hyundai i20 3 Years/ 1,00,000 Km Standard Warranty

Our Verdict

The Maruti Suzuki Baleno as well as the Hyundai i20 are currently one of the best offerings in the premium hatchback segment in India and attract a fair number of buyers every month. While the Hyundai i20 outshines most of the rivals in terms of refinement and looks, the Baleno on the other hand is known to offer better long-term reliability and a practical package. The powertrain options of the i20 deliver better refinement levels and the turbo petrol engine delivers a  stronger performance. While picking one of the two cars is completely dependent on individual requirements, it is the Hyundai i20 that has an edge over the Baleno with its premium, comfortable, and sorted package.


Q. Which one has better mileage: Hyundai i20 Vs Maruti Baleno? The Maruti Baleno offers better mileage when compared to the Hyundai i20. Q. Which car is cheaper, Hyundai i20 or Maruti Baleno? The Baleno is cheaper than the Hyundai i20 and is priced from ₹6.61 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).