Since its launch in 2015, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno has been one of the best-selling cars in India. The Baleno is such a big hit, in fact, that Maruti Suzuki has sold over 9 lakh units in just 5.5 years. Even more interesting is the fact that sales of the Baleno hit 8 lakh units back in late October 2020. This means that it took the automaker just five months to sell 1 lakh more Balenos! That is truly incredible. What makes this feat, so applause-worthy is that Maruti Suzuki managed to sell so many units of the Baleno even during a global pandemic. At this rate, it won’t be too long before the model hits the next milestone of 10 lakh units.
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno is available in Sigma, Delta, Zeta, and Alpha variants. Prices start at Rs 5.90 Lakh for the base Sigma variant, rising to Rs 9.10 Lakh for the top-spec Alpha. Note that these prices are ex-showroom, Delhi. Being one of its premium offerings, the Baleno is only sold through Maruti Suzuki’s Nexa outlets. Since its debut in our market, the automaker hasn’t made that many changes to the overall design and styling of the Baleno. However, that doesn’t matter too much as this is still a good-looking hatchback. The Baleno’s front fascia features a deep black grille with a strip of chrome running beneath it and culminating at the headlamps.
Speaking of which, the tapered LED projector headlamps, along with their LED DRLs on the Baleno look fairly stylish. Meanwhile, the precision-cut alloy wheels and swooping bodylines along the side of the Baleno add to its European charm. Also, the rising shoulder line of this hatchback is quite apparent when viewed in profile.
The rear of the Baleno sports a subtle roof spoiler, rounded tail lamps with LED running lights, and a chunky chrome bar on the liftgate. While the Baleno’s exterior styling may not be blingy, it certainly looks decently sophisticated.
On the flip side, the interior of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno is now starting to show its age. The design of the dashboard and center console looks sporty, but the quality of the plastics isn’t that great. However, customers can opt for a dual-tone interior theme with blue fabric on the seats and door pads. This, along with some silver bits of trim, helps break some of the monotony of the cabin. Some of the features found on the Baleno include keyless entry & go, automatic climate control, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, ABS with EBD, parking sensors, and dual front airbags. Compared to rivals like the Hyundai i20 and Tata Altroz, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno is a little low on new-age features.
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno is offered with two petrol engine options. Both displace 1.2 liters, have four cylinders, and produce 113Nm of torque. However, one gets a mild-hybrid system that takes the power up from the standard 82hp to 89hp. Transmission choices on the Baleno include a 5-speed manual and a CVT. There is no doubt that rivals offer more engine & gearbox options, but the Baleno comes with Maruti Suzuki’s excellent dealership and service network. On the other hand, this car would be even better post a thorough facelift.