The Maruti Baleno 2017 has become the most popular premium hatchback in the country. Maruti is currently enjoying the success of the Baleno. This hatchback is spacious, delivers excellent performance and returns good fuel efficiency as well. It comes with a petrol and a diesel engine option. Both the engines are peppy and it is the petrol that has a higher demand. Maruti was a late entrant into the premium hatchback space, but it came with a storm that swept away most of the competition. It was priced aggressively and came feature loaded. The Maruti Baleno 2017 carries all these traits and is the best seller as well. The Maruti Baleno CVT is now offered with Alpha model. This means that it will be offered with all the features and there shall be an automatic with all the features.
The Baleno is manufactured in Maruti’s Gujarat plant and the company had to ramp up production after it received a spectacular demand from the market after its launch. Customers see the car a value for money, hence they queue up to but the Baleno. Read on for our detailed review of the Maruti Baleno.
Maruti Baleno 2017 Model Price in India
|Model||Price (on-road, New Delhi)|
|Sigma Petrol||INR 5.77 lakhs|
|Delta Petrol||INR 6.49 lakhs|
|Zeta Petrol||INR 7.16 lakhs|
|Alpha Petrol||INR 7.93 lakhs|
|Delta Automatic||INR 7.68 lakhs|
|Zeta Auto||INR 8.32 lakhs|
|Sigma Diesel||INR 6.99 lakhs|
|Delta Diesel||INR 7.73 lakhs|
|Zeta Diesel||INR 8.40 lakhs|
|Alpha Diesel||INR 9.18 lakhs|
The Baleno carries a very aggressive price tag. The car is feature loaded, similar to its competiton , but lacks somewhere in that premium feel. Maruti enjoys economies of scale with the Baleno. The Maruti Baleno is also exported from India to European market. The large volumes help it price the car lower than competition.
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Maruti Baleno 2017 Specifications
|Engine 1||1.2-litre VVT Petrol|
|Engine 2||1.3-litre DDiS Diesel|
|Transmission||5-speed manual / CVT|
Maruti Baleno 2017 Dimensions
|Ground Clearance||170 mm|
|Kerb Weight||feature890 kg|
Maruti Baleno 2017 Model Design
The front of the Maruti Baleno is quite stylish and gives a unique presence to the car, one that sets it apart from the crowd. There are daytime running LEDs, but these come only in the top end Alpha variant, which is quite a dampener. The headlamp design reminds one of the Swift. The black honeycomb grille is smart looking and has chrome garnishing on the lower end, which adds some flair. The bumper gels well with rest of the body.
From the side the car looks very contemporary and long as well. The side profile does look much better than the competition despite the fact all of them are under 4 metres and the same length hatches. The hood has a nice curve to it and the silhouette looks beautiful. This is certainly the best angle of the car.
The rear is also appealing and muscular. There is a rear spoiler as well which is neatly integrated. Maruti follows the liquid flow design for Baleno, which makes it look trendy. The paint job on the Maruti Baleno is of good quality and makes it premium looking. The Maruti Baleno looks longer than the competition and even more premium in styling.
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Maruti Baleno 2017 Interiors
An all new platform underpins the Baleno. The interior also are brand new and unseen on any Maruti car before. The Maruti Baleno is all about freshness, style and trend. The interior impresses and it stands out with respect to competition. Though the layout is sporty, one can’t sat the same about the quality. It has the same steering wheel with an all new TFT screen with two dials for the instrument cluster. Then there is also a large touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay. The AC vents are vertical. The all black dashboard makes it look sporty.
There is ample space inside the car, including leg room, knee room and head room. The boot has a capacity of 339 litres is more than sufficient to carry luggage for your weekend trips. The Baleno comes with dual airbags and ABS as a standard feature across all variants. There are no rear AC vents, which a disappointment. It is becoming an increasingly important feature.
Things that we didn’t like:
There are no rear AC vents, which means that it won’t be very comfortable on a hot summer day for rear passengers. The seats for rear passengers could have been a bit more reclined too.
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Maruti Baleno 2017 Model Engine
The engines on offer are a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre diesel. Both are offered with five-speed manual, while the petrol even gets a CVT on option. The petrol engine has great performance, complimented by the light weight of the car. The body weight of the Maruti Baleno is about 900kgs. The performance of the petrol engine is the best in its segment. The engine is highly refined and it has good power power on offer too. At the same time, this engine packs in generous torque too. The petrol comes with an option of five-speed manual or CVT. The CVT is recommended for city driving, while the petrol manual has good amount of punch too.
The Maruti Baleno diesel is certainly not the most powerful one in the segment, on paper. As it produces 75bhp only and has five-speed manual. But in the real world, the performance is at par with the competition. You do not feel the turbo lag, in fact this is a highly drivable engine. Both the engines have good power and drivability, the petrol has better of the two. As this diesel car is agin lighter than its competition,
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Maruti Baleno 2017 Mileage
The Maruti Baleno ranks very high in mileage. For a petrol engine, this returns about 13 km/l in the city and about 16km/l on the highway. At the same time, the Maruti Baleno CVT has an efficiency of 11 km/l in the city and about 14km/l on the highway. On the other hand, the diesel engine returns close to 16 km/l in the city and about 19 km/l on the highway.
Maruti Baleno 2017 Mileage
|Petrol in City||13 km/l|
|Petrol on Highway||16 km/l|
|Diesel in city||16 km/l|
|Diesel on Highway||22 km/l|
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Maruti Baleno 2017 Colours
The premium hatchback is made available in colours seven colours:
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Maruti Baleno 2017 Variantwise Features
- Central locking
- Dual front airbags
- ABS with EBD
- Gear shift indicator
- Front power windows
- Tilt steering
- ISOFIX seats
- Features of Sigma
- Electrically-adjustable and folding ORVMs
- Auto AC
- Rear wiper with defogger
- Steering mounted audio controls
- Power windows on 4 doors
- 60:40 split seat
- Rear parking sensors,
- Keyless entry
- Features of Delta
- Auto dimming IRVM
- Alloy wheels
- UV-cut glass
- Telescopic steering
- Auto headlamps with follow-me home
- Height-adjustable driver seat
- Leather-wrapped steering and gear knob
- Keyless entry
- Push button start
- Features of Zeta
- Projector headlight
- Touchscreen system
- Reverse parking camera
- LED daytime running lights
Maruti Baleno 2017 Competition
Maruti Baleno comes across as an attractive buy. The car is feature loaded, frugal, light, easy to drive and also looks very sporty and premium as well. The pricing is also one that sets it ahead of competition. The Maruti Baleno 2017 competes with Volkswagen Polo, 2017 Hyundai Elite i20 and Honda Jazz. The Elite i20 is expected to get an upgrade later this year.
Maruti Baleno 2017 Pros and Cons
- Value for money
- Peppy petrol and diesel engines
- No rear AC vents
- High speed stability
- Flimsy build
- Lack of premium feel
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