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The Maruthi Suzuki Baleno — review

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Continuing on my reviews on the Segment ‘C’ car scene in India, I got a chance to catch up with my friend/peers who owns a Suzuki Baleno. He can be reached at: mail2nagen@yahoo.com

My peer’s feedback goes as follows:

He thinks it is value for money car. Before it was discontinued, it was available at Rs. 6.1 lakhs on road (with a Rs. 70,000 corporate discount) value for money. It is a race machine with a top speed of 175 kmph. It is one of the fastest cars in the segment (1.5-1.6 liter) which can do a 0-100 in just under 10-11 seconds (though my peer has never tried it, many of the forums say that it is faster than a Honda city).

Also my peer gets a very good mileage of about 11-12 km to a liter of Petrol within the city with AC and 15-16 km to a liter on the highways while cruising between 100-140 kmph with about 5 people in the car. Not many cars in the segment can boast of a mileage that can match this. The gear ratio is very good. It goes at low speeds on the higher gears. My peer didn’t have to change gears too often in the city traffic. He can pull through on the 3rd gear with 5 people inside the car.

Baleno has got one of the best ACs and the best sound proofing. My peer recently sat in a Honda city (the newer model that resembles a spaceship!) and could hear every conversation outside.

The Baleno does not have great interiors as the Verna, but has everything you can ask for in a car. It has got very comfortable bucket seats, 3 cup holders, 2 ashtrays (for the front and back seats), Arm rests for both the front and the rear seats, power mirrors, steering height adjustment, cigarette lighter, central locking with auto cop etc.

The boot is quite spacious (though not as big as the new Honda city) and serves most my peer’s purposes.

Few things my peer thinks that the Baleno misses are the air bags, the rear window wiper and the rear window defogger (the Baleno VXI has these – of course – he says that the manufacturers cannot give everything in the LXI – there is no incentive for anyone to go for a higher model then!).

The Baleno does not possess the elegant looks of an Ikon or an Accent, it has got a beasty look which my peer kind of likes (may be because he owns it). The rear design could have been better similar to that of a Honda city. The rear is what gives it the beasty look.

What my peer is most unhappy with the Baleno is its headlight power. It should have been better. Night driving is not very easy especially on a highway, as the throw is not very far and not very bright. My peer is planning to put a higher wattage bulb to improve the throw and the reach of the headlights!

The differences between the LXI and the VXI are mostly cosmetic in nature – some of them are things like the rear spoiler, the alloy wheels, Power antenna, automatic climate control, front seat driver seat height adjustment etc.
 

The verdict
Overall, my peer is extremely happy with this car.

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Written by Naveen Athresh

April 17, 2007 at 1:53 pm

Posted in Automobiles

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    Montana

    December 3, 2007 at 1:07 pm

  2. I got a Baleno LXi Euro III with Mag Wheels, Leather Seat & Brand New Pioneer Double Din Music System + JBL Speakers. Done 26k Kms.
    Want to sell n upgrade. Let me know if any1 is interested. Dont want to sell thru dealers as the car is in peak condition and i cant afford to spare 25% of car price on commission which is a norm in bangalore

    anand

    August 6, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    • HI ,
      Myself Jaiwanth, an engineer working in bangalore,
      is the car still available,if so tell me the price.
      Rest assured I am not a dealer but a genuine person looking for buying a Baleno.

      jaiwanth

      May 14, 2009 at 6:39 pm

  3. Interesting article, i have bookmarked your site for future referrence 🙂

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    March 30, 2009 at 1:58 am


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