The Maruti Suzuki Baleno is one of the greatest successes that the Indo-Japanese car major has ever tasted in the country’s car industry. Despite being the car emperor of India, Maruti Suzuki had been always the mass market ruler, and while with the humongous volumes the company ensured that it always remains on top, the car maker could not gain the preference of the premium car buyers. Maruti Suzuki was desperate in winning the confidence and respect as a premium car maker as well, but all its repeated efforts were big flops, until its capable executive sedan, the Ciaz and now more importantly, the Baleno premium hatchback.
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno means a huge deal for the company, not only as a great successful car model in Indian premium hatchback market, but also as a historical model as it is the first model ever to be exported from India to Suzuki’s home market Japan. The Baleno is a true blue premium hatchback model which comes with a smart and sporty design, premium air both on the outside and inside and fully loaded with features and safety measures.
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno comes packed with two front airbags, ABS, automatic head lamps, auto-dimming IRVM, automatic climate control, steering wheel mounted controls, touchscreen infotainment system. And despite being a large hatchback model, it is not a bulky car. The fully loaded top of the range Baleno Alpha petrol variant stands at just 910 kg and has an edge over its rivals from 130 kg to as much as 240 kg, depending on brand of the premium hatchback in the current market.
This weight advantage is a great thing and aids in offering superb handling as well as fuel efficiency as compared to the heavier hatchback models. It offers a real world difference which feels like driving around without two or even four passengers. Imagine driving a premium hatch that feels as light as a basic compact hatchback model. Real world constant driving of the Baleno always offers above 15 km per liter of fuel efficiency on the busy traffic stricken roads of India or high speed driving, which is really impressive.
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno is a superb car that offers a great comfortable ride with large cabin space. It also offers all the premium creature comfort features that you can need on a long journey. The car’s fog lights and its rear windscreen wiper came into real assistance in our case, as we had a misty and foggy long drive. The rear windscreen offers a great hassle-free solution to misty rear windscreen. The Baleno also offers dedicated buttons for the front as well as rear demist functions, which makes driving in monsoons or winters a cool hassle free job. The car’s rear parking camera offers a with parking assist also makes parking a breeze no matter how tight in the parking space. The Maruti Suzuki Baleno offers a smooth job at everything just like its smooth looks, making it as impressive as it can get.