Review of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno CVT
Maruti Suzuki recently unveiled the new Baleno, and we were fortunate enough to get our hands on one for a test drive. The petrol engine left a lasting impression on us, and we gave it a thorough test drive. The majority of luxury hatchback purchasers (about 65 percent) prefer petrol, thus it’s a significant engine. We drove the CVT variant this time because automatics are becoming more popular. The demand for automatics is increasing, and customers are leaning toward automatics as city congestion worsens. Is the same petrol engine available in the new Baleno CVT good enough or is it sluggish? In our review, we discover out.
The Baleno’s design will grow on you. The design isn’t as striking as the Hyundai Elite i20’s, but it’s quite subtle. The design language of this new hatchback has been revised by Suzuki engineers, and this is the design language that will be followed by future Suzuki models. The premium hatchback’s front end looks a lot like the Swift’s, with a honeycomb mesh grille and a thin chrome lip, as well as headlamps that are similar to the Swift’s.
The Baleno’s silhouette makes it appear longer and larger than the other hatchbacks. The Baleno appears to be longer than the other hatchbacks, although the difference isn’t significant. The back of the Baleno appears to be new and elegant. Because the CVT isn’t available on the top-of-the-line model, it lacks LED daytime running lights, alloy wheels, and rear chrome.
The interiors of the Baleno are modern, and the CVT model lacks some of the frills found in the Alpha model. In-dash music system with bluetooth connectivity, reverse parking sensors, steering-mounted audio controls, electrically folding ORVMs, all four power windows, rear defogger, and rear wiper wash are among the amenities available on the Baleno CVT. Touchscreen infotainment system with CarPlay, driver’s seat height adjustment, front fog lamps, alloy wheels, keyless entry, push start and stop, and even better quality speakers are among the items that are missing. The Baleno’s fit and finish, as well as the quality of its plastics, are excellent. On the Baleno, the materials have a nice appearance and feel to them.
The Baleno’s fit and finish is good, and it can be likened to the Swift’s latest generation. The Baleno’s spaciousness is one of its advantages. The front row seats in the Baleno are spacious and incredibly comfy. For tall persons, even the headrests are enough. Especially in the back seats, there is enough of knee and head room, even for tall persons. The boot can also store enough luggage for a weekend trip. However, the boot’s loading lip is a little too high, which could make loading and unloading a pain. There is a rear charging port, but no rear air conditioning vents.
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The 1.2-litre petrol engine in the Baleno is a K-Series engine, which Maruti has used in other hatchbacks as well. The NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) levels are quite low, and the engine is extremely refined. This engine output is enough because the Baleno is around 100 kg lighter than the Swift. Driving in the city is simple. The power is ample, and there is no lag or spike for additional power, which is especially important when driving in the city. Overtaking is simple thanks to the ample power available with the tap of your right foot.
The 1.2-liter petrol engine in the Baleno makes plenty of power, and the CVT transmission isn’t too sluggish. The Baleno’s response time isn’t slow, which makes it a suitable choice for city driving and even motorway driving. It can cruise at 100-120km/hr all day, and it’s at 140km/hr that the Baleno starts to feel twitchy. In the city, the Baleno CVT’s fuel efficiency is around 12-13 km/l. This fuel efficiency is attained in normal driving conditions, and it isn’t a very lean type of driving. The decreased body weight helps to achieve this fuel efficiency.
The Baleno’s ride is fine, but the way it crashes into potholes isn’t something we’ll love. The Baleno is a pleasant vehicle to drive, and its small weight contributes to its vivacity. The steering wheel is lightweight and simple to operate. This adds to the convenience element, making driving in congested city traffic more comfortable and simple. When you increase the speed, the weight of the steering wheel increases slightly. The Baleno is highly light and easy to drive in the city, yet it is also capable of being driven on highways.
The Baleno is an excellent value for money product. In terms of quality and features, this luxury hatchback on the CVT is unrivalled. Unfortunately, the top-of-the-line Baleno does not come with a CVT, and many consumers want an automatic hatchback with all options. The price difference between the manual and automatic Baleno is more over a lakh rupees, making the Baleno CVT a costly purchase. Only if the manufacturer had improved on the hatchback’s pricing for the automatic transmission. This CVT outperforms the competition in terms of performance, reaction, and fuel efficiency.