Maruti Baleno RS vs Fiat Punto Abarth

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The Fiat Punto Abarth is quite possibly the hottest hatch you can buy right now. Very soon, Maruti will jump into the fray with the launch of the Baleno RS. While it isn’t as powerful as the Abarth Punto, it is lighter. Plus, it will have the advantage of a lower price tag and Maruti’s rock solid after sales and service. Here’s a quick Maruti Baleno RS vs Fiat Punto Abarth comparison based on specifications, features and price.

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Maruti Baleno RS vs Fiat Punto Abarth Price Comparison

  Baleno RS (estimated) Punto Abarth
Ex-Showroom Delhi Price Rs. 8-9 lakh Rs. 9.91 lakh

According to our estimates, the Baleno RS will cost around Rs. 8-9 lakh (ex-showroom). It will be available only in the top end Alpha trim. At Rs. 9.91 lakhs, the Punto Abarth will be more expensive than the Maruti Baleno RS.

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Maruti Baleno RS vs Fiat Punto Abarth Specifications

Baleno RS Fiat Punto Abarth
Engine Type/ Displacement 1.0 L Turbocharged Petrol 1.4 L Turbocharged Petrol
Power 100 bhp 145 bhp
Torque 150 Nm 212 Nm
Top Speed 190 km/h (est) 195 km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h) 9.5 seconds (est) 8.8 seconds
Transmission (Gearbox) 5-speed manual 5-speed manual
Mileage 22 kpl (estimated) 16.3 kpl (claimed)

The Balneo RS gets an all-new 1.0-litre petrol that puts out a max power of 100 bhp and a peak torque of 150 Nm. A speed manual transmission is the only one on offer. On the other hand, the Abarth Punto gets a bigger, more powerful engine. However, it too gets only a 5-speed manual transmission option.

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Also See – Fiat Abarth Punto Review

Maruti Baleno RS vs Fiat Punto Abarth Dimensions

In terms of exterior dimensions, both cars are identical to their respective standard versions.

  Maruti Baleno RS Fiat Punto Abarth
Length x Width x Height 3995 x 1745 x 1470 mm 3989 x 1687 x 1505 mm
Wheelbase 2520 mm 2510 mm
Kerb Weight -NA- 1198 kg
Wheel Type and Size 16-inch alloys 16-inch alloys
Boot Space 339 L 280 L

Chances are, if its practicality you’re looking for you won’t be buying either of these. Still, for what it’s worth, the Baleno is more spacious and also has a much bigger boot.

Maruti Baleno RS vs Fiat Punto Abarth Mileage Comparison

Maruti Baleno RS (estimated) Fiat Punto Abarth
ARAI Certified Overall Mileage 22 km/l 16.3 km/l

Claimed mileage of Baleno RS could easily go up to around 22 kpl. Under test conditions, the Punto Abarth returns 16.3 KMPL overall.

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Maruti Baleno RS vs Fiat Punto Abarth Features Comparison

Both cars are based on their respective top end trims. Which means they are fairly feature rich. Maruti Baleno RS gets certain extra features such as projector headlamps, LED daytime running lights, LED tail lamps and more.

Maruti Baleno RS Fiat Punto Abarth
Air Conditioner Type Automatic Climate Control Automatic Climate Control
Power Windows Yes (4) Yes (4)
Central Locking Yes Yes
Steering Audio Controls Yes Yes
Audio System Yes (Touchscreen) Yes (Touchscreen)
Airbags Yes (2) Yes (2)
ABS Yes Yes

Maruti Baleno RS vs Fiat Punto Abarth Design Comparison – Exterior

The Punto Abarth gets a very loud and flashy exterior treatment that leaves one in no doubt about the performance credentials of the car. It gets Abarth badging, red stripes and delicious 16 inch Scorpion alloy wheels. In comparison, the Baleno RS looks a bit plain. However, it does feature additions such as side skirts, bumper extensions and roof spoiler. Maruti could also throw in black alloy wheels to give it a sportier appeal. Picking between the two is really up to the buyer and based on his/her preferences.

 

Maruti Baleno RS vs Fiat Punto Abarth – Interior

On the inside, the Abarth Punto gets Abarth badging on the steering wheel and colour coordinated dials. It also comes with cool looking Abarth race pedals. Basically, much the exterior of the car, the interior leaves you in doubt that isn’t your average Fiat Punto. We’re not expecting any major changes to the interiors of the Baleno RS. Expect the car to carry the same all-black good quality interiors. Maruti Suzuki could throw in special seat covers with RS logos.

Maruti Baleno RS vs Fiat Punto Abarth Comparison – Verdict

Fiat hasn’t been able to sell too many Punto Abarths, but that is hardly the car’s fault. It is a hoot to drive and, at a shade under 10 lakhs, decent value for money. With the Baleno RS, Maruti will be looking to cover all bases. The hatchback is already very popular amongst Indian car buyers and the launch of the RS version will make it appeal to enthusiasts as well.

  • Price – According to our estimates, the Baleno RS will be cheaper than the Punto Abarth. However, bear in mind that the Fiat is much more powerful.
  • Specifications – Punto Abarth’s 1.4 Petrol makes about 45 BHP and 60 Nm more than the Baleno’s smaller 1.0 L unit. However, the Baleno will be lighter.
  • Features – Both cars are well equipped in terms of features. Baleno RS edges ahead slightly.
  • Design – Punto’s Abarth treatment is anything but subtle. It gets racy bits all around. In contrast, the Baleno RS probably won’t get anything more than side skirts and spoiler.

What do you think of our Maruti Baleno RS vs Fiat Punto Abarth comparison? Do let us know via the comments section below. And stay tuned to Car Blog India for more updates on the Maruti Baleno RS vs Fiat Punto Abarth comparison.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Yes, take a car that’s as light as Celerio and put an engine that’s 100bhp in it. Then send it to NCAP and watch it crumple like a piece of paper 😀

  2. It is not apple to apple comparison. At higher speed desired weight, chasis, balance and pot holes behaviour are more critical aspects. With due respect to article Abarth is not way ahead but questions your intent to pose RS a worthy competitor. Hope you will take in high professional stride.

  3. Thank you for the honest comment. The Punto holds an advantage over the Baleno in almost all important aspects. While we agree the Abarth Punto and Baleno RS aren’t exactly direct competitors, this article has been written to give readers an idea of what sets these two apart.

    Regards

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