Maruti Suzuki Baleno Diesel Review – Long Term Report
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno Diesel, which entered our long-term fleet in the last month of 2016, has managed to impress everyone in the team. The new Baleno has clocked over 4,700 kms in a couple of months it has been with us. So far, the Baleno has successfully played quite a few roles in a rather short span of time. For starters, we took this rather flamboyant li’l car on a trip to Himachal soon after it joined our fleet. The Baleno also took us to Jaipur for a quick weekend getaway. It even helped Rohit shift into a new house. Most importantly, the Baleno has been Dhruv’s daily driver and a rather relaxing partner on the traffic-infested streets of NCR. Our long-term Baleno comes in the top-end ZDi trim, which brings in features like LED DRLs, Bi-Xenons, Auto headlamps and Smartplay infortainment. These features do go a long way in enhancing the ‘premium-ness’ quotient of Maruti’s most expensive hatchback. Also, bits like a powerful aircon, good ride quality and a frugal motor make this car pretty impressive. Read on for more on this car in our Maruti Suzuki Baleno Diesel Review with long term report here –
Fact File –
- Model — Maruti Suzuki Baleno Alpha Diesel
- Price – Rs 8.82 lakh (ex-showroom)
- Test Started On — December 2, 2016
- Initial ODO Reading — 12,316 kms
- Current ODO Reading — 17,030 kms
- Distance Clocked — 4,714 kms
- Fuel Efficiency — 22.35 km/l
- Fuel Consumed — 210.9 litres
- Cost of Fuel — Rs 12,448
Like we said, the Baleno Diesel impresses with its fuel efficiency. Powering the new Baleno is the same Fiat-sourced MJD Diesel that powers the Swift. This hatchback, however, benefits from a lower kerb weight, which plays a major role in enhancing the frugality. The MID readings were in excess of 24 KMPL during our 1000-odd kms round trip between Gurgaon and Una, Himachal Pradesh. However, it’s worth a mention here that actual figures were more in tune of 22-23 KMPL. Still, the Baleno Diesel makes for one fuel efficient car, especially if you consider we always drive with the aircon on. The Baleno easily delivers in excess of 20 KMPL even during the long commutes.
Of course, there’s a lot more to the new Baleno. The aircon is powerful and takes no time to cool the cabin. The Baleno misses out on rear AC vents, but the front vents can more than suffice for the lack of the rear ones. Other than this, the Baleno offers a spacious cabin that can seat up to 5 people without much of a squeeze. Also, the 339-litres boot can swallow two large suitcases. Thanks to its large boot, the Baleno has been the favorite of our lensman. The only issue here is the high loading lip.
Even the ride quality is pretty good and most undulations are dealt with utmost ease. However, the Baleno is a really light car and at high speeds, the bigger craters do unsettle this hatchback.
Lest we forget, we are simply too fond of the Baleno’s SmartPlay infotainment system. It offers a decent sound system, bluetooth connectivity, rear parking camera, SatNav and Apple CarPlay. These features do make life a lot easier behind the wheel. The system, however, can certainly do with Android Auto compatibility.
While the new Baleno has a lot going for it, we do have a few complaints, too. The Baleno has been receiving flak from everyone for its rather average build quality and we aren’t really surprised. Our test car is only a little over a year old, with less than 15,000 kms on the clock, yet, many vibrations have crept in, especially from the dashboard and front right door panel. There’s also some vibration in the rear shelf parcel tray. Apart from this, the new Baleno can do with slightly more power. Don’t get us wrong, for we don’t feel the car is underpowered. However, the new Baleno misses the zest that the long defunct Baleno sedan possessed. Also, while the ride quality is good over most surfaces, high speed stability and steering feedback are two areas where this car can score better.
The Baleno will spend a few more months with us before it goes back to the manufacturer. Stay tuned for more updates on our experiences with the new Baleno in our Maruti Suzuki Baleno Diesel Review with long term report here.