COMPARISON: Maruti Baleno RS vs Baleno

The demand for sportier, more powerful hatchbacks has been steadily growing. Right now, there aren’t too many options to choose from apart from the VW Polo GT and the Fiat Punto Abarth. Maruti has taken a jump into the fray with the launch of the Baleno RS. It features a 1.0 L Turbocharged petrol engine that outputs 100 BHP of max. power. We compare this ‘hot’ version of the popular Baleno hatchback with the standard one to find out what’s different. Read our Maruti Baleno RS vs Baleno comparison to find out more. ALSO SEE- Maruti Baleno RS Test Drive Review

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Maruti Baleno RS vs Baleno Price Comparison

 Maruti Baleno RS Baleno
Ex-Showroom, Delhi PriceRs. 8.69 lakhRs. 5.29-7.62 lakhRs. 6.41-8.40 lakh

The Baleno RS is available only in the top end Alpha trim. It is on sale at a competitive price of Rs 8.69 Lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). In comparison with the top-end Baleno 1.2 Petrol manual, the Baleno RS costs almost a lakh and a half more. Here’s the full Maruti Baleno price list

New Maruti Baleno Price in India – Petrol (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Maruti Baleno Sigma PetrolRs. 5.25 lakhs
Maruti Baleno Delta PetrolRs. 5.90 lakhs
Maruti Baleno Zeta PetrolRs. 6.51 lakhs
Maruti Baleno Delta Petrol AutomaticRs. 6.96 lakhs
Maruti Baleno Alpha PetrolINR 7.22 lakhs
Maruti Baleno Zeta Petrol AutomaticINR 7.58 lakhs
New Maruti Baleno Price in India – Diesel (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Maruti Baleno Sigma DieselINR 6.37 lakhs
Maruti Baleno Delta DieselINR 7.03 lakhs
Maruti Baleno Zeta DieselINR 7.64 lakhs
Maruti Baleno Alpha DieselINR 8.36 lakhs

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Maruti Baleno RS vs Baleno Specifications

Baleno RSBaleno
Engine Type/ Displacement1.0 L Turbocharged Petrol1.2 L Petrol1.3 L Diesel
Power100 bhp83 bhp74 bhp
Torque150 Nm115 Nm190 Nm
Top Speed170 km/h (est)160 km/h (est)160 km/h (est)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)12 seconds (est)12.60 seconds12.92 seconds
Transmission (Gearbox)5-speed manualCVT/5-speed Manual5-speed Manual
Mileage (claimed)21.1 kpl21.7 kpl27.39 kpl

The Balneo RS gets a 1.0-litre petrol that, thanks to turbocharging, puts out a max power of around 100 PS and a peak torque of 150 Nm. Internationally, this engine comes with a choice of either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. We get only the manual gearbox, at least for now. On the other hand, the standard Baleno gets the same engines as the Swift. There is a 1.2 L petrol and 1.3 L diesel on offer. The petrol Baleno gets two automatic variants as well. While the diesel version comes with only a 5-speed manual.

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Maruti Baleno RS vs Baleno Dimensions

 Baleno RSBaleno
Length x Width x Height3995 x 1745 x 1470 mm3995 x 1745 x 1470 mm
Wheelbase2520 mm2520 mm
Kerb Weight950 kg865-980 kg
Wheel Type and Size16-inch alloys16-inch alloys
Boot Space339 L339 L

In terms of dimensions, both cars are identical. There is a difference in weight due to a different engine powering the Baleno RS. Interior room, boot space, fuel tank capacity, etc. will remain the same.

Maruti Baleno RS vs Baleno Mileage Comparison

Baleno RSBaleno
ARAI Certified Overall MileagePetrol Manual – 21.1 KMPLPetrol Manual – 21.4 KMPL

Petrol Automatic – 21.4 KMPL

Diesel Manual – 27.39 KMPL

Thanks to a smaller capacity engine and turbocharging, the Baleno RS is likely to be more fuel efficient than the current Baleno petrol 1.2 model. We’re expecting a fuel efficiency of around 22 KMPL for the Maruti Baleno RS.

Maruti Baleno RS vs Baleno Features Comparison

The Baleno RS is available in the top-end Alpha trim. This means it comes loaded with features. Maruti Baleno RS gets the same features as the top end trim of the Baleno including auto aircon, touchscreen AVN, keyless entry and go, etc. The Maruti Baleno is a fairly feature rich offering. However, it misses out on certain features such as a cooled glovebox, cornering lamps, cruise control.

Maruti Baleno RSBaleno
Air Conditioner TypeAutomatic Climate ControlAutomatic Climate Control
Power WindowsYes (4)Yes (4)
Central LockingYesYes
Steering Audio ControlsYesYes
Audio SystemYes (Touchscreen)Yes (Touchscreen)
AirbagsYes (2)Yes (2)

Maruti Baleno RS vs Baleno Comparison – Exterior

There are subtle differences between the exteriors of the standard Baleno and the RS variant. These include RS badging, black rims and new front and rear bumpers. Apart from that, most of the car’s exterior remain the same. The production spec Baleno RS is identical to the model that was on display at the Auto Expo. It features a black mesh grille, new front and rear bumpers, black alloy wheels.

Maruti Baleno RS vs Baleno – Interior

There aren’t any differences between the interiors of the standard Baleno and the Baleno RS. On the inside, the cabin gets an all-black finish with a hint of silver accents for the AC vents and centre console. The centrally mounted touchscreen pops out from the dashboard. Perhaps the most interesting bit here is the circular climate control display. Another eye-catching element is the blue backlit instrument console with a high res MID. We wish Maruti had added a touch of sportiness to the cabin with contrast stitching and perhaps a flat bottom steering.

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Maruti Baleno RS vs Baleno Comparison – Verdict

Since its launch, the Baleno has been a strong seller for MSIL. But it has not been able to appeal much to those looking for something a bit more sporty. The new Baleno RS is exactly what these customers are looking for. It will surely help strengthen the Baleno lineup in India.

  • Price – The Baleno RS is almost 1.5 lakh Rupees costlier than the top-end petrol model. However, it offers much more performance and almost the same fuel mileage.
  • Specifications – The Baleno RS’s 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine is more powerful and produces more torques.
  • Features – Equipment levels of the Baleno RSare the same as the Baleno Alpha trim.
  • Design – There are subtle differences in the styling of the current Baleno and the upcoming Baleno RS. It gets sporty visual enhancements.

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