Maruti Baleno RS vs Fiat Punto Abarth

The Fiat Punto Abarth is quite possibly the hottest hatch you can buy right now. Now, Maruti has jumped 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 has 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 RSPunto Abarth
Ex-Showroom Delhi PriceRs. 8.69 lakhRs. 9.91 lakh

The Baleno RS costs Rs. 8.69 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). It is available only in the top end Alpha trim. At Rs. 9.91 lakhs, the Punto Abarth is more expensive than the Maruti Baleno RS. But the extra money does get you more power.

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Maruti Baleno RS vs Fiat Punto Abarth Specifications

Baleno RSFiat Punto Abarth
Engine Type/ Displacement1.0 L Turbocharged Petrol1.4 L Turbocharged Petrol
Power100 hp145 bhp
Torque150 Nm212 Nm
Top Speed170 km/h (est)195 km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)12 seconds (est)8.8 seconds (claimed)
Transmission (Gearbox)5-speed manual5-speed manual
Mileage (claimed)21.1 kpl16.3 kpl

The Balneo RS gets an all-new 1.0-litre petrol that puts out a max power of 100 hp 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 RSFiat Punto Abarth
Length x Width x Height3995 x 1745 x 1470 mm3989 x 1687 x 1505 mm
Wheelbase2520 mm2510 mm
Kerb Weight950 kg1198 kg
Wheel Type and Size16-inch alloys16-inch alloys
Boot Space339 L280 L

The Baleno RS is much lighter than the Punto Abarth. 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 Fiat Punto Abarth
ARAI Certified Overall Mileage21.1 km/l16.3 km/l

Claimed mileage of Baleno RS is a high 21.1 KMPL. 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, and more.

Maruti Baleno RSFiat Punto Abarth
Air Conditioner TypeAutomatic Climate ControlAutomatic Climate Control
Power WindowsYes (4)Yes (4)
Central LockingKeyless entry and goYes
Steering Audio ControlsYesYes
Audio SystemYes (Touchscreen)Yes (Touchscreen)
AirbagsYes (2)Yes (2)

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 has also thrown 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. On the other hand, the Baleno RS gets the same cabin as the standard Baleno. It carries the same all-black good quality interiors. We do wish Maruti Suzuki has thrown in at least special seat covers with RS logos and maybe even a flat bottom steering.

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 is looking to cover all bases. The hatchback is already very popular amongst Indian car buyers and the launch of the RS version should make it appeal to enthusiasts as well. Plus, you get the peace of mind that comes with owning a Maruti product. However, if its serious performance you’re looking for, then the Abarth Punto is the one you should pick.

  • Price – The Baleno RS is 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 is 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 looks a bit plain.

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