Maruti Baleno RS vs Ford Figo 1.5 Petrol [COMPARED!]

Maruti has launched a faster, sportier version of the Baleno hatchback. The new Maruti Baleno RS not only carries all the virtues of the manufacturer’s most premium hatchback yet but also offers a sportier drive. The Baleno RS is a direct rival to the likes of Volkswagen Polo GT TSI and the Fiat Punto Abarth. And the Baleno RS enjoys a significant price advantage over its immediate rivals. However, there’s one car that might end up worrying the boffins at MSIL. Yes, we’re talking about the 1.5 Petrol variant of the new Figo. Equipped with a powerful engine and a Dual-clutch Transmission, the Figo 1.5 DCT is a pretty sporty car. We have compared it with the upcoming Maruti in our Maruti Baleno RS vs Ford Figo 1.5 Petrol comparison post here-

Maruti Baleno RS vs Ford Figo 1.5 Petrol

Also See – Upcoming Maruti Cars in India | Maruti Baleno RS Review

Maruti Baleno RS vs Ford Figo 1.5 Petrol Price Comparison

Maruti Baleno RSFord Figo 1.5 Petrol
Price (ex-showroom Delhi)Rs 8.69 LakhRs 7.44 Lakh

The Maruti Baleno RS costs Rs 8.69 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The Figo 1.5 Ti-VCT costs Rs 7.44 lakhs, which is considerably lesser. For around 1.2 lakhs less, you get more power and a 6-speed DCT.

Also See- Maruti Baleno vs Baleno RS | Maruti Baleno RS vs VW Polo GT | Maruti Baleno RS vs Fiat Abarth Punto

Maruti Baleno RS vs Ford Figo 1.5 Petrol Specifications

Baleno RSFigo 1.5 Petrol
Engine Type/ Displacement1.0 L Turbocharged Petrol1.5 L Petrol
Power100 hp110 bhp
Torque150 Nm136 Nm
Top Speed170 km/h (est)190 km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)12 seconds (est)9.7 seconds
Transmission (Gearbox)5-speed manual6-speed DCT automatic
Mileage (claimed)21.1 kpl17 kpl

While the Figo offers more power, the Baleno RS has more torque. However, let’s not forget that the Figo 1.5 Petrol offers a 6-speed Dual-clutch Automatic. The Baleno RS, on the other hand, makes do with a 5-speed Manual Transmission.

Mileage- Maruti cars are known to deliver a high average fuel mileage. And the Baleno RS is no different. Compared to the Figo’s fuel mileage of 17 KMPL, the Baleno RS delivers a higher fuel efficiency. However, real world fuel consumption might tell a different story.

Maruti Baleno RS vs Ford Figo 1.5 Petrol Images

Seen above are some images of the Ford Figo 1.5 Petrol and the new Maruti Baleno RS.

Maruti Baleno RS vs Ford Figo 1.5 Petrol Dimensions

Maruti Baleno RSFord Figo 1.5 Petrol

Length x Width x Height3995 x 1745 x 1510 mm3886 x 1695 x 1525 mm
Wheelbase2520 mm2491 mm
Kerb Weight950 kg1047 KGs
Wheel Type and Size16-inch alloys14-inch alloys
Boot Space339 L257 L

Maruti Baleno RS vs Ford Figo 1.5 Petrol Comparison – Verdict

  • Specifications – Ford’s 1.5 Petrol that powers the Figo puts out more power, but less torque in comparison to Suzuki’s 1.0 L Turbo petrol. Also, Figo is available with a 6-speed DCT. Baleno RS gets only a manual transmission.
  • Design – Ford doesn’t really market the Figo 1.5 as a performance oriented version of the hatchback. So, it doesn’t get any visual upgrades. The Baleno RS gets new bumpers, new grille and black alloys wheels.
  • Features – The Baleno RS comes only in the fully loaded Alpha trim, which gets more features than the Titanium-spec Figo.
  • Price – At Rs. 7.44 lakh, the Figo 1.5 Petrol cheaper than the Baleno RS by more than a lakh. Also, it comes with a 6-speed DCT automatic as opposed to the Baleno RS’ 5-speed manual. Although quite a few buyers would probably prefer a manual over an automatic.

Which one would be your pick? Do let us know via the comments section below.

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