Hatchback segment is the most popular segment in Indian market. Although Indian market is vehemently price conscious, but now a day many customers are looking for premium qualities and features in a hatchback. The touch of luxury and economic compactness of hatchback – both these facilities come in this premium hatchback package.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz was one such premium car, with which the Indo-Japanese company made their footstep into the premium car segment of Indian automobile market. Next to Ciaz, the second premium car from them is Baleno, which was unveiled for as IK-2 concept car in the Geneva Motor Show. Later in Frankfurt Motor Show Suzuki unveiled Baleno. It is expected in India soon.

As Maruti Suzuki Baleno is the next premium hatchback of the country, waiting to hit the Indian market from the house of India’s largest auto manufacturer. While it is all set to make its footstep in Indian market, there are some other vehicles from other brands waiting to give this Baleno a tough competition. Among those cars, the first one is next generation Honda Jazz, which was launched a few months ago. There are other cars like Hyundai i20; which has been very popular in Indian market, Volkswagen Polo, Fiat Punto Evo. Here we brought you a spec sheet based comparison between Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Honda Jazz, Hyundai i20, Volkswagen Polo.

EXTERIOR

Spec comparison: Maruti-Suzuki Baleno vs Honda Jazz vs Hyundai Elite i20 vs Volkswagen Polo Competing vehicle Exterior
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Being the sub four compact cars all these hatchbacks follow the 4 metre rules religiously. All these four vehicles come stylish in their own way.
Dimensionally speaking, Maruti Suzuki Baleno comes as the longest and wider than its other three rivals, albeit with slight margin. Coming to the height, Honda Jazz comes taller among all these four vehicles with 1544 mm measurement. The wheelbase of Hyundai i20 is best among all with 2570 mm. While Indian customers are always concerned about getting best with minimum investment. They are very much concerned about the cargo space at the back of the car while buying a hatchback. Baleno is not the best on that ground among all these four cars, as the Honda Jazz comes with best in the fray 354 liters boot space.

DIMENSION

Specifications Maruti Suzuki Baleno Honda Jazz Hyundai i20 Volkswagen Polo
Length 3995 mm 3955 mm 3985 mm 3971 mm
Width 1745 mm 1694 mm 1734 mm 1682 mm
Height 1470 mm 1544 mm 1505 mm 1469 mm
Wheelbase 2520 mm 2530 mm 2570 mm 2469 mm
Ground Clearance 170 mm 165 mm 170 mm 165 mm
Boot Space 335 liters 354 liters 295 liters 280 liters

INTERIOR

Spec comparison: Maruti-Suzuki Baleno vs Honda Jazz vs Hyundai Elite i20 vs Volkswagen Polo Competing vehicle Interior
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As auto manufacturers are trying to woo the customers with array of features and facilities packed with their vehicles, all these four cars come with various modern features to make the cabin look state of art and of course very attractive.

FEATURES

Specifications Maruti Suzuki Baleno Honda Jazz Hyundai i20 Volkswagen Polo
Touchscreen infotainment Yes No No No
Multifunction Steering Wheel Yes No Yes Yes
Air Quality Control Yes Yes No Yes
Power Windows Yes Yes Yes Yes
Digital Odometer Yes Yes Yes Yes

DRIVETRAIN

Spec comparison: Maruti-Suzuki Baleno vs Honda Jazz vs Hyundai Elite i20 vs Volkswagen Polo Competing vehicle Exterior
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All these four premium hatchbacks come with both petrol and diesel powertrains, and that too, with various trims available in both fuel segments. Here we tried to bring you a petrol and diesel powertrain comparison between these four vehicles.

All the four cars come with 1.2 liter engines in the petrol segment. Honda Jazz comes with best power output which is 88.5 bhp, while on the torque ground Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai i20 comes with same figure.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION (PETROL)

Specifications Maruti Suzuki Baleno Honda Jazz Hyundai i20 Volkswagen Polo
Engine 1.2 liter DUALJET 1.2 liter i-VTEC 1.2 liter Kappa VTVT 1.2 liter MPI
Displacement 1197 cc 1199 cc 1197 cc 1198 cc
Transmission NA 5 speed manual 5 speed manual 5 speed manual
Maximum Power 83.1 bhp 88.5 bhp 81.9 bhp 74 bhp
Maximum Torque 114.73 Nm 109.83 Nm 114.73 Nm 110 Nm
Fuel Economy (City/Highway) 20 kmpl 14.4/18.4 kmpl 13.3/17.19 kmpl 14.12/16.47 kmpl

Coming to the diesel powertrain, Maruti Suzuki Baleno comes with the smallest engine, although it produces the same power output like the Hyundai i20 does. Honda Jazz comes most powerful among all these four engines, as it comes with almost 10 bhp more power than all the three competitors. Let’s take a look at the figures.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION (DIESEL)

Specifications Maruti Suzuki Baleno Honda Jazz Hyundai i20 Volkswagen Polo
Engine 1.3 liter multijet 1.5 liter i-DTEC 1.4 liter U2 CRDi 1.5 liter TDI
Displacement 1248 cc 1498 cc 1396 cc 1498 cc
Transmission CVT 6 speed manual 6 speed manual 5 speed manual
Maximum Power 88.8 bhp 98.6 bhp 88.8 bhp 88.8 bhp
Maximum Torque 200 Nm 200 Nm 219.66 Nm 230 Nm
Fuel Economy (City/Highway) 28 kmpl 22.8/26.8 kmpl 18.4/22.54 kmpl 16.02/20.14 kmpl

RIDE AND HANDLING

Spec comparison: Maruti-Suzuki Baleno vs Honda Jazz vs Hyundai Elite i20 vs Volkswagen Polo Competing vehicle Exterior
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Riding comfortability and Handling of the car is a vital issue while buying any car, and while buying a premium car, these issues are definitely important for a customer. While we are yet to get any detail about the brake and suspension set up of Maruti Suzuki Baleno, we found the information about other three cars here.

BRAKE AND SUSPENSION

Specifications Maruti Suzuki Baleno Honda Jazz Hyundai i20 Volkswagen Polo
Brake (Front/Rear) NA Disk/Drum Disk/Drum Disk/Drum
Front Suspension NA McPherson Strut McPherson Strut McPherson Strut with Stabiliser Bar
Rear Suspension NA Torsion Beam Axle Coupled Torsion Beam Axle Semi-Independent Trailing Arm

PRICING

Spec comparison: Maruti-Suzuki Baleno vs Honda Jazz vs Hyundai Elite i20 vs Volkswagen Polo Competing vehicle Exterior
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It is said, that Indian customers are probably the most cost sensitive buyers of the world, and when it’s about buying a car, it means a hefty amount of investment. Therefore every customer keeps a keen eye on the price tag.

PRICE COMPARISON

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Honda Jazz Hyundai 20 Volkswagen Polo
4.99 to 8.5 lakhs 6.7 to 8.1 lakhs 6.6 to 7.4 lakhs 5.33 to 8.48 lakhs

CONCLUSION

Spec comparison: Maruti-Suzuki Baleno vs Honda Jazz vs Hyundai Elite i20 vs Volkswagen Polo Competing vehicle Exterior
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As we compared the exterior, interior features, both the petrol and diesel powertrains, brake and suspension set ups, and lastly the pricing of course; it is very much evident that all these four vehicles will compete very hard in their segment. It will be very interesting to see, how Maruti Suzuki Baleno unfolds its armors and give the other three existing premium hatchbacks run for money.

Mainak
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