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2018 Tata Tiago JTP vs. Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS – Comparison

2018 Tata Tiago JTP vs. Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS – Comparison

Snapshot: Tata Tiago JTP vs. Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS. Know which one performs better. Also know their mileage, prices, features & specifications in detail.

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Tata Motors has introduced the power-enhanced version of the regular Tiago hatchback – the Tiago JTP. The car feels very responsive, nonetheless, it also has a good ride quality. Tata Tiago JTP price in India is Rs. 6.39 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and a sporty hatch at this price point will not strike your pockets. The new JTP hatchback competes with the Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS. Let us find out how the new Tiago JTP stands against the Baleno RS in terms of specifications and feature list.

Dimensions

Be it the regular or the performance version of both the Tiago and the Baleno, one look at the Tata Tiago images shows that the Tiago is smaller in size. It is obvious that the Baleno is bigger in size, as it a premium hatchback offering, while the Tiago falls in the lower segment. So in terms of the overall length, width and wheelbase, the Baleno RS takes the lead. However, the Tiago JTP has a taller stance at 1,531 mm. The ground clearance of the Tiago JTP has been lowered by 4mm, compared to the standard one and the Baleno RS. The suspension system of the Tiago JTP gets mild tuning as a part of the package. Talking about the boot capacity, the Baleno RS comes with a boot capacity of 339 litres, while the Tiago gets a boot space of 242 litres.

Dimensions

 

Tata Tiago JTP

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS

Length

3746mm

3995mm

Width

1647mm

1745mm

Height

1531mm

1510mm

Wheelbase

2400mm

2520mm

Ground Clearance

166mm

170mm

Boot Capacity

242 litres

339 litres

Engine

As far as the engine specification is concerned, mechanically, the Tiago JTP features the same 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine that also serves the Nexon; however, this one is tuned to develop more power. It makes 112 bhp of power, which is higher than the Baleno RS’s 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine, making 101 bhp, which is 11 bhp lesser than the former. However, the torque figures are the same. Both the models are offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox.

Engine Specifications

 

Tata Tiago JTP

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS

Fuel Type

Petrol

Petrol

Engine

1199cc (Turbocharged)

998cc (Turbocharged)

Power

112bhp

101bhp

Torque

150Nm

150Nm

Gearbox

5-speed manual

5-speed manual

Cabin and Features

As we mentioned earlier, both the models fall in a different segment, so in terms of features, there has to be some difference between the both. Being a premium hatchback, the Baleno RS features are a bit more than the Tiago JTP features, like the Xenon projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, keyless entry, push-button start, automatic climate control, and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Nonetheless, the Tiago JTP too comes well equipped at this price point with features like such as projector headlamps, a 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system by Harman and 15-inch alloy wheels. That apart, it also gets two drive modes. For safety, both the models come packed with dual airbags and ABS with EBD. But for the braking, the Baleno RS gets all four disc brakes, whereas the Tiago JTP gets two disc brakes and drum units.

Prices

Priced at Rs. 6.39 lakh, the Tiago JTP comes loaded when compared to the top-ranging XZ variant and so does the Baleno RS equipment list borrowed from the regular Baleno Alpha. However, there is a huge margin between the two models as the price of Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS price in India is Rs. 2 lakh more than the Tiago JTP.

It is quite evident that the Tiago JTP variant emerges as the better option to go for, with higher power and improved driving dynamics, not to forget the amazing price it comes at. Though the actual performance can only be detected on actual driving, looking at the comparison, we can say that owning a performance-enhanced version that has more power than its rivals and comes at such pocket-friendly pricing is an irresistible deal, isn’t it?

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