Which car should I choose between Elite i20 1.4 and Baleno 1.3?
By: ANIL on 8 april 2017
It depends on what you want from your car, both cars have their own merits, one car may be better for you and other for me.
No doubt, both cars are very good looking in their own way. Elite i20 is good in NVH and overall premium feel, whereas Baleno is leader in fuel efficiency. Both cars maneuver quickly and effortlessly through city traffic.
Elite i20 is powered by 1.4 liter turbocharged engine while Baleno is powered by 1.3 liter turbocharged engine hence i20 has better power & torque output but due to lower kerb weight of Baleno there is not much difference between power to weight ratio of both cars. The i20's gearbox comes across as more refined though. Baleno excels in high speed stability and feels more composed in spite of its lighter weight.
The seats of the i20 are more comfortable and it also has rear A/C vents while Baleno has missed out on rear AC vents. Baleno has a boot space of 339-litres while of i20 is 285-litres. The i20 also has a softer suspension and is more suitable for city driving while Baleno’s suspension offers better handling on highway.
Talking about the features, i20 is well specced with features like a twin rear AC vent, a cooled glove box and auto headlamps while Baleno comes with height adjustable seatbelts and has ABS and airbags standard across the range which is its huge plus point. Baleno also offers automatic projector headlamps and a full colour multi information display as well as the touchscreen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay compatibility.
Maintenance cost of Baleno is slightly lower than i20 and Maruti also has the widest service network. Though i20 is a nice car but simply doesn't offer the value for money like Baleno. Finally, if I have these two options then I will go for Baleno.
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