Which car is better between the Maruti Suzuki Baleno petrol and Hyundai i20 petrol in terms of driving, mileage, safety features, exteriors as well as performance and interiors?
By: Shaikh on 1 may 2016
First and foremost thing that this decision is based on is the price of the car. Though both the cars are in the same segment but there is a slight difference between them in terms of prices, even though it amounts to just about a few thousands. Coming to the features of the cars; Maruti Suzuki Baleno mileage in its petrol variant offers around 17kmpl to 21kmpl depending whether you’re travelling in the city or on the highways. Hyundai i20 petrol on the other hand delivers 13kmpl and 18kmpl in the city and on highways respectively. In terms of driving as well, the cars are quite similar but at the same time, they both are unique in their own way too. Baleno has a great suspension which gives the car a good body control and stability. The steering is nice but the ride can be too stiff at times. Hyundai i20 as well faces some inconsistency when it comes to steering but it is a very light car to drive. The suspension is very soft but the only issue with the drive is that it tends to lose the ground when at high speeds. However, the passengers are very comfortably seated in both the cars but i20 can get slightly more points in this section.
In terms of equipment, Maruti Baleno comes with very good features but the quality of plastic is a let-down. Looking at the features in Baleno, i20 also updated to the touchscreen infotainment system etc. as well. Hyundai i20 features a rear AC vents which is missing from the Baleno, while Maruti Baleno features the puddle lamps, projector headlamps and LED running lights that are unique to it. Also, both have enough safety features but Baleno offers airbags all across the range while i20 offers them only in its top end variants.
In one way or the other, each is better than the other one therefore the decision falls down to which brand you can relate to more and also, which car gives you a feel good factor when you drive them. So, take a test drive and that will help you decide better.
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