Sales success is the ultimate barometer of a car’s popularity. So in that sense the Baleno is already a hit. The car has a six-month waiting period on almost all variants. Buyers, it seems can’t get enough of a good thing.
So, it’s no surprise that our staffers are filing the long term logbook with glowing compliments about this premium hatchback. Most appreciate the fuel economy this car delivers on a consistent basis, while others simply love the no nonsense but sporty interior design. Some staffers have also loved the attention to detail on this car, including the LED daytime lamps that run under the headlamps and give the impression that this car is wearing eyeliner.
I personally love the car’s practical and spacious cabin. The big 339-litre boot is well shaped and can accommodate most big bags easily. But if you flip the rear backrest down, it can even swallow a big AC along with its carton as I found out to my surprise. So you can use this car to shift house, or atleast some big items with ease.
With an 80km daily run, I prefer to drive diesel cars and was initially sceptical to run this petrol Baleno as my long-termer, the engine’s inherent fuel efficient nature has removed my anxiety. It is delivering a very consistent 14-15kpl in the city with the AC on. The cabin with its big touch screen system for the infotainment is a boon as well. It also gets Apple’s Carplay where you can mirror your iPhones app onto the screen. There is no android phone option as yet.
The silky smooth engine along with the crisp dynamics and light body weight means that the Baleno is a charming car to drive.
So, are there any complaints as well? Well, rear visibility could have been better, but apart from that the new Baleno is hard to fault with.
One of our team members says, “a small drive in the Baleno is all it takes to take away your blues.” Well consider that an endorsement for this small wonder from Maruti. We will keep you updated on our progress with it as we head to the hills in the summers and find out if it is an adept handler on the highway or does it suffer from some niggles.
Images by Mohd. Nasir