Baleno vs Figo Aspire Comparison

Maruti-Suzuki Baleno vs Ford Figo Aspire Comparison

Overall, Figo Aspire diesel is better than Baleno diesel, Figo Aspire Automatic is better than Baleno Automatic, but Baleno petrol-manual is better than petrol-manual Figo Aspire.


Baleno vs Figo Aspire Comparison Video:


Pricing & Features: The top-end, bells and whistles, ‘Alpha’ variant of the Baleno costs 8.11 Lakh. For the same price retails the ‘Titanium Opt’ variant of the Figo Aspire, whose ex-showroom, Delhi price is 8.25 Lakh. Hence, it may seem like a like to like comparison, but in fact the top-end Baleno has way more features than the top-end Figo Aspire, which cost upwards of 50,000 Rs. altogether. The Aspire does have 4 extra airbags costing around 25,000 Rs. so overall the Baleno works out to be around 35,000 Rs cheaper than the Figo Aspire.

Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, Climate Control, Power Steering, Front Power Windows, Auto-Up Anti-Pinch Driver’s Window, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches, Electrically Adjustable & Folding Mirrors, Rear Defogger, Fog Lamps, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust

Extra Features in Figo Aspire (Titanium O): Side & Curtain Airbags

Extra Features in Baleno (Alpha): Push Button Start & Smart Key, 7” Touch-screen, Parking Sensors, Parking Camera, LED DRLs, Projector Headlamps, Light Sensing Headlamps, Navigation and Telescopic Steering Adjust

Fuel Efficiency:
Diesel: Baleno has an ARAI certified mileage of 27.4 kmpl, which is 1.56 kmpl more than Figo Aspire’s mileage of 25.83 kmpl. However in our back-to-back tests the difference was just half a kmpl. This translates to a marginal 10,000 Rs. more fuel expenses in the Figo Aspire compared to the Baleno over a usage of 75,000 km.

Petrol: The manual geared Baleno has an ARAI certified mileage of 21.4 kmpl, which is 3.24 kmpl more than Figo Aspire 1.2 manual’s mileage of 18.16 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests, the Baleno was close to 2 kmpl more efficient than the manual Figo Aspire. The CVT automatic transmission equipped Baleno has an ARAI certified mileage of 21.4 kmpl, which is 4.4 kmpl more than Figo Aspire 1.5 DCT automatic’s mileage of 17 kmpl. In our back to back tests also, the Baleno was close to 3 kmpl more efficient than the Figo Aspire DCT. This translates to massive savings of 50,000 & 75,000 Rs. with the Baleno in comparison to manual and automatic variants of the Figo aspire respectively.

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol: Thanks to the feather-light kerb weight, Baleno has noticeably better overall performance and drivability than the Figo Aspire 1.2. But when it comes to automatics, the Figo Aspire trumps the Baleno, firstly due to a 300cc larger cubic capacity and secondly due to the superiority of it its cutting edge dual-clutch gearbox. Baleno’s CVT gearbox works like a charm around city streets, but so does Figo Aspire’s with shifts so smooth that you will hardly notice. On the highway though, Baleno’s CVT ‘box is unable to pull quick overtaking maneuvers since it is not possible to downshift to a lower gear in a continuously variable transmission, whereas in Figo Aspire’s DCT it automatically drops a cog or two to propel you forward with urgency just by sensing the accelerator position.

Power (PS@rpm): Figo Aspire 1.2 – 88@6300, Figo Aspire 1.5 – 112@6300, Baleno – 84.3@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Figo Aspire 1.2 - 112@4000, Figo Aspire 1.5 – 136@4250, Baleno – 114@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Figo Aspire 1.2 – 1005, Figo Aspire 1.5 – 1035, Baleno – 875

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Figo Aspire 1.2 – 88, Figo Aspire 1.5 – 108, Baleno – 96
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Figo Aspire 1.2 – 111, Figo Aspire 1.5 – 131, Baleno – 131

Diesel: Figo Aspire’s diesel engine is superior to the Baleno’s by a huge margin. Thanks to being 250cc larger than Maruti’s Fiat sourced engine, it makes full utilization of government’s excise duty exemption. It has none of the turbo-lag that Baleno suffers from making it effortless to drive around town. Even the mid-range is significantly stronger than the Baleno’s making it incredibly easy to overtake heavy vehicles on the highway. It is also as free revving and refined, if not better than the Baleno’s engine. With 25 bhp more than Baleno, Figo Aspire has enough top-end performance to make up for the extra 125kg and still have oodles of poke left over to leave any over-ambitious Baleno biting dust.

Power (PS@rpm): Figo Aspire – 100@3750, Baleno – 75@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Figo Aspire - 215@1750-3000, Baleno – 190@2000
Kerb Weight (kg): Figo Aspire – 1035, Baleno – 975

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Figo Aspire – 97, Baleno – 77
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Figo Aspire – 208, Baleno – 195

Handling & Ride Quality: Baleno’s generous wheelbase gives it a slightly more mature and comfortable ride quality than the Swift, but it still no match for the sublime pliancy and bump smothering capabilities of the Figo Aspire. And yet the Figo Aspire is also far more impressive than the Baleno around the corners. It has a remarkably quick turn-in aided by excellent mechanical grip and a well weighted precise and feel-some steering setup, and in spite of its great ride quality it has a remarkable lack of body roll as well. Baleno does not even come close to the Aspire in terms of its dynamic capabilities, but on its own it is a neutral and safe although an unexciting car to throw around the bends. Baleno’s over assisted steering hurting its cause even further due to it dull lifeless nature.

Ground Clearance (mm): Baleno - 180, Figo Aspire - 174

Space & Comfort: Both Baleno and Figo Aspire are remarkably spacious and comfortable cars. Baleno has an edge over the Aspire in terms of cabin space, especially the generous front seats and the wider and more spacious rear bench. However, the Aspire trumps the Baleno in terms of airiness of the cabin thanks to a bigger glass house and better view all-around. Both have generous boots as well, with the Aspire’s 359 litre capacity being slightly bigger than Baleno’s 339 litres.

Reliability & After Sales Service: Ford is still a long way behind Maruti, the unchallenged leader of service support in India. Suzuki products themselves have proven to me more reliable than Ford products in India, in the past two decades. Maruti’s service availability courtesy of its 2000 dealers is also immensely more than 250-300 dealerships of Ford, however, that is not a point of differentiation for urban dwellers. Ford does promise a flat servicing cost of 2199 Rs. for the Figo Aspire, which will make it highly competitive with Baleno’s service costs, if Ford’s dealers honor their promise without looking for any loopholes. But still, at the end of an ownership period of 5 to 7 years, the Baleno is bound to depreciate at least 30,000 Rs. lesser than the Figo Aspire, going by the vast difference in resale prices Dzires and Fiestas of the same vintage.

Verdict: Thus the overall cost of ownership of a diesel Baleno works out to be around 65,000 Rs. less than a diesel Figo Aspire. But for those extra 65,000 you get a car that will absorb the dozens of bumps you ride over every day better than the Baleno and also feel superior while taking each and every corner that you take, it will accelerate quicker at every traffic light and will be more effortless at every overtaking maneuver you pull. That makes it far better value for money as well as a more fundamentally sorted car than the Baleno. If you are a petrol customer though, you are better off with the Baleno. Firstly, the Baleno will end up saving 1 Lakh rupees compared to equivalent petrol Figo Aspire over an ownership period of 5 to 7 years. Secondly, unlike the diesels, it’s the Baleno which has better performance than the Figo Aspire and although the Aspire still rules in dynamics, that is not enough to rule in its favour. If you are looking for an automatic, then again Figo Aspire is a way better option than the Baleno given it has a bigger engine, more features (Baleno CVT is available only in the mid-range ‘Delta’ variant, while Figo Aspire CVT is available in the top-end ‘Titanium’ variant) better performance, better dynamics and hence a far more satisfying ownership experience, which is well worth the extra money over the Baleno CVT.

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