Baleno vs Grand i10 Comparison

Maruti-Suzuki Baleno vs Hyundai Grand i10 Comparison
Verdict: Baleno is better than Grand i10

Pricing & Features: The Grand i10’s trending variant nowadays is the ‘Sportz’ variant, which retails for 5.28 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi). The same prospective customer would be pleasantly delighted to know that the more prestigious new Baleno has priced its mid-range ‘Delta’ variant at a mouth watering 5.71 lakh that is just 43,000 Rs. more than the Grand i10 given that it hails from a segment above the Hyundai’s Grand i10. But, that is not the end of the story. The Baleno has numerous additional features over the Grand i10 like ABS, 2 Airbags, Climate Control, and Rear Wiper which are at least worth 50,000 Rs. This makes the Baleno around 10,000 Rs. cheaper than an equivalent Grand i10!
Common Features: AC, Power Steering, Front Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches, Parking Sensors, Electrically Adjustable & Folding Mirrors, Rear Defogger
Extra Features in Grand i10 (Sportz): Fog Lamps, Rear AC Vents and Cooled Glove-box
Extra Features in Baleno (Delta): ABS, Airbags-2, Climate Control, Auto-Up Anti-Pinch Windows, Rear Wash-Wipe

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol: Both cars have excellent petrol power-trains, be it Hyundai Kappa or Suzuki’s K12 units. They are refined, free revving and finely honed machines. Both have relatively weak low-end torque, which requires you to give it some beans to get going, but mid-range is potent and top-end performance is positively fantastic! In spite of being visually enormous, the Baleno surprisingly weighs 60 kgs less than comparatively puny looking Grand i10. This gives the Baleno a marginal advantage over the Grand i10 in terms of performance throughout the rev-range.
Power (PS@rpm): Grand i10 – 83@6000, Baleno – 84.3@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Grand i10 - 114@4000, Baleno – 114@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Grand i10 – 935, Baleno – 875
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Grand i10 – 89, Baleno – 96
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Grand i10 – 122, Baleno – 131

Diesel: Baleno is powered by India’s most popular diesel engine, the 1250cc Multijet unit sourced from Fiat. It is clearly a quantum leap better than the Grand i10’s 1120cc unit. Both cars are saddled with a bit of turbo lag which makes them a bit of a chore to drive around city roads. But on the highways, the Baleno leaves the Grand i10 eating dust. Baleno has a noticeably stronger mid-range facilitating easier overtaking than the Grand i10. Even outright acceleration of the Baleno is much stronger than the Grand i10’s. Both cars fall short of the level of refinement the customers in this segment require today. The Baleno has skimped on sound deadening material making it a bit more vocal than one would like and the Grand i10 in spite of adding generous amounts of sound deadening material still hasn’t managed to mask the noise and vibrations of its 3 cylinder unit convincingly.
Power (PS@rpm): Grand i10 – 71@4000, Baleno – 75@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Grand i10 - 160@1500-2750, Baleno – 190@2000
Kerb Weight (kg): Grand i10 – 1025, Baleno – 975
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Grand i10 – 69, Baleno – 77
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Grand i10 – 156, Baleno – 195

Fuel Efficiency:
Petrol: The Grand i10 has an ARAI certified mileage of 18.9 kmpl, which is 2.5 kmpl less than the Baleno’s mileage of 21.4 kmpl. In our back to back tests, the Baleno was consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the Grand i10. This equates to a savings of 40,000 Rs. over an assumed usage of 60,000 kms at current fuel prices, which means that the Baleno is 50,000 rupees cheaper (adding in the 10,000 rupee feature-pricing advantage) than a Grand i10 to buy and run. The automatic variant of the Grand i10 has an ARAI certified mileage of 16.95 kmpl, which is 4.45 kmpl less than automatic Baleno’s efficiency of 21.4 kmpl. In our real world tests the difference was consistently over 2 kmpl in favour of the Baleno.
Diesel: The Grand i10 has an ARAI certified mileage of 24 kmpl, which is 3.39 kmpl less than the Baleno’s mileage of 27.39 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests, the Baleno was less than 1 kmpl more fuel efficient than the Grand i10.  This equates to a saving of 30,000 Rs. over a usage of 75,000 kms in fuel costs with the Baleno.

Space & Comfort: The Grand i10 is perfectly spacious and comfortable car with excellent rear leg-room and head-room coupled with excellent ergonomics. However, it is still no match for the sheer expanse of space available inside the Baleno. The wide, supportive front seats inside the Baleno are one of the best in this segment. Rear seats have even more leg-room than the Grand i10 and crucially, they also have much more elbow-room making it a genuine 5 seater. In the Grand i10 a fifth passenger is always a bit of a squeeze. And then there’s the boot-space, 339 litres of it inside the Baleno as opposed to just 256 litres in the Grand i10.

Ride Quality & Handling: The Baleno rides with far better compliance and stability than the Grand i10, owing to its long wheelbase and wide track, the Baleno’s ride comfort is remarkably mature, with the added advantage of a silently working suspension setup. The Grand i10 has good low-speed ride, but as the speeds rise it feels skittish and nervous. It also does not inspire as much confidence as the Baleno at high speeds or under panic braking situations. Handling too is far superior to the Grand i10, with more mechanical grip, less understeer and lesser body roll than the Grand i10. Even the steering setup, though light is not as light as the Grand i10’s and has a better feel and feedback as well.

Reliability and After Sales Service: Both Maruti & Hyundai have stellar reputations for providing quality after sales service in our country for decades. Hyundai is still a long way from challenging Maruti’s sheer reach to the remotest locations of the country and product reliability is also a notch below Suzuki’s. In case of the Baleno & the Grand i10, the Baleno is bound to depreciate slightly lesser as well by around 25,000 Rs. So the overall cost of ownership of the Baleno, over an ownership period of 5 to 7 years is bound to be around 60,000 Rs. lower than an equivalent Grand i10, owing to better fuel efficiency, resale and feature content. Clearly, the Baleno is superior value-for-money than the Grand i10.

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