Maruti-Suzuki Baleno vs Hyundai Xcent Comparison

Baleno vs Xcent Comparison

Overall, considering fuel cost and depreciation, the Baleno diesel turns out to be slightly cheaper than the Xcent diesel and the best value-for-money option in this test, even at today’s super low fuel prices. However, if you are thinking about buying the manual geared Xcent petrol, take a moment and think about the fact that you will be spending exactly as much money as a Baleno automatic over the ownership period of 5 to 7 years. and if it’s the Xcent automatic that you are considering, you need to make peace with an additional expenditure of 2 Lakh rupees over the Baleno automatic.


Pricing & Features: Hyundai Xcent’s most popular variant, the ‘S O’ Diesel retails for 6.82 Lakh, Ex-showroom, Delhi. For exactly same outlay, buyers have the option of buying the Baleno diesel’s ‘Delta’ variant, costing 6.81 Lakh. (Xcent ‘S O’ petrol costs 5.95 Lakh & Baleno ‘Delta’ petrol costs 5.71 Lakh). Both cars have similar feature content as well, with Baleno having a few extra features and Xcent having some.

Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches, Parking Sensors, Electrically Adjustable & Folding Mirrors, Rear Defogger
Extra Features in Baleno (Delta): Automatic Climate Control, Auto-up Anti-pinch Window
Extra Features in Xcent (S O): Fog Lamps, Rear AC Vents, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust

Performance & Drivability: 
Petrol: Both cars are powered by best-in-class 1.2 litre engines in the country, be it the K12 or the Kappa 2. They are refined, free-revving and fuel-efficient if only a bit lacking in low-end torque. However, the Xcent loses out on the Baleno due to a heavier kerb weight giving the Baleno a slight advantage in performance across the rev range.

Power (PS@rpm): Baleno – 84.3@6000, Xcent – 83@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Baleno - 114@4000, Xcent - 114@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Baleno 875, Xcent – 958
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Baleno – 96, Xcent – 87
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Baleno – 131, Xcent – 119

Diesel: Baleno’s Fiat sourced powertrain gives it an edge over the Xcent, predominantly because the Multijet/DDiS power-plant unit has 4-cylinder as compared to Xcent’s 3-cylinders and thus has noticeably better refinement and free-revving nature. But the Baleno’s engine also has more turbo-lag. It gets going convincingly only above 2000 rpm, whereas the Xcent has much lesser turbo-lag and thus is much easier to drive in city traffic. Out on the highway though, the Baleno’s lighter kerb weight and stronger mid-range result in far easier overtaking maneuvers than those in the Xcen.

Power (PS@rpm): Baleno – 75@4000, Xcent – 72@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Baleno - 190@2000, Xcent - 180@1750-2500
Kerb Weight (kg): Baleno – 975, Xcent – 1048
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Baleno – 77, Xcent – 69
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Baleno – 195, Xcent – 172

Fuel Efficiency:
Petrol: In our back-to-back tests, the manual Baleno was consistently 1 kmpl more efficient then the manual geared Xcent. The CVT equipped Baleno automatic was more or less equally fuel efficient as the manual Xcent, while the traditional torque converter equipped Xcent automatic was over 3 kmpl less efficient than the Baleno automatic and 4 kmpl less than Baleno manual.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): Baleno (manual) – 21.4, Xcent (manual) – 19.1, Baleno (automatic) – 21.4, Xcent (automatic) – 16.1
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): Baleno (manual) – 3.45, Xcent (manual) – 3.85, Baleno (automatic) – 3.45, Xcent (automatic) – 4.60

Diesel: In our real-world tests, the Baleno and Xcent diesels returned identical fuel efficiency.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): Baleno – 27.4 (manual), Xcent (manual) – 24.4
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): Baleno – 2.05 (manual), Xcent (manual) – 2.30

Space & Comfort: The Baleno has a remarkably more spacious cabin than the Xcent, especially the rear bench, which is wide enough to seat 3 full-size adults with space left over for an occasional fourth occupant as well. The Xcent’s rear seat on the other hand is too narrow and good for only two occupants. Taking on a third passenger even for short jaunts becomes too crowded for comfort. Both cars boast of luxurious and well put together cabins, with the Xcent having a miniscule advantage in terms of the ambience of the cabin, thanks to smart utilization of the black and beige trim combination. The Xcent also boasts of a bigger boot with 410 litres of capacity, which is 70 litres more than the already capacious, 339 litre boot of the Baleno.

Length (mm): Baleno - 3995, Xcent - 3995
Width (mm): Baleno – 1745, Xcent - 1660
Height (mm): Baleno – 1500, Xcent - 1520

Ride Quality & Handling: The Xcent feels simply outclassed in terms of dynamics compared to the Baleno. The Baleno is far more pliant over large bumps, maintains better stability at high speeds and also corners with much more conviction than the Xcent. Xcent’s overtly light steering setup spoils the fun even further and even though the Baleno also has a similar light-weight steering setup, the difference in feel and feedback is astounding.

Ground Clearance (mm): Baleno – 180, Xcent - 165
Tyre Size: Baleno - 185/65R15 (Sigma & Delta), 195/55R16 (Zeta & Alpha), Xcent – 165/65R14 (Base, S & SX), 175/60R15 (SX O)

Reliability and After Sales Service: Both Maruti and Hyundai have built up stellar reputations for providing unmatched service support in our country over the past two decades. Although Hyundai network’s reach with its 800 touch points is no match for Maruti’s 2000+ service centers. Expect both the cars to hold excellent value after 5 to 7 years of usage. Only exception being the automatics, where the Baleno’s fuel efficient CVT is bound to depreciate far lesser than the Xcent with traditional 4-speed torque convertor unit, thanks to a difference of 5.3 kmpl in their certified fuel efficiency figures.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Baleno (Diesel manual) – 4.10, Xcent (Diesel manual) – 4.10
Baleno (Petrol manual) – 3.30, Xcent (Petrol manual) – 3.30
Baleno (petrol automatic) – 3.70, Xcent (petrol automatic) – 3.70

Xcent petrol-automatic is available only in ‘SX O’ trim for 7.64 Lakh while Baleno petrol-automatic is available only in the ‘Delta’ trim for 6.76 Lakh.

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Baleno (diesel manual) – 4.76, Xcent (diesel manual) – 5.02
Baleno (petrol manual) – 5.86, Xcent (petrol manual) – 6.50
Baleno (petrol automatic) – 6.51, Xcent (petrol automatic) – 8.54

Verdict: Considering fuel cost and depreciation, the Baleno diesel turns out to be slightly cheaper than the Xcent diesel and the best value-for-money option in this test, even at today’s super low fuel prices. However, if you are thinking about buying the manual geared Xcent petrol, take a moment and think about the fact that you will be spending exactly as much money as a Baleno automatic over the ownership period of 5 to 7 years. and if it’s the Xcent automatic that you are considering, you need to make peace with an additional expenditure of 2 Lakh rupees over the Baleno automatic.

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