Vitara Brezza vs Baleno Comparison

Maruti-Suzuki Vitara Brezza vs Baleno Comparison 

Overall, the cutting-edge CVT gearbox equipped Baleno petrol wins this test. It is such a breeze to drive, and at the same time is no less efficient or slower than the manual version. It really makes us wonder why 90% of the car buyers should even bother with manual transmissions anymore. Brezza comes in as the runners up, thanks to better all-round visibility, easier ingress egress and better suitability to Indian road conditions than the Baleno. If only the Brezza had an option of automatic gearbox.

Baleno vs Vitara Brezza Comparison Video:

Pricing & Features: Baleno’s top-end ‘Alpha’ diesel variant retails for 9.48 Lakh, On-road, Delhi, which is 25,000 rupees cheaper than Vitara Brezza’s ‘ZDi’ variant (costing 9.73 Lakh). Not only is the Baleno cheaper, but it also has quite a few extra features over the similarly priced Brezza, which are worth around 35,000 Rs. making the Baleno around 60,000 Rs. cheaper than an equivalent Brezza. (Baleno’s top-end, manual geared, petrol powered, ‘Alpha’ variant cost 7.90 Lakh and the petrol-automatic ‘Delta’ variant costs 7.62 Lakh)

Common Features: ABS, Driver Airbag, AC, Power Steering, Central Locking by Remote, Power Windows, Fog Lamps – Front, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Music System with FM, USB, Bluetooth & Aux + 4 Speakers, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Passenger Airbag, Parking Sensors, Steering Wheel Switches, Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat, Automatic Climate Control, Projector Headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lights, Anti-Pinch Driver's Window, Alloy Wheels
Extra Features in Vitara Brezza (ZDi+): none
Extra Features in Baleno (Alpha): Parking Camera, Touchscreen, Navigation, Apple CarPlay, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Automatic Light-sensing Headlamps, Automatic Rain-sensing Wipers, Telescopic Steering Adjustment

Performance & Drivability: Baleno diesel is 200 kg lighter than the Vitara Brezza is. Just putting a variable geometry turbo on the same engine as the Baleno is not enough to negate such a huge weight disadvantage. This has resulted in the Baleno having noticeably better performance than the Vitara Brezza does be it in terms of city drivability or the overtaking ability on the highways. However, nothing can compete with the sheer hassle free drivability of the CVT gearbox equipped petrol Baleno. The diesels are also no match to the petrol engine’s superior refinement and rev happy nature. The manual petrol also has great top-end performance but feels a bit lacking in terms of low-end torque during city commutes.

Power (PS@rpm): Vitara Brezza (diesel) – 90@4000, Baleno (diesel) – 75@4000, Baleno (petrol) – 84.3@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Vitara Brezza (diesel) – 200@1750, Baleno (diesel) – 190@2000, Baleno (petrol) – 114@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Vitara Brezza (diesel) – 1185, Baleno (diesel) – 975, Baleno (petrol) - 875
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Vitara Brezza (diesel) – 76, Baleno (diesel) – 77, Baleno (petrol) - 96
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Vitara Brezza (diesel) – 169, Baleno (diesel) – 195, Baleno (diesel) - 131

Fuel Efficiency: In our back-to-back tests, the Baleno diesel was over one kmpl more efficient than the diesel Brezza. The petrol Balenos, both manual & automatic were consistently two kmpl less efficient than the diesel powered Brezza.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Vitara Brezza (diesel manual) – 24.3, Baleno (diesel manual) – 27.4
Baleno (petrol manual) – 21.4, Baleno (petrol automatic) – 21.4

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh):
Vitara Brezza (diesel manual) – 2.47, Baleno (diesel manual) – 2.19
Baleno (petrol manual) – 3.37, Baleno (petrol automatic) – 3.37
assuming current fuel prices

Space & Comfort: Vitara Brezza is (obviously) a much taller vehicle than the Baleno. However, in terms of interior packaging Baleno has managed to carve out slightly more space than the Brezza. Both cars have more than adequate space for five full-size adults. Baleno has a bit of extra rear legroom, but the Brezza has a higher hip-point and better all-round visibility than the Baleno. Baleno also has a slightly larger 339 liter boot compared to Brezza’s 328.

Length (mm): Vitara Brezza - 3995, Baleno - 3995
Width (mm): Vitara Brezza - 1790, Baleno - 1745
Height (mm): Vitara Brezza - 1640, Baleno - 1500

Ride Quality & Handling: Vitara Brezza’s tall height gives it a high center of gravity (CG), which makes life much difficult for the engineers. It gives the car generous amounts of body roll, which has to be countered by stiffening the suspension. However, this kills the bump absorption ability in the process. No wonder then that the Baleno has much better handling as well as ride quality than the Vitara Brezza. It corners with more confidence and rides over broken tarmac a shade more comfortably than the Brezza. Albeit none of the two cars have much of steering feel or feedback from the chassis.

Ground Clearance (mm): Vitara Brezza – 198, Baleno – 180
Tyre Size:
Vitara Brezza - 215/60R16 (ZDi, ZDi+), 205/60R16 (LDi, VDi)
Baleno - 185/65R15 (Sigma & Delta), 195/55R16 (Zeta & Alpha)

Reliability and After Sales Service: The Baleno is sold through the Nexa outlets, while the Vitara Brezza is sold through regular Maruti Dealerships. This has unnecessarily limited the reach of Baleno’s sales outlets to just over a hundred, making it unavailable to customers in most of the B towns and rural areas. In contrast, the Vitara Brezza is available across Maruti’s 2000+ dealerships across the country. The Nexa cars do get to jump the queue at service though with dedicated bays made available at regular Maruti service stations.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh): Both cars are bound to hold excellent residual value in the market thanks to their popularity & Maruti’s reputation for a hassle-free Service experience.
Vitara Brezza (diesel manual) – 5.84, Baleno (diesel manual – 5.67
Baleno (petrol manual) – 4.54, Baleno (petrol automatic) – 4.38

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Overall, the Baleno diesel works out to be around 40,000 Rs. lesser in terms of Total Cost of Ownership compared to the diesel Brezza. The Baleno CVT automatic petrol works out to be just 25,000 Rs. more than the diesel Brezza.
Vitara Brezza (diesel manual) – 6.36, Baleno (diesel manual) – 5.98
Baleno (petrol manual) – 6.73, Baleno (petrol automatic) – 6.61

Verdict: The cutting-edge CVT gearbox equipped Baleno petrol wins this test. It is such a breeze to drive, and at the same time is no less efficient or slower than the manual version. It really makes us wonder why 90% of the car buyers should even bother with manual transmissions anymore. Brezza comes in as the runners up, thanks to better all-round visibility, easier ingress egress and better suitability to Indian road conditions than the Baleno. If only the Brezza had an option of automatic gearbox.

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