Tiago vs Baleno Comparison

Tata Tiago vs Maruti-Suzuki Baleno Comparison

Overall, the diesel Baleno (Delta) is the clear winner of this comparison. It has more space, better refinement, comfortable ride, stronger performance and more useful features than the Tiago ‘XZ’. And yet its Cost of Ownership is just 12,000 Rs. more than the Tiago, which considering its quality and reliability might easily be neutralized by a single unscheduled repair of the Tiago. But even if Tiago turns out to be just as reliable, the Baleno remains a far better value proposition than the Tiago.

Baleno vs Tata Tiago Comparison Video:

Pricing & Features:
The petrol Baleno’s mid-range ‘Delta' variant, retails for 6.35 Lakh (On road, Delhi), which has become quite a phenomenon in the market. But thanks to jaw dropping pricing of the Tata Tiago, prospective buyer considering a Baleno ‘Delta’ might just give the top-end Tiago a thought. The Tiago (petrol) 'XZ' variant costs 5.2 Lakh, which is a ridiculous 1.15 Lakh rupees cheaper! Both cars have a few extra features that are absent in the other with the Baleno’s features being slightly more useful than the Tiago’s. (Baleno ‘Delta’ diesel costs 7.96 Lakh which is an exorbitant 1.85 Lakh more than the Tiago diesel 'XZ’ costing 6.12 Lakh, on road, Delhi)

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 Mirrors, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Fog Lamps, Tilt Steering

Extra Features in Tiago (XZ): Alloy Wheels, Height Adjustable Driver's Seat, 4 Tweeters

Extra Features in Baleno (Delta): Automatic Climate Control, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Auto-up Anti-pinch Windows

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol: Tiago’s petrol powertrain is no match to Maruti’s extraordinary K12 engine. Tiago’s 3-cylinder layout makes it far less refined and lazy to rev compared to the smooth and eager character of the Baleno’s 4-cylinder mill. The Baleno is also an incredible 140 kg lighter than the Tiago giving it much better performance than the Tiago, especially at highway speeds.

Power (PS@rpm): Tiago – 85@6000, Baleno – 84.3@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tiago - 114@3500, Baleno – 115@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Tiago – 1012, Baleno – 880

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tiago – 84, Baleno - 96 (14% difference)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tiago – 113, Baleno - 131 (16% difference)

Diesel: Baleno’s legendary, Fiat sourced MultiJet powertrain is immensely superior to Tata’s new 1050cc Revotorq mill. Firstly, Baleno’s 50Nm greater torque output combined with 100 kg lighter kerb weight gives it a far more potent mid-range compared to the rather weak mid-range of the Tiago. This makes the Baleno just perfect for passing heavy vehicles on the highways, which is just what the Tiago really struggles with. Baleno’s shorter gearing compared to the Swift’s has also made it as easy if not easier to drive than the Tiago, in city traffic.

Power (PS@rpm): Tiago – 70@4000, Baleno - 75@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tiago - 140@1800-3000, Baleno – 190@1500-2750
Kerb Weight (kg): Tiago – 1080, Baleno - 975

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tiago – 65, Baleno – 77 (18% difference)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tiago – 130, Baleno – 195 (50% difference)

Fuel Efficiency:
In our real world tests, the petrol Tiago was just as fuel efficient as the Baleno petrol, while the diesel Tiago was half a kmpl less efficient than the diesel Baleno, particularly on the highway runs.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Tiago (petrol, manual) – 23.84, Baleno (petrol, manual) – 21.4
Tiago (diesel, manual) – 27.28, Baleno (diesel, manual) – 27.39

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Tiago (petrol, manual) – 3.05, Baleno (petrol, manual) – 3.40
Tiago (diesel, manual) – 2.20, Baleno (diesel, manual) - 2.19

Space & Comfort:
The Baleno is a much larger vehicle than the Tiago, which is quite apparent. No wonder then that the Baleno has a much more spacious cabin than the Tiago. Especially the rear seat of the Baleno has much more leg-room, knee room and shoulder space than the Tiago. Three passenger at the back of the Tiago can get quite uncomfortable, but in the Baleno they have space left over to stretch. Baleno’s ergonomics and the quality of its interiors is also a shade better than the Tiago. Tiago’s 242 liter boot is also 100 litres smaller than Baleno’s 339 liter boot capacity.

Length (mm): Tiago – 3746, Baleno – 3995
Width (mm): Tiago – 1647, Baleno – 1745
Height (mm): Tiago – 1535, Baleno – 1500

Ride Quality & Handling:
Tiago has impressive dynamics for a car of its class, but it cannot compete with the sheer dynamic maturity of the Baleno. The Baleno rides like a car from literally two segments higher than the Tiago. Most undulations are dealt with well before they make their way in to the cabin. Even the stability and pure mechanical grip around curves is much superior to the Tiago.

Ground Clearance (mm): Tiago – 170, Baleno – 180

Tyre Size:
Tiago – 155/80R13 (XB/XB/XM), 175/65R14 (XT/XZ)
Baleno - 185/65R15 (Sigma/Delta), 195/55R16 (Zeta/Alpha)

Reliability and After Sales Service:
This is where Maruti has raked up a huge lead over its competitors in the market. Firstly, Suzuki’s products have themselves turned out to be remarkably reliable over the past thirty years in India, while Tata’s cars have turned out to be consistently unreliable. Maruti’s Service Centers have also been kept well under check by the company in order to ensure, years of hassle free ownership experience to its customers. Tata’s dealerships continue to languish, at the bottom step of this very steep learning curve.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Baleno, is bound to retain excellent resale value compared to Tiago, thanks to the superior quality of its product, as well as the service support it extends, to its loyal customers.
Tiago XZ (Petrol manual) – 2.65, Baleno Delta (Petrol, manual) – 3.81
Tiago XZ (Diesel manual) – 3.30, Baleno Delta (Diesel, manual) - 5.01

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
The diesel Baleno works out to be just 12,000 Rs. more expensive than an equivalent Tiago as it compensates for the higher selling price by retaining equally good resale value over the Tiago. The petrol Baleno also works out to be just 35,000 Rs. more expensive than an equivalent Tiago.
Tiago (Petrol manual) – 5.60, Baleno Delta (Petrol manual) – 5.94
Tiago (Diesel manual) – 5.01, Baleno Delta (Diesel manual) - 5.13

Verdict:
The diesel Baleno (Delta) is the clear winner of this comparison. It has more space, better refinement, comfortable ride, stronger performance and more useful features than the Tiago ‘XZ’. And yet, its Cost of Ownership is just 12,000 Rs. more than the Tiago, which considering its quality and reliability might easily be neutralized by a single unscheduled repair of the Tiago. But even if Tiago turns out to be just as reliable, the Baleno remains a far better value proposition than the Tiago.

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