Maruti Baleno vs Jazz Comparison Review

Honda Jazz vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno Comparison:


"But that’s not all, in spite of being 1.2 Lakh rupees cheaper, Baleno ‘Delta’ has just as many features as the Jazz SV. In fact, Baleno ‘Delta’ has 4 extra features which are absent in Jazz ‘SV’ like Parking Sensors, Automatic Climate Control, Rear Wash-Wipe and Electrically Folding Mirrors."

Honda Jazz vs Suzuki Baleno Video Comparison Review:


Pricing & Features Comparison: 
Baleno’s most popular variant is the mid-range ‘Delta-petrol’ variant, which retails for 6.5 Lakh Rs. on road Delhi. Jazz’s cheapest petrol variant having ABS & Airbags is the mid-range ‘SV’ variant, which retails for 7.7 Lakh Rs, making it a mind-boggling 1.2 Lakh Rs. more expensive than the Baleno Delta.

But that’s not all, in spite of being 1.2 Lakh rupees cheaper, Baleno ‘Delta’ has just as many features as the Jazz SV. In fact, Baleno ‘Delta’ has 4 extra features which are absent in Jazz ‘SV’ like Parking Sensors, Automatic Climate Control, Rear Wash-Wipe and Electrically Folding Mirrors. The Jazz ‘SV’ also has 4 extra features over the Baleno ‘Delta’ like Parking Camera, Touchscreen, Fog Lamps and a Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat. So there is no logical reason for a Jazz ‘SV’ to be 1.2 Lakh Rs. more expensive than a Baleno ‘Delta’.

Pricing of other Variants: 
Baleno Delta (diesel, manual) - 8.00 Lakh
Jazz SV (diesel, manual) - 9.25 Lakh

Baleno Delta AT (petrol, automatic) - 7.75 Lakh
Jazz S AT (petrol, automatic) - 8.25 Lakh

Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Rear Defogger, Auto-up Anti-Pinch Driver’s Window

Extra Features in Jazz (SV MT): Parking Camera, Touchscreen, Fog Lamps, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust

Extra Features in Baleno (Delta): Parking Sensors, Automatic Climate Control, Rear Wash-Wipe, Electrically Folding Mirrors

Fuel Efficiency Comparison: 
Baleno diesel, has an ARAI certified mileage of 27.4 kmpl, which is just 0.1 kmpl more than Honda Jazz’s mileage of 27.3 kmpl. However, in our back-to-back tests there was hardly any difference in the fuel efficiency of both the cars.

The manual geared Baleno petrol has an ARAI certified mileage of 21.4 kmpl, which is 2.7 kmpl more than Jazz manual’s mileage of 18.7 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests though, the Baleno was just half a kmpl more efficient than the Jazz. The CVT automatic transmission equipped Baleno has an ARAI certified mileage of 21.4 kmpl, which is 2.4 kmpl more than Jazz’s mileage of 19 kmpl. However, in our real-world tests, the Baleno was just as efficient as the CVT Jazz.

Fuel Cost: (for 75,000 km)
Jazz (petrol, manual & automatic) - 3.60 Lakh, Baleno (petrol, manual & automatic) - 3.35 Lakh
Jazz (diesel, manual) - 2.15 Lakh, Baleno (diesel, manual) - 2.15 Lakh

Performance & Drivability Comparison: 
Petrol: 
Both cars are powered by two of the best petrol engines available in the market, Honda’s iVTEC and Suzuki’s K12. Both engines are incredibly refined, free revving and have excellent outright performance albeit with weak low-end torque. Baleno has a slight advantage over the Jazz in terms of performance, thanks to its ultra-light kerb weight. However, both Honda and Suzuki need to bring turbo-petrols to the market if they wish to hold on to their leadership positions going forward.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Jazz - 93, Baleno – 96
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Jazz - 115, Baleno – 131

Power (PS@rpm): Jazz – 90@6000, Baleno – 84.3@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Jazz – 110@4800, Baleno – 114@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Jazz - 1042, Baleno – 875

Diesel: 
Honda’s Earth Dreams Diesel engine is a far more drivable unit than Baleno’s Fiat sourced Multijet unit. Baleno’s engine has massive amounts of turbo-lag anywhere below 2000 rpm. Jazz on the other hand gets going from as low as 1500 rpm making it much easier to drive around town. Even mid-range performance is better in the jazz and so is outright acceleration albeit by a small margin.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Jazz - 95, Baleno – 77
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Jazz - 190, Baleno – 195

Power (PS@rpm): Jazz – 100@3600, Baleno – 75@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Jazz – 200@1750, Baleno – 190@2000
Kerb Weight (kg): Jazz - 1146, Baleno – 975

Handling & Ride Quality Comparison: 
Both the Jazz and Baleno have decent ride quality but are not comfortable while riding over broken roads. Both have excellent high speed stability as well. However, the Jazz has an edge over the Baleno in terms of handling, mainly due to its well weighted and progressive steering setup as opposed to Baleno’s overtly light, lifeless steering. Otherwise both cars have average mechanical grip and tend to under-steer when pushed hard, for reasons of safety.

Ground Clearance (mm): Jazz – 165, Baleno - 170

Wheelbase (mm): Jazz – 2530, Baleno - 2520

Tyre Size: 
Jazz: 175/70R14 (E), 175/65R15 (S, SV, V, VX)
Baleno: 185/65R15 (Sigma, Delta), 195/55R16 (Zeta, Alpha)

Space & Comfort Comparison: 
Both cars have acres of real estate inside the cabin. Honda has opted to go for a bigger boot with 354 litres of capacity compared to Baleno’s 339 litres. However, all things said and done neither of the cars feels short on space for carrying 5 occupants and their weekend luggage. Compared to the Baleno’s grey interior color scheme and high waistline Jazz does feel airier and has better all-round visibility. Jazz also has better ergonomics and its premium dashboard gives it an edge over the Baleno.

Length (mm): Jazz – 3955, Baleno - 3990                                                                            
Width (mm): Jazz – 1694, Baleno - 1745
Height (mm): Jazz – 1544, Baleno - 1500

Reliability & After Sales Service Comparison: 
Maruti still has a big lead over Honda in terms of Service Support in our country. However, for urban dwellers Honda also has more than sufficient reach. Honda’s products are known to be as reliable, if not more than Maruti’s going by their excellent track record. However, the customer service extended by Honda’s touch-points isn’t quite up to the mark, compared to that of Maruti or even Hyundai.

Resale & Cost of Ownership Comparison: 
Both cars are bound to retain outstanding residual value even after a usage 5 to 7 years, with the Baleno having a slight advantage in terms of depreciation over the Jazz thanks to its omnipresent service stations and cheaper spares. Overall, the Baleno works out to be 1.5 Lakh rupees cheaper than an equivalent Jazz in terms of Overall Ownership Costs.

Resale Value (after usage of 5 to 7 years)
Jazz SV (petrol manual) – 4.00 Lakh
Baleno Delta (petrol manual) – 4.00 Lakh

Jazz S AT (petrol automatic) – 4.00 Lakh
Baleno Delta AT (petrol automatic) – 4.00 Lakh

Jazz SV (diesel manual) – 4.50 Lakh
Baleno Delta (diesel manual) – 4.50 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Jazz SV (petrol manual) – 7.30 Lakh
Baleno Delta (petrol manual) – 5.85 Lakh

Jazz S AT (petrol automatic) – 7.85 Lakh
Baleno Delta AT (petrol automatic) – 7.10 Lakh 

Jazz SV (diesel manual) – 6.90 Lakh
Baleno Delta (diesel manual) – 5.65 Lakh

Verdict:
Honda has become complacent in the Indian market. It has become massively overconfident pricing its products at a ridiculous 1 Lakh rupee plus premiums over its competitors for absolutely no reason, whatsoever. As you can see here, the Baleno gives the Jazz tough competition in every aspect imaginable. Baleno has worked as a perfect weapon for Maruti, to pop Honda's over-inflated ego! Baleno is definitely the winner of this test.

Among the Baleno's the CVT variant is one that we would recommend. It is a cinch to drive in city traffic with divine smoothness and impressive efficiency. It can save you from the tirade of constant clutch-de-clutching and gear rowing on your daily commute, eliminating at least half the fatigue of your daily commute.

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