Baleno vs Dzire Comparison

Maruti-Suzuki Baleno vs Dzire Comparison
Overall, the Baleno is much better value-for-money than Dzire (manual), Baleno's petrol powered automatic geared variant is better than Dzire's petrol-automatic, but Dzire's diesel-automatic variant is the clear winner of this test.

Baleno vs Dzire Comparison Video:

Pricing & Features: At these introductory prices, The Baleno, in spite of being a car from a segment equivalent to the Dzire, has been priced immensely cheaper! Take the example of the Dzire ZDi & the Baleno Zeta Diesel, the price difference is 50,000 Rs. in favor of the Baleno and yet the Baleno has three extra features that are easily worth 10,000 Rs. making it 60,000 Rs. cheaper than the equivalent Dzire! That makes the Baleno incredibly better value-for-money than the Dzire.

Space & Comfort: This is where the Baleno beats the Dzire by a fair margin. It is a far more spacious and comfortable car than the Dzire. Especially, in the rear of the cabin where there is generous amount of knee-room, head-room and shoulder space for three full grown adults with space left over for carrying a fourth passenger on rare occasions. The Dzire on the other hand has barely enough room for two. Knee-room is particularly in short supply, and it gets really uncomfortable on the back seat of the Dzire after a couple of hours. Even a third passenger is a squeeze in the swift and sitting in the middle is no less than a punishment. Both the Dzire & Baleno have an equally large boot-space as well, at 350 litres and 339 litres respectively. The Baleno’s cabin also feels a shade more premium than the Dzire with slightly better quality plastics and cleaner more fluid design.

Fuel Efficiency: The petrol powered manual geared Baleno has an ARAI certified mileage of 21.4 kmpl, which is 0.55 kmpl more than the Dzire’s mileage of 20.85 kmpl. In our back to back tests, the manual geared Baleno was barely half a kmpl more efficient than the Dzire. The Automatic geared petrol Baleno is also rated at 21.4 kmpl by ARAI, thanks to the excellent CVT gearbox. The automatic Dzire petrol has an ARAI certified mileage of 18.5 kmpl, which is 2.9 kmpl lesser than the Baleno. In our back-to-back tests, Baleno was consistently around 2 kmpl better than Dzire AT. The diesel powered Baleno has ARAI certified mileage of 27.39 kmpl, which is 0.8 kmpl more than the Dzire’s mileage of 26.59 kmpl. In our real world tests, the Baleno was consistently more efficient than the Dzire, but the difference was less than 1 kmpl.

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol: Both cars are powered by the same K12 engine, which is one of the best naturally aspirated small capacity engines in the market, free-revving & blissfully refined. However, what makes a big difference is the almost 100 kg difference in their kerb weights. The Baleno feels more sprightly and drivable around town and performs marginally better than the Dzire throughout the rev-range. However, the lack of a turbo petrol engine is a telling omission given cheaper hatchbacks like Tata Bolt already have it and given that Suzuki already has a 1 litre turbo-charged engine available elsewhere in the world. The Baleno is also available with a CVT automatic gearbox, which makes it perfect for city commutes, although it does get a bit bothersome on the highways due to a pronounced rubber band effect.

Power (PS@rpm): Baleno – 84.3@6000, Dzire – 84.3@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Baleno - 115@4000, Dzire – 115@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Baleno – 875, Dzire – 945
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Baleno – 96, Dzire – 88
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Baleno – 131, Dzire – 120

Diesel: Surprisingly, Suzuki has opted to use the 75PS version of Fiat’s Multijet in the Baleno instead of the 90PS version that it uses in the Ciaz, Ertiga & S-cross. Dzire also uses the same 1250 cc Multijet engine that makes the two cars very similar in terms of overall performance. However, Baleno’s 100 kg lighter kerb weight gives it a noticeable advantage over the Dzire, when it comes to drivability around town. However if you observe keenly, you will notice that the Dzire has slightly better noise insulation than the Baleno as the Baleno seems to have skimped on sound deadening material in its quest of achieving a low kerb weight.

Power (PS@rpm): Baleno – 75@4000, Dzire – 75@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Baleno - 190@2000, Dzire – 190@2000
Kerb Weight (kg): Baleno – 975, Dzire – 1055
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Baleno – 77, Dzire – 71
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Baleno – 195, Dzire – 180

Ride Quality & Handling: Baleno has a much more grown up setup than the Dzire in terms of dynamics. It has a slightly softer springs which coupled to the long wheelbase has resulted in a pliant and more comfortable ride quality than the Dzire. Even the stability over a series of undulations is much better in the Baleno. However, it has lost the pointy nature and the agile, enthusiastic, fun character of the Dzire. Baleno’s steering is in fact better configured than the Dzire with a certain tightness off-centre and better weighted than the Dzire’s. But the Dzire’s short wheelbase and a wider tract to wheelbase ratio makes it more chuck-able around corners, with the stiffer suspension giving it better feedback from the surface underneath.

Reliability and After Sales Service: Both cars are backed by Maruti’s legendary service network and like every other Maruti that has been launched in our great country over the past 30 odd years, both these cars are bound o be utterly reliable as well. Both cars are also bound to hold excellent value over the next five to seven years as well.

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