Baleno vs Amaze Comparison

Maruti-Suzuki Baleno vs Honda Amaze Comparison

Overall, Amaze Diesel is better than Baleno diesel, Amaze petrol-automatic is also better than Baleno CVT. However, Baleno Petrol-manual is better than Amaze.

Honda Amaze vs Baleno Comparison Video:

Pricing & Features: Baleno’s top-end ‘Alpha’ (Diesel) variant retails for ex-showroom Delhi price of 8.11 Lakhs. The Amaze’s top-end variant VX (O) also retails for similar price of 8.25 Lakhs. However, the Amaze has way lesser convenience and aesthetic features than the Baleno, which would at least cost 60,000 Rs. making it around 75,000 Rs. more expensive than an equivalent Baleno.

Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Front Power Windows, Auto-Up Anti-Pinch Driver’s Window, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches, Electrically Adjustable & Folding Mirrors, Rear Defogger, Fog Lamps, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust, 7” Touch-screen, Navigation
Extra Features in Amaze (VX O): none
Extra Features in Baleno (Alpha): Parking Sensors, Climate Control, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Parking Camera, LED DRLs, Projector Headlamps, Light Sensing Headlamps and Telescopic Steering Adjust

Fuel Efficiency:
Diesel: Baleno has an ARAI certified mileage of 27.4 kmpl, which is 1.59 kmpl more than Honda Amaze’s mileage of 25.8 kmpl. However in our back-to-back tests the difference was just half a kmpl. This translates to a marginal 10,000 Rs. more fuel expenses in the Amaze compared to the Baleno over a usage of 75,000 km.
Petrol: The manual geared Baleno has an ARAI certified mileage of 21.56 kmpl, which is 3.4 kmpl more than Amaze manual’s mileage of 18 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests though, the Baleno was just half a kmpl more efficient than the Amaze. The CVT automatic transmission equipped Baleno has an ARAI certified mileage of 21.4 kmpl, which is 5.9 kmpl more than Amaze automatic’s mileage of 15.5 kmpl. In our back to back tests the Baleno was around 2 kmpl more efficient than the Amaze Automatic. This translates to savings of 15,000 & 45,000 Rs. with the Baleno in comparison to manual and automatic variants of the Honda Amaze respectively.

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol: Both cars are powered by two of the best petrol engines available in the market, Amaze’s iVTEC and Baleno’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 Amaze in terms of performance, thanks to its ultra-light kerb weight. However, both Honda and Baleno need to bring turbo-petrols to the market if they wish to hold on to their leadership positions going forward.

Power (PS@rpm): Amaze – 88@6000, Baleno – 84.3@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Amaze – 109@4500, Baleno – 114@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Amaze - 950, Baleno – 875
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Amaze - 93, Baleno – 96
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Amaze - 115, Baleno – 131

Diesel: Amaze’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. Amaze 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 Amaze and so is outright acceleration albeit by a small margin.

Power (PS@rpm): Amaze – 100@3600, Baleno – 75@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Amaze – 200@1750, Baleno – 190@2000
Kerb Weight (kg): Amaze - 1055, Baleno – 975
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Amaze - 95, Baleno – 77
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Amaze - 190, Baleno – 195

Handling & Ride Quality: Both the Amaze 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 Amaze has 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 understeer when pushed hard, for reasons of safety.

Ground Clearance (mm): Baleno - 180, Amaze - 165

Space & Comfort: Both cars have acres of real estate inside the cabin. Honda has opted to go for a bigger boot with 400 litres of capacity compared to Baleno’s 339 litres, while Baleno has opted to go for an extra couple of inches of rear knee room over the Amaze’s. 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 colour scheme and high waistline Amaze does feel more airy and has better all round visibility. But Baleno’s spacious front seats and more premium dashboard gives it an edge over the Amaze.

Length (mm): Baleno - 3990, Amaze - 3995
Width (mm): Baleno - 1745, Amaze - 1680
Height (mm): Baleno - 1500, Amaze - 1505

Reliability & After Sales Service: 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 as Maruti’s going by their excellent track record. Even maintenance costs are competitive to Maruti’s. However after an ownership period of 5 to 7 years, the Baleno is bound to command a better resale value than the Amaze by at least 40,000 Rs.

Verdict: If you are in the market for a diesel car, go for the maze with your eyes closed. There is no point in suffering the Baleno’s turbo lag for the entire duration of your ownership period. That turbo-lag will cause a nuisance to you much more frequently than the added features of the Baleno will delight you. However if you are in the market for a petrol car, go for the Baleno, not only does work out to be 1.3 Lakh rupees cheaper than the Amaze over an ownership period of 5 to 7 years, but it also feels like a more premium car and is easier to pilot on city commutes. If you are looking for an automatic, go for the Amaze. Baleno’s CVT performs slightly better in city traffic, but loses out big time on the highway due to the heavy rubber-band effect and inability to drop a cog for instant acceleration during overtaking.

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