Baleno vs Ciaz Comparison

Maruti-Suzuki Baleno vs Ciaz Comparison
Verdict: Baleno is better than Ciaz (& SHVS)

Pricing & Features: Ciaz base diesel, ‘VXi’ variant (SHVS) retails for 8.23 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. At that price point, it demands a huge premium of about 1.42 lakh just for being a sedan compared to Maruti-Suzuki’s own premium hatchback, the Baleno whose mid-range ‘Delta’ variant costs 6.81 Lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. But that’s not all, The Baleno ‘Delta’ has much more safety and convenience features than the Ciaz ‘VXi’ as given below, which are easily worth 40,000 Rs. which makes the Ciaz a whopping 1.8 Lakh rupees more expensive than an equivalent Baleno! Does it really make sense to shell out such an exorbitant amount just for the elongated sedan shape? Let’s find out.

Common Features: Driver Airbag, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, Aux + 4 Speakers, Parking Sensors, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Rear Defogger, Auto-Up Anti-Pinch Driver’s Window
Extra Features in Ciaz (VXi SHVS): Projector Headlamps, Rear AC Vents
Extra Features in Baleno (Delta): ABS, Passenger Airbag, Climate Control, Parking Sensors, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Bluetooth, Steering Wheel Switches

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol: In spite of the Ciaz having a 200cc bigger engine displacement, the Baleno has better performance than it. That is because the Baleno weighs around 150 kgs less than the Ciaz, hence it is able to marginally outperform the Ciaz across the rev-range. Overall though both the Ciaz and Baleno have refined, free-revving engines that are both a bit deficient in low0end grunt but have excellent performance once they get spinning.

Power (PS@rpm): Ciaz – 92@6000, Baleno – 84.3@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Ciaz - 130@4000, Baleno – 114@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Ciaz – 1020, Baleno – 875
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Ciaz – 90, Baleno – 96
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Ciaz – 127, Baleno – 131

Diesel: Both cars are powered by the same 1250 cc, Fiat sourced diesel engine albeit with a small difference. The Baleno gets the fixed geometry turbo whereas the Ciaz gets the variable geometry turbocharger. This makes a big 15PS difference on paper, but in reality the difference in performance is miniscule. It’s the 75PS Baleno which outperforms the 90PS Ciaz, be it in terms of city drivability or in terms of overtaking performance on the highways. The 150 kg difference in kerb weight negating whatever advantage the VGT turbo might be giving the Ciaz. However, both cars suffer from initial turbo lag making city commuting a bit of a chore. Baleno also loses out to the Ciaz in terms of refinement. Lack of much sound deadening material in the Baleno allowing a bit too much of engine noise to make its way in to the cabin.

Power (PS@rpm): Ciaz – 90@4000, Baleno – 75@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Ciaz - 200@1500-2750, Baleno – 190@2000
Kerb Weight (kg): Ciaz – 1125, Baleno – 975
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Ciaz – 80, Baleno – 77
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Ciaz – 178, Baleno – 195

Fuel Efficiency:
Petrol: The Ciaz has an ARAI certified mileage of 20.73 kmpl, which is just 0.67 kmpl less than the Baleno’s mileage of 21.4 kmpl. In our back to back tests, the Baleno was consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the Ciaz. The automatic variant of the Ciaz has an ARAI certified mileage of 19.12 kmpl, which is 2.28 kmpl less than automatic Baleno’s efficiency of 21.4 kmpl. In our real world tests the difference was almost 2 kmpl in favour of the Baleno, the CVT unit of Baleno being much more efficient than the conventional automatic gearbox of the Ciaz.
Diesel: The Ciaz has an ARAI certified mileage of 28.09 kmpl, which is 0.7 kmpl more than the Baleno’s mileage of 27.39 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests, both the Baleno and Ciaz returned almost identical fuel efficiency.

Space & Comfort: In terms of cabin space both the Ciaz and Baleno are quite well matched. Both have incredibly spacious cabins especially in the rear and large supportive seats. Both cars have well built but slightly plasticky cabins too. The Ciaz obviously trumps the Baleno in terms of boot-space. But the Baleno itself has a generous 339 litre boot, which is more than enough to carry five people’s weekend luggage with space left over for more. Baleno also has he additional practicality of folding the seats and liberating space for big appliances and furniture which won’t fit into the Ciaz’s boot.

Length (mm): Baleno - 3995, Ciaz - 4490
Width (mm): Baleno - 1745, Ciaz - 1730
Height (mm): Baleno - 1500, Ciaz - 1485

Ride Quality & Handling: Neither of these cars really caters to the enthusiast’s tastes. But they have wonderfully composed and pliant ride quality, thanks to their soft suspension setup and long wheelbase. Steering setup is also well calibrated for electrically assisted units. Stability at high speeds and under panic braking is also surprisingly good, especially given the Baleno’s low kerb weight.

Ground Clearance (mm): Baleno - 180, Ciaz - 170 mm

Reliability and After Sales Service: Maruti’s unparalleled track record at providing reliable products to the market and backing them up with excellent after sales service is known to all. However, the Baleno has a sizeable advantage over the Ciaz in service costs, thanks to cheaper parts prices. Both cars will no doubt hold excellent value in the resale market after a usage of 5 to 7 years. However, overall Cost of Ownership of the Baleno remains significantly lower than the Ciaz and makes it far better value-for-money overall.