2022 Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Track Test

By Karan Singh | on November 17, 2022 Follow us on Autox Google News

For 2022, Maruti Suzuki’s premium hatchback has got a massive update. It gets a redesigned front, which is definitely sharper than before. Even the rear has lost some of that pudginess. But I still think that a little more radical approach towards the design would have gone a long way. Inside, the updates are impressive – it gets a redesigned dash, on top of which sits a much nicer infotainment screen, connected car tech, a 360-degree camera, and a HUD. The quality levels of everything inside have increased, but it still isn’t on par with something like the Hyundai i20.

The Baleno also gets a new engine – the 1.2-litre K Series motor features Dual VVT, idle stop-start, and Dualjet technology. Like most other Maruti petrol engines, it is supremely refined. There are pretty much no irregular vibrations. The engine makes an enthusing noise when revved, and the throttle response is also commendable at this price point. You can have it mated to an AMT, as we did, or a five-speed manual, which is butter smooth, slick-shifting, and a pleasure to use. The AMT, though, is a bit of a let-down. When driven leisurely, it’s fairly good, but there’s a noticeable lag during kickdown, and the gearbox wants to rush back to the highest gear as soon as possible. You can’t really settle into a flow when driving the Baleno AMT quickly. It does add a big dollop of convenience though and is a lot more affordable than the DCT-equipped i20.

In terms of handling, the Baleno is surprisingly good. The chassis is well balanced – it is light on its feet and turns in well, and its class-leading ride quality very well complements the overall driving experience. The Baleno doesn’t feel particularly fast, but it’s a car that you can still enjoy driving (especially the manual version), and it offers good efficiency and great value for money.

  • 2022 Maruti Suzuki Baleno (Lap Time – 01:16.6)
PARAMETERS POINTS SCORE
QUALITY 5 3.5
COMFORT / SPACE 5 4
REFINEMENT 5 4
DESIGN 5 3.5
DRIVETRAIN 5 4
RIDE & HANDLING 5 4
PRACTICALITY 5 4
X FACTOR 20 9
LAP TIME 15 3.3
VALUE FOR MONEY 30 25
TOTAL 100 64.3

 

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