If you’re interested in how the Glanza rides and handles, skip this and read the column on the Baleno because while the last-gen iterations of these cars differed in terms of the mild-hybrid tech, the Baleno and the Glanza are exactly the same this time around. I say exactly the same, but there are still a few key differences.
The first is the Glanza gets a (relatively) different front bumper, a different DRL signature, and a beige-black theme inside. And that’s where the cosmetic differences end. The differences, though not very significant, do make me lean toward the Glanza in terms of pure styling because it looks a bit sharper. Plus, the lighter theme of the cabin gives it a bit more sense of space and (for some) a premium touch too.
Another difference between the two is in their prices – the Glanza costs between ₹10,000 and ₹20,000 more than the Baleno, depending on the variant you select. That said, the Glanza does get a longer warranty period – three years / 1,00,000kms versus two years / 40,000kms of the Baleno.
Oh, and if you haven’t read the bit on the Baleno, I must tell you that the Glanza, too, offers an absorbent ride, sorted dynamics, and predictable handling. It’s powered by the same K12 series engine, which is the benchmark in terms of refinement in its class and can be had with either a five-speed manual – another segment benchmark for manual gearboxes – or an AMT, which adds convenience at the cost of driveability. The Glanza also comes with the same frills as the Baleno – a head-up display, 360-degree cameras, connected car tech, idle stop-start tech, six airbags in the top variants, and more. This makes the Glanza equally good in terms of value for money. The buying decision, then, will come down to a matter of preference and the availability of touch points near you.
- Toyota Glanza (Lap Time – 01:16.9)
|COMFORT / SPACE||5||4|
|RIDE & HANDLING||5||3.5|
|VALUE FOR MONEY||30||24|