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New Honda Jazz 2018 Vs Maruti Baleno – Comparison Report

New Honda Jazz 2018 Vs Maruti Baleno

Here’s a specs-based comparison between the two popular premium hatchbacks – New Honda Jazz 2018 Vs Maruti Baleno.

First launched in 2009 Honda Jazz was appreciated for its credibility as a premium hatchback, the model fell prey to overpricing. Even when the segment was lean in size, it failed to revive sales after several price reductions and the hatchback was eventually taken off production in 2013, Two years after it bid adieu, Honda Jazz was reborn in India, sporting better looks, more features and a new diesel engine. Now, the Japanese carmaker introduced the updated version of the hatchback with minor styling and feature upgrades. On the other hand, the Maruti Baleno was an instant hit and continues to be one of the top-selling models in the segment. Even though Jazz is priced slightly higher than rivals, does it really have it all to claim the throne? We find out in our spec-based comparison between Honda Jazz and Maruti Baleno. Check out New Honda Jazz 2018 Vs Maruti Baleno price, mileage, engines & dimensions –

New Honda Jazz 2018 Vs Maruti Baleno Price

Name of the Car Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)
New Honda Jazz 2018 Rs 7.35  lakh to Rs 9.29 lakh
Maruti Baleno Rs 5.35 lakh to Rs 8.49 lakh

– Compared to the old model, the new Honda Jazz 2018 facelift is slightly more expensive. Prices of the petrol lineup start from Rs 7.35 lakh (for the V MT trim) and go all up to Rs 8.99 lakh (for the VX CVT).

– The diesel version of the hatchback is priced higher from Rs 8.05 lakh to Rs 9.29 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi.

– The Maruti Baleno petrol range starts from Rs 5.35 lakh and goes up to Rs 8.40 lakh. The diesel variants in the line-up fall between Rs 6.51 lakh to Rs 8.49 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).

– The price difference between base diesel variants of Jazz and Baleno is around Rs 1.54 lakh. The gap widens to Rs 2 lakh (approximate value) in petrol version. While the top-spec petrol Jazz variant is Rs 1.54 lakh pricier than Baleno and the diesel variant costs Rs 80,000 more (approximate figures).

2018 Honda Jazz facelift India launch

New Honda Jazz 2018 Vs Maruti Baleno Specifications

Specifications New Honda Jazz 2018 Maruti Baleno
Petrol Engines 1.2-litre SOHC i-VTEC 1.2-litre K-Series
Power 88.7bhp 83.1bhp
Torque 110Nm 115Nm
Diesel Engines 1.5-litre i-DTEC 1.3L MJD Diesel
Power 98.6bhp 74bhp
Torque 200Nm 190Nm
Transmission 5-Speed MT & CVT 5-speed manual & CVT

– No mechanical changes have been made to the new Honda Jazz 2018 facelift. The updated model continues to source power from the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines making a top power of 89bhp with 110Nm and 99bhp with 200Nm.

– While the petrol models come with a 5-speed manual and an optional CVT transmission, the diesel variants are available with a manual unit only.

– Maruti Baleno model series is also offered with a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre oil burner in manual and CVT transmission options. The gasoline unit makes 83bhpbhp with 115Nm of torque, the diesel unit delivers power worth 74bhp against 190Nm of torque.

– In terms of power, new Honda Jazz 2018 gets more powerful engines.

New Honda Jazz 2018 Vs Maruti Baleno Mileage

Name of the Car Petrol Mileage Diesel Mileage
New Honda Jazz 2018 18.7kmpl 27.3kmpl
Maruti Baleno 21.4kmpl 27.39kmpl

– The new Honda Jazz 2018 petrol lags in terms of fuel economy with 18.7kmpl. While the diesel engine returns almost similar mileage as Baleno at 27.3kmpl.

– Maruti Baleno powered by the petrol engine delivers ARAI rated mileage of 21.4kmpl against the diesel version with 27.39kmpl.

New Honda Jazz 2018 Facelift

New Honda Jazz 2018 Vs Maruti Baleno Dimensions

Dimensions New Honda Jazz 2018 Maruti Baleno
Length 3,955mm 3,995mm
Breadth 1,694mm 1,745mm
Height 1,544mm 1,510mm
Wheelbase 2,530mm 2,520mm
Seating Capacity 5 5
Boot Space 354L 339L

– In terms of proportions, the new Honda Jazz 2018 is exactly similar to the old model. The Jazz and Baleno measure same in terms of length, while Baleno is wider and Jazz is taller.

– Out of the two models, Jazz sits on a longer wheelbase, which means more space inside the cabin.

– As for the luggage compartment, Jazz offer 15L more space compared to Baleno.

New Honda Jazz 2018 Vs Maruti Baleno Features

Key Features Honda Jazz Maruti Baleno
Rear AC Vents No No
Touchscreen Infotainment system Yes Yes
Height adj. driver seat Yes Yes
Power-operated ORVMs Yes Yes
Bluetooth connectivity Yes Yes
Steering mounted audio & calling controls Yes Yes
Apple CarPlay & Android Auto Yes Apple CarPlay
Navigation system Yes Yes
Rear wiper & washer Yes Yes
Push start/stop No Yes

– The entry-level variant in Jazz’s line-up is bereft of infotainment & connectivity features.

– Features such as Honda’s new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, in-built satellite linked turn-by-turn navigation system, voie command and IR remote control is offered only on the range topping VX trim. Similarly, DVD player and on-board navigation are also offered with the mid range trim.

– The paddle shifters are available only on the V CVT trim.

– Interestingly, Honda has offered the speed sensing auto door lock, centre armrest and rear parking sensor as standard on the 2018 Jazz facelift.

– The cruise control, push button start/stop and Honda smart key with keyless remote are made available only with the diesel or CVT petrol variants.

– On the Maruti Baleno line-up, the base Sigma trims miss out on infotainment features.

The top-spec Alpha trims get Maruti’s SmartPlay infotainment system with navigation system, voice command, Apple CarPlay & remote control through smartphone App. Steering mounted audio controls, Bluetooth and AUX &USB are offered from Delta onwards. Maruti’s Smartplay system is available with a software update for Android Auto & new maps for navigation system.

Honda Jazz 2018 facelift launch

New Honda Jazz 2018 Vs Maruti Baleno Safety Features

Key Features Honda Jazz Maruti Baleno
Dual Front Airbags Yes Yes
ABS with EBD Yes Yes
Rear Parking Camera Yes Yes
Rear Defogger Yes Yes
Speed Sensing Auto Door lock Yes No
Reverse parking sensor Yes Yes
Day/Night IRVM Yes Yes
All Disc brakes No No
NCAP Ratings 5-Star ANCAP (2015) 4-Star EURO NCAP (2016)

– The 2018 Honda Jazz facelift gets dual front airbags, ABS and EBD as standard fitment. The driver side window one touch up/down with pinch guard and rear-view camera are offered from the V onward.

– Other highlights include rear parking camera and sensor, speed sensing auto door lock, driver seatbelt reminder, rear windshield defogger, LED high mount stop lamp, key off reminder and engine immobilizer.

– The Maruti Baleno line-up features standard dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, seat belt pre-tensioners with force safe limiters, ISOFIX child seat anchorages and pedestrian protection.

– The reverse parking camera is available exclusively on the top-spec Alpha trim. It also comes equipped with anti-theft security system, driver side seat belt reminder and headlamp leveling.

New Honda Jazz 2018 Vs Maruti Baleno – Styling

– Built on all-new platform, the new Maruti Baleno is claimed to be lighter and stiffer than existing Maruti cars. It also aids to the fuel efficiency and handling of the vehicle. The same platform also underpins the next generation Swift twins.

– The premium hatchback features S-Cross inspired twin-slat front grille with prominent V-shaped chrome surround at the bottom, wide air-intake inlet, sloping roofline and sporty rear design. The top-of-the-line variant is exclusively offered with automatic projector headlamps, LED daytime running lamps and 16-inches alloy wheels.

– Similar to the old model, the new Honda Jazz 2018 facelift features the company’s new “EXCITING H!!!” design philosophy and looks bolder, sleeker and sportier. It gets two major design changes including the updated taillamps with LED wing lights and new chrome door handles (top-spec trim).

– The hatchback is now available in two new body colours – Lunar Silver Metallic and Radiant Red Metallic along with the regular shades.

– The 2018 Jazz continues to feature the same MPV-like, cab-forward styling. The front fascia of the hatchback features sleeker grille, flanked by horizontally stretched out headlamps, bumper with air-vent and stylish fog lamps.

New Honda Jazz 2018

New Honda Jazz 2018 Vs Maruti Baleno – Interior

– With a 2,520mm of long wheelbase, the Maruti Baleno offers a more generous cabin space than the Swift hatchback.

– The Baleno is first-in-segment to feature a 7-inch SmartPlay infotainment system with Apple CarPlay. The premium hatch also get a LCD display on instrument panel, navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, automatic climate control, etc.

– For safety purpose, the car offers dual airbags and ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution) that come as standard fitments across all variants.

– On the other hand, the new Jazz facelift is claimed to be the most spacious car in its league. Based on Honda’s “Man Maximum Machine Minimum” design philosophy, the hatchback offers an excellent legroom and headroom for all five occupants.

–  As far as features are concerned, the hatchback comes equipped with a display for the rear camera and audio system with USB and Bluetooth, climate control with touch panel, steering wheel mounted controls for audio and Bluetooth, a rear view camera, 60:40 split rear seats, etc.

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  1. BRS

    October 27, 2015 at 8:10 AMOct

    Jazz CVT has manual mode with paddle shifts. What is the equivalent in Baleno CVT ?

  2. Manzoor

    October 29, 2015 at 8:10 PMOct

    Please advice can i go ahead with swift or baleno

  3. Sachin salunkhe*

    April 2, 2016 at 8:10 PMApr

    From safty side of high speed driving ,which cars safty between baleno or jazz

    • Editorial Team

      April 26, 2016 at 8:10 PMApr

      Hi Sachin

      The Baleno gets a three star rating in Euro NCAP safety test, and it comes equipped with dual front airbags and ABS as standard safety feature. We suggest you to go for Baleno.

  4. Jagdish

    May 8, 2016 at 8:10 PMMay

    I plan to buy a car I condused with auto and manual. Please suggest and which car to buy baleno jazz scross

    • Editorial Team

      May 12, 2016 at 8:10 PMMay

      Hi Jagdish

      We suggest you to go for Maruti Suzuki Baleno premium hatchback.

  5. dinesh

    May 11, 2016 at 8:10 PMMay

    if we compare among Jazz and baleno in over all (Pricing/looking/safety/comfort and maintenance).

    Which is better one

    • Editorial Team

      May 12, 2016 at 8:10 PMMay

      Hi Dinesh

      We suggest you to go for Maruti Baleno over Jazz hatchback.

  6. pratibha

    May 13, 2016 at 8:10 PMMay

    for lady driving which car is better baleno or jazz

    • Editorial Team

      May 14, 2016 at 8:10 AMMay

      Hi Pratibha

      We suggest you to go for Baleno, as it is more fuel efficient and even the base variant is equipped with dual airbags, ABS and EBD as standard safety features.

  7. Kapil Kamra

    May 19, 2016 at 8:10 PMMay

    Buy Honda Jazz only

    More safer ,economical and powerful, low maintenance, more spacious …fuel efficiency of Jazz is 28

    Don’t buy Baleno …waste of money

  8. Anant

    June 13, 2016 at 8:10 AMJun


    I have to decide betwen Jazz 1.2 AT iVtec and Baleno Zeta Automatic . Which car has good automatic engine, please advice … If any one of you using Jazz or Baleno automatic car please give your feedback …

    • Editorial Team

      June 13, 2016 at 8:10 PMJun

      Since both the cars come with CVT gearbox, the basic functioning will be similar. Though the Baleno, due to its light weight, will be much easier to drive.

    • Rakesh Semwal

      June 15, 2016 at 8:10 PMJun

      Go for Jazz a it also has Paddle Shifters.

  9. Amit

    June 25, 2016 at 8:10 PMJun

    For comfort style and safety which is better. Honda jazz or baleno

    • Editorial Team

      June 26, 2016 at 8:10 PMJun

      The Baleno is an overall much better product than the Jazz. The Jazz, however, is more spacious.

  10. Bhavesh Dobariya

    November 30, 2016 at 8:10 AMNov

    I done both test car jazz and baleno…technologywise, strong, very pickupwise car is jazz best….fetures and luck wise baleno best….right?

  11. Bhavesh Dobariya

    November 30, 2016 at 8:10 AMNov

    Sry lookwise not luck

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