Image change can do wonders and there could be no better example than Maruti Suzuki India. After several failed products and years of struggle, Maruti Suzuki India finally tasted success in the premium space under its NEXA dealership. While currently, Maruti offers only a handful of models under NEXA, its premium hatchback Baleno has been able to carve a niche in the B+ hatchback segment. Interestingly, this hasn’t had much impact on Maruti’s popular hatch, Swift which continues to garner good monthly numbers. With new generation Swift launched, the company aims to further improve its position in the hatchback segment. In this comparison, we pit Maruti’s new flagship hatchback, Baleno against its longstanding sibling, Swift to find out which is a better option for hatchback buyers. Check out Maruti Baleno Vs Maruti Swift price, specs, mileage & dimensions –
2018 Maruti Swift Vs Baleno Comparison Video
Maruti Baleno vs Maruti Swift Price
|Model||Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|Maruti Baleno||Rs 5.36 lakh to Rs 8.50 lakh|
|Maruti Swift||Rs 4.99 lakh to Rs 8.29 lakh|
-Maruti Baleno petrol range falls between Rs 5.36 lakh to Rs 8.41 lakh.
-The diesel line-up is priced between Rs 6.51 lakh to Rs 8.50 lakh.
-Maruti Swift petrol starts from Rs 4.99 lakh and goes up to Rs 7.29 lakh.
-The diesel-powered Swift is priced in the range of Rs 5.99 lakh to Rs 8.29 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi) Also Read- New Maruti Baleno Vs Honda Jazz
Maruti Baleno vs Maruti Swift – Dimensions
|Dimensions||Maruti Baleno||Maruti Swift|
-Dimensionally, Baleno is longer and wider, whereas Swift is 25mm taller.
-Both the models can accommodate five adults at the back, though Baleno is slightly more comfortable.
-Maruti Baleno offers 23L of additional boot space over Swift. Also Read- New Maruti Baleno Vs Hyundai Elite i20
Maruti Baleno vs Maruti Swift Specifications
|Specifications||Maruti Baleno||Maruti Swift|
|Petrol Engines||1.2-litre K-Series||1.2-litre K-Series|
|Diesel Engines||1.3-litre MJD||1.3L MJD|
|Transmission||5-Speed MT & CVT||5-speed manual & AMT|
-Both the hatchbacks get same engine options with similar output.
-The Baleno line-up comes with an additional CVT option along with the conventional 5-speed manual unit.
-One must note that Delta, Zeta and Alpha petrol variants get both MT & CVT gearbox.
– The new Swift comes with AMT gearbox in both petrol and diesel guise.
New Maruti Baleno vs Maruti Swift – Mileage
|Model||Mileage (ARAI Certified)|
|Maruti Baleno||21.4kmpl Petrol and 27.39kmpl Diesel|
|Maruti Swift||22kmpl Petrol and 28.4Kmpl Diesel|
-In terms of mileage Swift is more frugal.
-While the Baleno diesel is claimed to return 27.39kmpl, the Swift diesel delivers 28.4kmpl.
-Baleno powered by 1.2L petrol unit is claimed to return 21.4kmpl, whereas the Swift petrol version returns 22kmpl Read More- New Maruti Baleno Vs VW Polo Vs Fiat Punto Evo
Maruti Baleno Vs Maruti Swift Features
|Key Features||Maruti Baleno||Maruti Swift|
|Rear AC Vents||No||No|
|Touchscreen Infotainment system||Yes||Yes|
|Height adj. driver seat||Yes||Yes|
|Steering mounted audio & calling controls||Yes||Yes|
|Apple CarPlay & Android Auto||Apple CarPlay||Yes|
|Navigation system & Voice command||Yes||No|
|Rain wiper & washer||No||Yes|
– Features such as central locking, front power windows, tilt steering, adjustable front headrest, front & rear accessory socket are standard on Baleno carline.
-The top-spec Alpha and Zeta variants additionally get telescopic steering, follow me home/lead to vehicle headlamps, front centre armrest with storage, height adjustable driver’s seat and push start/stop with smart key.
-The Baleno Sigma variant misses out on all infotainment features.
-While the Delta grade gets audio with FM/MP3/CD, Bluetooth, Aux& USB and steering mounted audio control.
-Infotainment features such as Maruti’s SmartPlay infotainment system, navigation system, voice command, Apple CarPlay and remote control through Smartphone App are restricted to the Alpha grade.
-The Swift range gets standard 60:40 split, power steering, front power window, driver side power window auto down function, accessory socket, central locking, keyless entry, remote fuel-lid and back door opener.
-While engine push start, electromagnetic back door opener, defogger, rear wiper and driver seat height adjuster are exclusively available on Zeta variant.
– The Swift top-end model also gets a touchscreen infotainment system with connected car applications.
Maruti Baleno Vs Maruti Swift Safety Features
|Key Features||Maruti Baleno||Maruti Swift|
|Dual Front Airbags||Yes||Yes|
|ABS with EBD||Yes||Yes|
|Rear Parking Camera||Yes||Yes|
|Reverse parking sensor||Yes||Yes|
|Auto Dimming IRVM||Yes||No|
|All Disc brakes||No||No|
|NCAP Ratings||4 Star Euro NCAP (2016)||3 Star Global NCAP (2017)|
-Maruti Baleno carline gets standard dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, seat belt pre-tensioners with force limiters, ISOFIX anchorages and pedestrian protection.
-Features like front fog lamps, auto headlamps and auto dimming IRVM are offered only on Zeta & Alpha trims.
-Reverse parking camera is specific to the range-topping Alpha variant.
-Maruti Swift gets standard dual front airbags on base and mid trims.
-Similarly, ABS with EBD comes as standard.
-Brake assist is offered on VXi(O), VDi and range-topping ZXi/ZDi trims.
-Reverse parking sensors are restricted to the ZXi & ZDi trims.
– Top-spec model is also equipped with reverse parking camera.
Maruti Baleno vs Maruti Swift – Styling
The new Maruti Baleno is built on Suzuki’s all-new platform, and looks more premium than the Swift hatch. The vehicle gets the S-Cross inspired twin-slat front grille with prominent V-shaped chrome surround at the bottom, wide air-intake, sloping roofline and sporty rear design. While the projector headlamps with LED daytime running lamps and 16-inches alloy wheels are offered only on the top-end variant of the hatchback.
The new-generation Maruti Suzuki Swift is built on the Suzuki’s new generation Heartect platform that also underpins the Dzire and Baleno. It is equipped with a newly developed honeycomb grille, sweptback headlamps, revised bumper, newly developed fog lamp and large air-dam. The side profile gets newly styled 15-inch alloys, body coloured door handles and electrically adjustable ORVMs with integrated turn indicators. The rear profile, too, looks refreshing and gives it a tall boy hatch stance.
The Baleno hatchback offers a spacious cabin, thanks to its 2,520mm wheelbase. There is an ample legroom and headroom for both front and rear occupants. The Baleno is the first car its segment to feature a 7-inch SmartPlay infotainment system with Apple CarPlay. It also gets a LCD display on instrument panel, navigation system, leather upholstery, Bluetooth, automatic climate control, automatic day/night internal mirror, TFT colour screen MID and rear AC vents. In terms of safety, the car offers dual SRS airbags, ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic BrakeForce Distribution), reverse parking camera and sensors as standard fitment.
Similar to Baleno, the new Swift comes with better equipped cabin. Talking about features, the hatchback is equipped with new fabric upholstery, power windows, adjustable headrest and 60:40 split rear seats, multi-functional steering wheel, 2-DIN audio system with Bluetooth, keyless entry with push button start and reverse parking sensors. The top-end variant of the Swift comes with rear parking sensors, ABS with EBD and dual SRS airbags safety features.