Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Review & First Drive

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Rs Test Drive in Bangalore

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Overview

Baleno, undoubtedly, is one of the most crucial products for Maruti Suzuki in India. It has emerged as one of the top 10 selling cars in the Indian market. Recently, a new model, namely RS 1.0, has been introduced, which has dynamic design, features and technology, and comes with a brand new Booster-Jet engine. The company has specified that RS 1.0 is for those who want a bit of performance and the look has been changed keeping that part in mind. This new Baleno is all set to worry its rivals because it excels in multiple departments.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Design

A quick look at the Baleno RS makes it tough to spot any key differences but a closer look reveals the new bumpers at front and rear along with skirtings all around. The alloy wheels are the same as found in the standard Baleno but in the RS they’re painted in black. The rear bumper too features a blackened out area that looks particularly well with contrasting colours.

Overall, the Baleno RS looks sportier than the regular version without being too loud. While one might say Maruti has played it safe, I think this approach is better since cars with a loud exterior have always been received with mixed reactions from Indian consumers.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Cabin

Inside the cabin, the Baleno RS 1.0 mimics the same interiors as the Baleno standard with the same equipment list and design. The overall quality, fit and finish feel good, and there is good attention to detail inside the cabin. However, some plastics are compromised on their quality. The seats are very well shaped, and offer good comfort and support. All the seats have excellent cushioning with plenty of legroom and headroom. There are decent amount of storage spaces inside the cabin to keep the car clean and tidy.

The placement of the centre console is ergonomic and all the controls fall in easy reach of the hand. The multifunctional steering wheel feels good to hold, and has numerous buttons to control the audio system and phone. All the windows are fairly large in size, and the front and side visibility is very good. The boot is decently sized at 339 litre and the rear seats can be flipped forward in a 60:40 split format, which aids in practicality.Check for Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS price in Hyderabad.

The 7.0-inch touch screen infotainment system gets all sorts of connectivity options (including AUX, USB, iPod and Bluetooth). The audio system comes with four speakers and offers excellent sound quality. Some of the key features include keyless entry, follow-me home headlamps, automatic climate control, front centre armrest, tilt and telescopic steering, reverse camera, parking sensor (rear), leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, and body-coloured electrically-adjustable ORVMs with turn indicators, to name a few. The TFT instrument cluster has been carried over from the standard Baleno and it omits various parameters like distance to empty, instantaneous fuel consumption, average fuel consumption, average speed, gear indicator, shift indicator, etc.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Engine

Coming to the figures of real interest. The 1.0 engine produces 102hp at 5,500rpm and 150Nm at 1,700-4,500rpm. While more powerful than the standard Baleno petrol, the RS’ engine can’t match up to Ford’s 1.0 turbocharged, direct injection EcoBoost engine (125hp and 170Nm) on the EcoSport. What stings even more is that the Suzuki engine makes 111hp and 170Nm on the European Baleno. Maruti had to recalibrate the engine for our lower grade of fuel (it’s been tuned on 91 octane) and that’s why it makes the power it does.

It does 0-100kph in a respectable 10.25sec, which betters the Baleno 1.2’s time of 12.6sec, but is down on the Abarth Punto (9.32sec) that is more of a hot hatch if you look purely at the power figures. But get this; the Baleno RS is quicker than the Abarth through the gears. That’s partly due to the Baleno’s weight and also down to how much earlier the boost comes in. There is reasonable progress until the turbo kicks in at about 1,600rpm, and from there on you get a steady supply of power, until the limiter cuts in abruptly at 6,000rpm. You won’t get the same shove in the back as you do in an Abarth but it’s enough to keep you more than content. The RS’ engine does sound thrummy when extended but most of us agree, it’s a nice noise. What also makes the RS likeable is the drivability. You can often get by driving in a higher gear than warranted by the speed. Third gear, especially, is really flexible. The RS’ five-speed gearbox is slick in its own right, while the clutch is light.To know more information on Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS visit Pasear-w

But for its newfound performance, the Baleno isn’t a car that shines on a twisty road. Turn-in is quick but the steering doesn’t give the sort of connect you’d want. Also there is more body movement than you’d like and it doesn’t feel as tied down as its European rivals. The all-round disc brakes, however, are really good in feel and power, though we did note an increase in time and stopping distance over the regular Baleno, possibly down to the increased weight of the car. Ride quality, on the whole, is nice and supple.

What could pinch buyers is fuel economy. We got 9.7kpl in town and 17kpl on the highway. For reference, the Baleno 1.2 delivers 13.4kpl and 18.1kpl, respectively. On a hard charge up our favourite driving roads, economy dipped to 7.5kpl. You have to remember that this is not your average ‘fuel efficiency first’ Maruti.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Driving

The handling is much better than the regular Baleno. There is a good amount of torque right from the low end and the Baleno RS 1.0 potters around the city without much effort. The power delivery is very crisp and linear. The engine feels quite refined and the NVH levels are well within control. The steering wheel offers decent feedback; it is light, easy to operate at low speeds and weighs up nicely as the speed increases. The ride quality is excellent for the most part, and so is the handling with tight body control and eagerness to dive into corners. The suspension set-up is nice and most of the potholes, broken patches of road, etc., are tackled easily. The car remains planted always and maintains its composure even at high speeds.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Safety

All the wheels get disc brakes along with ABS and EBD, and hence the vehicle never runs out of stopping power. The carmaker is also offering other usual features, like engine immobilizer, keyless central locking, speed-sensing doors, child safety door and seat belt warning.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Price in Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Rs Baleno RS 1.0L Ex-showroom Price is 8,76,000/- and On Road Price is 10,18,264/-. Maruti Suzuki Baleno Rs Baleno RS 1.0L comes in 7 colours, namely Fire Red,Premium Silver,Autumn Orange,Urban Blue,Grey,Pearl Arctic White,Ray Blue. Maruti Suzuki Baleno Rs Baleno RS 1.0L comes with 1.0 Litre Direct-injection Turbo with 998 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 101 bhp@5500 rpm and Peak Torque 150 Nm@1700-4500 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 21.40 Kmpl . Maruti Suzuki Baleno Rs Baleno RS 1.0L comes with Manual Transmission with FWD.Check EMI Calculator for Maruti Suzuki Baleno Rs  at Fincarz.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Verdict

For its part, Maruti has given the RS the requisite body addenda and blacked-out bits to set it apart from the everyday versions of the Baleno. Just wish the sportier theme was carried on to the inside too; the cabin is identical to the standard car. In a nutshell, the cabin does score for space and practicality but the hard plastics it uses aren’t special enough, especially considering the sole version of the RS costs a substantial Rs 1.4 lakh more than the similarly equipped top-spec Baleno 1.2 Alpha. And that’s the catch. At Rs 8.69 lakh, the RS is not a value proposition like most other Marutis. Regular buyers are unlikely to see any merit in the RS’ higher acquisition and running costs. There is more in the RS for the long-ignored enthusiast though. It’s a car that can make mundane daily commutes fun but it’s still not quite the model you’d hoon around in. The overall feeling is that Maruti should have kept the Baleno RS in the oven a bit longer to come up with something a bit hotter. The RS in the name? It should stand for ‘Reasonably Sporty’.

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