What is your choice - Maruti Suzuki Baleno vs Ford Figo vs Honda Jazz vs Hyundai Elite i20 vs Volkswagen Polo

The highly anticipated car of the year, Maruti Suzuki Baleno 2015 premium hatchback has finally hit the Indian Market at starting price of INR 4.99 (ex showroom Delhi) will finally make its debut in Indian Market. The Car will be available at Maruti’s premium dealership Nexa. So who will be its competition?  Based on the specification its main rivals are new Ford Figo , Honda Jazz, Hyundai Elite i20 and Volkswagen Polo.  Let’s see how the latest hatchback from Maruti Suzuki will perform against its competition based on specification sheet.




Exteriors

Starting off with how every car looks, the Elite i20 with its European styling is one of the best looking vehicles in the segment. However, Suzuki has done a very good job on the Baleno, which can give the Elite i20 a very tough fight in this regard. The new Figo can be termed as the most muscular hatch of the lot, while the Jazz looks very nice with its mini MPV-like design. The contemporary looking Polo has its own charm with plain contours, but its design is old now when compared to others.

Dimensions

Maruti Suzuki BalenoFord FigoHonda JazzHyundai Elite i20Volkswagen Polo
Length(mm)39953886395539853971
Width(mm)17451695169417341682
Height(mm)15001525154415051469
Wheel Base(mm)25202491253025702469
Boot Space(litres)339257354285280


The Baleno boasts of segment leading length and width, which is good given customers in the segment look for the same. Elite i20 is the second longest followed by the Polo, Jazz and Figo. The Elite i20 is the second widest as well, followed by the Figo, Jazz and Polo. The Jazz comes across as the tallest car in the segment, while the Polo is the shortest. The Hyundai has the longest wheelbase and the Polo yet again falls short of its rivals in this domain as well. The Jazz has the biggest boot followed by Baleno, Elite i20, Polo and Figo.

Engine & Price

PetrolMaruti Suzuki BalenoFord FigoHonda JazzHyundai Elite i20Volkswagen Polo
Engine Capacity1.2-litre1.2-litre / 1.5 -litre1.2-litre1.2-litre1.2-litre/ 1.2-litre TSI
Power(PS)84.388 / 112908375 / 105
Torque(Nm)115112 / 136110114.7110 / 175
Gearbox5-Speed MT/CVT5-Speed MT/6-Speed AT5-Speed MT/CVT5-Speed MT5-Speed MT/7-Speed DSG
Fuel Efficiency(Km/l)2018.16/1718.7/1918.24/18.616.47/17.21
Price 
(Ex-Showroom Delhi)
4.99 lakh - 7.014.3 - 6.95.34 - 7.895.34 - 7.165.33 - 8.58

Maruti Suzuki will most likely not give the Baleno the 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine. Instead the 1.2-litre engine which also powers the Swift will be plonked under the hood. The Jazz, Elite i20 and Polo make do with 1.2-litre petrol motors as well, but the Polo gets the turbocharged TSI variant which puts out an impressive 105PS of power. The new Figo is the only car to feature two petrol engines – 1.2 and 1.5-litre. The 1.5-litre motor churns out a segment best power figure of 112PS. It must be noted that the Elite i20 has the least powerful petrol engine of the lot.

On the torque front, the Polo TSI outputs a segment leading 175 Nm, followed by the Baleno, Elite i20, Figo and Jazz. The VW features the most impressive automatic gearbox – 7-speed DSG that offers lightning fast gear shifts as compared to its rivals. Other than the Elite i20, all other cars come with an optional automatic gearbox.


DieselMaruti Suzuki BalenoFord FigoHonda JazzHyundai Elite i20Volkswagen Polo
Engine Capacity1.3-litre1.5 -litre1.5-litre1.4-litre1.5-litre
Power(PS)7599909090 / 105
Torque(Nm)190215 / 136200220230 / 250
Gearbox5-Speed MT5-Speed MT6-Speed MT6-Speed MT5-Speed MT
Fuel Efficiency(Km/l)2825.8326.821.7620.14 / 19.91
Price 
(Ex-Showroom Delhi)
6.16 lakh -8.115.3 - 7.416.53 - 8.636.45 - 8.286.68 - 8.58


The Figo, Jazz and Polo derive power from 1.5-litre diesel engines, while the Elite i20 gets a 1.4-litre and the Baleno will feature the smallest engine of the lot, which is the trademark 1.3-litre unit. The Polo outputs the most amount of power of 105PS, closely followed by the Figo and the Jazz (both 100PS). The Elite i20 churns out 90PS, while the Baleno will offer the least amount of power of just 75PS. Torque figures are reminiscent of the power figures, as the Polo comfortably leads the way with the Baleno coming last. Talking about transmissions, the Jazz and the Elite i20 get 6-speed manual gearboxes while others make do with 5-speed units.


Features

The all new Maruti Suzuki Baleno took its design inspiration from S-cross like Projector headlamps, chrome slats front grille, at rear it has a full sporty look and also sloping roofline. It other features include bluetooth and multi-functional steering wheel, automatic climate control, 2-DIN audio system, 7-inch Suzuki’s SmartPlay infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Dual airbags, ABS with EBD will be offered as standard safety equipment and navigation system. On the other hand, the new Fiat Punto have rear air-conditioning vents, the hatchback gets stylish dashboard, forward leaning stance, smaller Christmas tree rear light arrangement, large chrome strip on bumper and integrated reflectors, climate control, leather trim for seats and  a new instrument cluster.  The all new Ford Figo is equipped with stylish features such as automatic climate control, a 4.2-inch SYNC 2.0 Multimedia Infotainment system. While some features are inspired by Figo Aspire like instrument cluster, AC Vents and switch gear. 



Remarks
Even though the Baleno does not boast of impressive power and torque figures for both the petrol and diesel engines, the top-end diesel trim will weigh just 960kg owing to its lightweight platform. As a result of this, the Baleno will offer second-best power to weight ratios in the segment (first being the Jazz), which won’t make it a slouch in any way whatsoever. Its light weight will also help it return impressive fuel efficiency figures, maybe even more than the current most fuel efficient premium hatch, Jazz.

Anyhow, the Baleno’s fate will ultimately be decided with its prices. At present, the new Figo is a very compelling car to buy given it looks nice, has one of the most feature rich cabins, has loads of safety tech and is priced very attractively as well. The Polo is a very good car for those who want a fast hatch with a solid build quality. The Jazz and the Elite i20 offer best of all worlds, but the latter trumps the first when it comes to aesthetic appeal and features offered on board.

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