Baleno fills a gap among small Suzis

Compact but spec’ed to the eyeballs.

Compact but spec’ed to the eyeballs.

SUZUKI are moving to augment their already-strong position in the small car market with the launch of the new generation Baleno compact hatch.

Strategically placed between the extremely popular Swift and the larger S cross, the Baleno gives an extra dimension to Suzuki’s small car range.

The two most striking things about the new Baleno are the extra interior room and the high level of specifications in even the base model, which we used in the test drive.

A next generation frame and compact engine has allowed Suzuki to make considerably more room available inside, including a comfortable back seat. The spacious interior belies the modest exterior profile of the Baleno.

Add to that a boot capable of handling golf clubs or bulky purchases it boasts 355 litres of cargo space.

Then there are those specs. A rear camera for safe reversing, satellite navigation, cruise control with speed limiter, Bluetooth compatibility, automatic lights and privacy glass for the rear side and hatchback windows is the sort of stuff available only in luxury models just a while ago.

The Baleno also has electrically-operated windows and door mirrors, a leather-covered steering wheel and steering wheel controls for the six-speaker audio system.

Thats not all folks — there is Apple carplay to entertain to complete a full comfort package.

Four-cylinder 1.4 litre engine

The Baleno is powered by a four-cylinder 1.4 litre engine with maximum output of 68kW at 6000 rpm and 130Nm of torque at 400rpm. The test drive car had a four-stage automatic transmission . . . a five -speed manual transmission is available as an alternative.

That makes the Baleno a little buzzer, zipping through the city traffic and stretching out to cope effortlessly with the open road.

It has high-quality cornering and ride features, and a gives feeling of being well planted on the road — all adding up to a comfortable and enjoyable driving experience.

It is also a safe one with six airbags and a braking system with ESP, ABS anti-locking and EBD topped off by an electronic stability programme.

In a world of hybrids and promises of electric vehicles to come Suzuki is ready for the challenge with fuel consumption levels sitting right at the bottom of the table.

The lighter vehicle and supporting transmission gives the Baleno a combined fuel consumption of just 5.1 to 5.4 l/100km.

Worldwide Suzuki is the leader in compact car production, having the revamped Baleno is only going to strengthen that position.

SUZUKI are moving to augment their already-strong position in the small car market with the launch of the new generation Baleno compact hatch.

Strategically placed between the extremely popular Swift and the larger S cross, the Baleno gives an extra dimension to Suzuki’s small car range.

The two most striking things about the new Baleno are the extra interior room and the high level of specifications in even the base model, which we used in the test drive.

A next generation frame and compact engine has allowed Suzuki to make considerably more room available inside, including a comfortable back seat. The spacious interior belies the modest exterior profile of the Baleno.

Add to that a boot capable of handling golf clubs or bulky purchases it boasts 355 litres of cargo space.

Then there are those specs. A rear camera for safe reversing, satellite navigation, cruise control with speed limiter, Bluetooth compatibility, automatic lights and privacy glass for the rear side and hatchback windows is the sort of stuff available only in luxury models just a while ago.

The Baleno also has electrically-operated windows and door mirrors, a leather-covered steering wheel and steering wheel controls for the six-speaker audio system.

Thats not all folks — there is Apple carplay to entertain to complete a full comfort package.

Four-cylinder 1.4 litre engine

The Baleno is powered by a four-cylinder 1.4 litre engine with maximum output of 68kW at 6000 rpm and 130Nm of torque at 400rpm. The test drive car had a four-stage automatic transmission . . . a five -speed manual transmission is available as an alternative.

That makes the Baleno a little buzzer, zipping through the city traffic and stretching out to cope effortlessly with the open road.

It has high-quality cornering and ride features, and a gives feeling of being well planted on the road — all adding up to a comfortable and enjoyable driving experience.

It is also a safe one with six airbags and a braking system with ESP, ABS anti-locking and EBD topped off by an electronic stability programme.

In a world of hybrids and promises of electric vehicles to come Suzuki is ready for the challenge with fuel consumption levels sitting right at the bottom of the table.

The lighter vehicle and supporting transmission gives the Baleno a combined fuel consumption of just 5.1 to 5.4 l/100km.

Worldwide Suzuki is the leader in compact car production, having the revamped Baleno is only going to strengthen that position.

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