A surprising hatchback that is stylish and spacious with a comfortable drive.
Being a first-time Suzuki driver I stepped into the unknown expecting just a standard hatchback with an okay drive and adequate space.
But I must tell you I was blown away by what Suzuki has produced with the Baleno.
Firstly, I’m a big guy and space is always a factor for me whether sitting in the driver’s seat or taxing it as a passenger in the back my knees lose a few centimetres in most standard hatchbacks but the Baleno spoils drivers and passengers with a wealth of space, including a large 355-litre boot capacity.
The Baleno is powered by a 1.4-litre naturally aspirated engine. The engine is the same as the engine that powers the Swift, Ertiga and Ciaz models and provides sufficient power while keeping fuel economy a main priority to users. Suzuki claim in tests they got 5.1l/100km which is not bad at all and keeps the pocket fuller for longer.
Suzuki has designed a car that is not only stylish on the outside but is very appealing on the inside with a blue and white light up display and a Pioneer entertainment system including Bluetooth and Aux capabilities highlighting a trendy interior. The GLX model is also well-equipped with standard features like cruise control, automatic air-conditioning and rear park distance control.
Suzuki’s National Marketing and Product Planning Manager Charl Grobler said during a recent interview on Radio Life & Style that the Baleno targets a wide market from young businessman starting out in the working world to families looking for a spacious car with great fuel economy.
In conclusion if you are looking for a car that is real value for money with a touch of style then the Baleno is a vehicle you should consider parking in your garage.