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    2020 Maruti Suzuki Baleno vs Ford Freestyle - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

    by Lakshya Khanna Dates: 12 Aug 2020

    Which B2-segment hatchback is better: Maruti Suzuki Baleno or Ford Freestyle? We compare prices, dimensions, engine specs, mileage and performance to find out which car offers better value for money.

     


    2020 Maruti Suzuki Baleno vs Ford Freestyle

    Baleno 2020 vs Freestyle 2020 | Price Comparison - Which One Is Cheaper?

    BALENO VS FREESTYLE | PRICE COMPARISON

    EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI

    PETROL MANUAL

    Maruti Suzuki Baleno

    Ford Freestyle

    Variants

    Price (in lakh)

    Variants

    Price (in lakh)

    Sigma

    ₹5.64

    Ambiente

    ₹5.99

    Delta

    ₹6.45

    Trend

    ₹6.54

    Zeta

    ₹7.01

    Titanium

    ₹7.04

    Delta Hybrid

    ₹7.33

    Titanium+

    ₹7.39

    Alpha

    ₹7.64

       

    Zeta Hybrid

    ₹7.90

       


    Maruti Suzuki Baleno prices start from Rs. 5.64 lakh and go up to Rs. 7.90 lakh for petrol manual powertrain. The Ford Freestyle petrol manual prices start from Rs. 5.99 lakh and go up to Rs. 7.39 lakh. The Baleno has a lower starting price but its top variant is more expensive than the Freestyle’s.

    BALENO VS FREESTYLE | PRICE COMPARISON

    EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI

    PETROL AUTOMATIC

    Maruti Suzuki Baleno

    Ford Freestyle

    Variants

    Price (in lakh)

    Variants

    Price (in lakh)

    Delta

    ₹7.77

    -

    -

    Zeta

    ₹8.33

       

    Alpha

    ₹8.96

       


    For the petrol automatic powertrain, Maruti Suzuki Baleno prices start from Rs. 7.77 lakh. Ford Freestyle is currently not available with petrol automatic powertrain.

    Baleno 2020 vs Freestyle 2020 | Dimension Comparison - Which One Is Bigger?

    Maruti Suzuki Baleno is 3995mm long, 1745mm wide and 1510mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2520mm. The Maruti Suzuki Baleno has a boot space of 339 litres. The Ford Freestyle measures 3954mm in length, 1737mm in width and 1570mm in height. The wheelbase of Ford Freestyle is 2490mm and it has a boot space of 257 litres.

    Also Read - Which Variant of 2020 Maruti Suzuki Baleno Petrol Is Most Value For Money?

    BALENO VS FREESTYLE | DIMENSION COMPARISON

    Dimensions

    Maruti Suzuki Baleno

    Difference

    Ford Freestyle

    Length (mm)

    3995

    41

    3954

    Width (mm)

    1745

    8

    1737

    Height (mm)

    1510

    60

    1570

    Wheelbase (mm)

    2520

    30

    2490

    Boot Space (litre)

    339

    82

    257

    Ground Clearance(mm)

    170

    20

    190

    Fuel Tank (litre)

    37

    5

    42

    Dimension Review

    • The Baleno is longer than the Freestyle by 41mm.
    • The Baleno is wider than the Freestyle by 8mm.
    • The Freestyle is taller than the Baleno by 60mm.
    • The Baleno has a longer wheelbase than the Freestyle; by 30mm.
    • The Baleno has 82 litres more boot space than the Freestyle.
    • The Freestyle has 20mm more ground clearance than the Baleno.

    In terms of dimensions, the Baleno is longer and wider but the Freestyle’s height and ground clearance will give it better road presence than the Baleno. If you frequently encounter bad roads, then you should go with the Freestyle as it offers SUV-like ground clearance for the price of a hatchback.

    Baleno 2020 vs Freestyle 2020 | Engine Specs Comparison - Which One has Better Performance?

    BALENO VS FREESTYLE | ENGINE COMPARISON

    PETROL ENGINE

     

    Maruti Suzuki Baleno

    Ford Freestyle

    Engine Type

    Petrol

    Hybrid Petrol

    Petrol

    Displacement

    1.2L

    1.2L

    1.2L

    Cylinder

    4

    4

    3

    Maximum Power

    83PS @ 6000rpm

    90PS @ 6000rpm

    96PS @ 6500rpm

    Peak Torque

    113Nm @ 4200rpm

    113Nm @ 4400rpm

    119Nm @ 4250rpm

    Manual Transmission

    5-speed

    5-speed

    5-speed

    Manual FE

    21.01kmpl

    23.87kmpl

    18.5kmpl

    Automatic Transmission

    CVT

    -

    -

    Automatic FE

    19.56kmpl

    -

    -

    Baleno Petrol vs Polo Petrol

    Maruti Suzuki Baleno gets a 1.2L petrol 4-cylinder engine that makes 83PS of maximum power and 113Nm of peak torque. It is available with a 5-speed manual and a CVT type automatic transmission. The Maruti Suzuki Baleno petrol manual has a fuel-efficiency of 21.01kmpl while the automatic claims to return a figure of 19.56kmpl.

    It also gets a 1.2L 4-cylinder hybrid petrol engine as well, that makes 90PS of maximum power and 113Nm of peak torque. This engine is available with a 5-speed manual transmission and has a fuel efficiency of 23.87kmpl.

    Also Read - Maruti Suzuki Baleno 2020 Petrol vs Competition - Price, Specs, Features Comparison

    Ford Freestyle gets a 1.2L petrol 3-cylinder engine that makes 96PS of maximum power and 119Nm of peak torque. It is available with a 5-speed manual transmission. The Ford Freestyle petrol manual has a fuel-efficiency of 18.5kmpl.

    Petrol Manual Engine Review

    • The Freestyle has a more powerful engine than the Baleno.
    • The Freestyle's engine produces more torque than the Baleno's.
    • The Baleno has a noticeably better torque-to-weight ratio. So, it’ll have better drivability and in-gear acceleration.
    • The Baleno petrol engine is more fuel-efficient than the Freestyle, especially with hybrid technology.
    • For lower fuel costs, you should consider getting the Baleno. Even without the hybrid, the Baleno is more fuel-efficient.
    • If you want a hatchback with an automatic transmission, then the Baleno is your option as the Freestyle is only available with a manual transmission.

    Baleno 2020 vs Freestyle 2020 | Feature Comparison - Which Is Better?

    Notable top features of Baleno 2020 are:

    • LED projector headlamp w/ LED DRL
    • Coloured TFT multi-information display
    • R16 alloy wheels
    • 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system w/ Apple Carplay & Android Auto
    • Auto AC
    • Height adjustable driver seat
    • Tilt & telescopic steering
    • Push-button start w/ smart key
    • Auto headlamps
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • UV cut window glass

    Notable top features of Freestyle 2020 are:

    • Auto-dimming IRVM
    • Auto headlamps
    • R15 alloy wheels
    • 7-inch touchscreen
    • Push-button start
    • Rain sensing wipers
    • Side & curtain airbags
    • Auto AC
    • Rear defogger
    • Rear wiper & washer
    • Steering mounted controls

    Is the Maruti Suzuki Baleno better than the Ford Freestyle?

    Price of the base variant of Maruti Suzuki Baleno is Rs. 5.64 lakh and Ford Freestyle is Rs. 5.99 lakh (both ex-showroom).

    In terms of dimensions, the Freestyle is larger than the Baleno because of its taller body and higher ground clearance. So it will have a better road presence than Baleno. If you want an SUV like ground clearance for a lower price, then the Freestyle is your only option. It has no direct rival.

    For petrol powertrain, Freestyle's engine offers more torque but the Baleno has a better torque-to-weight ratio. So, the Baleno will offer better drivability and in-gear acceleration than the Freestyle. For fuel-efficiency lovers, the Baleno wins handily as it’s more fuel-efficient than the Freestyle.

    Also Read - Skoda Rapid 1.0L Turbo vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno 1.2L Petrol - Price, Specs, Top Features Comparison

    IN terms of feature, again, the Baleno will win easily as it has many features that are not available in the Freestyle, such as LED projector headlamps, Apple Carplay, Android Auto, front armrest and UV cut glass. However, for the safety-conscious, the Freestyle will win as it’s available with 6 airbags in higher variants.

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    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Lakshya loves to talk about cars and, therefore, he’s mostly in the front of the camera doing the talking. He’s usually blunt in his opinion -- good or bad, and backs it up with logic. Lakshya is a senior member of V3Cars’ editorial team. 

    Twitter handle: @lakshya_khanna



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