2020 Tata Altroz XZ Vs Maruti Baleno Alpha - Specs, Dimension, Feature Comparison

So, you’re thinking of buying a premium hatchback! And you aren’t sure whether to book the 2020 Tata Altroz XZ or the Maruti Suzuki Baleno Alpha? Let’s compare their dimensions, engine, features and prices so you can decide which one is best for you.

 

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2020 Tata Altroz vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno - Dimensions Comparison

If you look at the Altroz and the Baleno, you’ll notice that they’re almost equally wide, long and tall. A measuring tape will prove that the Altroz is half-a-centimetre shorter, 1cm wider and about 1.5cm taller. The Maruti Suzuki Baleno has a 2cm advantage with a longer wheelbase. A longer wheelbase typically results in more cabin space, but often eats into the boot space. Since the Baleno’s wheelbase is only marginally longer than the Altroz’, it has a similarly nominal deficit in the boot space - only 6 litres smaller than the Altroz’. The Baleno has an upper hand with a 5mm extra ground clearance.

2020 TATA ALTROZ vs MARUTI SUZUKI BALENO

DIMENSIONS COMPARISON

 

Tata Altroz

Maruti Baleno

Length

3990mm

3995mm

Width

1755mm

1745mm

Height

1523mm

1510mm

Wheelbase

2501mm

2520mm

Ground Clearance

165mm

170mm

Boot Space

345 litres

339 litres

 

Both cars are neck and neck in this regard, and no one emerges as a clear winner.

Winner: None

2020 Tata Altroz XZ vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno Alpha - Petrol Engine Spec Comparison

Comparing the petrol engines of the two cars reveals that the Altroz’s 1.2-litre engine has slightly better power output, but exactly the same torque as the Baleno. Look closer and you’ll notice where each engine delivers its peak torque in the rev band. The Tata Altroz has its peak torque coming in at just 3300rpm - a full 900rpm before the Baleno makes its peak torque. Judging by the numbers, the Altroz should be easier to drive in the city than the Baleno, as it has stronger bottom and mid-range performance.

2020 TATA ALTROZ vs MARUTI SUZUKI BALENO

PETROL ENGINE SPEC COMPARISON

 

Tata Altroz

Maruti Baleno

Displacement

1.2-litre

1.2-litre

Power

86PS @ 6000rpm

83PS @ 6000rpm

Torque

113Nm @ 3300rpm

113Nm @ 4200rpm

Manual Transmission

5-speed

5-speed

Automatic Transmission

-

CVT

Emission Standard

BS6

BS6

 

Winner: 2020 Tata Altroz XZ

2020 Tata Altroz XZ vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno Alpha - Diesel Engine Spec Comparison

Looking at the diesel engine specs reveals a similar story. The Maruti’s diesel engine has a lot less power here on its resume. It’s a bit low on torque as well. We all know that this engine has an addictive mid-range performance, but barely any get-up-and-go at city-friendly RPMs.

The Altroz’ 1.5-litre diesel engine makes 10Nm more torque than the Baleno’s. More importantly, it comes in at just 1250rpm. So, you can make good progress without downshifting in the Altroz. In the Baleno, you can either wait for the turbo to start spinning or downshift to get into its torque band.

The Baleno’s 1.25-litre diesel engine is nearing its end as Maruti has confirmed that they’re going to discontinue this diesel engine once the BS6 regulations come into effect.

2020 TATA ALTROZ vs MARUTI SUZUKI BALENO

DIESEL ENGINE SPEC COMPARISON

 

Tata Altroz

Maruti Baleno

Displacement

1.5-litre

1.25-litre

Power

90PS @ 4000rpm

75PS @ 4000rpm

Torque

200Nm @ 1250-3000rpm

190Nm @ 2000rpm

Manual Transmission

5-speed

5-speed

Emission Standard

BS6

BS4

 

Winner: 2020 Tata Altroz XZ

2020 Tata Altroz XZ vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno Alpha - Feature Comparison

On the feature front, the two cars have quite a lot in common. Here’s a rundown of their common features:

2020 TATA ALTROZ XZ vs MARUTI SUZUKI BALENO ALPHA

COMMON FEATURES

Safety

Entertainment & Style

Functional

Dual Front Airbags

Alloy Wheels

Tilt Steering

Auto AC

ABS with EBD

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Push Button Start/Stop

Electrically Adjustable & Foldable ORVMs

Rear Parking Sensors & Camera

Audio Controls On Steering Wheel

Adjustable Rear Headrests

Follow-me-home Headlamps

Rear Wiper & Washer

Leather-wrapped Steering

Height-adjustable Driver Seat

Front & Rear Power Windows

Central Locking

LED DRL

Keyless Entry

Front Armrest

Rear Defogger

Touchscreen Infotainment System

Automatic Headlamps

Projector headlamps

Front Fog Lamps

     

ISOFIX

     

 

The Altroz XZ variant gets these following additional features, which aren’t available in the Baleno Alpha:

  • Cruise control
  • Multi-drive modes
  • Umbrella holder
  • Automatic wipers
  • Ambient lighting
  • 7-inch full-colour LCD instrument console
  • Auto start/stop

Similarly, the Baleno Alpha also has the following unique features up its sleeve, which aren’t available in the Tata Altroz XZ:

  • LED projector headlamps
  • 60:40 split rear seat
  • Auto-dimming inside mirror
  • Telescopic steering
  • UV-resistant windows

The two cars are evenly matched in this area. So, this fight comes to a close without a definitive winner.

Winner: None

2020 Tata Altroz XZ vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno Alpha - Price Comparison

The Maruti Suzuki Baleno’s variants with a petrol engine and a manual transmission cost anywhere between Rs. 5.59 lakh and Rs. 7.58 lakh. The Baleno’s diesel range is priced between Rs. 6.69 lakh and Rs. 8.68 lakh.

Based on our calculations, we expect the 2020 Tata Altroz petrol variants to cost between Rs. 5.49 lakh and Rs. 8.09 lakh. The diesel variants could cost between Rs. 6.99 lakh and Rs. 9.49 lakh.

The XZ variant of the Altroz we’re comparing here doesn’t’ get a dual-tone roof option, but could cost Rs. 7.89 lakh with a petrol engine and Rs. 9.29 lakh with a diesel engine.

PRICE RANGE COMPARISON

TATA ALTROZ XZ PETROL vs MARUTI SUZUKI BALENO ALPHA

Tata Altroz XZ (Expected Price)

Maruti Suzuki Baleno (Manual)

Rs. 7.89 lakh

Rs. 7.58 lakh

 

PRICE RANGE COMPARISON

TATA ALTROZ XZ DIESEL vs MARUTI SUZUKI BALENO ALPHA

Tata Altroz XZ (Expected Price)

Maruti Suzuki Baleno (Manual)

Rs. 9.29 lakh

Rs. 8.68 lakh

 

In terms of prices, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno Alpha definitely has an upper hand, as it’s considerably cheaper - both, with the petrol and diesel engines.

Winner: Maruti Suzuki Baleno Alpha

With 3 titles in its favour, the overall winner has to be the 2020 Tata Altroz XZ variant, as it matches the Baleno in dimensions and features and beats it with torquier petrol and diesel engines.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mahesh Yadav

Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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