Baleno vs Amaze – Specs, Dimensions & Features Comparison

Baleno vs Amaze – Specs, Dimensions & Features Comparison

Maruti Baleno and Honda Amaze. What an odd couple! As if they hail from different planets. On the surface, this may come across as comparing apples and oranges. But these two cars have more in common than what their design would have you believe.

  • First, they’re about the same in size
  • Second, they have similar displacement and transmission options, at least in the rapidly growing with petrol-land
  • Lastly, they operate in similar price bands, which is what counts the most

 

Baleno vs Amaze

 

Let’s lay them side by side and see what separates them besides the obvious. 

 

Honda Amaze versus Maruti Baleno Comparison - Dimensions

 

 

Honda Amaze

Maruti Baleno

Length

3995mm

3995mm

Width

1695mm

1745mm

Height

1501mm

1510mm

Wheelbase

2470mm

2520mm

Ground Clearance

165mm

170mm

Boot Space

420 litres

339 litres

Fuel Capacity

35 litres

37 litres

Tyre Size

175/65 R14 And 175/65 R15

185/65 R15 And 195/55 R16



As you can see from the table, the two cars are equally long. The Maruti Baleno has marginally better ground clearance, it’s slightly wider, has a much better wheelbase and gets considerably wider tyres.  The Honda Amaze has a larger boot. The End. Even that advantage gets thrown out of the door when you have to move a house. The Maruti Baleno is a hatchback, which means, it has a wider opening boot lid. So you can carry larger items. And you can fold the rear seat to make room for more stuff.

 

Honda Amaze vs Maruti Baleno - Dimensions Comparison Winner: Maruti Baleno

 

Honda Amaze vs Maruti Baleno Specs Comparison - Petrol Engine Specs

 

 

Honda Amaze

Maruti Baleno

Engine Displacement

1.2-litre

1.2-litre

Hybrid

No

Yes (on certain variants)

Transmission

5-Speed Manual / CVT

5-Speed Manual / CVT

Power

90PS @ 6000RPM

83PS @ 6000RPM / 90PS @ 6000RPM (Hybrid)

Torque

110Nm @ 4800RPM

113Nm @ 4200RPM / 113Nm @ 4400RPM (Hybrid)

Fuel Efficiency

19.5kmpl (MT) / 19kmpl (CVT)

21kmpl (MT) / 19.5kmpl (CVT) / 23.9kmpl (Hybrid)

 

Both the Japanese car manufacturers, Honda and Suzuki, are known for making refined and reliable petrol engines. The Honda engine here trumps the Maruti’s non-hybrid engine with better power even though it has slightly lower torque higher in the rev band. The fuel efficiency is better with the Maruti engine though. We’ll have to call this even. No clear winners here.

Honda Amaze vs Maruti Baleno - Petrol Engine Comparison Winner: Draw

 

Honda Amaze vs Maruti Baleno Specs Comparison - Diesel Engine Specs

 

 

Honda Amaze

Maruti Baleno

Engine Displacement

1.5-litre

1.25-litre

Transmission

5-Speed Manual / CVT

5-Speed Manual

Power

100PS @ 3600RPM / 80 @ 3600RPM (CVT)

75PS @ 4000

Torque

200Nm @ 1750RPM

/ 160Nm @ 1750RPM

190Nm @ 2000RPM

Fuel Efficiency

27.4kmpl (MT) / 23.8kmpl (CVT)

27.4kmpl

 

While the petrol engine comparison was a draw, the diesel engine fight witnesses a clear winner. The Honda engine is a clear winner with its higher power and torque output, which comes without any compromise on fuel efficiency. Did we mention it comes with a CVT automatic₹Yeah! All three critical figures take a dip with this transmission but that option alone gives it extra points over the Baleno’s Fiat-sourced 1.25-litre diesel engine.

 

Honda Amaze vs Maruti Baleno - Diesel Engine Comparison Winner: Honda Amaze

 

Honda Amaze Variants and Price

Petrol

E MT - Rs. 5.93 lakh

S MT - Rs. 6.73 lakh

V MT - Rs. 7.33 lakh

VX MT - Rs. 7.81 lakh

 

S Automatic - Rs. 7.63 lakh

V Automatic - Rs. 8.23 lakh

VX Automatic - Rs. 8.64 lakh

 

Diesel

E MT - Rs. 7.05 lakh

S MT - Rs. 7.85 lakh

V MT - Rs. 8.45 lakh

VX MT - Rs. 8.93 lakh

 

S Automatic - Rs. 8.65 lakh

V Automatic - Rs. 9.25 lakh

VX Automatic - Rs. 9.66 lakh

 

How expensive is Honda Amaze automatic?

The petrol automatic variants carry a premium of Rs. 83,000 to Rs. 90,000. The diesel automatic is pricier by Rs. 73,000 to Rs. 80,000.

 

How expensive is the Honda Amaze diesel engine?

The diesel manual variants are Rs. 1.12 lakh more expensive than their respective petrol counterparts. At the current New Delhi fuel price (Rs. 74 for petrol and Rs. 67 for diesel), it’ll take you 83,000km to recoup the extra cost.

In the automatic variants, the diesel powertrain is Rs. 1.02 lakh more expensive. At the same time, fuel efficiency takes a hit with the automatic. So, it takes you about 95,000km to recover the cost of switching to the heavier fuel.

 

Maruti Baleno Variants and Price

Petrol

Sigma - Rs. 5.59 lakh

Delta - Rs. 6.37 lakh

Zeta - Rs. 6.98 lakh

Alpha - Rs. 7.58 lakh

 

Delta Hybrid - Rs. 7.25 lakh

Zeta Hybrid - Rs. 7.87

 

Delta Automatic - Rs. 7.69 lakh

Zeta Automatic - Rs. 8.3 lakh

Alpha Automatic - Rs. 8.9 lakh

 

Diesel 

Sigma - Rs. 6.69 lakh

Delta - Rs. 7.47 lakh

Zeta - Rs. 8.08 lakh

Alpha - Rs. 8.68 lakh

 

How expensive is the Maruti Baleno hybrid engine?

As is evident from the price tags, the Baleno Hybrid variants are about Rs. 89,000 more expensive than their respective variants without the hybrid tech. That seems like a steep premium to pay for a new technology for a modest gain in fuel efficiency of 2.9kmpl. Assuming the two cars deliver the advertised fuel efficiency, at the current petrol price of Rs. 74 in the national capital, it’ll take you 2,08,000km before you can recover that cost. Longer if you are also paying interest on that Rs. 89,000.

 

How expensive is the Maruti Baleno diesel engine?

The diesel engine will add another Rs. 1.1 lakh to the ex-showroom cost. At the current diesel price of Rs. 67, it’ll take you 87,600km to breakeven. So, even though, it may have a shorter lifespan in the national capital region, the diesel is a smarter choice if you expect to cover a lot of distance during its decade-long life.

 

How expensive is Maruti Baleno automatic?

The automatic variants of the Baleno petrol carry a premium of Rs. 1.32 lakh compared to the manual transmission variants.

 

Honda Amaze vs Maruti Baleno - Features Comparison: Base Variant

Honda Amaze Base Variant Standard Features

Here’s the list of features available in all variants of Honda Amaze:

  1. Chrome grille
  2. Manual AC and heater
  3. Power steering
  4. Front and rear power windows
  5. Small multi-info display
  6. Distance to empty and avg fuel efficiency display on MID
  7. 2 airbags
  8. ABS
  9. Front seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limiters
  10. ISOFIX child seat mounting points
  11. Day/Night inside mirror
  12. Parking sensors
  13. Single horn
  14. Overspeed alert
  15. Non-body-couloured door handles and outside mirrors
  16. Internally adjustable outside mirrors
  17. Non-adjustable front seat headrests

 

Maruti Baleno Base Variant Standard Features

Here’s the list of features available in all variants of Maruti Baleno:

  • Body-coloured door handles and mirrors
  • No chrome on the grille
  • 2 airbags
  • ABS
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting points
  • Day/night inside mirror
  • Parking sensors
  • Manual AC and heater
  • Power steering
  • Central locking without remote
  • Front power windows
  • Tilt-adjustable steering
  • Adjustable front headrests
  • Dual horn

 

Just a quick glance reveals that the Baleno is better equipped than the Honda Amaze even though it’s Rs. 34,000 cheaper. Baleno’s steering is tilt-adjustable, it has dual horn, adjustable front headrests and has body-coloured door handles and outside mirrors. The only thing missing is front seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limiters.

Honda Amaze vs Maruti Baleno - Base Variant Feature Comparison Winner: Maruti Baleno

 

Honda Amaze vs Maruti Baleno - Features Comparison: Top Variant

Honda Amaze Top Variant Features

On the other end of the spectrum is the VX variant, which, in addition to the standard features, gets the following:

  • Halogen reflector headlamps
  • LED position lights
  • 15-inch alloy wheels
  • Body-coloured door handles and outside mirrors
  • Cruise control (with manual transmission only)
  • Automatic AC and heater
  • Keyless entry with push-button start
  • Handsfree boot unlock
  • Power-adjustable and power-folding outside mirrors
  • Tilt-adjustable steering
  • Adjustable front headrests
  • Height-adjustable driver seat
  • Rear centre armrest
  • Large MID screen
  • Instantaneous fuel efficiency readout
  • Rear windshield defogger
  • Reversing camera
  • Dual horns
  • 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • IR remote control for the music system
  • GPS navigation
  • Steering-mounted controls

 

Maruti Baleno Top Variant Features

  • LED projector headlamps
  • Daytime running lights
  • Chrome accent on the front grille
  • LED taillamps
  • UV filter windows
  • 15-inch alloy wheels
  • Boot illumination
  • Footwell illumination
  • Power-adjustable and power-folding outside mirrors
  • Full-colour MID
  • Keyless entry and push-button start
  • Rear power windows
  • Telescopic-adjustable steering
  • Rear adjustable headrests
  • Automatic AC and heater
  • Follow me headlamps
  • Front centre armrest
  • Front and rear 12v accessory socket
  • 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • GPS navigation
  • Steering-mounted controls
  • Automatic headlamps
  • Auto-dimming inside mirror
  • Reverse camera
  • Rear washer and wiper
  • Rear defogger
  • Height-adjustable driver seat

 

Based on our assessment, the Baleno appears to pack a serious punch. It has projector LED headlamps, DRLs, auto-dimming mirrors, rear washer/wiper, telescopic steering and illuminated boot. Meanwhile, the Amaze gets a seldom-used feature like cruise control and some gimmicks like handsfree boot unlock and old-school, reflector headlamps with halogen bulbs. Baleno being a driver-focussed car comes with front armrest while the Amaze gets a rear armrest, as a lot of demand for this compact sedan comes from the commercial segment. The UV filter windows also make a difference in the real world.

Hence, it’s safe to say that the Maruti Baleno is a clear winner in this battle of features regardless of whether you compare the base trims or fully-loaded options.

 

Honda Amaze vs Maruti Baleno - Top Variant Feature Comparison Winner: Maruti Baleno

 

Overall Comparison Winner: Maruti Baleno

Once we dug deeper into the matter, it became easier for us to understand why the Baleno sells in such large numbers. It was the second car for the Nexa line and dealers were desperate to get some return on their investments after the S-Cross (over) pricing debacle. Maruti Suzuki left no stone unturned to make sure the Baleno succeeded. Now, though, we can expect Maruti to rake in some profits by jacking up the Baleno’s price. But, they’re in no mood to lose the momentum and the most recent update for the car juggled some features around to make mid variants even better value for money.

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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