Maruti Suzuki Baleno CNG has finally been launched, with prices ranging between Rs 8.28 lakh and Rs 9.21 lakh (ex-showroom). Interestingly, it is priced extremely close to its sibling model, the Dzire CNG. However, the Baleno is a premium mid-size hatchback, whereas the Dzire is a conventional three-box sub-4-meter sedan. But by going their prices, some buyers might be confused between the two. Hence, we’ve pitted them against each other to see which offers better value.
|Maruti Baleno CNG||Maruti Dzire CNG|
|Delta: Rs 8.28 lakh|
Zeta: Rs 9.21 lakh
|VXI: Rs 8.23 lakh|
ZXI: Rs 8.91 lakh
|Maruti Dzire CNG||Maruti Baleno CNG|
|CNG Tank Capacity||55 litres (water equivalent)||55 litres (water equivalent)|
- Since Maruti Suzuki Dzire is essentially an elongated version of the Swift, its dimensions are essentially the same as its younger sibling, save for the length and boot space of the vehicle. On the contrary, the Baleno has a bigger wheelbase and slightly broader cabin. However, both vehicles provide ample headroom & legroom in the rear, so that tall passengers can comfortably sit together behind one another.
- While the official boot space figures for both the CNG models haven’t been revealed yet, we expect the Dzire to offer slightly more room in the boot than the Baleno CNG, which will help you accommodate more luggage during a long trip.
|Engine||1.2-litre DualJet DualVVT Petrol|
|No of Cylinders||4|
|Max Power||CNG Mode: 77.49PS; Petrol Mode: 89.73PS|
|Peak Torque||CNG Mode: 98.5Nm Petrol Mode: 113Nm|
|Claimed Fuel Efficiency||Baleno: 30.61 km/kg (CNG); 22.35 km/l (petrol)|
Dzire: 31.12km/kg (CNG); 22.41kmpl (petrol)
|Dzire VXi||Dzire ZXi||Baleno Delta||Baleno Zeta|
|Headlamps||Reflector-based||Reflector-based||Projector||Automatic LED Projector|
|Wheels||Steel wheels with covers||Alloy||Steel wheels with covers||Alloy|
|ORVM Mounted Turn-Indicators||✅||✅||✅||✅|
|Interior Color Scheme||Dual-Tone with wooden accent||Dual-Tone||Dual-Tone||Dual-Tone|
|Height-Adjustable Driver’s Seat||✅||✅||❌||✅|
|Steering Mounted Controls||✅||✅||✅||✅|
|Rear Wiper & Washer||N.A.||N.A.||❌||✅|
|Auto up/down Function For Dr. Side Window||Only Up||✅||✅||✅|
|Push Button Start||❌||✅||❌||✅|
|Rear AC Vents||✅||✅||❌||✅|
|60:40 Split Rear Seats||N.A.||N.A.||✅||✅|
|Rear Armrest With Cup Holders||✅||✅||❌||❌|
|Rear Power Socket||12V||12V||A & C-type USB ports||A & C-type USB ports|
|Powered ORVMs||foldable & adjustable||foldable & adjustable||foldable & adjustable||foldable & adjustable|
|Steering Adjustment||tilt||tilt||tilt||tilt & telescopic|
|Infotainment||2-DIN Audio System||7-inch Smartplay Studio||7-inch Smartplay Studio||7-inch SmartPlay Pro|
|Apple Carplay & Android Auto||❌||✅||✅||✅|
|OTA Updates Support||❌||❌||✅||✅|
|Onboard Voice Assistant||❌||❌||❌||✅|
|Connected Car Tech With Remote Contol Functionality||❌||❌||❌||✅|
|No of Airbags||2||2||2||6|
When taking entry-level variants into account, the Dzire VXI is Rs 5,000 more affordable than the Baleno Delta and offers more comfort & convenience features like rear AC vents, rear armrest with cup holders, and height-adjustable driver’s seat. It also offers bigger boot space. The Maruti Baleno Delta CNG, on the other hand, gets a rear defogger and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system over the Dzire VXI. However, you can get a touchscreen unit fitted from the aftermarket.
When it comes to the top-spec variants, spending Rs 30,000 extra on Baleno Zeta CNG over the Dzire ZXI will make more sense considering the hatch is better loaded. Also, Baleno’s interior is much more premium. But you will have to compromise more on boot space as compared to the Dzire.