Suzuki Baleno

3/5
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Verdict

At the moment Suzuki are not the most exciting car maker in the Irish market. However, they do make some good cars. The Swift still hangs on in the market. The Celerio, which had a ropey start with an almost immediate recall, is receiving warm reviews, and the Vitara is the best they’ve made yet. Now it’s spotlight time for their newest model, the Baleno. Once again, the small brand (in Ireland) is getting some good feedback from journos and punters alike. The main attraction to the Baleno would probably be the reasonable pricing for what you get.

Performance

All Suzuki Baleno models in Ireland come with petrol engines. There is a choice between the 1.0, 3-cylinder, Boosterjet engines and the 1.2 litre mild hybrid. The 1.0 range offers 110 bhp, which is good from a small 3-cylinder engine. Top speed from this engine is between 190 and 200km/h and 0-100km/h can be achieved in about 11 seconds. This engine is available with a six-speed automatic transmission or a five-speed manual box. The 1.2 litre Mild Hybrid model has 89 bhp and will bring you from 0-100km/h in 12.3 seconds. All cars are front wheel drive.

Ride & Handling

The 1.0 litre engine is probably the engine of choice between the two because it’ll give you a bit more oomph. This car would be on par in terms of size with the likes of the Skoda Rapid Spaceback, and it does need a little more. There’s nothing thrilling about the Baleno’s ride or handling, it’s not terrible, but it is a tad uninspiring.

Refinement

Around cities, the Baleno is a pretty refined car. Wind and road noise becomes more audible when speeds are picked up – especially on motorways. However, there are louder cars. Another small point is that when you are at motorway speeds, it would be nice to get the sixth gear in the manual version. The steering is light, but unless you’re driving with too much gusto, it’s not problematic.

Quality & Reliability

Once again, price plays its part hear. The interior of the Baleno is not the most padded, nor is it the most luxurious or pleasing to the eye. It’s not exciting, but like with other Suzuki models that we have tested, the materials, while plastic in appearance, seem to be hard wearing.

Safety & Security

The Baleno was recently awarded 4 stars in the Euro NCAP safety test. It scored best for adult occupancy with 85%. You will find front driver and passenger airbags and chest airbags, as well as side head airbags to the rear. ISOFIX points come as standard to the rear.

Space & Practicality

The boot offers 320 litres of space but unfortunately there is a lip on entry that you have to lift items over to get them in. Three adults could be squeezed in the rear, but like most cars in this segment you would be better off leaving it at two.

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Key Facts

Make

Suzuki

Model
Baleno
Variant
1.0 Boosterjet SZ-T
Car Category
Family Hatch
First Launched
2016
Engine (L)
1.0
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
5 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Hatchback
Price New
€17,995
CBG Expert Rating
3.0

Running Costs

Tax
€190
Tax Band
A3
L/100km Combined
4.5
Average km/L
22.2
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
37
Fuel Tank Range
822 km
Cost of filling a tank
€48.62
Average Cost Per 200 km
€11.83
CO2 emmissions
105 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
110 bhp
Max Power kW
82
Displacement - CC (Engine)
998
Engine Cylinders
3
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of valves
4
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
200 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
11.4 s
L/100km Urban
5.40 L
L/100km Extra Urban
4.00 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Hatchback
Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity
320 L

Warranty

All Components
3 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year warranty
Paintwork
3 Year warranty for paint defects
Mileage
100,000
Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
4

Dimensions

Boot capacity
320 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
185/55 R16 mm
Tyre size back
185/55 R16 mm
Rim size
5J x 15; 6J x 16 mm
Length
3995 mm
Width
1745 mm
Height
1470 mm
Wheel Base
2520 mm
Front Track (mm)
1470
Rear Track (mm)
1530
Kerb weight
980 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
1430
Turning circle (m)
10.0

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Direct injection
Front Suspension
Independent, Spring McPherson, with stabilizer
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent, spring
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
110 bhp