Maruti Suzuki Baleno

The sporty hatch is back from ser­vice

Evo India - - MARUTI SUZUKI BALENO - Gau­rav Thom­bre (@thom­bre­gau­rav)

MMY BALENO IS OUR GO-TO car for shoots and be­cause of it be­ing used ex­ten­sively by the whole team, the clutch plate has been due for a re­place­ment for weeks. Af­ter a spa ses­sion at Maruti Suzuki ser­vice cen­tre, it is back and is as good as new.

Dur­ing the Christ­mas hol­i­days I drove down to Alibaug for a fam­ily week­end. That’s where I dis­cov­ered a few short­com­ings. For starters, the steer­ing has no feel and needed con­stant correction. The ride is slightly on the stiffer side for a Maruti; as a re­sult, it is one of the sportier Maruti’s in re­cent times but for some­one with a fam­ily and a dog, it could be a lit­tle un­com­fort­able as we ex­pe­ri­enced on our hol­i­day. On the pos­i­tive side, my fam­ily along with my pho­tog­ra­phy equip­ment and all the lug­gage fit com­fort­ably with a lot of space to spare, which is ex­cel­lent pack­ag­ing for a hatch­back. Then there’s the bril­liant in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem that can give cars one seg­ment above, a run for their money. The Baleno is also an at­ten­tion grab­ber, thanks to the bright DRLs. There have been in­stances, where peo­ple have left sig­nalling, to switch the lights off. Yes the light strips are that bright. And how can I for­get about the ex­cel­lent fuel ef­fi­ciency! My of­fice com­mute is re­ally long and I end up driv­ing over 40km in a day. How­ever hard you push, the fig­ure never drops be­low 14kmpl, even in heavy traf­fic. High­way runs you ask? 18-20kmpl is guar­an­teed.

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