Both Maruti Suzuki baleno and Hyundai Xcent are extremely successful cars. Hyundai Xcent was launched in India in March 2014 and Baleno in October 2015.
Hyundai Xcent comes to beat it’s competition Dzire and Amaze with a list of goodies and enhancements. But with launch of Baleno it now face new competitor. Below is a peek in the new Xcent vs Baleno.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno vs Hyundai Xcent Comparison: Exteriors
Hyundai Xcent Exterior:
Inspired by Fluidic design philosophy, Xcent comes with radiator chrome grille which goes well with the premium looks of the car. The swept back headlamps give the sporty look to the car yet remaining modern. It has 15” diamond cut alloy wheel in two tones. These add to the overall aesthetics and sporty look of the car from the side. The rear chrome garnish and hexagonal chrome inserted in the tail lamp adds to the beauty.
Baleno has a sporty and contemporary look. The door handles, ORVM’s and bumpers are all body colored. It sports chrome accent front grille that adds to the beauty. There is an option of full alloy wheels and full caps in some versions. Other features are the backdoor spoiler, turn indicators on ORVM’s, projector headlamps, daytime running lamps and rear combination lamps with LED. The glasses are UV cut glass.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno vs Hyundai Xcent Comparison: Specifications
Hyundai Xcent Specifications: Xcent is available in two engines, 1.2 liter petrol, and 1.1 liter diesel. The petrol version has a maximum power of 83 ps @6000 rpm and torque of 11.6 kg m @ 4000 rpm. It comes with four cylinders and fuel tank capacity of 43 liters. Xcent has standard brakes of disc and drum for front and rear respectively. It provides a mileage of 19.1 kmpl with the petrol engine and 24.4 kmpl with the diesel engine. It comes with five-speed manual transmission.
Baleno is available in both petrol and diesel variants with the capacity of 1197 cc and 1248 cc, respectively. It derives the maximum power of 62/6000 kW@rpm in petrol and 55.2/4000 kW@rpm in diesel. The maximum torque achieved is 115/4000 and 190/2000 in Nm@rpm , for petrol and diesel respectively. Both the variants have four cylinders and five-speed manual transmission. The petrol variant has a CVT version also. It comes with disc brakes in front and drum at the rear. The kerb weight of petrol variant is 890 kg(MT) and 910 kg(CVT), while the diesel has a kerb weight of 985 kg. Both the variants have fuel tank capacity of 37 liters with fuel efficiency of 27.39 kmpl for diesel and 21.4 kmpl for petrol variant.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno vs Hyundai Xcent Comparison: Interiors
Hyundai Xcent Interior:
Ergonomically designed interiors are made to spell luxury. The cabin is bright and airy in dual tone. The material quality is good and seats are comfortable. With a total seating capacity for five, the rear comfortably accommodated three. It has a list of other features like keyless entry, multiple storage options, luggage lamp, rear AC vents, push-button start, rear parking sensor, rear camera display, and the boot capacity of 407 liters. The central console unit comes 6.2 touch screen audio system enable with Bluetooth, USB/Aux, 1 GB internal memory.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Interior:
Baleno comes in the market as bold, sporty and smart. The full black interiors just look amazing and stylish. It is very spacious, roomy and airy. The way it has been designed leaves you with plentiful space at the rear. There is an illumination for the glove box, luggage room, and front foot well. The steering wheel has the leather covering. Other upholstery has leather along with other material.
Along with standard features like an integrated audio system, USB, and Aux, steering mounted audio control, it also provides a navigation system, voice command, and remote control via the smartphone application. It has keyless entry, push start/stop with smart key, telescopic and tilt steering. From the seating comfort view, driver seat has adjustable height and adjustable headrest at front and rear. The rear seat comes as 60:40 split ratio. It has powerful auto AC and power windows at both front and rear.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno vs Hyundai Xcent Comparison: Drive and Safety
Hyundai Xcent: Hyundai takes good care of safety. Xcent is no exception. It comes with ABS, immobilizer, central locking, defogger, dual airbags, and front fog lamps. The driving quality of Xcent is really good, where you will not feel the bumps and is a good mixture of power, efficiency, and responsiveness.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno:
Baleno provides latest and safest technology for safe driving. It comes with anti-theft security and TECT body. ABS+EBD, front disc brakes, and dual horn are some other standard features. For the safety of passenger’s in front, it provides dual airbag, driver seat belt reminder, seat pre-tensioners and seat belt force limiters. It also has dual horns, auto headlamps, reverse parking sensor, and camera, rear wiper/washer and defogger to name a few.
Verdict : With good looks, superior comfort, extra safety, and lively driving experience, Baleno is a clear cut winner in all categories except handling.