Should you buy the hatchback Maruti Baleno or buy the compact Sedan, Honda Amaze? Which one is it going to be? Let’s compare the two to find out!
Maruti Baleno vs Honda Amaze – Exterior and Interior
From the outside, the Baleno has a much bigger grille over the old-gen with chrome grille running at the bottom of the grille. The LED headlamps has Audi’s Matrix light LED DRL’s and it has LED fog lamps as well. Moving to the side, it has chrome line at the bottom of the window frame, chrome finish for the door handles, and 15-inch alloy wheels. At the rear it has C-shape LED taillamps that is extended on the tailgate, rear wiper on the rear windscreen, and the antenna on the top.
At the front as you can see, Honda Amaze has a chrome bar that joins with the LED headlamps and below the chrome bar is the grille finished in chrome and fog lamps coverings covered in chrome. From the side, it has cuts and creases, blacked out ORVMs, chrome door handles, and 15-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels. Moving to the rear, it has sharp C-shaped LED taillamps with shark fin antenna on top and the bumper finished in faux silver skid plate.
From the inside, the Baleno has a 9-inch infotainment system placed above the AC vents and the AC vents are positioned horizontally. It has a dual-tone dashboard option as well. The Baleno has a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel with a Analog instrument cluster with a TFT display between the two analog dials, sliding armrest with storage space inside, and the brake pedals finished in black, and charging port at the front. Moving to the rear, the seats are split in 60:40 ratio and has 6-speaker Arkamy’s sound system.
As for the Amaze, it has a 7-inch infotainment system positioned below the AC vents and has rectangle shape AC vents at the sides. It has the dual-tone dashboard option as well. The Amaze has a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel with Analog instrument cluster, blacked out pedals, chrome finish on the door handles. it’s got a charging port at the front and not at the rear given it also does not have rear AC Vents. The rear seats are split in 60:40 ratio and has a 4-speaker in-built sound system.
So, from the outside and the inside, the Amaze looks better from the outside giving spacious vibes while the Baleno exterior look is a bit polarizing given how big the front face of Baleno is; from the inside, the Baleno looks much better than the Amaze as it gives a little premium feel while the Amaze feels kinda outdated and with little update it could change the competition.
Maruti Baleno vs Honda Amaze – Dimensions
|Maruti Baleno||Honda Amaze|
|Boot Space||318 litres||420 litres|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||37 litres – Petrol|
55 litres – CNG
|Kerb Weight||960 kg||987 kg|
When it comes to dimensions, the Baleno measures 3990mm in length, 1745mm in width, and height of 1500mm. The Amaze measures 3995mm in length which is 5mm longer, width of 1695mm that is less wider by 50mm, and height of 1501mm which is just 1mm difference. The Baleno has a wheelbase of 2520mm, ground clearance of 170mm, and boot space of 318 litres whereas the Amaze has a wheelbase of 2470mm which is 50mm shorter, ground clearance of 165mm that is 5mm lower, and boot space of 420 litres which is 102 litres bigger. The Baleno has a fuel tank of 37 litres Petrol and 55 litres of CNG cylinder while the Amaze does not offer CNG, but has a 25 litres Petrol fuel tank on offer which is 12 litres smaller. The Baleno has a kerb weight of 960 kg which is lighter by 27 kg as the Amaze has a kerb weight of 987 kg.
So, in Dimensions, the Amaze is bigger than the Baleno offering better comfort, and better space.
Maruti Baleno vs Honda Amaze – Engine Options
|Maruti Baleno||Honda Amaze|
|Engine||1.2-litre K-Series petrol||1.2-litre NA petrol|
|Power||88.50 bhp||88.50 bhp|
|Torque||113 Nm||110 Nm|
|Transmission Options||5-speed MT, 5-speed AMT||5-speed MT, CVT|
|Fuel Efficiency||22.35 kmpl – MT|
22.94 kmpl – AMT
|18.6 kmpl – MT|
18.3 kmpl – CVT
When it comes to Engine Options, both has one petrol engine on offer. The Baleno is powered by the 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engine that puts out 88.50 bhp and 113 Nm of torque paired to a 5-speed Manual Gearbox with 22.35 kmpl fuel efficiency and 5-speed Automatic Gearbox with 22.94 kmpl fuel efficiency. The Amaze is powered by the 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine that produces 88.50 bhp and 110 Nm of torque paired to a 5-speed Manual Gearbox with 18.6 kmpl fuel efficiency and a CVT Gearbox with 18.3 kmpl fuel efficiency.
|Engine||1.2-litre K-Series CNG|
|Transmission Type||5-speed MT|
|Fuel Efficiency||30.61 km/kg|
The Baleno has one more fuel option, and that is the CNG fuel, which the Amaze does not have on offer. The 1.2-litre K-Series that puts out 76.43 bhp and 98.5 Nm of torque paired to 5-speed Manual Gearbox with fuel efficiency of 30.61 km/kg. It has no Automatic Gearbox on offer.
Maruti Baleno vs Honda Amaze – Features
|Features||Maruti Baleno||Honda Amaze|
|Headlamps||LED Projector||LED Projector|
|Wheel size & Tyre||16-inch, alloy wheels||15-inch, alloy wheels|
|Auto Power Window||Yes||Yes|
|Rear AC vent||Yes||–|
|Android Auto, Apple CarPlay||Wireless||Wired|
|Sound System||6-speaker Arkamy’s sound system||4-speaker in-built sound system|
|Auto Dimming IRVM||Yes||Yes|
|Height adjustable driver seat||Yes||Yes|
When it comes to features, the Amaze misses out on Rear AC vents, 6-speaker sound system, and bigger infotainment system. The Baleno has all these features giving them the advantage over the Amaze.
|Maruti Baleno||Honda Amaze|
|Airbags||Six airbags||Two airbags|
|Camera||360-degree camera||Reverse-parking camera|
|ABS with EBD||Yes||Yes|
|All 4 Brakes||Front Disc||Front Disc|
In Safety, the Amaze misses out on Heads-up Display (HUD), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), 360-degree camera instead of reverse-parking camera and six airbags instead of two airbags. Moreover, Honda Amaze has a 4-star NCAP safety rating while the Baleno scored 0-star NCAP rating making the Amaze so much safer than the Baleno.
Maruti Baleno vs Honda Amaze – Price and Warranty
|Maruti Suzuki Baleno||Rs. 6.61 lakh – Rs. 9.88 lakh|
|Honda Amaze||Rs. 6.99 lakh – Rs. 9.60 lakh|
The Maruti Baleno is priced at Rs. 6.61 lakh for the entry-level ‘Sigma’ variant and goes up to Rs. 9.88 lakh for the top variant, ‘Alpha automatic.’ The Honda Amaze is priced at Rs. 6.99 lakh for the base E variant and goes up to Rs. 9.60 lakh for the top variant, ‘VX CVT.’ The price difference between the two base variant is Rs. 38,000 and Rs. 28,000 for the top variant.
As for the warranty, the Baleno has a warranty period of 2 years/40,000 km that can be extended to 5 years/1,00,000 km and the Amaze has a warranty period of 3 years/unlimited km that can be extended up to 5 years/unlimited km.
Maruti Baleno vs Honda Amaze – Verdict
In the end, the decision to buy which model depends totally on you, however, we recommend you to buy the Baleno as it’s got more features than the Amaze and it’s good space and mileage on offer. However you should opt for the Amaze as it’s got more space and comfort than the Baleno. Which one would you choose?