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Maruti Swift vs Maruti Baleno in 2020 | Which One Should You Buy?

It is almost like Maruti doesn’t let anyone even stand a chance at the top step of the sales charts in India. As soon as the Swift started to show it’s age, Maruti brought in the Baleno in 2015 as it’s latest hatchback market, slayer. Baleno completely stole the Swift’s thunder until the third-gen of the hatch came along. That was almost five years ago and the Maruti Swift in August 2020 made a comeback at the top of the sales charts screaming “Look who’s back”. Long story short, both the Baleno and Swift have in house battle going on to become the most celebrated hatchback in India.

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Despite the two Maruti hatchbacks belonging to two different segments, they are often pitted against each other being cut from the same cloth. A customer out in the market to buy a Maruti hatchback will often find themselves baffled as to which of the two will be the best-suited hatchback for them. Hence today, we compare the two Maruti aces the Swift and the Baleno, to find out which one you should buy in 2020.

Maruti Swift vs Maruti Baleno | Dimensions Comparison

Maruti Suzuki Swift | Hatchbacks with LED Headlamps
Maruti Suzuki Swift

Honestly, there can be no contest between the two as far as dimensions are concerned. The Baleno is clearly the bigger of the two hatchbacks. What most people like to gather is exactly how much is the difference. So, here’s how the dimensions of the Swift and the Baleno compare.

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Dimensions Comparisons 

Parameters Maruti Swift  Maruti Baleno 
Length  3840mm 3995 mm
Width 1735mm 1745mm
Height  1530mm 1510mm
Wheelbase  2450mm 2520mm
Ground Clearance  163mm 170mm
Boot Space  268 litres 339mm 

The difference judging by the numbers might not seem substantial. But you’ve got to experience the two cars to know the actual difference. The Baleno’s rear legroom space and boot space is way more spacious than the Swift.

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Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS
Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS

So if there’s no way you can compromise on space and you’ll be more than happy to pay for it, then the Baleno is your car. On the other hand, if a spacious cabin isn’t the end all be all for you then the Swift doesn’t fall too short either.

Maruti Swift vs Maruti Baleno | Performance

Samesies!! Both the Swift and the Baleno share the exact same powertrains. The only difference being in the transmissions. Both cars come with the BS6 updated 1.2-litre, VTVT petrol engine mated to a 5-speed gearbox in the manual variant. The difference is in the automatics, the Swift has an AMT transmission on offer while the Baleno has got a CVT automatic gearbox.

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The Baleno however, also has a 1.2-litre, DualJet petrol motor mated to a 5-speed manual on offer. This motor is also speculated to power the facelifted Maruti Swift which was supposed to launch this festive season.

Performance Specifications

Maruti Swift  Maruti Baleno 
Engine 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder, VTVT petrol engine 1.2L, 4-cylinder, VTVT petrol engine 1.2-L, 4-cylinder, VVT DualJet petrol engine 
Transmission 5S MT & 5-speed AMT  5 speed MT & CVT 5-speed MT 
Power  82 bhp  82 bhp 88 bhp 
Torque  113Nm 113-Nm  113 Nm 

The Baleno with its DualJet manual powertrain and even with the standard, the petrol manual is quicker than Swift. But as far as the automatic transmissions of two cars are concerned, The AMT of the Swift will definitely have better feedback on offer than the CVT on the Baleno.

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Maruti Swift vs Maruti Baleno | Fuel Economy

Fuel Efficiency Rating 

Maruti Swift  Maruti Baleno 
Powertrain     Manual  AMT  Manual  Manual DualJet CVT 
Fuel Efficiency 

(ARAI claimed) 

21.21 kmpl 21.21kmpl  21.01 kmpl  23.87 kmpl  19.56 kmpl 

As per the ARAI figures, the Baleno might seem like a more fuel-efficient option. But it is a different story when it comes to real-life hustle. Swift’s N/A motor offers more fuel efficiency as opposed to the Baleno’s DualJet and standard motor with manual transmission. In case of the automatic, an AMT is known to offer more efficiency than the CVT.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno
Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Maruti Swift vs Maruti Baleno | Safety Features

Safety Features Comparison 

Safety Features Maruti Swift  Maruti Baleno 
Dual Front Airbags
ABS with EBD
Brake Assist
Front Disc Brakes
Rear Disc Brakes
ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors
Halogen Projector Headlamps
High-Speed Warning
Reverse Parking Sensor

Both Maruti Swift and Maruti Baleno offer almost the same safety equipment as standard across the range.

Maruti Swift vs Maruti Baleno | Comfort and Convenience

Comfort and Convenience Features

Features Maruti Swift  Maruti Baleno 
Touchscreen Infotainment
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Keyless Entry
Tilt Steering
Telescopic Steering
Auto AC
Cruise Control
Height Adjustable Driver Seat
Rain Sensing Auto Wipers
Rear AC Vents
Steering Mounted Controls
Auto folding ORVMs

Comparing the top-spec variants of both the cars, they have the same list of equipment on offer on this department as well. So, if you wanted to spend almost a lakh rupees more on the Baleno hoping to get a better equipment list, then it’ll all be in vain. The Swift can offer you the same comfort and convenience features as well.

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Infotainment System and Instrument Cluster at Maruti Suzuki Baleno
Infotainment System and Instrument Cluster on the Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Maruti Swift vs Maruti Baleno | Pricing

Variant-Wise Price
Model Variant Price
Maruti Swift  LXI ₹5,19,000
VXI ₹6,19,000
ZXI ₹6,78,000
ZXI+ ₹7,58,000
VXI AT ₹6,66,000
ZXI AT ₹7,25,000
ZXI+ AT ₹8,02,000
Maruti Baleno  Sigma ₹5,63,000
Delta ₹6,44,000
Zeta ₹7,01,000
DualJet Delta  ₹7,33,000
Alpha  ₹7,64,000
Delta CVT ₹7,76,000
DualJet Zeta  ₹7,89,000
Zeta CVT  ₹8,33,000
Alpha CVT  ₹8,96,000
*Prices, Ex-showroom Delhi*

Maruti Swift vs Maruti Baleno | So what does it all come down to?

Looking at the price list, each variant of the Baleno compared to the respective variants in the Swift cost at least ₹25,000 more and this difference goes up to ₹ 94,000 speaking of the top-spec variants. So the question is, do you really need to spend that much more money on a Baleno instead of picking the Swift?

The Answer to that is factors like bigger proportions, more powertrain options and overall being a tad bit more premium than the Swift works in favour of the Baleno. However, if you are a fan of the no-nonsense sporty attributes of the Swift, then extra stuff that the Baleno has to offer won’t bother you much. Since both the cars have similar underpinnings overall, choosing the Swift over the Baleno will at least help you save a great deal that you could spend later on the car’s maintenance.

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With the Swift possibly getting the DualJet engine sometime soon and with a decent enough equipment list, the top-most thing not working in the Swift’s favour is just the smaller proportions. If you are able to make peace with that, we dare say that the Swift might just be the wiser choice of the two.

Maruti Swift or Maruti Baleno, which one is your favourite? Let us know in the comments section.

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Vaibhav Arora
Vaibhav Arora
Content Developer at GoMechanic | Auto Journalist | Been a car guy ever since i remember opening my eyes | Golden Age for cars is long gone | Guilty of hooning out on the streets |


    • Hi Nikhil,
      To make things clear, let me tell you that AMT (Automatic Manual Transmission) should not be confused with an automatic transmission as both are distinct. Now with that out of our way, Maruti Suzuki Swift comes with an AMT gearbox whereas the Baleno is offered with a CVT automatic. Hence, Maruti Suzuki Baleno is the one that can be termed as the right automatic. Also, CVT will deliver a lot smoother and efficient ride when compared to AMT. Hope it helps, stay pinned! 🙂


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