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Maruti Suzuki Vitara vs Swift Dzire vs Baleno: Spec Comparison

Maruti Suzuki Vitara vs Swift Dzire vs Baleno: Spec Comparison
Ninad Mirajgaonkar Ninad Mirajgaonkar Friday 11 March 2016, 20:16 PM

In the price range of Rs 7.45 lakh to Rs 7.95 lakh, an Indian customer has the option to buy three products from Maruti Suzuki. The Baleno hatchback, the Swift Dzire compact sedan and the Vitara Brezza compact SUV. All three of them are sub-four metre vehicles, with diesel engines and a five-speed manual transmission, offering different value proposition in the same price bracket. Here is a spec comparison of the three, to check how they fair against each other.

Dimensions: All of them are under four metres in length, in this case, precisely 3,995mm. The Vitara Brezza is the tallest at 1,640mm with the SUVish style while at 1,500mm the Baleno hatchback is the shortest and that leaves us with the Dzire which is 1,555mm high. In terms of width, the Vitara leads over the two with a measurement of 1,790mm; the Baleno is 1,745mm and the Dzire stands at 1,695mm.

The wheelbase is considered to be an important aspect in cabin space and on that front, the Baleno and Vitara are just 20mm apart. The Baleno at 2,520mm is the largest to put things clearly on paper. As expected, the Dzire with three-box design has the shortest wheelbase of 2,430mm. The hatchback with a deep boot is also marginally bigger than the other two at 339litres, the Vitara and Dzire have boot space of 328litres and 320litres respectively.

The Dzire has smaller useable dimensions compared to the other two, but it is the only one with a boot independent of the cabin. Of the other two, the Baleno has alonger wheelbase and bigger boot, whereas the Brezza is taller and wider.

Equipment: All the variants that we have selected have ABS-EBD and front airbags. The Dzire is in the top-spec ZDi trimwhile the Baleno Zeta and the Vitara VDi are second to top versions. The compact sedan automatically has the most number of features, it has the electrically retractable ORVMs, rear armrest, reverse camera and sensors, fog lamps, engine start-stop button and steering mounted audio controls.

The Baleno also has a decent number of features, it has LED tail lamps, automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, leather-wrapped steering wheel, driver armrest, rear wiper, chrome package and follow me home headlamps. The equipment level in the Vitara Brezza in the VDi (O) trim is low, it misses out even on the basics like driver height adjustment.

Engine: All three cars in the diesel trim use the 1.3-litre multijet diesel engine, borrowed from Fiat. The Baleno and the Dzire mills use a fixed geometry turbo and have an output of 74bhp and 200Nm, whereas the Vitara uses variable-geometry turbo that produces 89bhp and 220Nm of torque. All three of them have a front-wheel drive setup and use a five-speed manual transmission. Additionally, the Dzire gets the AMT transmission option for a premium. The ARAI efficiency of the hatchback, compact SUV and sedan is 27.39kmpl, 24.3kmpl and 26.59kmpl respectively.

As expected the Vitara is the heaviest of the three cars with a kerb weight close to 1,200kg. The Baleno, based on the new platform, weighs just 980kgwhile the Dzire is 1,070kg.

Price: The top-spec Dzire has the most number of features, with the price tag of Rs 7.91 lakh, but loses out on dimensions and even engine performance. There are hardly any features in the Vitara priced at Rs 7.75 lakh, but it scores really well on the street presence and gets the most powerful engine. In the Zeta trim, the Baleno is priced at Rs 7.46 lakh (ex-Delhi), has a decent number of features and also the best efficiency of the three.


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