No matter which is your favorite vehicle type, no one turns their back on a hatchback or an SUV for sure. These two vehicles offer wider space in the boot, added seating capability in most cases and also performance output – that’s what the manufacturers in India would emphasize their selling campaigns on. If you are in quest of a new vehicle and hatchback and SUVs are in your active consideration, then you should love these two models we are talking about.
As the motor vehicle enthusiasts already know, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno is a model placed in higher standards than the Maruti Suzuki Swift. Even the Swift is a very premium hatchback vehicle originated in Japan and available in India as a locally assembled vehicle under Maruti’s supervision. That having said, there’s no doubt that the Baleno is a premium vehicle as well, in a very reasonable price.
And the Nissan Terrano has been facelifted from its predecessor Nissan Duster, and it’s a joint production under Renault and Nissan’s combined endeavor. Like the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, the Nissan Duster is also locally assembled in a plant in Chennai.
Out of the many variants of Nissan Terrano and MarutiSuzkiBaleno available in the market, we have handpicked the most premium XVD THP Premium 110PS variant of Nissan Terrano and Sigma Petrol variant of Maruti Suzuki Baleno for reviewing.
Engine in the Maruti Suzuki Baleno is a 1.2 liter VVT engine, 4 cylinder, and the actual displacement is 1197 cc. The engine is capable of pulling off a maximum of 83 bhp and 115 Nm power and torque figures respectively. Maruti Suzuki Baleno comes with a FWD drive train like most other cars in this price range.
Nissan Terrano is a full-fledged crossover with mostly SUV properties, and the engine is a 1.5 liter 4 cylinders in line petrol engine in the variant we are discussing about. It provides maximum 108 bhp power and 248 maximum torque output. However, the drive train in the Terrano is FWD like the Baleno.
Nissan Terrano is capable of providing a moderate mileage of 13 kmpl in city driving, and in highways the range goes up to 20 kmpl in both petrol and diesel variants. Being an SUV, the figures are certainly excellent. Fuel tank capacity – 50 liters.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno is a compact hatchback with a moderately powerful engine, thus the fuel efficiency on this car is 21 kmpl city and 27 kmpl highway, max. Fuel tank capacity – 37 liters.
Suspension and Steering
Nissan Terrano has independent McPherson strut bars, and anti-roll bars in the front suspension. For the rear suspension, Nissan Terrano uses Torsion Beam Axle with Coil Sprins and Anti-Roll bar. The car is very stable on any road condition.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno uses McPherson Strut for the front suspension, and Torsion Beams for the rear suspension. For a hatchback, this car is very stable too.
Nissan Terrano has an electro-hydraulic power steering, and Maruti Suzuki Baleno has a regular electric power steering.
Seating and Boot Space
Both these vehicles have 5 persons’ seating arrangement.
Nissan Terrano has 475 liters of space in the boot, and Maruti Suzuki Baleno has 339 liters.
Price and Variant
Maruti Suzuki Baleno variants are:
- Sigma Petrol Rs. 560,266, Diesel Rs. 712,552.
- Delta Petrol Rs. 631,146, Delta CVT Petrol Rs. 771,656, Delta Diesel Rs. 786,613.
- Zeta Petrol Rs. 720,706, Zeta Petrol CVT Rs. 840,036, Zeta Diesel Rs. 855,226.
- Alpha Petrol Rs. 799,781, Alpha Diesel Rs. 935,276.
Nissan Terrano variants are:
- XED XLP 104PS Rs. 1,125,552.
- XED 85PS Rs. 1,121,622.
- XVD THP 110PS Rs. 1,121,622.
- XLD 85PS Rs. 1,295,405.
- XLD Plus 85PS ICC WT20 SE Rs. 1,351,498.
- XVD THP Premium 110PS Rs. 1,530,949.