We recently climbed behind the wheel of the Suzuki Baleno and found that while the looks are rather nondescript, the Baleno is a solid offering.
With the possible exception of (defunct locally) Daihatsu, no marque has perfected compact motoring quite like Suzuki has. And I don’t mean small, I mean taking a miniscule footprint and packing it to the rafters with living space, with this, the Baleno being a prime example. What you get is a typical B Segment hatch affair in dimensions and price point, but with kit and cabin room on par with C segment stalwarts like the Chevy Cruze and some other stuff.
The high spec GLX that we found ourselves in comes kitted with front fog lamps, 16-inch alloy wheels, a 6.2-inch TFT colour screen, cruise control, keyless start and rear parking sensors. Standard safety features across the range include ABS with EBD and dual front airbags (with side and curtain airbags in the GLX).
VERDICT: Another great little Suzuki pugilist that can punch above its weight
Spec: 1.4L petrol / 68kW / 130Nm
Performance: 0-100kph in 10.9sec
Price: R199 900 (GL MT), R229 900 (GLX AT), R244 900 (GLX AT)
4yr/60 000km service plan