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Maruti Suzuki Baleno vs Tata Altroz 2020 - Prices, Mileage, Specs, Variants and Features

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By Tijo Tenson - Content Writer May 02 2020 Share this blog

During the later half of January 2020, Tata launched the Altroz for Rs 5.29 lakh(ex-showroom Delhi) and a booking amount of Rs 25,000. This hatchback became a tough competitor against Toyota Glanza, Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20, Volkswagen Polo and Honda Jazz, among others.

Till date, 2020 Baleno is one of the fiercest car in its segment. The ex-showroom price of Tata Altroz ranges from Rs 5.29- 9.29 lakhs. Meanwhile, the price range of Maruti Suzuki Baleno is between Rs 5.58 to 8.96 lakhs.

What are the performance differnces of 2020 Baleno and Altroz?

As you can notice, Maruti Suzuki Baleno is available in three engine options; petrol, diesel and hybrid-petrol. Meanwhile, Tata Altroz is only available in petrol and diesel variants. Also, a few reviewers summarized the 0 to 100 km/h acceleration for the Baleno to be 12.3 seconds, whereas, the Altroz took 18 seconds.

2020 tata altroz diesel and petrol engines

Maruti Suzuki Baleno has a top speed of 170 KMPH(petrol) and 180 KMPH(diesel) but the top speed of Tata Altroz is yet to be clocked but we expect it to have an edge due to its performance bump.

Model

2020 Maruti Suzuki Baleno

2020 Tata Altroz

Pricing(Ex-Showroom Delhi)

Rs 5.58 to 8.96 lakh

Rs 5.29 to 9.29 lakh

Engine

1.2-litre/1.2-liter with mild hybrid/ 1.3-liter Diesel

1.2-litre Petrol/ 1.5-liter Diesel

Transmission

5-speed MT, CVT/5-speed MT/ 5-speed MT

5-speed MT/5-speed MT

Power

83 bhp@6000 RPM(petrol)/ 

74 bhp@4000 RPM(diesel)

85 bhp@6000 RPM(petrol)/

89 bhp@4000 RPM(diesel)

Torque

115 Nm@4000 RPM(petrol)/

190 Nm@2000 RPM(diesel)

113 Nm@3300 RPM(petrol)/

200 Nm@1250 RPM(diesel)

0-100 KMPH

?12.3 Seconds

?18 Seconds

Top Speed

170-180 KMPH

N/A

*As per 2020 Maruti Suzuki Baleno (Alpha CVT) and 2020 Tata Altroz (XZ Optional Diesel) models.

Tata's in-house developed Revotron and Revotorq engines are well refined and also provides with impressive efficiency despite the performance bump over the Baleno. But the reason it slips away from Tata is the absence of an automatic transmission when its due. Maruti Suzuki provides automatic transmission for its Baleno which is a huge selling point.

2020 maruti suzuki baleno petrol and diesel engines

But Tata is well aware of its blunder and its a matter of time, till an automatic Altroz comes out. But the first impressions have been made and it has left a mark. 

What are the key exterior features of the two?

The Baleno showcases a liquid flow design and comes with redefinitions in the premium compact segment. On the other hand, the Altroz is a dual-tone hatchback with large integrated DRLs fog lamps showcasing a split setup.

2020 maruti suzuki baleno vs tata altroz front third quarter view

A noticeably visible crease can be seen running in the frame of this car. The rear door handles are incorporated in the window frame. Therefore it provides a 3-door effect. The Altroz also comprises dual-tone alloy wheels, and the rear highlights include the LED taillamps, which are split in nature and connected with black plastic.

Model

2020 Maruti Suzuki Baleno

2020 Tata Altroz

Length(mm)

3995

3990

Width(mm)

1745

1755

Height(mm)

1510

1523

Wheelbase(mm)

2520

2501

Ground Clearance(mm)

165

165

The length, width, and height of the Baleno differ slightly from Altroz. Also, the ground clearance of both of these vehicles is the same. But a substantial difference is noticeable in the wheelbase of Baleno and Altroz. 

What are the notable features on the inside?

There are many visible common features available in both Baleno and Altroz in 2020. These include a 7-inch touchscreen display, Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, controls mounted on steering wheel, adjustable driver seats, and Start/Stop push button.

2020 maruti suzuki baleno vs tata altroz seating

But besides these common interior features, the Baleno comes with a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, whereas the Altroz comes with only a tilt steering wheel. Also, there is no clarity on whether the AC vents are available for rear passengers in Baleno, but we do know that they are available in Altroz.

Model

2020 Maruti Suzuki Baleno

2020 Tata Altroz

Interior Features

7-inch touchscreen infotainment display

Harman Kardon infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen display


Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

Android Auto & Apple CarPlay


Audio controls mounted on the steering.

Controls mounted on the steering.


Steering with tilt and telescoping options

Mechanized climate controls


Auto AC

AC vents for rear passengers


Start Stop Push Button

Start Stop Push Button


SHVS Micro-Hybrid Technology

Armrest in the front and rear


Adjustable driver seats

Adjustable driver seats

Besides this, you will notice metal finish on interior door handles and tipped parking brakes along with black and blue inside the Baleno Alpha CVT. The metal finish interior door handles are also in Altroz XZ optional diesel. Besides this, the latter also has 3D embossed upholstery, front and rear door magazine pockets, and dashboard with a classic satin chrome finish.

This variant of Altroz also accommodates illuminated cooled glove box with 15-litre space, retractable glovebox tray, parcel tray in the rear, sunglass and umbrella holder, knitted roof liner and pockets in the magazine. Therefore, a surprising number of visible features are available in the latter in comparison to the former.

What are the differentiating features in both cars?

Although there are many similarities between both the Baleno and Altroz of the current year, there are also significant differences. In the below table, we have compared the most expensive trims and laid down the key differences between these two car models of 2020.

2020 maruti suzuki baleno vs tata altroz front fascia

As you can quickly notice, there are no fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, and power antenna in the most expensive model of Baleno. Still, these are available in the XZ optional diesel model of the Altroz.

Model

2020 Maruti Suzuki Baleno

2020 Tata Altroz

Differentiating Features

Tilt and telescoping steering wheel

Tilt steering wheel


Not available

Fog light, rain-sensing wiper and power antenna


Outside rearview turn indicators, chrome grille and integrated antenna

Not available


Automatic transmission

Manual transmission


Tinted glass

Not available


Metal finish interior door handles and tipped parking brakes. The Interior is black and blue.

3D Embossed upholstery; metal finishes interior door handles, front door umbrella holder, front and rear door magazine pockets, and dashboard with a classic satin chrome finish.

One of the critical features which users will appreciate between these two variants is the transmission. The Altroz XZ optional diesel model comes with a manual transmission, whereas, the Alpha CVT Baleno comes with automatic transmission. Similarly, Baleno also comes with both tilt and telescoping steering wheel whereas Altroz only comes with a tilt steering wheel.

Which is the better car, Baleno or Altroz?

There are many similarities between both of these hatchback trims and a surprising number of differences too. Also, many of these differences may be available as optional addons with the models at an additional price from the manufacturer. Furthermore, the configurations of the models slightly differ from each other, even in dimensions. Therefore, it is up to the buyer to decide the best model of choice.

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