There’s a charm to the Suzuki brand I can’t quite understand completely, but there is. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that they produce small-sized cars that are endearing and approachable. Or that they are sturdy, trust worthy and sometimes cheeky looking.
The fifth generation Baleno was introduced back in 015 in Asia, but is finding its way around the world in 016. Looks wise the front seems to be inspired by the Alfa Romero Giulietta to some level, which is not a bad thing as it’s snout is stylish and attractive, look at the back of the car and you’d wish the Italian influence continued, as its lacking the hint of flair but still pert and acceptable – maybe the sedan version would rectify. From the sides things are hindered, a tad too much black plastic on the A pillar, and I’m not a fan of a saggy lower window line, but I understand that it helps in making the car look cuter and less sharper, hence approachable. Inside the interior seems outdated honestly, but fast forward five years of use onward and the interior will most probably still look as it’s hard plastic-y self. The Baleno comes with three petrol engines ranging from 1 to 1.2 litres and there’s a 1.3 diesel, so you’ll be travelling from A to B with a content smile I guess.