Suzuki Baleno is a grown up car for the young at heart
Published 13/06/2016 | 10:28
For lovers of Suzuki cars the all-new Baleno arrives in Ireland on this month. It’s a grown up car for those who feel young at heart.
The Baleno is Suzuki thorough and through, a family car that punches well above its very low weight. Big enough to meet an Irish family’s needs the standout feature of the Baleno is its all-new 1.0 litre Direct Injection turbocharged Boosterjet engine that gives super high performance and great fuel economy at 64 miles per gallon. It offers the same level of power and torque of a much larger capacity normally aspirated engine (1.8-litre) for an effortless drive and genuine driving pleasure.
The Suzuki Swift is the company’s supermini offering with a cult following due to its bullet proof reliability, packed in performance, high fuel economy and low emissions, but mostly for its driveability. The Baleno is a more grown-up car aimed at couples looking for extra space or small to mid-sized families.
Still though, the Baleno may be a more rational choice for those with responsibilities, the car retains the youthful exuberance of its more footloose cousin the Swift. The new generation platform and latest development in high tensile steel construction allows for increased rigidity and reduced weight, enhanced fuel efficiency, handling and stability, while still achieving high levels of safety and NVH performance. The result is a very low kerb weight of 935kg (1.2-litre SHVS model), which together with the new engine, means the Baleno is faster and more agile.
The Baleno is a nippy city car that is practical, fun and good on the open road.
It does tick all the boxes in terms of practicality and can boast offers the best tandem distance in its class which is the measurement taken between the front and rear seats. T 355 litres there’s plenty of luggage space and one of the best in its class.
There’s a lot more to the Baleno than space and agility though, it comes pact full of high-end features – SatNav, Bluetooth and Air Conditioning fitted as standard on all models and Radar Brake Support and Adaptive Cruise Control are fitted as standard to SZ5 grade. The touchscreen panel in the cabin is snuggly fitted into car’s instrument control panel and is beautifully designed. The touchscreen has full tactile functionality like your smart phone for ‘pinch and swipe’ hand gestures.
Probably the cars most distinctive feature however is evident on the outside and while all other Suzuki models have the same flowing lines and stylish, urban designs that make then so recognisable, the Baleno surpasses them in terms of aerodynamics.
The name Baleno means ‘whale’ in Italian and it makes sense with the car’s ‘Liquid Flow’ design theme. Bringing to mind the bulk of the whale (roomier interior) as well as its streamlined, dynamic outer form that allows it to move so efficiently through water.
A more practical choice than the Swift, the Baleno is for Suzuki lovers who maybe don’t feel they need to step up to a Vitara or an SX4 S-Cross.
Book a test drive to experience the incredible Suzuki Baleno for yourself at http://www.suzuki.ie/request-test-drive
For more information on the Baleno and the full range of Suzuki models vist http://www.suzuki.ie/