The Maruti Baleno hatchback has long had a dominion since launch in 2015. It has sold close to four lakh units till now. There is a solid reason behind its success. One that it’s a Maruti and second is it ticks all the right boxes when it comes to space, features, efficiency and performance. Maruti gave it a solid boost last year with an update to BS-VI engines, barring the diesel. The petrol’s (yes, there are two) are available with micro-hybrids and in varying power outputs. Diesel is the Fiat-borrowed one but it will be discontinued soon. The petrol has a CVT along with a manual option. Pricing as well a service too are top notch. A package that can’t go wrong, then?
Enter the Tata Altroz. A car that looks like a million bucks. It has all the features that the Baleno has got and plus some more. The drive modes only add to the feel. Speaking of which, the Tata Altroz is built on a new platform and boasts two engines – petrol and diesel – in BS-VI guise. Both the engines are available with a 5-speed manual only. While it’s too early to comment about longevity, Tata seems to have hit the nail on the head. Take a look at the specifications of both the Altroz and Baleno to know more.
|Type||1199cc inline three-cylinder petrol|
1497cc inline four-cylinder diesel
|1197cc inline four-cylinder petrol|
1248cc inline four-cylinder diesel
|Transmission||5-speed manual||5-speed manual|
|Valvetrain||4 valves/cylinder||4 valves/cylinder|
|Power to weight||NA||98.60PS/tonne|
|Boot Space (I)||345||339|
|Turning Radius (m)||5.0||4.9|
|Fuel tank capacity (litres)||37||37|
|Kerb weight (kg)||NA||910|
|Front||Independent McPherson strut||McPherson strut|
|Rear||Twist beam with coil spring||Torsion beam|
|Mfg Claim (kmpl)||NA||23.87|