Maruti Suzuki Baleno vs Mahindra KUV100 | by CarComparos.com


Overall, diesel Baleno’s Total Cost of Ownership is not only 60,000 Rs. less than the diesel KUV100, but also is more spacious, well built, more reliable, has better dynamics and better performance, making it our pick of this test. Interestingly, the automatic geared Baleno petrol works out to be 50,000 Rs. cheaper than a manual geared KUV100 petrol in terms of the Total Cost of Ownership. If you are keen on a petrol powered vehicle, the Baleno CVT is hands down our pick of the test.


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Pricing and Features: Mahindra KUV100’s top-most variant, the ‘K8’ Diesel retails for 6.84 Lakh, Ex-showroom, Delhi. For just 3000 Rs. less, buyers are enticed by the option of buying the Baleno diesel’s ‘Delta’ variant, costing read more…
Performance and Drivability:
# Petrol: Although both cars seem very similar on the spec sheet, there is a world of difference when it comes to their on-road characteristics. On one hand there’s the Baleno, with a remarkably refined and free revving engine, while on the other hand there’s Mahindra’s very first petrol engine that feels read more…
# Diesel: KUV100 has better drivability than the Baleno at city speeds. Turbo-lag is well contained in the KUV100, while it is quite noticeable in the Baleno. If only Maruti would stop giving its cars insanely tall gearing to achieve those mind boggling ARAI mileage numbers. However as the read more…
#Petrol: In our back-to-back tests, the Baleno was almost 3 kmpl more efficient than the KUV100. Even the automatic geared Baleno CVT was read more…
#Diesel: In our back-to back tests, the KUV100 was consistently 2 kmpl read more…
Space and Comfort: KUV100 has a unique 3 + 3 seating configuration. But in terms of cabin space it is still no match for the Baleno. Baleno’s seats are far more comfortable and have better knee-room than the KUV100. Baleno’s 339 litre boot is far bigger and more useful than the KUV100’s boot space of read more…
Ride Quality and Handling: KUV100 is simply no match for the dynamic abilities of the Baleno. Baleno does feel a tad bit stiff while tackling bumps at low speeds compared to the KUV100. But the KUV100 rolls like a yacht around the corners, while the Baleno grips surprisingly well and remains read more…
Reliability and After Sales Service: Mahindra is no match to Maruti’s legendary service support. First and foremost, the reliability of Mahindra products themselves is nowhere close to that of Suzuki’s. Secondly, the KUV100 has all new engines powering it and thus bound to have read more…
Verdict: Diesel Baleno’s Total Cost of Ownership is not only 60,000 Rs. less than the diesel KUV100, but also is more spacious, well built, more reliable, has better dynamics and better performance, making it our pick of this test. Interestingly, the automatic geared Baleno petrol works out to be read more…
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Dhiyanesh Ravichandran

Dhiyanesh is equally crazy about driving cars and writing about them. This guy loves everything with a steering wheel, so, at someday if self-driving cars take up all driving, he is sure to go nuts! He likes sedans of 90s era, esp W140 S-Class and R34 Skyline GT. Apart from usual motoring stuffs, he maintains a strong appetite for sociological perspectives on cars, their historical and cultural footprints. He owns a 1999 Fiat Siena passionately, and drives a Ford Fiesta.