A Compare analysis of Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS VS Volkswagen Polo GT

The Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS VS Volkswagen Polo GT war for the best customer option has become interesting with thelaunch of Baleno RS with turbojet engine.The Volkswagen Polo GT is the most popular car in the hatchback car segment in the country. In this segment, Maruti has launched its Baleno RS, which is the updated version of the regular Baleno.

The Design, exterior and interior are all similar to the previous one, however the only difference is that the Balano RS has a 1.0 liter Boosterjet petrol engine which is more powerful. Now it is interesting to know, which car is better - Volkswagen Polo GT or Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS:



Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS VS Volkswagen Polo GT : Which has better Engine/Fuel Economy ?

The engine of the Volkswagen Polo GT, as given in the table, is more powerful than the Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS. Power is 3 PS higher and 25 Nm of torque is also more. In terms of weight, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS is a light weight car. Moreover, the Volkswagen Polo GT has been given an automatic gearbox, while the Baleno RS comes with manual transmission.

The mileage of the Baleno RS is also better than the Volkswagen Polo GT. Hence, if you want a powerful hatchback, then Polo GT is the best, but if you want a mileage car then Baleno RS is a good option for you.

Engine specs compare table

  Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Volkswagen Polo GT
Engine Type 1.0 litre BoosterJet 1.2 litre
Power 102 PS 105 PS
Torque 150 Nm @ 1700 - 4500 rpm 175 Nm @ 1500 - 4100 rpm
Transmission 5-speed MT 7-Speed DSG AT
fuel Economy 21.1 kmpl 17.21 kmpl
Kerb Weight 950 kg 1109 kg

Bottom-line  : Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS has better fuel economy than Volkswagen Polo GT  but Polo GT has powerful engine than the former.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS vs Volkswagen Polo GT - Which is More Advanced ?

In terms of features, the Baleno RS is a little bit better than the Polo GT, here the plus point of the Baleno RS is its advanced SmartPlay information system which comes with touchscreen. At the same time, it has been attached to the rear parking camera, while the Polo GT lacks both features.

In addition, the Baleno RS comes loaded with LED DRLs, push button start/ stop, follow- me- home- headlamps, auto headlamps and spilt rear seat features, while the Polo GT does not have such feature. Tyres of the Baleno RS are larger. However, front disc brakes have been given in both cars.

Features compare Table

  Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Volkswagen Polo GT
Headlamps Projector Halogen
LED daytime running lights Yes No
Music System SmartPlay infotainment system with Apple CarPlay CD/MP3/Bluetooth/USB and Aux-in
Parking Aids Reverse parking camera and sensors Reverse parking sensors
Brakes Disc brakes on all four wheels Disc (front), Drum (rear)
Auto Headlamps Yes No
Follow- me- home- Headlamps Yes No
60:40 spilt rear seat yes No
Push button start/ stop Yes No
Seat belt pre-tensioner with Load Limiter yes No
Tyre Size 16- inch 15- inch

Bottom-line  : Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS has an edge over Volkswagen Polo GT with new features like advanced SmartPlay information system and rear parking camera and bigger tires.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS vs Volkswagen Polo GT - Which one is more safer ?

On the safety front, the Volkswagen Polo GT is by far better than the Baleno RS. As given in the table, it comes equipped with ESP, hill hold control, cruise control, aluminum finish pedal, cooled glove-box and fog lamps. On the other hand, the Baleno RS lacks all these features, though it gets fog lamps.

Safety features compare table

  Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Volkswagen Polo GT
ESP No Yes
Cruise control No Yes
Hill hold control No Yes
Fog lamps with cornering lights only fog lamps Yes
Aluminium finish pedal No Yes
Cooled glove-box No Yes

Bottom-line  : Volkswagen Polo GT wins Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS at the passenger safety front.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS vs Volkswagen Polo GT - Which more pocket friendly ?

If you look at the prices, the Baleno RS comes with an affordable price tag of Rs 8.69 lakhs (ex- showroom, New Delhi) and it is only available in one variant. While, the price of the Volkswagen Polo GT is Rs 9.22 lakh (ex- showroom, New Delhi). The Volkswagen Polo GT is the favourite hatchback car of the country, while the Baleno RS has more mileage and less price.