Suzuki makes some great entry level models that provide a competent drive that’ll take you to where you want to go.
It’s my second week in one such car with the 2016 Suzuki Baleno GLX.
First up it has a 1.0 litre, 3-cylinder, turbo engine under the hood in place of the 1.4 litre naturally aspirated engine found in the Baleno GL.
This provides a smidge more power and torque for a bit more bite in acceleration instead of a very gradual increase.
The good news is, the lower gearing and small engine equates to reduced fuel consumption at an amazing 5.7L/100km.
The rest of the drive is much the same as the base model; simple and uncomplicated, though the steering seems to be heavier and tighter than the Baleno GL.
Some additional features are a welcome inclusion like auto A/C arranged in a v-shape with a circular screen in the middle telescopic steering adjustment, push button ignition and a much improved colour driver info display with nice graphics.
On top of this are HID projector headlights, keyless entry, chrome door handles, and 16” alloys wheels and don’t forget the Suzuki touch screen with sat nav from the GL.
Occupants will be comfortable enough in the soft, fabric seats – it’s nothing flash but feels like sitting on your favourite couch.
In the front and rear, legroom is standard and not cramped while storage is adequate with door bottle holders, an average glovebox and a deep boot.
Much like the entry spec GL, the 2016 Suzuki Baleno GLX is an excellent basic car with fundamental features and an affordable price. Though with the standard inclusion of a touch screen, the Suzuki Baleno GL is hard to shy away from.
NUTS and BOLTS 2016 Suzuki Baleno GLX
Engine: 1.0L turbo petrol producing 82kW and 160Nm
Transmission: Six-speed sports automatic
Warranty: 3 Year/100,000km
Safety: Five Stars
Price: From $15,990