Suzuki Baleno – best superminis | Best superminis 2018/2019

The original Suzuki Baleno was a forgettable Japanese hatchback favoured for its cheap running costs and reliability – but it was in no way a desirable car. Why Suzuki chose to resurrect this unloved car’s name for the 2016 Baleno is unsure, but don’t judge a book by its cover – the latest car is a real hidden gem of the supermini world.

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Sitting on the same platform that underpins the latest Swift, the Baleno’s focus is less sporty and more practical than its smaller brother. Yet Suzuki’s weight-saving techniques mean that the Baleno is incredibly light on its feet, darting around corners with vigour. The light weight doesn’t mean it’s a tiny car, though – space inside is very respectable for the class.

Those inside will benefit from generous standard equipment – the Baleno comes fully loaded with even base-spec cars getting a sat-nav as standard. That’s unheard of in this class.

Yet it’s inside where the Baleno commits its only real misstep – the design is pretty uninspiring, and while plastics are hard-wearing, they simply aren’t very pleasant. Still, if you can live with a dull cabin, the Baleno could be the perfect supermini.

Best superminis to buy now

  1. 1. Ford Fiesta
  2. 2. SEAT Ibiza
  3. 3. MINI 5-Door
  4. 4. Skoda Fabia
  5. 5. Citroen C3
  6. 6. VW Polo
  7. 7. Suzuki Baleno
  8. 8. Mazda 2
  9. 9. Dacia Sandero
  10. 10. Vauxhall Corsa

    source: AutoExpress Best Car Reviews (

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