A few years ago, the Indian car market might not have be as big when it comes to performance hatchbacks. However, there is a steady increase in demand for sportier and more powerful cars. The launch of the Volkswagen Polo GT, Ford Figo 1.5 and the Fiat Punto Abarth and are proof enough that there is a sufficient demand for smarter looking powerful cars. In the near future, Maruti will launch the Baleno RS to compete in this segment. It would be powered by a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The latest version of the already popular hatchback will rival against the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI. Read the comparison below between Maruti Baleno RS vs Volkswagen Polo GT to see how each of these cars fare against each other.
- 1 Maruti Baleno RS vs Volkswagen Polo GT
- 1.1 Maruti Baleno RS vs Volkswagen Polo GT- Price
- 1.2 Maruti Baleno RS vs Volkswagen Polo GT- Specifications
- 1.3 Maruti Baleno RS vs Volkswagen Polo GT- Dimensions
- 1.4 Maruti Baleno RS vs Volkswagen Polo GT- Mileage
- 1.5 Maruti Baleno RS vs Volkswagen Polo GT- Features
- 1.6 Maruti Baleno RS vs Volkswagen Polo GT- Design Comparison- Exterior
- 1.7 Maruti Baleno RS vs Volkswagen Polo GT- Design Comparison- Interior
- 1.8 Maruti Baleno RS vs Volkswagen Polo GT- Verdict
Maruti Baleno RS vs Volkswagen Polo GT
Maruti Baleno RS vs Volkswagen Polo GT- Price
|Maruti Baleno RS (estimated)||Volkswagen Polo GT
TSI (Petrol)/ TDI (Diesel)
|Ex showroom, Delhi Price||Rs. 8.00 – 9.00 lakhs||Rs. 9.05 lakhs/Rs. 9.16 lakhs|
Its almost sure that the Baleno RS will be cheaper than the Polo GT. It Baleno RS should cost somewhere around Rs. 8 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) while the Polo GT TSI is priced at INR 9.05 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The Baleno RS would have an edge over the Polo GT TSI when it comes to pricing. However, it should be noted that the above pricing of the Baleno RS is for the manual transmission variant while the Polo GT TSI’s engine comes mated with a 7 speed automatic transmission system.
Maruti Baleno RS vs Volkswagen Polo GT- Specifications
|Baleno RS||Polo GT TSI|
|Engine Type||1.0 L Turbocharged Petrol||1.2 L Turbocharged Petrol|
|Power||112 bhp||104 bhp|
|Torque||175 Nm||175 Nm|
|Top Speed||190 km/hr (estimated)||190 km/hr|
|Acceleration (0-100 km/h)||9.5 seconds (est)||9.7 seconds|
|Transmission (Gearbox)||5-speed manual||7-speed DSG automatic|
|Mileage||22 km/ltr (estimated)||17.21 kpl (claimed)|
The Balneo RS will have an all-new 1.0-litre petrol turbocharging engine which will pump out a max power of 110 bhp and a peak torque of 170 Nm. As of now, this engine, internationally comes with an option of either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission . In all its likelihood, India will get the 5-speed manual initially.
The Volkswagen Polo GT TSI is powered by a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine that pumps out 105 PS of max power and 175 Nm of torque. This engine comes mated with a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission. Right now there is no manual transmission option or paddle shifters on offer, which might disappoint a large chunk of buyers.
Maruti Baleno RS vs Volkswagen Polo GT- Dimensions
|Maruti Baleno RS||Volkswagen Polo GT|
|Length x Width x Height||3995 x 1745 x 1470 mm||3970 x 1682 x 1435 mm|
|Wheelbase||2520 mm||2456 mm|
|Kerb Weight||Info not available||1109 kg|
|Wheel Type and Size||16-inch alloys||15-inch alloys|
|Boot Space||339 L||295 L|
When it comes to exteriors, both the cars have the same dimensions as their respective standard versions.
Talking about the interior space, the Maruti Baleno has more cabin space. On the other hand the rear seat of the Polo GT is a bit cramped and its boot (295 ltrs) isn’t as spacious as that of the Baleno (339 ltrs).
Maruti Baleno RS vs Volkswagen Polo GT- Mileage
|Maruti Baleno RS (estimated)||Volkswagen Polo GT TSI|
|ARAI Certified Overall Mileage||22 km/ltr||17.21 km/ltr|
The claimed mileage of the Baleno RS could be around 22 km/ltr. While the ARAI certified mileage of the Polo GT TSI is 17.21 km/l. These numbers are good for comparison of the mileage of the two cars. However it should be noted that these are mileage figures under under test conditions. Mileage would vary in actual driving conditions.
Maruti Baleno RS vs Volkswagen Polo GT- Features
|Maruti Baleno RS||Volkswagen Polo GT|
|Air Conditioner Type||Automatic Climate Control||Automatic Climate Control|
|Power Windows||Yes (4)||Yes (4)|
|Steering Audio Controls||Yes||Yes|
|Audio System||Yes (Touchscreen)||Yes (Touchscreen)|
|Airbags||Yes (2)||Yes (2)|
Quite on the same lines as the Polo GT that which is based on the top end variant of the Polo, the Baleno RS will also be available in the top-end Alpha trim. This certainly means both cars come loaded with great features. However, the Maruti Baleno RS gets certain extra features such as LED daytime running lights, projector headlamps, LED tail lamps and more. But it misses out on certain key features such as a cooled cornering lamps, glovebox, , cruise control all of which are part of the Polo GT’s feature list.
Maruti Baleno RS vs Volkswagen Polo GT- Design Comparison- Exterior
When it comes to the exteriors, there are little but easy to figure out differences between the standard Polo and the GT variants. The primary ones being black rear spoiler and GT badging on the grille. In addition, there is ‘GT’ badging on the C-pillars and the boot lid as well. Overall, the Polo GT is the same “mast” looking European hatchback that has been around for quite a while now.
Talking about the Baleno RS, it is likely to feature additions such as bumper extensions, side skirts and roof spoiler to set it apart from the standard car. Maruti could put in black alloy wheels to give it a more sportier look.
Since design and looks are a matter of personal choice, choosing the better between the two is up to the buyer based on his/her preferences.
Maruti Baleno RS vs Volkswagen Polo GT- Design Comparison- Interior
The Polo GT interiors would get an all-black treatment, in comparison to the black-beige interiors of the standard car’s. The dashboard would be neatly laid out with all the essentials and good quality materials. The highlight would be the is the flat bottomed steering wheel. When it comes to space, the Polo GT isn’t as spacious as the Baleno RS, though.
Now talking about the Baleno RS, there might not be any major differences in the interiors of the Baleno RS. It is expected that the car would carry the same all black great quality interiors. Much like the exteriors, the cabin of the Polo GT is simple yet elegant while that of the Baleno is comparitively more radical.
Maruti Baleno RS vs Volkswagen Polo GT- Verdict
A lot will depend upon the pricing of the Baleno RS. While the Volkswagen Polo GT is already popular among buyers, the trust of Maruti will also play a huge role in the success of the Baleno RS. Only time will tell which car becomes the best seller out of these two.
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