2017 Suzuki Baleno GLX Turbo Quick Review

By Cameron Kirby, 13 Nov 2016 Car Reviews

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Suzuki Baleno GLX Turbo

Suzuki’s small city car offering, the Baleno, offers great value from its three-cylinder engine and an excellent infotainment package too.

STRENGTHS

  • Aside from the fantastic BOOSTERJET name, the 1.0-litre three-cylinder in the GLX Turbo is a treat. Great rorty exhaust note, smooth when cruising in traffic, and enthusiastic when the throttle is planted.
  • Despite being electronically assisted, there is fantastic feel through the wheel. It feels like a traditional hydraulic power-steering setup, with natural weight and feel. The one downside is the massive 3.8 turns lock-to-lock. Prepare to work your arms while parking.
  • The central 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system is easy to use and read at a glance. Phone connectivity is simple, plus Apple Car Play and Android Auto as standard are big wins. Reversing camera and satellite navigation are standard.
  • The twin-dial dash is a nice touch. Although there is no digital speedometer, the car’s drive mode, speed, and instant fuel economy are all easy to read, and the blue backlighting gives a modern feel.
  • The Baleno is a small city car, which is a big plus in urban areas. You will rarely worry about narrow streets, whether parking spaces are large enough, or if you can squeeze through tight gaps in traffic.

Suzuki Baleno GLX Turbo

WEAKNESSES

  • The Baleno falls short in suspension refinement. While smooth over long undulations in the road, the GLX Turbo crashes over shorter bumps.
  • Driving alone, the Baleno feels roomy inside. However, add bodies, and you quickly begin to realise how narrow the cabin is. Driving with an adult passenger in the front seat, it is easy to graze their leg reaching for the gear lever. Redeeming factors include the ample 355-litre boot and decent legroom for the rear seats.
  • While the six-speed automatic transmission doesn’t hunt for gears in normal driving, it falls short during when hustling the car more spiritedly. Despite a 6,5000rpm redline, the car auto-upshifts at 5800rpm in ‘manual’ mode, making the paddle-shifters and manual mode somewhat redundant.