The Suzuki Baleno is a five-door hatchback that sits just above the slightly smaller Swift in Suzuki’s car range. According to Suzuki, the Swift is a car you choose with your heart, whereas the Baleno is one you choose with your head.
The Baleno has been designed to maximise interior space. Compared with the Swift, there’s a lot more room for rear seat passengers and a much bigger boot.
At first glance, the Baleno’s interior looks on a par with other supermini rivals. In the centre of the dash is a large colour touchscreen that’s augmented by a smaller colour display between the dials on SZ5 models. This helps cut down on the number of buttons and gives a cleaner look.
This is where the Baleno really scores. Front seat passengers won’t be clashing elbows although taller drivers may find their head closer to the roof lining than they might like. Move to the rear, and it’s hard not to be impressed by the amount of room.
Even with a tall driver up front, you’ll still get a full sized adult behind them with leg room to spare. Like the front, rear head room isn’t quite as generous, but it is still bearable for adults of above average height.
The infotainment system is mounted high on the dashboard, making it easy to see even on the move. For the most part it’s pretty responsive although many of the icons are too small to press accurately over a moderately bumpy road.