Toyota has launched the Glanza hatchback at an introductory price between Rs.7.22 and Rs.8.90. While little is to be said about the dimensions, the exterior, the interior or even the functional differences, the models Glanza and Baleno differ in terms of price and variants. With so many similarities and so little differentiation, it can be a bit confusing. So let’s take a look at the details to find out which ones you should buy.

Toyota Glanza or Maruti Baleno: Which One To Buy?


There is literally nothing that distinguishes the Toyota Glanza from the Maruti Baleno except the grille, which has triple chrome fins instead of the darkened grille pattern on the Baleno. Of course, both hatchbacks carry the logo of each brand on the grille, while the design of the bonnet, the bumper, the side profile and the alloy wheels remains unchanged. However, the rear can be distinguished more clearly because the Glanza in the middle of the trunk lid carries a Toyota emblem and the name of the vehicle in the left corner and the variant name right. Both cars also have identical color options.

Inside, the multifunction steering wheel unit remains unchanged, but with the respective brand logo. The identical 7-inch Touchscreen device in the Glanza is equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, making it the first Toyota in India, which has connectivity features.

However, there is a small nomenclature update, because the infotainment unit in the Glanza is called Smart Playcast, while in Baleno it is called a SmartPlay studio. Both the Toyota Glanza and the Maruti Baleno come with the telematics services of their respective brands. The Baleno gets Suzuki Connect, while the Glanza Toyota Connect gets.

Variants and features:

The Maruti Baleno is available in four variants – Sigma, Delta, Zeta, and Alpha. On the other hand, the Toyota Glanza is only available in two variants, based on the Baleno G (based on the Zeta) and V (based on the Alpha). The number of functions of the Glanza is identical to the corresponding variants of the Baleno


Where the Maruti Baleno is available only from the second to the base-delta variant with CVT transmission, the Glanza gets it both with the G- and the V-variant.


The Baleno has three engine options – a 1.2-liter VVT, a mild hybrid 1.2 dual-jet petrol engine, and the proven 1.3-DDiS diesel. The Toyota Glanza borrows both gasoline engines of the Baleno, but not the diesel. Both vehicles are equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission as standard, but there is also a CVT offered, but only with the 1.2-liter VVT petrol engine. Here’s a quick look at the engine data.

Engine: 1.2-liter VVT (Baleno, Glanza) 1.2-liter dual-jet gasoline (Baleno, Glanza) 1.3-liter DDiS diesel (Baleno)

Power: 83 hp at 6,000 rpm 90hp at 6,000rpm 75 hp at 4,000 rpm

Torque: 113 Nm at 4,200 rpm 113 Nm at 4,400 rpm 190 Nm at 2,000 rpm

Transmission: 5MT / CVT 5MT 5MT

fuel efficiency
: 21.01 km / 19.56 km / h 23.87 km 27.39 km

For a variant-by-species comparison, the Glanza makes more sense. While all Glanza variants have the same price, its gasoline mild hybrid G ?? variant is a total of 65,000 rupees cheaper than the corresponding Baleno variant and thus a clear winner. Note, however, that the pricing of the Glanza is preliminary. So, if you intend to buy your car right away, the Glanza is definitely a much better value for money than it will be in the future when its prices go up.

Another factor that speaks for the Glanza is its guarantee of 3 years / 1 lakh km compared to the guarantee of 2 years / 40,000 km for the Maruti Baleno. For added security, Baleno’s buyers may receive a total warranty of 5 years 1-kilometer km while you extend this warranty from Toyota to the same five years, but at 2.20 lakh km. In addition, Toyota is offering Glanza a free three-year Roadside Assistance (RSA) feature. All these extra customer services and lower prices make the Toyota Glanza a better choice