I am looking to purchase my first car, which will primarily be used for long-distance travel – from Bengaluru to my hometown in Andhra Pradesh. I am confused between the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Tata Altroz, and although the latter has best in class safety, the Baleno has better fuel economy and is easier to maintain.
Autocar India says: We would pick the Baleno, which received an upgrade earlier this year. Compared to the Altroz, the Baleno drives better, is a bit more spacious and has more features. Whilst the Altroz has scored well in the GNCAP tests with a 5-star rating, that test does not cover the overall safety of the car. The Baleno meets the latest Indian safety standards, which is similar to Europe, and is quite safe as a result. Also, the new Baleno – for the first time – comes with the option of six airbags.