Skoda Fabia and Suzuki Baleno are spacious and cheap utilities, gasoline engines employing low capacity, efficient and pleasant. Better than 3 or 4 cylinder?
To find out for sure We use the day we have on the one hand, the Suzuki Baleno (the link can see their prices), a global automotive conceived in Japan, manufactured in India and with an engine 1.0 three cylinder, with turbo direct injection posed, with his price and interior, one of its most attractive arguments. Opposite, the Skoda Fabia (on the link, their prices), designed and assembled in Europe, and with a gasoline engine 1.2 TSI four cylinder which embodies the first step of miniaturization in engines and turbo generalization to compensate for the smaller displacement.
Skoda Fabia and Suzuki Baleno: interior
Both of them They are utility segment B, one of the most popular categories of our roads, and are economical, agile in town and do not need much space to park. But also they have a behavior increasingly close to that of senior road cars.
Despite its similarity outer dimensions, not only will they be differentiated by aesthetics, but already with meter in hand we will notice how Suzuki Baleno has the edge in luggage capacity –390 liters vs. 355 the Skoda Fabia, according to our mediciones- and in legroom for rear passengers, although the height of the ceiling height in that area is clearly better off in the model of the Czech brand, where passengers will not touch on the part high head. In any case, it seems that utility They are mainly used the front seats or, frequently, the driver is the only occupant of the car, so that one will relativize the real importance of interior space.
Skoda Fabia and Suzuki Baleno: mechanical response
He Suzuki Baleno must recognize that it is lighter. A lot. It has weighed on our scale 173 kilos less the Skoda Fabia and that allows its splendid shine propeller, which exemplarily embodies the latest trend in technology. 1.0 Boosterjet engine (this link you can see all our measurements) not only regains speed without changing gear with more ease, but in city It requires less energy to move, and hence get a better consumption than rival (5,9 l / 100 km actual average expenditure).
But is this Suzuki Baleno is also very soft, with better response at low engine speeds engines three atmospheric cylinders, thanks to its small turbo, but has not lost those classical vibration when the tachometer approaches the red zone; an aspect in which it still do not reach the degree of refinement engine with a cylinder, such as Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI (This link you can see all our measurements).
The fact is that the Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI spends slightly (6.2 l / 100 km actual average expenditure) and recommends downshift if we hurry to do some overtaking. However, maximum acceleration and driving sports way winding areas, He will leave behind the Suzuki Baleno. In this sense, it also helps one team more powerful brakes, with good mordant, you need less meters to stop than Japanese model.
Skoda Fabia and Suzuki Baleno: Behavior
He 1.0 BoosterJet engine of Suzuki Baleno It is associated with a simple five-speed change with a light switch, but not too fast or accurate; one of those who recommend to escape the rush and make fine hand movements in transitions, to seize the horses of mechanics. Worst feeling leaves a chassis that makes long for the Swift. Thus, the direction is not as informative as we would like and sample buffer some difficulty maintaining changing curves drawn on asphalt requirement in certain situations. Instead, the soft suspension comfort us if the bumps appear to move in a straight line or on very rough we should go up asphalt.
He Skoda Fabia offers general more European touch, more concerned with driving rather than for maximum comfort. So, both management and change more quickly and accurately show, with shorter tours lever in the Suzuki Baleno, whcih when we have a transmission six relations that possibly we will use more often … especially if we take the large frame riding the Skoda Fabia and solazarnos between curves. Here, there will be differences if we chose the conventional suspension or we have opted for optional sport -eficaz at rates very high up in areas of curves, but not too recommended in deteriorated asphalt or areas with abundant speed- projections or reducers.
Skoda Fabia and Suzuki Baleno: provision and quality
Special mention equipping the GLX version proven Suzuki Baleno, rather reminiscent of a luxury saloon because it has air conditioning, xenon headlights, browser and access system and keyless start, you can boost in sales as a popular car.
Instead, the Skoda Fabia leaves better taste in terms of intangibles, as the sound of doors closing, the texture of the inner linings, even the shape of the seats or the precision with which obeys the driver’s commands, which makes you better car. Nevertheless, It is more expensive, especially if loaded with optional equipment offered, and even in that case reach the Suzuki Baleno imposing endowment, a global model created to please worldwide, compared with a European car that responds faithfully to the tastes of the Old Continent.
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