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  • Acceleration / Power
    4.0 (4)
  • Handling
    3.5 (4)
  • Braking
    4.5 (4)
  • Suspension
    4.3 (4)
  • Gear Shifting
    4.3 (4)
  • Fuel Efficiency
    4.8 (4)
  • Interior Design
    4.5 (4)
  • Boot Size
    4.8 (4)
  • Features
    4.5 (4)
  • Comfort
    4.3 (4)
  • Build Quality
    4.7 (3)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.7 (3)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (3)
  • Noise Level
    3.7 (3)


LDB

LDBSydney Surrounds, NSW

Great Little Car

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Two months in and I love this little car. Roomy, economical, performs admirably, with plenty of zip and response. I’m doing highway/motorway driving most days with plenty of long uphill climbs. Took it on a longer run to Wollongong and it zipped up Mt Ousley on the way back. I love that it’s a bit retro with the chrome highlights. Can’t fault it so far.

Purchased in November 2020.

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TransmissionAutomatic
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Year2019
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bignoux.philip.aSouthwest, VIC

  • 3 reviews

Surprising

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I purchased a Suzuki bale on as a small run around second car, it is surprisingly big inside and has a lot of room for my 2 teenage girls, it is a decent city run around car and is quite fuel efficient. Has a boot big with enough space to accomodate picnic gear and chairs. Engine is small and it needs a bit of a heavy foot whe climbing hills or overtaking, but does the job, great second car.

Purchased in November 2020 at Smiths of geelong for $15,999.00.

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glen

glenSydney, NSW

  • 9 reviews
  • 3 likes

More Room Then Most Cars

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This little car will absolutely amaze anyone that gets into it. The legroom both front and back is huge and the boot is huge too. It has sat nav, rear camera, bluetooth, it can also read text messages out to you so you don't even have to look at your mobile phone when driving. The air con is cold and it really is a pleasure to drive. My wife just loves driving it and always gets people asking her about it. It even has day time running LED lights and auto headlights. The blue paint just dazzles in the sunlight. Its no pocket rocket as its only a 1.4 litre engine but certainly powerful enough for a full load of people, and very comfortable seats. Its cheap to run and even servicing is under $300.

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Year2017
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Joe

JoeCentral Highlands and Goldfields, VIC

Axle problem. Buyers beware

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While I like most things about this little car, the rear axle is giving me a great deal of grief.
Rear tyres need to be replaced at around 18000kms due to excessive wear. Independent testing revealed a 15mm toe. Suzuki, however, claim that it is only 4mm and therefore ‘within specifications ‘.
Who would you believe?

Purchased in April 2018.

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Ayla H

Ayla HLiverpool

  • 5 reviews

I love it

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Perfect car. It fits my pram and my car seat and still enough room for more people. It’s nice and smooth I have the 2018 version and it’s a perfect mum car. I would recommend this to all mums who need a good spacey car to fit their bubs plus extra in

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Engine Size1.4
TransmissionAutomatic
Date PurchasedAug 2018

FocusFan

FocusFanSydney, NSW

  • 19 reviews
  • 13 likes

Doesnt feel safe on freeway

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Hired one of these in Tasmania for a recent business trip and was not happy with this car. At 80kph and over, the steering felt too light and the car did not have a planted feel on the road. When I was passed by trucks during highway conditions I had to grip the wheel tightly to make sure the car would stay in the direction I wanted it to go. Probably ok in city driving but definitely not a car for highway or country driving. My Ford Focus feels much more solid and safe and comfortable to drive - chalk and cheese.

BadgeGL
Engine Size1.0
TransmissionAutomatic
Date PurchasedJul 2017

Avinash

Avinash

  • 5 reviews

Good comfy car.

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The car is the best in the range for the amount of money it costs. It has got all the features such as GPS & apple car pay. The fuel economy is great. A better pickup would have made this car a great one. Surprisingly, there is plenty of leg room.

BadgeGL
Engine Size1.4
TransmissionAutomatic
Date PurchasedJun 2018

Rusty

RustyPerth, WA

  • 4 reviews
  • 1 like

Roomy cheap comfortable vehicle.

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Engine Size1.4
TransmissionAutomatic
Date PurchasedJun 2018
VikiT

VikiTBrisbane

  • 7 reviews
  • 6 likes

An awesome little car with lots of surprising features and big space inside!

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Purchased this car 3 months ago and really happy with it overall. Handles well on the road, great fuel economy, heaps of leg room inside and space in general, lots of extra features included, such as sat nav, reverse camera, usb / memory card option for own music, cruise control, led driving lights. Great value car!

BadgeGL
Engine Size1.4
TransmissionManual
Date PurchasedNov 2017
Kristy

KristyTamworth

  • 4 reviews
  • 1 like

Great little Car

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Great little car, handles well easy to park esp with reversing camera, no noise, amaizing on fuel. Easy use setup, with sat nav, cruise control, bluetooth conectivity, hands free and apple play. The Baleno is a great little family car. Excellent on fuel, $35-40 will give a full tank and can get great millage.

BadgeGL
Engine Size1.4
TransmissionManual
Date PurchasedDec 2017

Don5

Don5Melbourne

  • 3 reviews
  • 1 like

Above Average

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Have been driving the new Suzuki Baleno for the past 15 months. It's good value for money with cruise control, reverse camera, Apple Play, Good Handling and Minimum Noise. Although it may look small but it has good leg room and high top. About $35 dollars of petrol gives me about 500kms. Good Buy!!!

BadgeGL
Engine Size1.4
TransmissionAutomatic
Date PurchasedMar 2016

Peter B

Peter BRockingham

  • 4 reviews

Good runaround

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BadgeGL
Engine Size1.4
TransmissionAutomatic
Date PurchasedJun 2017
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Peter B
Peter B

Had 10.000 km service. no probs at all.Capped price $175.00

Peter B
Peter B

Questions & Answers

Diep T.

Diep T.asked

Does it have timing belt or chain?

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LDB
LDB

Hi Diep T, I’m not a mechanic so don’t feel qualified to answer your question, though no doubt the cars have some sort of timing mechanism. Maybe ask a mechanic or a Suzuki dealer?

Hi Diep, I contacted the service department from Suzuki (Blood Suzuki in Geelong) where I purchased the vehicle and they said..... it has a chain and indicated it didn’t need to be serviced. I hope it helps answer your question. I a not a mechanic and don’t know the complete in’s and outs of the engine.


Alison

Alisonasked

I have recently bought a 2020 Suzuki Baleno, GL, auto. It is going for it's 1,000 km service on Monday. I had to have sensors cleaned in the engine/transmission within 2 days of buying, it is extremely hard to get into reverse from park grinding & jerking badly as it goes into reverse, it does this 3-5 times before it will go into reverse smoothly, it goes up & down the gears while maintaining constant speed like it doesn't know what gear it wants to be in. the Speedo is out by 5 k's. The brakes rub badly when slowing up to come to a stop & when slowly creeping into a park etc. I'm extremely disappointed with this car & feel I should ask for a full refund. Should the dealer refund my money? ( I paid in full, no finance)

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Wandi S.
Wandi S.

my brakes does that too. like a screeching noise which i think its from the drum brakes at the rear. one month old too and its kinda annoying


TheWarden

TheWardenasked

Anyone have a GL with manual trans? Just curious how it performs at hwy speeds ie how many rpm at 100kph. Thanks

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