Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • No Euro NCAP crash test score
  • Decent amount of standard safety kit
  • More available on higher trim

It’s far too early for a Euro NCAP crash testing result at this point, but the initial signs are that the Baleno will perform well thanks to a strong structure and competitive safety equipment when compared to rivals.

There’s a decent amount of standard kit, with more set to be available on high-spec cars. All Balenos get six airbags, stability control and a bodyshell which has been designed to perform well during impacts both with other vehicles and with pedestrians. Bluetooth connectivity for the multimedia system and a reversing camera will also be part of the base-spec line-up.

Top-spec cars get more safety kit

Top-of-the-range cars will also get Radar Brake Support (RBS) which uses radar to detect vehicles directly in front. It can then tell the car to do one of three things: alert the driver of an impending collision, increase braking force if the car detects the necessity, and finally automatically applies the brakes to stop the car.

The radar system also enables an adaptive cruise control programme, which we tested on the motorway and found smooth and simple to use with the controls on the steering wheel.

  • Boot among class leaders
  • High loading lip
  • Excellent rear headroom

While it doesn’t have some of the features which make its rivals such a compellingly pragmatic decision – such as the Honda Jazz’s Magic Seats or the Nissan Note’s sliding rear bench – again we came away impressed with the Suzuki Baleno’s practicality. The 355-litre boot makes its load space one of the biggest in this class of car, though we thought the loading lip looked high enough to make heavy shopping bags an effort to install.

Rear seat passengers will be pleased with the amount of head space and legroom on offer – this is a car that is easily big enough for four adults to travel in comfort.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Suzuki Baleno Hatchback (16-19).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

SZ3 equipment

SZ3 standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Steel wheels
SZ3 optional equipment
None available

SZ5 equipment

SZ5 standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
SZ5 optional equipment
None available

SZ-T equipment

SZ-T standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
SZ-T optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 4 stars

The Suzuki Baleno Hatchback (16-19) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2016 and was awarded a 4 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

4 star rating
Test 2016
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 85%
Child Occupant: 73%
Vulnerable Road Users: 65%
Safety Assist: 43%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.