2021 Nissan Magnite XE vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno BS6 Sigma - The Ultimate Comparison Of Base Variants!

10 Dec 2020 Shakti Nath Jha

Nissan recently launched the all-new 2021 Nissan Magnite BS6 in India. The new Nissan Magnite is the company's first sub-4-metre compact SUV in the Indian market. Nissan is betting big on the new Magnite and the company has priced it very aggressively. The introductory price of the all-new 2021 Nissan Magnite BS6 starts at Rs. 4.99 lakhs and it goes all the way up to Rs. 9.59 lakhs. All prices stick to Ex-showroom Delhi. At this price point, the Magnite undercuts all its direct rivals and it is even more affordable than some premium hatchbacks currently on sale in the country. So, today we thought of comparing it with the base variant of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno. Here, we have for you a detailed specification-based comparison of the new 2021 Nissan Magnite XE vs the Maruti Suzuki Baleno BS6 Sigma Base Model.

2021 Nissan Magnite XE vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno BS6 Sigma - Price Comparison

Make and ModelPrice (Ex-showroom Delhi)
Nissan Magnite XERs. 4.99 lakhs*
Maruti Suzuki Baleno SigmaRs. 5.63 lakhs
2021 Nissan Magnite XE vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno BS6 Sigma Base Model

Nissan Magnite XE vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno Sigma - Looks and Colour Options

Well, looks are subjective and it totally depends on you, which one will be more appealing to you. However, talking in general, the Magnite does look more striking than the Baleno and it has a new-age design theme which will certainly attract the youths. The Magnite gets a macho design language with slim halogen headlamps in the base variant. It gets a bold grille with subtle chrome accents, steel rims, roof rails, body-coloured door handles, etc. But, at the rear, it does get some fancy elements like all-LED taillamps, a roof-mounted spoiler, rear wiper with defogger, etc. The base variant XE of the Nissan Magnite XE is only available in two colour shades. They are Blade Silver and Storm White. All in all, it does look good, considering its price.

2021 Nissan Magnite XE vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno BS6 Sigma Base Model

Maruti Suzuki Baleno is a good-looking premium hatchback. However, the base variant of the car doesn't get any fancy elements at all. At the front, one can see the asymmetrical signature grille of the Baleno with Maruti Suzuki's bold logo. Then, we have halogen headlamps, steel rims, body-coloured ORVMs and door handles, etc. At the rear, the base Sigma variant of the Baleno gets a roof-mounted spoiler, halogen taillamps, etc. All in all, it looks decent but lacks the charm. The Sigma variant of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno BS6 is available in all the five colour variants. They are Pearl Arctic White, Nexa Blue, Metallic Premium Silver Metallic Magma Grey and Pearl Phoenix Red. Which car looks appealing to you? Tell us in the comments!

Nissan Magnite XE vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno Sigma - Dimensions and Capacity

SpecificationNissan MagniteMaruti Suzuki Baleno
Length3994 mm 3995 mm
Width1758 mm 1745 mm
Height1572 mm 1510 mm
Wheelbase2500 mm 2520 mm
Ground Clearance205 mm 170 mm
Boot Space336-litres 339-litres
Fuel Tank Capacity40-litres 37-litres
Kern Weight939 kgs 865 kgs
Tyre Size (Base Model)195/60 R16 185/65 R15
Tyre Size (Top Model) 195/60 R16 195/55 R16

Nissan Magnite XE vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno Sigma - Engine, Transmission and Mileage

ModelMagnite XEBaleno Sigma
Petrol Engine1.0-litre naturally-aspirated1.2-litre naturally-aspirated
Maximum Power72 PS at 6250 RPM83 PS at 6000 RPM
Maximum Torque96 Nm at 3500 RPM113 Nm at 4200 RPM
Gearbox5-speed Manual5-speed Manual
Mileage MT18.75 kmpl (ARAI-claimed)21.01 kmpl (ARAI-claimed)
Emission NormBS6BS6

The base XE variant of the Nissan Magnite gets a sole naturally-aspirated petrol engine only. It is powered by a BS6-compliant 1.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine. This motor churns out 72 PS of power at 6250 RPM and 96 Nm of peak torque at 3500 RPM. The engine comes mated to a five-speed manual gearbox and its ARAI-claimed mileage figure is 18.75 kmpl. The Maruti Suzuki Baleno's Sigma variant, on the other hand, is powered by a BS6-compliant 1.2-litre K12B naturally-aspirated petrol engine. This petrol motor churns out 83 PS of power at 6000 RPM and 113 Nm of torque at 4200 RPM. The engine comes mated to a five-speed manual gearbox only in this variant and its ARAI-claimed fuel economy figure is rated at 21.01 kmpl.

Nissan Magnite XE Base Variant's Dashboard
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Nissan Magnite XE vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno BS6 Sigma - Creature Comforts and Safety Features

Safety Features

Safety FeaturesMagnite XEBaleno Sigma
ABS with EBD Yes Yes
Dual Front Airbags Yes Yes
High-Speed Alert System Yes Yes
Engine Immobilizer Yes Yes
Reverse Parking Sensors Yes Yes
Reverse Parking Camera No No
Pretensioners And Force Limiter Seatbelts Yes Yes
Driver and Co-Driver Seat Belt Reminders Yes Yes
Rear Seat Belts Yes Yes
Central Locking No Yes
Child Safety Locks Yes Yes
Isofix Child Seat Mounts No Yes
Headlamp levelling Yes Yes
Rear defogger Yes No
Global NCAP Crash Test Rating Awaited Awaited
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Sigma Base Variant's Dashboard

As these are base variants, both the cars are barely loaded with any sorts of creature comfort features. However, both the new Nissan Magnite XE as well as the Maruti Suzuki Baleno Sigma base model get some basic and mandatory safety features as standard across all the variants. These safety features include dual front airbags, ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution) and Brake Assist (BA), seat-belt reminders, high-speed alert system, reverse parking sensors, etc. The other safety kits (see table above) and the creature comfort features of the Nissan Magnite XE and the Maruti Baleno Sigma you can see in the table below:

Creature Comforts

FeaturesMagnite XEBaleno Sigma
Power Steering Yes Yes
Adjustable headrest Front and Rear Front and Rear
Power Windows Front Yes Yes
Power windows Rear Yes No
Power Boot Yes Yes
Air Conditioner with Heater Yes (Manual) Yes (Manual)
Rear AC Vents No No
Multifunction Steering Wheel No No
Adjustable Steering Wheel Yes (Tilt) Yes (Tilt)
Rear wiper Yes No
Audio System No No
2021 Nissan Magnite XE vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno BS6 Sigma Base Model

2021 Nissan Magnite vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno BS6 - Price Comparison

Make and ModelPrice (Ex-showroom Delhi)
Nissan Magnite Manual VariantsRs. 4.99 lakhs - Rs. 8.69 lakhs
Nissan Magnite Automatic Variants Rs. 7.89 lakhs - Rs. 9.59 lakhs
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Manual Variants Rs. 5.63 lakhs - Rs. 7.89 lakhs
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Automatic Variants Rs. 7.76 lakhs - Rs. 8.96 lakhs
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So, this was our detailed specification-based comparison of the base model XE of the new 2021 Nissan Magnite vs the Maruti Suzuki Baleno BS6 Sigma variant. Now, between this premium hatchback and the sub-compact SUV, which one will be your personal pick? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions with us in the comments section below. You can also join our 91Wheels Auto Enthusiast Telegram group (click via mobile to join) curated exclusively for the fans, enthusiasts and the owners. Further, subscribe to our YouTube channel for more such amazing motoring updates.

*Note: Nissan Magnite's Prices are Introductory and will be valid for only those customers who book their car before December 31, 2020. The prices will be hiked from January 1, 2021. Maruti Suzuki will also hike the prices of their cars from January 1, 2021.

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