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2021 Suzuki Baleno pricing and specs detailed: MG3, Toyota Yaris, Volkswagen Polo, Kia Rio and Mazda 2 rival gets big cost increase

The Baleno just got a whole lot more expensive.

Suzuki Australia has significantly increased the pricing of the fourth-generation Baleno light hatchback.

All three Baleno variants are have become $1750 dearer, with the entry-level manual GL now priced from $17,740 plus on-road costs (+10.9%).

Meanwhile, the mid-range automatic GL has moved to $18,740 (+10.3%), putting the Baleno perilously close to becoming another model without a two-pedal option for less than $20,000.

The flagship automatic GLX has just broken that barrier, with it now costing $20,740 (+9.2%), so time will tell if it has company.

In the meantime, no changes have been made to the MG3, Toyota Yaris, Volkswagen Polo, Kia Rio and Mazda2 rival’s standard equipment, while its options have also gone unchanged.

That said, autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control are expected to be added the Baleno at some stage, so stay tuned.

For reference, the Baleno range is motivated by a 68kW/130Nm 1.4-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine.

Depending on the variant, a five-speed manual or four-speed torque-converter automatic transmission pairs with front-wheel drive.

2021 Suzuki Baleno pricing before on-road costs

GLmanual$17,740 (+$1750)
GLautomatic$18,740 (+$1750)
GLXautomatic$20,740 (+$1750)