It’s entirely possible there has never been a better time to shop for an entry-level new car, what with our budget bangers now cheaper and more cheerful than ever before.

The new VW Polo, for example, feels like an awful lot of car to be wearing a sub-$20k price tag, while cars like the Skoda Fabia, Kia Rio and Mazda2 offer plenty of bang for limited bucks, too.

Yep, entry-level buyers are absolutely spoiled for choice at the moment. And into that congested fray storms the Suzuki Baleno, one of Australia's cheapest new cars, and one you can drive away in for just $15,490. 

So how does the Suzuki Baleno stack up in the light-car jungle?