Is there anything interesting about its design?
According to Suzuki's chief engineer for the Baleno program, Kunihiko Ito, the aim in creating the car was to, "develop the ideal hatchback, one that makes no compromises, giving it an elegant, sophisticated and grown-up character."
Translation issues notwithstanding, Ito-san is obviously a special in the lofty goals department, and the design team dutifully sank its teeth into that Everest-scale challenge.
The group's theme may have been 'Liquid Flow', but surely a tree fell in the stream because there are swirls and eddies in the Baleno's exterior we're not exactly thrilled by.
Always a subjective call, but to our eyes the car's proportions, particularly around the rear three quarters, are out of kilter. The 16-inch alloy rims look tiny thanks largely to a broad expanse of sheetmetal above them, pushing up to an elevated waistline and giving the Baleno a distinctly Harry High Pants stance.
The Baleno punches well above its weight when it comes to interior space.
And while undoubtedly distinctive, extended headlight graphics make the car's face look like that of a midnight oil burning uni student keeping their eyelids open with matchsticks.
Aside from these contentious elements, the rest of the Baleno is unexceptional, with tail-lights vaguely reminiscent of the Merc A-Class's (or any number of other hatches), and touches of chrome on the door handles (plus a random strip across the base of the rear window) not doing enough to stand the car apart.
The interior is inoffensive but uninspiring, with a conservative colour palette moving through light grey to charcoal, offset by metal-effect inserts on the dash, doors and console.
Although dashtop and door profiles roll gently in accordance with the Baleno's aquatic design theme, the rock hard plastic they're made from definitely breaks the spell. And the cloth trim leans more towards practical and hard wearing than 'elegant and sophisticated.'