Originally Posted by ameyam
The Jazz just floats. The Baleno, as Kapoor_RK said is more of a GranTurismo (GT) car I.e. meant to be driven at a high speed for long stretches. Pity we don't have the roads for it. MS needs to recognise that and fix it in the Indian cars
recently i drove jazz and i20 as well, the city ride quality in both of the cars is just fantastic and at par with baleno with softer suspension setup and thick tyre wall which act as secondary suspensions for plushy ride, still i would rather choose Baleno for long drives as it adds confidence in driver while driving with its enthusiast dynamics, its the baleno which is the driver's car and pleases the rear passengers with larger legroom, premium interiors and unique features like U-V Cut glass. Some of which jazz has but i20 don't.
Still i would recommend jazz and i20 for frequent city riders
and for other enthusiast and long range riders Baleno is there for you anytime..
And few more answers to your major queries :-
1. The Baleno is built to meet European Standards, and the body of Indian Baleno is same as that of being exported abroad though it lacks features like curtain Airbags, Cruise control and ESP in Indian Models but still rest of the things are same in terms of metal used, built quality etc .
So, there is no doubt in its durability and built quality.
2. the loading lip of boot is high to meet European standard for rear impact, so fellas its there for your safety.
3. You can upgrade your existing headlamps to that in Alpha one but that gonna cost you around Rs. 36000.
4. Genuine Scuff plates From Maruti is coming soon in markets, i have seen them personally and its worth the wait. Same Scuff plates gonna feature in Baleno RS.