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8,700 km with my 2022 Baleno AMT: Overall mileage & experience so far

AMT gear shifts have settled into my driving rhythm. As I have always stated, these are barely better than the 1st generation and often fumble under circumstances of slight acceleration or incline.

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ODO reading: 8686 km

Several highway trips and some city trips that took about the same time as the highway trips later, the Baleno has settled well in its element. I get a consistent mileage between 18 to 19kmpl with a mix of city and highway driving.

Some Observations since my last update –

  • On a particularly bad patch of city road, my rear right tyre suffered a tear and sadly could not be rescued. I found the apollo alnac 4G on the stock spec however I couldn’t source the H speed rating and had to settle for the V speed rating. The wear and tear was not high or uneven hence went with this option that was fortunately economical.
  • Infotainment is not stable. It either randomly mutes out the audio completely or the screen freezes with no response to touch or long pressing the power. I need to get this checked at the 3rd service coming up in December. The version is the latest to the model as per the Suzuki app.
  • LED Lights works well on dry road conditions however on wet surfaces there is no reflection at all. I need to considerably reduce speed on highways when it rains due to this. The halogens worked fabulously under such conditions.
  • AMT gear shifts have settled into my driving rhythm. As I have always stated, these are barely better than the 1st generation and often fumble under circumstances of slight acceleration or incline. On a recent trip to Wayanad, this was very pronounced and I had to toggle to manual gear shift to save the clutch and engine.
  • The seat fabric is really rough to touch. I’ve spread a soft bed sheet to the rear seat which helps the feel however its an eyesore
  • The engine and gearbox works best if you drive the car to its capability. You can drive fast and long at higher speed however it just doesn’t like those pedal stomping gear dropping aggression. I don’t think its necessary on any car on our roads, but that’s just me.

Modifications and Upgrades

None. The car comes with all features that is required and practical. However there are few bits I want to change to personalize –

  • Dashboard Camera – I will be getting the Viofo A129 Pro Dual Dash camera shortly. I was hoping the MASS could help fix this for me
  • Car Detailing – Once the 3rd service is completed and I have a day to spare I want to handover the car to a good detailer for a thorough spic and span. During this process I also want to do a chrome delete from the car
  • Speaker upgrade – I need to do some research on this before I spend money. It needs to be functional and not flamboyant

Signing off with a picture from a recent trip to Wayanad – Thoroughly enjoyed the drive with no fatigue

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