As regular readers will know, DTW is quietly supportive of Suzuki. But friends also need to be politely critical sometimes.
Part of me likes the 2017 Baleno for its unpretentious grasp of the vernacular. The car has no clear trope to express. Then it has a few bright bits here and there and nods towards the Swift. I’ll have to consult Wikipedia or Suzuki for dimensions. Yet I want to
say that the blacked out A-pillar is an afterthought and the shutlines (the whole A-pillar base, actually) is a cat’s basket of a mess.
And did you know the chromed grille is supposed to continue graphically into the light housing? In most conditions it’s not obvious. The panel gap and polycarbon cover pushes the continuation out of focus.
Suzuki should sell a 2.0 litre turbo version of this, with Lotus fettling. It’d be a winner.