1. Still a very premium looking car
Now, this might be a very familiar design, but it’s still a good looking one. There is no mistaking the Glanza for a Japanese design. At the front, the swept-back headlights still look fresh. The Glanza gets a different twin slatted grille which we think looks nicer than the Baleno’s.
On the side, the curvy shoulder line and the cool-looking 16-inch alloys look sporty. The sportiness continues to the rear with the sporty spoiler and a rather tacky looking chrome boot lip. Overall, even though the design has been around for a few years now, the Glanza still looks fresh.
2. Well-appointed and spacious Interiors
Stepping inside the Glanza reveals spacious and well-appointed interiors. The interior décor gets a two-tone layout, driver armrest, tilt and telescopic steering with audio controls and electro-chromic Inside Rear View Mirrors.
The driver seats are comfortable with adequate support while the rear bench has more than adequate legroom. The rear seats also get a 60:40 split but no centre armrest. The Glanza gets a boot capacity of 339 litres which is pretty good, but the high loading lip can be a bit of an issue when handling heavy baggages.
3. Impressive feature and safety list
The Glanza also gets a long list of features and safety equipment. You get a seven-inch touch screen infotainment system that gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as connectivity options. The smart playcast system offers RSA, dealer locator, navigation and 24x7 concierge service. While these services are free, additionally, one can avail a host of other features like real-time information about the vehicle including fuel efficiency, trip details, vehicle position tracking and geofencing albeit at a premium. On the safety front, the Glanza gets dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat mounts and reverse parking sensors as standard across variants.
4. Efficient and city-friendly CVT
Powering the Glanza is the known 1.2-litre K12B engine, but this one is mated to the CVT gearbox. The engine makes 82bhp and 113Nm of torque which makes the Glanza peppy enough for city conditions. The CVT gearbox is an absolute boon and the initial response is pretty immediate. Power delivery is extremely linear and it’s only when you step on the accelerator pedal that the CVT’s rubber-band effect comes into play. Talking about fuel efficiency, according to Toyota, the Glanza returns 19.56 kmpl which is excellent.
5. Better warranty than the Baleno
If there’s one thing that Toyota is well known for, it’s their legendary aftersales service and warranty schemes and the Glanza benefits from the same too. Toyota provides three years/one lakh km warranty on the Glanza, which outnumbers the Maruti Baleno’s two years/40,000km. Additionally, one can also opt for the extended program, and avail the five years/2.2 lakh kilometre warranty on the Glanza. The extensive warranty guarantees a zero headache ownership for a long time.