Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The little three-cylinder turbocharged engine in the entry-level 1.0-litre Boosterjet version of the Baleno produces around the same amount of power as the most potent 1.2-litre Skoda Fabia. In a car that weighs less than a tonne, performance is much peppier than the official numbers would have you believe.
You don’t have to work the engine particularly hard, either. By 2000rpm it is well into its stride, and you rarely have to venture above 4000rpm. If you do, the engine emits the distinctive but not unpleasant thrum we’ve come to expect from these little turbocharged three-cylinder units.