The Honda BR-V’s arrival and its competitive pricing have already made many manufacturers lose their sleep. Yes, it will be competing with Hyundai Creta, Ford Ecosport, Nissan Terrano, Mahindra Scorpio and Renault Duster. But take a look at that list again and you’ll find that all of those SUVs have been around for a long time. All of them, except for the Hyundai Creta and the Creta happens to be the best-selling one of the lot. It’s fresh, modern and more sophisticated than the rest, which makes it the compact SUV that we as well as many buyers would like to see the BR-V taking head on in a comparison round.
Design and Dimensions
Based on the same platform on which the Brio, Amaze and Mobilio have been built, the BR-V does look a lot like the MPV from Honda. But it happens to have a longer wheelbase compared to the Mobilio. It is longer and taller than the Hyundai Creta and also boasts of a higher ground clearance. The long wheelbase contributes to greater room inside. The Creta has the edge in terms of width, though a nominal one. Though it’s us being a bit blunt, we do find the BR-V to be a jacked-up version of the Mobilio and the Creta to be an i20 Active on a heavy dose of steroids.
Engines and Transmission
The BR-V utilizes the proven engines which power the Mobilio and City. The 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines offer optimum performance and efficiency and comes with the same solid reliability that Honda engines are renowned for. Hyundai offers the Creta with three engine options – a 1.6 petrol, a 1.4 diesel and a 1.6 diesel powerplant. This is where the BR-V gets edged out by the Hyundai as the Creta has larger and more powerful engines in both petrol and diesel variants.
BR-V Petrol – 1.5l – 119bhp – 144Nm
Creta Petrol – 1.6l – 123bhp – 151Nm
BR-V Diesel – 1.5l – 100bhp – 200Nm
Creta Diesel – 1.6l – 128bhp – 260Nm
Creta comes with a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearbox for both petrol and diesel versions. The BR-V has a 6-speed manual transmission mated to its petrol and diesel engines. But you can have a petrol-powered one with a CVT transmission. That too with paddle-shifters.
Though they are being marketed as SUVs, both the Creta and the BR-V don’t come with AWD, even as an option.
Interior and Features
The BR-V scores a dozen brownie points for being a proper 7-seater which means it has the room for everyone in the family. Pets included. The Creta on the other hand is a 5-seater with a boot. Though it shares components with the i20 hatchback, the Creta is being sold as a more upmarket product and comes with a touchscreen infotainment system, multi-functional steering wheel, rear AC vents, automatic climate control and leather upholstery in its premium variants. As for Honda, they have taken the best parts from the Mobilio and the Jazz to put together the interiors of the BR-V. Automatic climate control, rear AC vents, Bluetooth, multifunctional steering wheel and a new touchscreen audio system are part of the interior package.
The Honda BR-V comes in 4 variants. The petrol variants fall in the Rs. 8.75-11.84 lakh range while the diesels come within the range of Rs. 9.90-12.90 lakh. The automatic version which comes with the petrol powerplant retails for Rs. 11.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
As for the Hyundai Creta, the petrol variants are priced between Rs. 9.16 lakh and Rs. 11.84 lakh for the manual transmission versions while the petrol automatic costs Rs. 12.87 lakh. The manual diesel variants are available in the price bracket of Rs. 9.99-14.43 lakh with the diesel automatic priced Rs. 14.50 lakh.