Honda BR-V vs Honda City


The Honda City is selling in good numbers right since its launch. However, it might soon come under threat from a vehicle that belongs to a different segment, but carryies a similar sticker price. Also, since this new car in question is also a Honda, prospective customers walking into a Honda dealership might consider buying it over the City. What we’re talking about is a rivalry between the BR-V and the City. Both cars share the same engines, a similar price tag and will be equally matched in terms of features. Read our Honda BRV vs Honda City spec sheet comparison to find out which of these two suits your needs the best.

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Honda BRV vs Honda City Price Comparison

Prices of the Honda BR-V are 70,000 to a lakh more than the City’s. This is what the Honda BRV vs Honda City price-list looks like –

Honda BR-V Honda City
Model Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) Model Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)
E INR 8.75 Lakhs E INR 8.02 lacs
S INR 9.90 Lakhs S INR 8.71 lacs
SV INR 9.24 lacs
V INR 10.90 Lakhs V INR 9.84 lacs
SV CVT INR 10.30 lacs
VX INR 11.84 Lakhs VX INR 10.84 lacs
V CVT INR 11.99 Lakhs VX CVT INR 11.96 lacs
E INR 9.90 Lakhs E INR 9.28 lacs
S INR 10.99 Lakhs S INR 9.96 lacs
SV INR 10.40 lacs
V INR 11.85 Lakhs V INR 11.06 lacs
VX INR 12.90 Lakhs VX INR 12.08 lacs
VX (O) INR 12.38 lacs

The BR-V costs around 70,000 – 1 lac more than the City. For the extra money, you’ll get a more spacious cabin with 7 seats and a raised ride height. However, the City is more dynamically accomplished and comes with extra features. However, the engine line-up is exactly the same.

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BR-V likely to be more expensive than the City

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The Honda City is more feature rich than the BR-V. The BR-V boasts of projector headlamps up front with LED daytime running lights (DRLs) and LED taillamps. Also, it gets 7 seats and hence more space. Common features include automatic climate control, push-button start leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob. Honda provides an optional sunroof with the VX (O) trim of the City, touch sensitive controls for the auto aircon and a touchscreen AVN, features the BR-V misses out on. The crossover comes shod with bigger 16-inch alloys in comparison to the City’s 15-inch rims.

Honda BRV vs Honda City Specifications Comparison

  Honda BR-V Honda City
Length x Width x Height 4456 x 1735 x 1666 mm 4440 x 1695 x 1495 mm
Kerb Weight -NA- 1049 kg – 1165 kg
Wheel Type and Size 16-inch alloys 15-inch alloys
Boot Space -NA- 510 litres
Engine Type/ Displacement 1.5 L Petrol/1.5 L diesel 1.5 L Petrol/1.5 L diesel
Power 119 bhp/98.6 bhp 118 bhp/99 bhp
Torque 145 Nm/200 Nm 145 Nm/200 Nm
Transmission (Gearbox) 6-speed MT or CVT/6-speed MT 5-speed MT or CVT/6-speed MT
Mileage 16 kpl/21.9 kpl 17.8 kpl/26 kpl

The BR-V and the City share the 1.5-litre i-VTEC Petrol and 1.5-litre i-DTEC Diesel engines. But there is a slight difference in the transmission options. Petrol variants of City are powered by the refined 119 BHP 1.5 L unit mated to either a 5-speed manual or a CVT, while the BR-V gets a 6-speed Manual instead. Diesel variants are powered by 1.5 L i-DTEC unit known for its low levels of refinement and high NVH levels. Mileage figures of the BR-V are lower than the City’s due to increased bulk of the car. Performance wise the City should be better since it is lighter than the BR-V.

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The BR-V’s exterior is based on the Mobilio, but that isn’t as noticeable thanks to a new front end and revised rear. The BR-V offers a more aggressive nose complete with sharp headlamps, and a new bumper. There are also new taillamps at the back and body cladding all around. However, in its side profile, the BR-V looks identical to the Mobilio. And because of that, it looks more like an MPV than an SUV, which is turn off. Even though the City is older, the design feels more modern than the BR-V’s. Then again, looks are subjective and deciding which of these two look better is completely up to the buyer.

BR-V’s dashboard comes from the 2016 Honda Amaze. And since the Amaze’s design is inspired by that of the Jazz and City, the dashboard of the BR-V and City look identical. They both share the same steering wheel as well. The major difference here is the touchscreen infotainment system, tocuh controls for the aircon and the usage of materials around the centre console in the City. These differences ensure the City’s dashboard feels more premium than the BR-V’s. Being an MPV-SUV crossover, the BR-V’s cabin is more spacious and offers seating for 7 adults, while the City’s is restricted to 5 passengers.

Honda BRV vs Honda City – Verdict

Design – Difficult to choose between a sedan and a crossover, but we feel the City still looks more modern than the BR-V

Features – The Honda City is more feature rich than the BR-V as the SUV misses out on a touchscreen AVN, reversing camera, parking sensors and sunroof.

Specifications – The engine line-up is identical. Both cars utilise the 1.5 L Petrol and 1.5 L Diesel engines from Honda. However, the petrol variants of the BR-V get a 6-speed Manual instead of the City’s 5-speed unit.

Price – As evident from the prices mentioned above, the BR-V is considerably more expensive than the Honda City. But for the extra money you get seating for 7 and an increased ride height.

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