Honda has planned to gatecrash the Hyundai Creta‘s party in 2016 with its rendition of the small SUV, a category that is easily one of the most popular in India right now. The car in question is the BR-V, yet another product derived from the Brio‘s platform. Honda scrapped its initial plans of bringing the HR-V to India citing high production costs and decided to develop an all-new product instead. The BR-V shares a lot with existing Honda products in order to keep costs in check. Although the SUV is positioned above the Mobilio MPV, there is still a price overlap, which could lead to a slight bit of cannibalism within the ranks of Honda. We take a look at exactly what sets the BR-V and Mobilio apart and how they compare with each other in our Honda BR-V vs Honda Mobilio spec sheet comparison.
Honda BR-V vs Honda Mobilio Price Comparison
Currently, the petrol Mobilio retails for INR 7.10 lacs – INR 10.60 lacs while the diesel costs INR 8.60 lacs- 12.25 lacs. The BR-V costs around two lakhs more retailing in the INR 8.75-13 lac region. For the extra money, all you get is increased ground clearance, better looks, and more features. Such pricing places it bang in the Hyundai Creta territory. Also, with 7 seats on offer, the BR-V could also end up rivaling MPVs such as the Renault Lodgy and the upcoming Toyota Innova Crysta. Here’s how the expected prices of the Honda BR-V compare with the ex-showroom, Delhi prices of the Mobilio.
|Model||Honda BR-V||Honda Mobilio|
|E||INR 8.99 Lakhs||INR 7.10 Lakhs|
|S||INR 9.40 Lakhs||INR 8.19 Lakhs|
|V||INR 11.29 Lakhs||INR 9.49 lacs|
|V (O)||–||INR 10.06 lakhs|
|VX||INR 11.84 lakhs||–|
|V CVT||INR 11.99 Lakhs||–|
|E||INR 10.40 Lakhs||INR 8.60 Lakhs|
|S||INR 11.10 Lakhs||INR 9.36 Lakhs|
|V||INR 12.20 Lakhs||INR 10.55 Lakhs|
|V (O)||–||INR 11.12 Lakhs|
|VX||INR 12.90 Lakhs||–|
The BR-V commands a significant premium over the Mobilio, which is a little hard to justify considering all you really get is a slightly better exterior and probably a couple more features. Honda’s high pricing could also turn out to be a disadvantage for the BR-V when compared with the Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster.
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Honda BR-V vs Honda Mobilio Specifications Comparison
|Honda BR-V||Honda Mobilio|
|Length x Width x Height||4456x1735x1666 mm||4386x1683x1603 mm|
|Kerb Weight||-NA-||1246 kg|
|Wheel Type and Size||16-inch alloys||15-inch alloys|
|Boot Space||-NA-||223 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)||5-speed MT/6-speed MT/CVT||5-speed MT/5-speed MT|
|Mileage||16 kpl/21.9 kpl||17.3 kpl/24.2 kpl|
The BR-V borrows the Mobilio’s engines without much change in specifications. Additionally, Honda is offering the small SUV with a CVT borrowed from the Honda City, but only in the petrol guise. The diesel motor comes with a 6-speed manual and the petrol gets a 6-speed manual as well. There isn’t a significant difference in terms of specifications as both models are powered by the same engines. Which means, the diesel Honda BR-V is the least powerful amongst its direct competitors like the Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster. Also, it will be a little disadvantaged by the lack of a diesel automatic variant. The specifications of the Honda BR-V do little justice to the price premium one will have to pay for the SUV over the Mobilio.
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The Honda BR-V features a new, aggressive front end complete with projector headlamps, LED pilot lamps and black cladding. Adding to the SUV appeal are roof rails, beefier tyres, and faux skid plates at the front and the back. The taillamp design is interesting as the units are connected via a thin strip running through the boot. In side profile, both cars are almost identical featuring the same, slightly unconventional window line and a very large glass house. It also gets an increased ride height, and new front and rear bumpers.
On the inside, Honda has, thankfully, ditched the Brio’s spartan, low rent interiors for a more premium design that is reminiscent of the Honda Jazz and identical to what we have seen in the recently launched Amaze facelift. Both cars offer seven seats and almost the same amount of interior space. However, the Mobilio facelift that will be launched this year will get the same interiors as the BR-V. Therefore, essentially, both models will have the exact same cabin.
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In comparison to the Mobilio, the BR-V gets some extra equipment. This includes automatic climate control, push-button start, standard dual front airbags and more. Other additions include leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob. LED tail lamps, projector headlamps, and LED DRLs are also being offered, at least on the top spec trims. However, some significant omissions include a touchscreen AVN, parking sensors, and reverse parking camera.
Honda BR-V vs Honda Mobilio – Expert Verdict
Both cars are powered by the same set of engines, offer seven seats and are underpinned by the same platform. The Honda BR-V looks and feels more upmarket than the Mobilio. Then there is the SUV appeal and the added advantage of an optional automatic transmission. However, following the price announcement made by Honda, the BR-V does not make a very strong case for itself, but could still end up poaching Mobilio’s customers.
- Design – The BR-V is definitely the better looking of the two with its beefy styling, SUV-ish styling, and improved interiors. However, both models possess that unmistakable MPV silhouette.
- Features – Honda offers the BR-V with more features than the Mobilio. However, the facelifted Mobilio, when launched, could get the additional features as well.
- Specifications – Apart from the optional CVT, everything else is shared by the two Honda products. The BR-V is be powered by the same 1.5-litre diesel from Honda known for its high NVH and low refinement levels.
- Price – The BR-V sits in the 9-13 lacs price bracket making it considerably more expensive than the Mobilio MPV.
We hope our Honda BR-V vs Honda Mobilio comparison helped you in figuring out which of these two makes more sense.
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