BRV vs City Comparison Review

Honda BR-V vs Honda City Comparison Review

Why are we comparing these two cars?
Compact SUVs are all the rage in the market today. Every new launch in the segment continues to cannibalize the sales of B-segment sedans more and more. Honda realized this trend a bit late. To make amends as fast as possible, they put the Mobilio under the knife and transformed it into as much of an SUV as they could resulting in the BR-V. The City has been the last bastion standing among the sedan segment, which till now didn’t have a compact-SUV in the brand's portfolio to compete with. But now with the advent of the BR-V, will the walk-in customer be tempted towards the ongoing fad of crossover-SUVs or will the City’s legendary name-tag persuade him to stick with the sedan segment is what we are trying to find out.

BR-V vs Honda City Video Comparison Review:


Pricing & Features:
The range-topping BR-V ‘VX’ (diesel), costs 15.1 Lakh Rs. which is 1.35 lakh rupees dearer than the City ‘VX O’ variant costing 13.75 Lakh Rs, on road, Delhi. Not only is the City cheaper, but it also a few extra features absent in the BR-V, like Parking Camera, Touchscreen, Navigation, Electric Sunroof and Cruise Control, while the BR-V has Projector Headlamps & LED DRLs.

Pricing of other variants:
City 'VX O’ petrol-manual costs 12.40 Lakh
BR-V ‘VX’ petrol-manual costs 13.60 Lakh

City ‘VX CVT’ petrol-automatic costs 13.30 Lakh
BR-V V CVT’ petrol-automatic costs 13.75 Lakh
on road, Delhi

Common Features: ABS, Airbags - 2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth & 4 Speakers + 2 Tweeters, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Climate Control, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Fog Lamps, Leather Upholstery, Driver's Seat Height Adjust, Push Button Smart & Smart Key, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Alloy Wheels, Tilt Steering, Boot Lamp, Fuel Computer

Extra Features in City (VX O): Parking Camera, Touchscreen, Navigation, Electric Sunroof, Cruise Control
Extra Features in BR-V (VX): Projector Headlamps, LED DRLs

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol: Both cars are powered by the very same 1.5 iVTEC marvel of a petrol engine. City being a quintal and a half lighter than the BR-V, has marginally stronger drivability as well as outright performance. BR-V has a slight advantage while touring, thanks to its 6-speed manual gearbox. Otherwise the iVTEC's characteristic refinement and sporty exhaust note is common to both cars, as is the cutting edge CVT transmission.

Power (PS@rpm): BR-V - 119@6600, City – 119@6600
Torque (Nm@rpm): BR-V – 145@4600, City – 145@4600
Kerb Weight (kg): BR-V - 1190, City - 1049

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): BR-V - 100, City – 113
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): BR-V - 122, City – 138

Diesel: The diesels also share the same powertrain. City gaining yet again from its comparative lack of kerb weight compared to the BR-V. 6-speed transmission is common to both cars with the diesel mill. However, Honda has had to put in, some extra weight increasing, sound deadening material, against their wish, due to customer complaints, for the City's rather vocal nature.

Power (PS@rpm): BR-V - 100@3600, City – 100@3600
Torque (Nm@rpm): BR-V – 200@1750, City - 200@1750
Kerb Weight (kg): BR-V - 1275, City – 1150

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): BR-V - 78, City – 87
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): BR-V - 157, City – 174

Fuel Efficiency:
In our back-to-back tests, both the petrol Cities (or should that be Citys?) as well as the diesel City were consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the respective BR-Vs.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
BR-V (diesel, manual) – 21.9, City (diesel, manual) – 26.0 (difference 4.1)
BR-V (petrol, manual) – 15.4, City (petrol, manual) – 17.4 (difference 2)
BR-V (petrol, automatic) – 16, City (petrol, automatic) – 18 (difference 2)

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
BR-V (diesel, manual) – 2.50, City (diesel, manual) – 2.30
BR-V (petrol, manual) – 4.10, City (petrol, manual) – 3.90
BR-V (petrol, automatic) – 4.10, City (petrol, automatic) – 3.90

Space & Comfort:
The BR-V obviously has a huge advantage over the City in terms of cabin space. It has space for two extra passengers and even with all the seats up has a decent 223 litres of boot-space. With the last row seats folded, it still has a good 591 litres of boot volume which is 81 litres more than City's boot capacity of 510 litres. However, the materials used in the City are of better quality and the fit-finish is also a notch better than the BR-V. BR-V is based on a cheaper Honda Thailand developed Brio platform, which doesn't quite have the finesse of the Honda Japan developed Jazz platform on which the City is based.

Length (mm): BR-V – 4455, City – 4440
Width (mm): BR-V – 1735, City – 1695
Height (mm): BR-V – 1666, City – 1495

Ride Quality & Handling:
Regardless of how sporty the City may 'look' compared to the BR-V, it is no better than the BR-V in dynamic terms. BR-V's tall stance gives it some unavoidable body roll compared to the low-lying City. Although BR-V's steering is perceptible more feel-some and well-weighted than the City's, making it unexpectedly good fun around the curves. BR-V higher ground clearance and bigger wheels has made it better equipped to handle the painful reality of Indian road conditions as well. Both cars have a similar footprint making they equally easy or difficult as the other to maneuver in city traffic. Which means the BR-V has managed to make better use of space between the wheels than the City has.

Ground Clearance (mm): BR-V – 210, City – 165

Tyre Size:
BR-V – 195/60R16
City – 175/65R15

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Honda has demonstrated its prowess at unmatched product reliability in our country since the launch of the City back in 1998. However, recently it has had a couple of slip-ups with the latest generation of the City. Honda's dealers have also grown complacent over the years and the parent brand needs to tighten the noose a bit to keep the service quality to slipping up further.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
City's unbeatable brand recall will certainly give it an edge over the BR-V in terms of resale value.
BR-V VX (Diesel manual) – 9.05, City VX O (Diesel manual) – 8.25
BR-V VX (Petrol manual) – 7.75, City VX O (Petrol manual) – 7.05
BR-V V CVT (Petrol automatic) – 7.85, City VX CVT (Petrol automatic) – 7.60

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Overall, both the manual geared versions of the Honda City work out to be around 75,000 Rs. cheaper than the equivalent BR-V in terms of overall ownership costs. The automatic BR-V works out to be just 35,000 Rs. cheaper than City automatic.
BR-V VX (Diesel manual) – 8.55, City VX O (Diesel manual) – 7.80
BR-V VX (Petrol manual) – 10.05, City VX O (Petrol manual) – 9.30
BR-V V CVT (Petrol automatic) – 9.95, City VX CVT (Petrol automatic) – 9.60

Verdict:
The quintessential executive car of the Indian Market, the Honda City loses out to Honda's own crossover-SUV, the BR-V. The BR-V packs in two extra seats plus some added boot-space within exactly similar external size as the City, giving it an undeniable edge in terms of practicality. Then there's the underlying factor why compact SUVs are all the rage in India, which is because we are, finally, after a long, long wait are getting products which suit the difficult dual requirements of maneuverability and rough road ability. Even one of these advantages of the BR-V is more than enough to justify a mere 75,000 Rs. price difference over the Honda City, making the BR-V the winner of this shootout. Amongst the BR-V's many variants, we would like to award the title of the best variant to the CVT automatic for its unbelievably smooth and fatigue free driving experience.

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