Honda BRV vs EcoSport Comparison Review

Ford EcoSport vs Honda BR-V Comparison Review

Why are we comparing these two cars?
Ford was the first to get a bespoke compact SUV to the market. Honda on the other hand were quite late to realize the potential of this segment. In a half-hearted attempt at remedying the situation, Honda has cleverly remodeled the Mobilio into as smart crossover-SUV as much as possible staying inside the constraints of the Brio platform. What we are trying to ascertain is whether, Honda’s quick fix measure is good enough to challenge the pioneer of the compact SUV segment.

BR-V vs EcoSport Video Comparison Review:



Pricing & Features:
The top-of-the-line BR-V ‘VX’ (diesel), costs 15.1 Lakh Rs. on road, Delhi, which is over 4 Lakh Rs. more expensive than the EcoSport ‘Titanium+’ variant, costing 11 Lakh Rs. In spite of being so much cheaper, EcoSport Titanium+ has extra features like Side & Curtain Airbags, Parking Sensors, Rain Sensing Wipers & Light Sensing Headlamps, Telescopic Steering Adjustment and Auto Dimming Inside Mirror over the BR-V VX, while the BR-V only has Electrically Folding Mirrors, Leather Upholstery and Projector Headlamps over the EcoSport.

Pricing of other variants:
BR-V ‘V CVT’ petrol-automatic costs 13.75 Lakh
EcoSport ‘Titanium 1.5 AT’ petrol-automatic costs 10.70 Lakh
BR-V ‘VX’ petrol-manual costs 13.60 Lakh
EcoSport ‘Titanium+ 1.0’ petrol-manual costs 10.50 Lakh
on road, Delhi

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

Extra Features in EcoSport (Titanium+): Side & Curtain Airbags, Parking Sensors, Rain Sensing Wipers & Light Sensing Headlamps, Telescopic Steering Adjustment, Auto Dimming Inside Mirror
Extra Features in BR-V (VX): Electrically Folding Mirrors, Leather Upholstery, Projector Headlamps

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol: Ford’s 1.0 Ecoboost petrol engine is as impressive on paper as it is disappointing on the road. For all its multiple engine of the year hype in reality it suffers from copious amounts of turbo-lag anywhere below 2500 rpm. It requires frequent gear shifting, making it a chore to pilot on congested city roads. Honda’s legendary 1.5 iVTEC on the other hand is a certified gem. It has pretty decent drivability around town and matches the Ecoboost in terms of performance. Plus you get to revel in its sweet sounding, free revving nature for years and years as long as you keep driving it. EcoSport’s 1.5 litre petrol engine also has decent drivability around town, but it feels weak in comparison to the rest of the competition.

Power (PS@rpm): BR-V - 119@6600, EcoSport 1.5 - 112@6300, EcoSport 1.0 - 125@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): BR-V – 145@4600, EcoSport 1.5 - 140@4400, EcoSport 1.0 - 170@1400-4500
Kerb Weight (kg): BR-V - 1190, EcoSport 1.5 - 1258, EcoSport 1.0 - 1200

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): BR-V - 100, EcoSport 1.5 - 89, EcoSport 1.0 - 104
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): BR-V - 122, EcoSport 1.5 - 111, EcoSport 1.0 - 142

Diesel: Ford has been making small diesel engines for a long time for their European products, while the BR-V's diesel engine is Honda's first attempt. This difference becomes quite apparent when you drive these cars back-to-back. EcoSport's engine is noticeably more refined than Honda's and also revs more freely. It's performance is also marginally better than the BR-V across the rev-range.

Power (PS@rpm): BR-V - 100@3600, EcoSport - 100@3750
Torque (Nm@rpm): BR-V – 200@1750, EcoSport - 205@2000-2750
Kerb Weight (kg): BR-V - 1275, EcoSport - 1248

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): BR-V - 78, EcoSport - 80
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): BR-V - 157, EcoSport - 164

Fuel Efficiency:
In our real-world tests, manual geared BR-V diesel returned identical fuel efficiency to the corresponding EcoSport as did the automatic BR-V petrol. The manual geared BR-V petrol was also as efficient as the 1.5 litre version of EcoSport petrol, but was roughly 2 kmpl less efficient than the 1-litre Ecoboost engined EcoSport.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
BR-V (diesel, manual) – 21.9, EcoSport (diesel, manual) – 22.3 (difference 0.4)
BR-V (petrol, automatic) – 16.0, EcoSport (petrol, automatic) – 16.5 (difference (0.5)
BR-V (petrol, manual) – 15.4, EcoSport 1.0 (petrol, manual) – 15.8, EcoSport 1.5 (petrol, manual) – 18.9 (difference 3.5)

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
BR-V (diesel, manual) – 2.55, EcoSport (diesel, manual) – 2.45
BR-V (petrol, automatic) – 4.00, EcoSport (petrol, automatic) – 3.90
BR-V (petrol, manual) – 4.20, EcoSport 1.0 (petrol, manual) – 4.10, EcoSport 1.5 (petrol, manual) – 3.40

Space & Comfort:
BR-V has inherited cavernous cabin space from the Mobilio. It has better leg-room knee-room and head-room than the EcoSport. It also has two extra seats in the rear which may come in handy for ferrying smallest members of the family. However, both cars are a bit lacking in width of the second row seats if asked to accommodate three passengers. Surprisingly, the BR-V has a decent 223 litres of boot-space even with all the seats in place. With the rear seats folded, this expands to 591 litres, which is almost twice that of the EcoSport's. BR-V's interiors have a significantly more airy ambience, compared to the slightly claustrophobic ones of the EcoSport.

Length (mm): BR-V – 4455, EcoSport – 3999
Width (mm): BR-V – 1735, EcoSport – 1765
Height (mm): BR-V – 1666, EcoSport – 1708

Ride Quality & Handling:
BR-V has fantastic dynamics. It corners with enthusiasm and has good balance around the curves aided by a well-weighted steering rack which transmits decent feedback from the surface. But it is no match to Ford's de-rigueur, class leading dynamics of the EcoSport. The EcoSport is surprisingly fun around the curves, with quick responses and mammoth grip around the corners. It has a quick and precise steering rack with even better feedback than the BR-V, maintaining Ford's reputation. Both cars have a slightly hard low-speed ride, but ride comfort improves as speeds rise. Both cars also have decent ground clearance and decent tyre size making life much easier over the harsh reality of Indian roads.

Ground Clearance (mm): BR-V – 210, EcoSport - 200

Tyre Size:
BR-V – 195/60R16
EcoSport – 195/65R15 (Ambiente/Trend), 205/60R16

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Honda has built a stellar reputation for product reliability over the past two decades in our country, whereas Ford is still trying hard to recover from its tarnished image, courtesy of products like the Escort. Honda's dealers have become increasingly complacent, but thanks to Honda's reliable products, they make do with nothing more than regular servicing. Sadly Ford's dealers are even worse than Honda's and though they have improved a lot after the launch of Figo and EcoSport, they still have a long way to go before they deliver Honda levels of Hassle Free Ownership experience.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
BR-V is bound to hold better resale value than the EcoSport over an ownership period of 5 to 7 years.
BR-V VX (Diesel manual) – 9.05, EcoSport Titanium+ (Diesel manual) – 6.30
BR-V V CVT (Petrol automatic) – 7.85, EcoSport 1.5 Titanium (Petrol automatic) – 5.75
BR-V VX (Petrol manual) – 7.85, EcoSport 1.0 Titanium+ (Petrol manual) – 5.70

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
The EcoSport diesel works out to be almost 2 Lakh Rs. cheaper than an equivalent BR-V. The EcoSport automatic works out to be around 1 Lakh Rs. cheaper, while the 1-litre Ecoboost powered EcoSport manual works out to be 1.7 Lakh Rs. cheaper than corresponding BR-Vs.
BR-V VX (Diesel manual) – 9.05, EcoSport Titanium+ (Diesel manual) – 7.15
BR-V V CVT (Petrol automatic) – 10.10, EcoSport 1.5 Titanium (Petrol automatic) – 9.05
BR-V VX (Petrol manual) – 9.90, EcoSport 1.0 Titanium+ (Petrol manual) – 8.20

Verdict:
EcoSport convincingly defeats the BR-V to claim the honors in this shootout. Mainly because it is outstanding value-for-money compared to the BR-V, thanks to a hugely lower price tag and numerous additional features over the BR-V. It is also technically a superior automobile compared to the BR-V thanks to stronger fundamentals like performance, refinement and dynamics. It is easier car to live within city confines compared to the slightly cumbersome BR-V. It's only Achilles heel remains the iffy Reliability and After Sales Service. But that is improving and anyways is not worth the exorbitant price premium that Honda is charging for the BR-V.

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