Tata Hexa vs Honda BRV Comparison Review

Honda BR-V vs Tata Hexa Comparison:


"All said and done, the Hexa can be clearly seen as an outcome of Tata's constant interaction with the Land Rovers"


Pricing and Features Comparison:

Cost of the Honda BR-V ranges right from Rs. 8.88 lakhs to Rs. 13.04 lakhs. Its top end models could face severe competion from the entry level models of the Tata Hexa which start from Rs. 11.99 lakhs and goes upto Rs. 17.49 lakhs. Pricing of all variants are given below. All prices are as per ex-showroom Delhi
Honda BR-V E i-VTEC - Rs. 8.88 Lakh (Petrol)
Honda BR-V S i-VTEC - Rs. 10 Lakh (Petrol)
Honda BR-V V i-VTEC - Rs. 11.04 Lakh (Petrol)
Honda BR-V VX i-VTEC - Rs. 11.98 Lakh (Petrol)
Honda BR-V V i-VTEC AT - Rs. 12.13 Lakh (Petrol)
Honda BR-V E i-DTEC - Rs. 10 Lakh (Petrol)
Honda BR-V S i-DTEC - Rs. 11.13 Lakh (Petrol)
Honda BR-V V i-DTEC - Rs. 11.99 Lakh (Petrol)
Honda BR-V VX i-DTEC - Rs. 13.04 Lakh (Petrol)
Tata Hexa XE - Rs. 11.99 Lakh (Diesel)
Tata Hexa XM - Rs. 13.85 Lakh (Diesel)
Tata Hexa XMA - Rs. 15.05 Lakh (Diesel)
Tata Hexa XT - Rs. 16.20 Lakh (Diesel)
Tata Hexa XTA - Rs. 17.40 Lakh (Diesel)
Tata Hexa XT 4X4 - Rs. 17.49 Lakh (Diesel)

The top notch models of both cars are compared based on the features they offer. Both of them miss out on certain key features which are expected from their respective price tags. The Hexa misses out on Keyless Entry, Engine Start/Button, Air Quality Control, whereas the BR-V'S absence of the Touch-screen Infotainment System, Navigation etc. clearly weigh it down. Nevertheless, leaving aside these highlighting drawbacks, its the Hexa which impresses with its 4WD, 4-Mode Terrain Management System, Hill Hold Control, 2nd Row Captain's Seats etc. Safetywise also, Tata's latest hunk comes equiped with 6 airbags, and disc brakes on all 4 wheels in response to BR-V's Dual Front Airbags and Front Disc Brakes. The following gives an in detail description of the features

Common Features
AC/Heater, Rear AC Vents, Automatic Climate Control, Tachometer, ABS, Anti-Theft Alarm, Tilt Steering, Automatic Climate Control, Adjustable Steering Column, Electronic Tripmeter, ORVM Turn Indicators, Rear Spoiler, Alloy Wheels, Rain Sensing Wipers, Child Safety Locks,Seat Belt Warning, Door Ajar Warning, Side and Front Impact Beams, Driver and Passenger Airbags, Crash Sensor, Engine Immobilizer, EBD, Bluetooth Connectivity, Roof Rail, Smoked Headlamps, Electrically Folding Rear View Mirrors, Front Foglamps, DRLs, Low Fuel Warning Light, Remote Trunk Lid Opener

Extra Features on Tata Hexa
4-Mode Terrain Management System, 4X4, Rear Disc Brakes, 2nd row Captain's Seats, Rear Parking Sensors, Cruise Control, Touch Screen Infotainment System, Navigation System, Cooled Govebox, Voice Control, Rear Foglamps, Halogen Headlamps, Rain Sensing Wiper, Brake Assist, Side Airbags (Front and Rear), Automatic Headlamps, Engine Check Warning, Hill Hold Control In-Built, Engine Drag-Torque Control, Corner Stability Control, Telescopic Steering Adjustment, Perimetric Alarm, Rear Camera, Follow Me Home Headlamps, Trunk Light

Extra Features on Honda BR-V
Keyless Entry, Engine Start/Stop Button, Smart Access Card Entry, Power Door Locks, CD Player, Tinted Glass, Xenon Headlamps, Driving Experience Control Eco, Outside Temperature Display, Air Quality Control


Exteriors

Dimensions(L x W x H): Tata Hexa - 4788 x 1903 x 1791 mm
                                           Honda BR-V - 4456 x 1735 x 1666 mm
Wheelbase: Tata Hexa - 2850 mm, Honda BR-V - 2662 mm
Ground Clearance: Tata Hexa - 200 mm, Honda BR-V - 210 mm
Wheel Size: Hexa – 235/70R16 (XE/XM), 235/70R19 (XT), BR-V – 195/60R16


Performance and Drivability

As of now, the engine lineup of the Hexa has got two 2.2L VARICOR diesel mills on offer. The smaller one (XE) generates a maximum power of 148bhp at 4000rpm and produces 320Nm of torque while the larger mill has got an impressive 156 horses and a staggering 400Nm of torque powering it. Thanks to these figures, the Hexa is the most powerful car of its segment. Also, these numbers are way higher as compared to the those of the BR-V 1.5L iDTEC's capability of 99bhp and torque of 145Nm. A fact worth noting is that, both cars come to life from as low as 1500rpm, something unusual as compared to other diesel propelled cars. The BR-V also gets a petrol option in the 1.5L iVTEC engine which churns out a maximum power of 118bhp and a a torque output of 200Nm.
The Hexa comes with 5-speed manual, 6- speed manual or a 6-speed auto gearbox coupled to the engine. There is a 4X4 option available on one of the variants but with the absence of the automatic gearbox. The BR-V comes with a 6 speed manual transmission gearbox as standard, while a 6-speed CVT automatic transmission is only available on one of the petrol variants.

Kerb Weight: Hexa - 2280kg, BR-V - 1190kg
Power: Tata Hexa XE-148bhp@4000rpm(Diesel), Tata Hexa XM/XT(Diesel)-154.2bhp@4000rpm, Honda BR-V iVTEC-118bhp@4000rpm, Honda BR-V iDTEC-99bhp@4000rpm
Torque: Tata Hexa XE(Diesel)-320Nm@1700-2700rpm, Tata HexaXM/XT(Diesel)-400Nm@1700-2700rpm, Honda BR-V iVTEC-200Nm@1700-2700rpm, Honda BR-V iVTEC-145Nm@1700-2700rpm
Power to Weight Ratio: Power to Weight Ratio (bhp/ton): Hexa – 72, BR-V - 78
Torque to Weight Ratio: (Nm/ton): Hexa – 184, BR-V - 157
Displacement: Hexa - 2179cc, BR- V - 1498cc


Interiors, Space and Comfort

Step inside the Hexa and you are greeted by an all-black interior which gives it a sporty feel. The instrument cluster is well put with its simple yet elegant stance. The dashboard of the BR-V looks smart and is more car-like and it looks very similar to that of the the Amaze. Both have an ergonomcally sound design but the absence of a touch screen infotainment system is clearly felt in the BR-V and it might not seem to do justice with its price tag. Front seats are also comfortable but it doesnt have much freedom in adjusting as compared to the 8 way manually adjustable driver seat of the Hexa. The visibility is good enough for both cars enhancing the control while driving. Moving back to the 2nd row, the Hexa gets Captain's seats enhancing the comfort levels in case you are being chauffered around, as compared to the doubtful 3 seater capacity on the BR-V mainly because of the jutting armrest, when folded up, and the absence of a middle seat headrest. Third row is fairly comfortable for the Hexa, and instead of folding down the 2nd row seats, one can just walk in between the Captain's seats making its accessiblity really simple. The last row of the BR-V is surprisingly spacious but the sunken seats might not be suitable for those long drives.


Ride Quality and Handling

The automatic variant of the Hexa is the one that grabs all the attention with its fabulous response and refinement, which makes its otherwise smooth manual counterpart look a little outdated. A bit of a disappointment for automatic fans as the automatic is not available on the 4X4 mainly because of its improper communication with Tata's Terrain Management System. The CVT on the BR-V too is excellent but its elastic effect is evident as the revs rise. As mentioned earlier both these SUVs come to life at around 1500rpm which makes it really convenient to ply on city roads. Roads with potholes and irregularities can be tackled easily by these vehicles. Highway wise, both of them feel more like cars as compared to the SUV segment they belong to, thanks to the refinement and the response of their engines.
The Hexa is a more composed vehicle with its excellent suspension setup and a significantly lower NVH level and the grunt which you get to hear at higher revs, is more of a pleasant affair. Tackling corners wouldn't produce any clear winners out here, as both the cars have significant body roll. But the presence of anti roll bars, an immensely wider body and a longer wheelbase shed light on Hexa's better cornering mannerism. Even though it isnt a genuine mud plugger, the 4WD, Land Rover sourced Terrain Management System which lets you switch between Auto, Rough Road, Comfort, Dynamic Modes, hill descent control, ESP on the Hexa all do their bit in giving a decent off-road experience. All said and done, the Hexa can be clearly seen as an outcome of Tata's constant interaction with the Land Rovers.


Fuel Efficiency

The petrol version of the BR-V is claimed to return 15.4 kilometres to a litre as certified by ARAI standards, but it would be better not to expect more than 12-13 kmpl in the city. The diesel BR-V has an impressive mileage of 21.9 kmpl which turns out to be the best in its segment. The Hexa has a city mileage of 13-14 kmpl and on highways it runs for 16 kms by consuming a litre of fuel. The lower fuel efficiency on the Hexa could be better attributed to its massive weight.


Reliability and After-sales

There's nothing more to stress upon Honda's niggle free ownership and after-sales experience. The Honda brand is extremely strong all across India for 2 wheelers and 4 wheelers. At No. 2 in India, Honda cars have been known for their excellent after-sales and reliability and their lesser cost to maintain. Tata has plenty to do in order to repair its image of a pathetic after-sales service and they still struggle with basic quality issues. Clearly an area, where the Hexa is just pulled down.

Estimated Resale value after 5-7 years (in lakh Rs.): 

From the figures given below one can easily find out how much their car will be worth after an ownership period of 5-7 years. The heavy dip in Hexa's worth after a certain period of time is mainly due to Tata's reputation for their shabby reliability
Hexa XT 4x2 (Diesel manual) – 7.00, Hexa XTA 4x2 (Diesel automatic) – 6.50, BR-V VX (Petrol manual) – 7.70, BR-V V CVT (Petrol automatic) – 7.75, BR-V VX (Diesel manual) – 9.05

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh Rs.): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)

Hexa XT 4x2 (Diesel manual) – 16.70, Hexa XTA 4x2 (Diesel automatic) – 18.60, BR-V VX (Diesel manual) – 8.55, BR-V VX (Petrol manual) – 10.05, BR-V V CVT (Petrol automatic) – 9.95


Verdict

First and foremost, it might not be apt to directly compare an SUV with a compact SUV, but to an ordinary Indian customer, both of them could fall in the same bracket, owing to their practicality and the space on board. The Hexa is an SUV with a 6-seater capacity (7 seats for lower variants) and looks very similar to the not so popular Aria from the side. The BR-V belongs to the compact SUV segment but it boasts of a 7 seater cabin and looks a lot like the Mobilio, an MPV.
The Hexa gets all the boxes checked with its impressive performance, practicality, space and comfort. It could be heavy on the pockets, but all good things come with a price. A matter of concern for a prospective Hexa owner would be Tata's reputed after-sales (pun intended) and of course, the fairly poor fuel efficiency. Where the BR-V takes the beating is the lower comfort levels and lack of many features, a similarly priced Hexa has on offer. Better fuel efficiency and Honda's after-sales and reliability have given BR-V something to write home about, but in the end, its a Tata, which manages to unseat a Honda from its haven, making the Hexa the undoubted winner of this duel.

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