Honda BRV vs Creta Comparison Review

Honda BR-V vs Hyundai Creta Comparison Review

Why are we comparing these two cars?
Creta's penultimate variant, the 'SX Plus' manual-diesel, costs 15.75 Lakh, on road, Delhi. Customers looking for the added practicality of 7 seats might consider sacrificing some style and go for the Honda BR-V. BR-V’s high-end 'VX' (diesel) variant retails for 15.1 lakh, which is 65,000 Rs. cheaper than the Creta. Both cars have similar feature content. The Creta has an added touch-screen infotainment system over the BR-V, while the BR-V has extra leather seats over the Creta.
Creta vs Honda BR-V Comparison Video Review:

Pricing of other variants:
Creta 1.6 diesel 'SX Plus AT' automatic costs 16.93 Lakh
Creta 1.4 diesel ‘S Plus’ manual costs 14.20 Lakh
Creta Petrol ‘SX Plus’ manual costs 13.65 Lakh
Creta 'SX Plus’ petrol-automatic costs 14.80 Lakh
BR-V petrol ‘VX’ manual costs 13.58 Lakh
BR-V V CVT’ petrol-automatic costs 13.75 Lakh
on road, Delhi

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

Extra Features in Creta (SX Plus): Parking Sensors, Parking Camera, Touch-screen, Navigation, Cornering Lamps

Extra Features in BR-V (VX): Leather Upholstery

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol: Honda's 1.5 liter VTEC petrol mill is a legend. It's lightning fast performance, buttery smooth refinement and sonorous exhaust note is quite an unbeatable combination. Hyundai has tried very hard to beat Honda, with its 1.6 VTVT mill, but hasn't quite achieved it. Overall, the Creta has marginally weak performance than the BR-V and though Hyundai has sound-deadened it to submission, Creta's engine isn't as rev happy or as sweet sounding as the BR-V's.

Power (PS@rpm): BR-V - 119@6600, Creta - 123@6400
Torque (Nm@rpm): BR-V – 145@4600, Creta – 141@4850
Kerb Weight (kg): BR-V - 1190, Creta - 1250

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): BR-V - 100, Creta – 98
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): BR-V - 122, Creta – 121

Diesel: Both cars seem quite similar on paper, but they behave very differently on road. The Creta has tremendous turbo lag below 2000 rpm making it quite frustrating to drive in city traffic. The BR-V, in contrast has almost no turbo-lag, making it ideal for city usage. On the highway, Creta's abrupt power delivery makes it 'feel' faster than the BR-V, but actually, it isn't. However, the Creta is significantly more refined than the BR-V, at all speeds.

Power (PS@rpm): BR-V - 100@3600, Creta 1.4 – 90@4000, Creta 1.6 - 128@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): BR-V – 200@1750, Creta 1.4 – 220@1500-2750, Creta 1.6 – 265@1900-2750
Kerb Weight (kg): BR-V - 1275, Creta 1.4 – 1260, Creta 1.6 - 1290

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): BR-V - 78, Creta 1.4 – 71, Creta 1.6 – 99
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): BR-V - 157, Creta – 175, Creta 1.6 – 202

Fuel Efficiency:
In our real-world tests, both the manual & automatic petrol BR-Vs were almost 2 kmpl more efficient than their Creta counterparts. The Diesel BR-V was consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the 1.4 Creta and 2 kmpl more efficient than the 1.6 Creta diesel (manual).

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
BR-V (petrol, manual) – 15.4, BR-V (petrol, automatic) – 16, Creta (petrol, manual) – 15.3, Creta (petrol, automatic) – 14.0
BR-V (diesel, manual) – 21.9, Creta 1.4 (diesel, manual) – 21.4, Creta 1.6 (diesel, manual) – 19.7, Creta 1.6 (diesel, automatic) – 17.0

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
BR-V (petrol, manual) – 4.32, BR-V (petrol, automatic) – 4.27, Creta (petrol, manual) – 4.77, Creta (petrol, automatic) – 5.22
BR-V (diesel, manual) – 2.70, Creta 1.4 (diesel, manual) – 2.77, Creta 1.6 (diesel, manual) – 3.00, Creta 1.6 (diesel, automatic) – 3.50

Space & Comfort:
The BR-V is a more practical vehicle than the Creta. Firstly, the Creta has a fairly tight cabin, especially considering its rather generous proportions. The BR-V in contrast has a slightly more spacious cabin, with a significantly more airy ambience. Plus there's the extra third row of seats inside the BR-V, which are comfortable enough for smallest members of the family. With all the seats up, the BR-V still has 220 litres of boot-space which is equivalent to cars like the Celerio. With the rear seats folded, it expands to 691 litres which is almost twice as much as the Creta's 402 litre boot volume.

Length (mm): BR-V – 4455, Creta – 4270
Width (mm): BR-V – 1735, Creta – 1780
Height (mm): BR-V – 1666, Creta – 1630

Ride Quality & Handling:
Creta is an utter disappointment, when it comes to dynamics. It is quite peculiar, as to how Hyundai has screwed up both, the ride quality and handling of the Creta. It transmits the impact from even moderate bumps and ruts to the occupants, which is unforgivable for a so called SUV. Handling is even worse with a super-light, vague & ponderous steering rack spoiling it even further. The BR-V in contrast both handles and rides surprisingly well considering its tall height. Especially its steering is quite precise and transmits a hint of feedback from surface below.

Ground Clearance (mm): BR-V – 210, Creta – 190

Tyre Size:
BR-V – 195/60R16
Creta - 205/65R16 (Base/SX/SX Plus), 215/60R17 (SX O)

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Both Honda and Hyundai have an excellent track record of product reliability. Hyundai though, has an edge over Honda in terms of service support. Hyundai has a wider service network with 800+ touch points compared to Honda's 250. Customer service is also better than Honda's outlets. However, Hyundai's service costs are significantly higher than Honda's.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Both BR-V and Creta are bound to hold fantastic resale value over the next 5 to 7 years.
BR-V VX (Petrol manual) – 7.70, BR-V V CVT (Petrol automatic) – 7.75, Creta SX Plus (Petrol manual) – 7.73, Creta SX Pus (Petrol automatic) - 8.44
BR-V VX (Diesel manual) – 9.05, Creta 1.4 S Plus (Diesel manual) – 8.52, Creta 1.6 SX Plus (Diesel manual) – 9.45, Creta SX Pus (Diesel automatic) - 10.15

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Petrol powered BR-V and Creta manual have more or less similar Cost of Ownership. The BR-V automatic though, works out to be over a Lakh rupees cheaper than the Creta petrol-automatic. The Diesel powered BR-V is almost a Lakh rupees lesser in Ownership Costs compared to the equivalent Creta diesel 1.6.

BR-V VX (Petrol manual) – 9.90, BR-V V CVT (Petrol manual) – 10.27, Creta SX Plus (Petrol manual) – 10.64, Creta SX Plus (Petrol automatic) - 11.58
BR-V VX (Diesel automatic) – 8.40, Creta 1.4 S Plus (Diesel manual) – 8.75, Creta 1.6 SX Plus (Diesel manual) – 9.30, Creta SX Plus (Diesel automatic) - 10.25

Fundamentally, the BR-V is far superior to the Creta. It has far better dynamics and drivability than the Creta. It is also a more practical car, thanks to better space and ergonomics than the Creta. Creta is sort of a all show, no go car with flashy looks but no real capabilities. The BR-V is without doubt our pick of this comparison.