Honda BRV vs Ertiga Comparison Review

Honda BR-V vs Maruti-Suzuki Ertiga Comparison Review

Why are we comparing these two cars?
Ertiga's top-end variant, the 'ZDi+' manual-diesel, costs 10.6 Lakh, on road, Delhi, which is 4.5 Lakh Rs. cheaper, than the BRV's ‘VX’ variant (diesel), costing 15.1 Lakh Rs. The BR-V is essentially a face-lifted Mobilio, making it an MPV which looks somewhat like an SUV. What we are trying to find out is whether it’s half-baked ‘SUV’ish looks are worth the preposterous price premium that it is demanding over an equivalent Ertiga. Both cars have a couple of extra features over the other, Ertiga having the Touchscreen Infotainment System, Parking Camera & Sensors, while the BR-V has Leather Upholstery, Projector Headlamps & Daytime Running Lights.

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Pricing of other variants:
Ertiga petrol 'ZXi+' manual costs 9.75 Lakh
BR-V petrol ‘VX’ manual costs 13.60 Lakh

Ertiga petrol 'VXi AT' automatic costs 9.55 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
Extra Features in Ertiga (ZDi+): Parking Sensors, Parking Camera, Touch-screen, Navigation
Extra Features in BR-V (VX): Leather Upholstery, Projector Headlamps, LED DRLs

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol: Suzuki’s 1400cc petrol powertrain is no match to Honda’s world famous 1.5 litre iVTEC mill. BR-V is 28% more powerful and 11% more torquey than the Ertiga in terms of the power and torque-to-weight ratios. Therefore it is no surprise than the BR-V has significantly better performance than the Ertiga across the rev-range. The BR-V’s engine is delightfully free revving with a sporty exhaust note compared to the strangled feeling motor of the Ertiga.

Power (PS@rpm): BR-V - 119@6600, Ertiga - 92@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): BR-V – 145@4600, Ertiga – 130@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): BR-V - 1190, Ertiga - 1180

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): BR-V - 100, Ertiga – 78 (difference 28%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): BR-V - 122, Ertiga – 110 (difference 11%)

Diesel: Ertiga diesel is a pain to drive in city traffic. It has immense turbo-lag below 2000 rpm and excessively tall gearing resulting in extremely poor drivability around town. The BR-V in contrast, has hardly any turbo-lag and sensible gear ratios making it just perfect for rush-hour traffic. Both cars have decent mid-range performance on the highways. The BR-V is much improved over the Mobilio and Amaze in terms of sound deadening, but it is still not as silent as the Ertiga’s Fiat sourced Multijet powertrain.

Power (PS@rpm): BR-V - 100@3600, Ertiga – 90@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): BR-V – 200@1750, Ertiga – 200@2000
Kerb Weight (kg): BR-V - 1275, Ertiga – 1265

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): BR-V - 78, Ertiga – 71
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): BR-V - 157, Ertiga – 158

Fuel Efficiency:
In our real-world tests, the Ertiga petrol-manual was half a kmpl more efficient than the BR-V, But the BR-V CVT automatic was half a kmpl more efficient than the Ertiga automatic having the conventional torque convertor unit. The Ertiga diesel was consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the BR-V diesel.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
BR-V (petrol, manual) – 15.4, Ertiga (petrol, manual) – 17.5
BR-V (petrol, automatic) – 16, Ertiga (petrol, automatic) – 17.03
BR-V (diesel, manual) – 21.9, Ertiga (diesel, manual) – 24.52

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
BR-V (petrol, manual) – 4.35, BR-V (petrol, automatic) – 4.35, Ertiga (petrol, manual) – 4.20, Ertiga (petrol, automatic) – 4.50
BR-V (diesel, manual) – 2.65, Ertiga (diesel, manual) – 2.50

Space & Comfort:
The BR-V is noticeably more spacious than the Ertiga. Both cars have enough room for four adults in the front two rows. However, both their middle-row seats, are a bit too narrow for seating three occupants. The BR-V’s third row though, is a bit more roomy than the Ertiga’s. It has better knee-room and leg-room as well as more space for luggage left over at the rear, with 223 litres of capacity compared to Ertiga’s 135 litres. With the rear seats folded, the BR-V has a cavernous 691 litres of boot-space compared to Ertiga’s 521 litres.

Length (mm): BR-V – 4455, Ertiga – 4265
Width (mm): BR-V – 1735, Ertiga – 1695
Height (mm): BR-V – 1666, Ertiga – 1685

Ride Quality & Handling:
Both cars have incredibly good road manners, with fairly pliant ride quality and car-like handling. Even their steering setups are surprisingly precise and well-weighted around the curves. Both cars are a big step-up from the erstwhile vans and ladder frame based MPVs in the dynamics department.

Ground Clearance (mm): BR-V – 210, Ertiga – 185

Tyre Size:
BR-V – 195/60R16
Ertiga - 185/65R15

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Both Honda and Suzuki have a long-standing track record of making reliable vehicles in our country. However, Maruti has a huge lead over Honda, when it comes to Service Support. Honda’s dealers have grown complacent over the years and Honda hasn’t been able to keep the service quality at the dealerships in check. Their service reach with 250 outlets is also no match to Maruti’s 2000+ touch points.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Both BR-V and Ertiga are bound to hold fantastic resale value, thanks to their fuel-efficient engines and hassle free ownership experience.
BR-V VX (Petrol manual) – 7.75, BR-V V CVT (Petrol automatic) – 7.85, Ertiga ZXi+ (Petrol manual) – 5.55, Ertiga VXi AT (Petrol automatic) - 5.45
BR-V VX (Diesel manual) – 9.05, Ertiga ZDi+ (Diesel manual) – 6.35

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Both the petrol as well as diesel BR-Vs work out to be around 2 lakh rupees more expensive than equivalent Ertiga’s, in terms of Total Cost of Ownership over a period of 5 to 7 years.
BR-V VX (Petrol manual) – 10.20, BR-V V CVT (Petrol automatic) – 10.25, Ertiga ZXi+ (Petrol manual) – 8.35, Ertiga VXi AT (Petrol automatic) - 8.60
BR-V VX (Diesel manual) – 8.65, Ertiga ZDi+ (Diesel manual) – 6.75

The BR-V is a technically superior automobile than the Ertiga. Firstly, it has better drivability and performance than the Ertiga and matches it in terms of real-world efficiency and dynamics. Secondly it is a more practical vehicle than the Ertiga, thanks to more spacious third row seating and better boot-space. Thirdly, the BR-V is better suited to Indian road condition thanks to better ground clearance & bigger wheels. However, all the BR-V’s advantages are marginal, but its price difference is enormous. It is 4.5 lakh Rs. more expensive than an equivalent Ertiga to buy and even in terms of Overall Ownership costs it is 2 lakh rupees or 30% dearer. This makes the Ertiga far better value-for-money than the BR-V, making it the clear winner of this test.

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