Innova Crysta vs Honda BR-V Comparison Review

Honda BR-V vs Toyota Innova Crysta Comparison Review

Why are we comparing these two cars:
Toyota has discontinued the old Innova and made the new Innova Crysta incredibly expensive, the cheapest available ‘GX’ (manual) variant retails for 17.25 Lakh, on road, Delhi. This has left a big void in the MPV segment. What we are trying to find out, is whether the Honda BR-V is capable enough to fill the old Innova’ s shoes, or will the buyers have no option but to shell out the big bucks for the Crysta. The range-topping BR-V ‘VX’ (diesel), costs 15.1 Lakh Rs. which is over 2 lakh rupees cheaper than the Crysta. BR-V VX also has numerous extra features over the Crysta GX like the Music System, Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat, Automatic Climate Control, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Leather Upholstery, Push Button Start & Smart Key, while the Crysta GX also has some extra features over the BR-V VX like Driver’s Knee Airbag, Reverse Parking Sensors & Telescopic Steering Adjustment.

Innova Crysta vs Honda BR-V Video Comparison Video:

Pricing of other variants:
Innova Crysta 'GX AT’ diesel-automatic costs 18.80 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, 4-Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches (for Instrument Cluster control), Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Alloy Wheels, Projector Headlamps, LED DRLs, Tilt Steering, Boot Lamp, Fuel Computer

Extra Features in Innova Crysta (GX): Driver Knee Airbag, Telescopic Steering Adjust, Parking Sensors
Extra Features in BR-V (VX): Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth, 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

Performance & Drivability:
The Innova Crysta has a discernible advantage over the BR-V in terms of drivability as well as overtaking ability on the Highway. Crysta’s 900cc larger engine more than makes up for its 550 kg weight disadvantage over the BR-V. The difference is especially noticeable with a full complement of passengers on-board. However, BR-V itself has excellent drivability, far better than most of its rivals, ranging from Ertiga to Creta. That being said, both the Crysta and the BR-V fall short in terms of refinement. Their engines being quite vocal in comparison to other modern diesel mills in the market.

Power (PS@rpm): BR-V - 100@3600, Innova Crysta 2.4 – 150@3400
Torque (Nm@rpm): BR-V – 200@1750, Innova Crysta 2.4 - 343@1400-2800
Kerb Weight (kg): BR-V - 1275, Innova Crysta 2.4 – 1835

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): BR-V - 78, Innova Crysta 2.4 – 81
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): BR-V - 157, Innova Crysta 2.4 – 187 (difference 19%)

Fuel Efficiency:
In our real-world tests, the BR-V was consistently 5 kmpl more efficient than the Innova Crysta. That equates to a savings of 1 Lakh Rs. in fuel costs, over a usage of 75,000 kilometers.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
BR-V (diesel, manual) – 21.9, Innova Crysta 2.4 (diesel, manual) – 15.1

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
BR-V (diesel, manual) – 2.50, Innova Crysta (diesel, manual) – 3.50

Space & Comfort:
Innova Crysta is considerably longer, wider and taller than the BR-V. But surprisingly the cabin isn't quite as spacious as expected over the BR-V. Leg-room in all three rows is equal in both cars, while head-room and shoulder-space is only slightly better in the Crysta. Crysta’s limitation is that a lot of space between the wheels is occupied by the big 2400cc, longitudinally mounted engine in the front, and the driveline, routing the power to the rear wheels, both eating in to the cabin space of the Crysta. With all the seats in place, the Crysta has 300 litres of boot-space, which is marginally more than the BR-V’s 223 litre capacity. With the last row seats folded, Crysta’s boot volume expands to 758 litres, compared to BR-V’s 591 litre storage capacity.

Length (mm): BR-V – 4455, Innova Crysta – 4735
Width (mm): BR-V – 1735, Innova Crysta – 1822
Height (mm): BR-V – 1666, Innova Crysta – 1695

Ride Quality & Handling:
The pick-up truck based Innova Crysta is no match to the excellent road manners of the Honda BR-V. Crysta is prone to excessive body roll around the curves, along with a vague, lifeless steering setup making it a damp squib around twisty roads. The BR-V in stark contrast handles like a dream! It has excellent poise and balance around the bends coupled with a precise, well-weighted and feel-some steering. The BR-V also rides quite well soaking up bumps and ruts quite adeptly, aided by enough ground clearance to tackle ubiquitous potholes without the constant worry of scraping the under-body or bending a strut. However it cannot match the impeccable, rough-road smothering ride quality of the Innova Crysta.

Ground Clearance (mm): BR-V – 210, Duster – 176

Tyre Size:
BR-V – 195/60R16
Innova Crysta – 205/65R16 (GX/VX), 215/55R17 (ZX)

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Both Honda and Toyota have proven their mettle at making highly reliable automobiles to the world. However, Toyota has a huge lead over Honda in our country in terms of Service Support. Unlike Honda’s complacent service providers, Toyota’s service centers are run with such clockwork precision that they are able to deliver a fully serviced vehicle back to the customers in 60 minutes flat.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Innova Crysta is bound to depreciate marginally lesser than the BR-V over the next 5 to 7 years.
BR-V VX (Diesel manual) – 9.05, Innova Crysta GX (Diesel manual) – 10.85

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Overall, the BR-V VX works out to be around 1.5 lakh rupees cheaper in Total Cost of Ownership compared to the Crysta GX. The Crysta making up partially for a higher selling price and fuel cost with better resale value.
BR-V VX (Diesel manual) – 8.40, Innova Crysta GX (Diesel manual) – 9.90,

The BR-V has an edge over the Crysta as a personal vehicle. It is less cumbersome to pilot around city streets and more enthusiastic around the turns as well. Not to forget, it has scores of extra features and is even, a good 1.5 Lakh Rs. lighter on the pocket. But the Innova Crysta’s sheer gamut of capabilities is in a different league altogether. With its monolithic build quality and indestructible mechanicals can endure decades of abuse. And yet, the richness, the seating and the ride comfort of the Crysta is certainly a couple of segments above the BR-V’s. The BR-V has to work hard while carrying 7 passengers on-board and tackling rough terrain. The Crysta does it effortlessly. In terms of value, the Innova Crysta is worth much more than the paltry 18% premium it demands over the BR-V and thus is the deserving winner of this shootout.

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