Honda Atlas Cars Pakistan Limited has recently launched the facelift model of BR-V in the local market. Apart from Honda Civic and City, the 7-seater BR-V is the only other vehicle offered by the Japanese auto manufacturer in the country. It has not been a success story for the automaker so far as the company now adds more features to attract customers into purchasing it. According to PAMA stats, the sales of BR-V have also dipped by approximately 59% in the first quarter of the ongoing fiscal year as compared to its corresponding period last year. Nonetheless, it’s a good option in its segment of cars in the local auto sector. In terms of specifications and features, its competitors in the market are Suzuki Vitara and Toyota Rush. In this episode of comparisons, we will compare Honda BR-V with Suzuki Vitara to have a clear picture of who is better among the two. So, let’s head towards a brief comparison of the two compact SUV’s available in the local market from two Japanese auto giants in the country.
Note here that the comparison is between the Honda BR-V i-VTEC S and Suzuki Vitara GLX variants.
Engine and Transmission:
Honda BR-V is equipped with a 4-cylinder 16 valve 1.5-liter petrol engine mated to a manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT). On the other hand, Suzuki Vitara is powered by a 4-cylinder 16 valve 1.6-liter petrol engine coupled to either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. Both the vehicles are a two-wheel drive, but Suzuki Vitara has ALLGRIP-feature that helps on all types of rough terrains. The ALLGRIP four-wheel technology allows you to expand your range of activities in accordance with the driving style. The displacement of Honda BR-V is 1497 cc, and that of Suzuki Vitara is 1586 cc. Honda BR-V has the ability to produce a maximum power of 88 kW at 6600 rpm and a maximum torque of 145 Nm at 4600 rpm. Suzuki Vitara, in contrast, can produce a maximum output of 86 kW at 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 156 Nm at 4400 rpm. The compression ratio of BR-V and Vitara is 10.3 and 11.0, respectively.
Dimensions and Capacity:
In terms of dimensions and capacity, both the vehicles are almost identical in dimensions with a difference of few millimeters. However, the ground clearance of Honda BR-V is 201 mm, whereas Vitara is less above the ground, i.e., 185 mm. The wheelbase of BR-V is larger than Vitara as it measures to 2662 mm as compared to 2500 mm. The minimum turning radius of BR-V is 5.58 meters, while that of Vitara is 5.2 meters.
Braking and Suspension:
Both the compact SUV’s are equipped with a similar type of front braking system. The front ventilated disc brakes are accompanied by disc brakes at the rear for Vitara while BR-V has conventional drum brakes at the rear wheels. For enhanced braking and safety experience, both cars are powered by the anti-lock braking system (ABS). Similarly, the suspension of both vehicles is offered with MacPherson strut at the front and torsion beam at the rear end.
The Japanese auto manufacturers have made sure to offer an advanced and bold design language in both the compact SUVs. The two vehicles share the same aggressive looks with a difference in shape and design. Honda BR-V is powered by halogen headlamps at the front, whereas Vitara has LED projector lamps for low beam and halogen multi-reflector for high beam. Honda BR-V has a stylish horizontal shaped chrome front radiator grille while Vitara has vertical chrome strips extending to the headlights. Both vehicles have daytime running lights (DRL’s) provided by the automaker for enhanced safety in daylight. Fog lamps are offered in both of them as a standard feature. Moreover, the side mirrors are body-colored in both the cases, but the outer door handles are body-colored in BR-V while they come as a chrome piece. Honda now provides company fitted door visors in its car while they are not present in Vitara as standard. Suzuki Vitara has a prominent feature of the panoramic sunroof, which doesn’t come in BR-V. The body of BR-V and Vitara is manufactured aerodynamically by the respective auto manufacturers. Honda BR-V has sleek horizontal tail lamps linked by a chrome garnish. On the other hand, Suzuki Vitara comes in stylish and elegant tail lights, which are much larger in size than those of BR-V.
Interior & features:
Both the crossovers are offered with a number of attractive and useful features inside the cabin. Honda BR-V now comes in a step garnish, which is a welcoming gesture for the driver. The cabins of both the vehicles are spacious and elegantly designed by the respective Japanese automakers. The interior of BR-V is dual-tone with upholstery in beige color, while Vitara is an entirely black unit from the inside. Both the cars have several common features, including air-conditioning, heating system, rear AC ventilation, center armrest console, 3-spoke electronically controlled steering wheel, sun visors, head restraints, central locking system, assist grips, power windows, 12V power outlet and chrome inside door handles. On the other hand, there are various additional features in Vitara which are missing in BR-V, such as pollen filter, cruise control, and speed limiter. Moreover, Vitara has more storage spaces, while BR-V has 10 cups/bottle holders inside the cabin at the front and rear side.
Connectivity and Entertainment:
Suzuki Vitara has a high-quality connectivity and entertainment system installed in it. It is equipped with a 10.1-inches infotainment system that has connectivity with Bluetooth, USB, AUX and offers hands-free telephone features to listen to calls. Moreover, it also has a navigation system that is not present in BR-V. There is a 7-inches display audio system provided by Honda Atlas in its BR-V, which has basic connectivity features of Bluetooth, AUX, and USB, including the hands-free telephone feature.
Safety and security features:
In terms of safety of its passengers, Suzuki Vitara is far better than Honda BR-V as it’s powered by as many as seven SRS airbags as compared to only two in its rival. The two airbags are standard in front for the driver and the passenger, whereas two are provided on sides, two in the curtains and one in the driver’s knee side. Honda Atlas has also recently added the second airbag in its facelift model of BR-V. Both the vehicles come with 3-point ELR seat belts at the front and the rear side, including the center seat belt. Suzuki Vitara also has two ISO Child Fix provisions as compared to only one in BR-V. Both cars have an anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD), security alarm, immobilizer, etc. On the other hand, Vitara has several additional features such as hill hold control, hill descent control, Brake assist function, four parking sensors at the front and rear bumper, and electronic stability program (ESP). ESP helps the vehicle in automatically adjusting the power and brakes to keep the driver in control of the car. These safety features are of extremely high importance when it comes to driving in hilly areas or rough terrains. The safety enhancement in Suzuki Vitara is matchless when compared to Honda BR-V. The hill hold control and hill descent control are the two important features which assist while ascending and descending from a slope, respectively.
Honda BR-V and Suzuki Vitara both are offered in a variety of colors to choose from. The available colors of these vehicles in the local market are mentioned below.
Since we are comparing the high-end models of both the compact SUV’s, there is a huge difference in the price of both the vehicles. Honda BR-V comes at PKR 3.249 million, whereas Suzuki Vitara GLX is available in PKR 5.5 million. Note here that these are ex-factory prices of both the vehicles.
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