Compact SUV War Gets Hotter: Comparison Of Honda BRV, Mobilio And Creta

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Will the Japanese manufacturer rattle up the compact SUV segment with the BR-V? Let us read to compare and find out.

Also Read: Honda BR-V First Look Review

Design & Looks

The Honda BR-V is designed as the smaller version of its premium SUV sibling, the Honda CR-V. The front grille sports a large chrome strip bisecting the air dams, also, it connects the angular headlamps. The front and rear bumper look well chiseled to look sharp and smooth.

The Honda Mobilio sports large chrome strip on the grille and connected to the front headlamps just like the BR-V. The headlamps, however, look more hawkish and not angular like the BR-V. Since the Mobilio was built for passenger car segment, the wagon looking MPV looks longer than the BR-V.

The Hyundai Creta is among the best selling car right now and it has the looks and the performance to match any of the compact SUVs on the road. The Creta is designed based on the fluidic approach of Hyundai on all its cars. Nothing is rounded in design and every aspect is angular in style.

Overall Design Rating

  • Honda BR-V 8/10
  • Hyundai Creta 8/10
  • Honda Mobilio 7.5/10

Interiors - Design, Space & Features

The inside layout of the dashboard of the BR-V is similar to the one seen on the Honda City and Jazz. A dual tone colour of the dashboard looks clean and well placed for all the controls. The three spoke steering is mounted with audio controls and you can see the instrument cluster split into three. The rear seat can be split 50:50 to add more luggage to the boot. Also, the main takeaway for this SUV is its 7-seater option, which the other compact SUV do not have.

Honda Mobilio, which is an MPV, carries 7-seater layout and looks roomier compared the BR-V. It sports a dual-tone interior and feels premium with the woody garnish. The second row can be split as 60:40 and the last row can be brought down completely or can be split 50:50 to accommodate boot space. Also, the third row can recline, unlike the Maruti Ertiga. The Mobilio's second-row roof AC vent which helps in better climate control inside the cabin.

The Hyundai Creta sports dual tone interiors and the dashboard are well laid out. The three spoke steering wheel sports audio and phone controls. The AC vents are angular and, does not look conventional at all. Every aspect of the interiors looks balanced and well placed for the driver and the passenger.

Overall Interiors Rating

  • Honda BR-V 8/10
  • Hyundai Creta 7.5/10
  • Honda Mobilio 8/10

Engine - Performance, Power, Mileage

Honda will power the BR-V with 1.5 litre petrol and diesel engines, this is being used in their Mobilio MPV. The petrol engine pushes out 117bhp at 6,600rpm and 145Nm of torque at 3,600rpm. The diesel engine produces 98bhp at 3,600rpm and 200Nm of torque at 1,750rpm which is good for a bumper to bumper traffic. We still don't have official mileage data, however, expecting it to be 23-24kmpl for the diesel and 16-17kmpl for the petrol.

The Mobilio, which will share its engine with the BR-V are of the same specifications. The Company has claimed 17.3 kmpl for the petrol and 24.5kmpl for the diesel engine mileage. Both the BR-V and Mobilio is mated to a 5-speed gearbox and currently no word on the automatic variants for both.

Hyundai Creta has the 1.6 litre petrol and 1.4 litre and 1.6 litre diesel engine. The petrol engine pushes out 121bhp at 6,400rpm and 151Nm of torque at 4,850rpm. The 1.4 litre diesel engine produces 89bhp at 4,000rpm and 220Nm of torque at 2,750rpm. As for the 1.6 litre diesel engine, it pushes out 128bhp at 4,000rpm and 260Nm of torque at 2,750rpm.

Overall Engine Rating

  • Honda BR-V 8/10
  • Honda Mobilio 8/10
  • Hyundai Creta 8/10

Safety - Features & Ride

Honda BR-V will come with dual airbags and ABS with EBD, and it might get the VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist), HAS (Hill Start Assist) and BA (Brake Assist). It will also get engine immobilizer and security alarm.

The Mobilio features dual airbags and ABS with EBD, engine immobilizer and security alarm. However, since this is under the MPV segment, this does not sport the SUV features like the VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist), HAS (Hill Start Assist) and BA (Brake Assist).

The Creta will come with 6-airbags, and ABS with EBD, HAC (Hill-Start Assist Control), ESC (Electronic Stability Control), SBL (Static Bending Lights). Also, the SUV features Follow Me Headlamps, which is On for some time to give better visibility if you are walking in dark places.

Overall Safety Rating

  • Honda BR-V 8/10
  • Honda Mobilio 7.5/10
  • Hyundai Creta 8/10


Honda is expected to price the BR-V in the range of Rs. 8 lakh to 12 lakh. The Mobilio is priced at Rs. 6.8 lakh to 8.2 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi). While the Creta is priced Rs. 8.6 lakh to 9.47 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi).

Overall Pricing Rating

  • Honda BR-V - 8/10
  • Honda Mobilio 8.5/10
  • Hyundai Creta 8/10


The Hyundai Creta seems to be the better buy on papers, however, the Mobilio is worth the money invested as the engine performance is similar to the other two even though it costs lesser. Honda BR-V on the hand is the 'new kid in the block' and Honda will have to price it appropriately. The company needs to provide better features than the Creta to dominate the compact SUV segment, given its penchant for quality products.

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Story first published: Monday, March 7, 2016, 19:02 [IST]
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