The Honda Elevate, a brand-new mid-size SUV from Honda Cars India, is now available in the Indian market for an introductory price of Rs 11 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Elevate, which is positioned next to the Honda City in the manufacturer's product portfolio, hopes to capitalise on the growing mid-size SUV market with ADAS and Honda's recognised quality driving dynamics. The car is being offered in a total of 7 variants spanning 4 trims and 2 transmission options, including MT and CVT units, and its pricing stands at Rs 16 lakh for the top-of-the-line model. Other variants are SV, V, VX, and ZX. However, the Honda Elevate surely faces fierce competition in the mid-size SUV market, which is the fastest-growing body segment in the country, with models such as the Hyundai Creta, the Kia Seltos, and the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara performing exceptionally well. Here's a detailed comparison between the Elevate and the Grand Vitara. Let's see how they fare against each other.
Honda Elevate vs Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara: Price
The starting price for the Honda Elevate SV MT variant is Rs 11 lakh, and the top-spec ZX CVT version retails at Rs 16 lakh. Pricing is aggressive, particularly in the top models, where it undercuts numerous competitors. Meanwhile, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara's pricing range for the petrol-manual model ranges from Rs 10.70 lakh to Rs 16.91 lakh. The five petrol-fuelled automatic Grand Vitara variants range in price from Rs 13.60 lakh to Rs 19.79 lakh. The Grand Vitara, however, does not come with a diesel-automatic engine. The CNG-manual variants of the model come in two variations and are priced between Rs 13.05 lakh and Rs 14.86 lakh. All mentioned prices are ex-showroom.
Honda Elevate vs Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara: Powertrain Options
Although the 1.5-litre petrol engines in both SUVs are the same size, the output varies significantly. The engine of the Elevate produces an efficient 121bhp of peak power and 145Nm of maximum torque. The Grand Vitara's petrol engine, on the other hand, belts out somewhat lower figures, at 103bhp and 137Nm. A combined output of 114bhp and 141Nm characterises the hybrid powertrain, which is slightly more potent.
Both cars come with manual and automatic gearbox options, but the Elevate's enticing CVT automatic option makes it stand out further. The Elevate offers an affordable 6-speed manual option if you prefer manual transmissions. While the Grand Vitara offers a 5-speed manual transmission, it can also be had with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Grand Vitara Hyryder pair sets itself apart as the sole competitor offering an all-wheel-drive option for navigating all types of road conditions. The cost of the AWD model is higher, though. The Elevate is a noteworthy option for people who prefer automated transmissions.
Honda Elevate vs Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara: Features
Although the Elevate surprises with its accessibility and affordable pricing, it's important to note that it lacks some high-end features common in the market. A 360-degree camera, ventilated front seats, adjustable driver seat height, panoramic sunroof, or six standard airbags are notable omissions. It nevertheless does include the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), which is usually only offered in the top-tier models of cars such as the Kia Seltos. A single pane sunroof, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic climate control, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 7-inch full-colour TFT instrument panel, and Honda Connect are several other interior features.
The Grand Vitara also has an extensive feature list comprising conveniences like connected car tech, an infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, faux leather seats, premium speakers, wireless charging, automatic climate control, LED lights, panoramic sunroof, head-up display unit, and more.
Honda Elevate vs Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara: Dimensions
The Honda Elevate is roughly comparable to the competitors in terms of size, measuring 4,312mm in length, 1,790mm in width, 1,650mm in height, and 2,650mm in wheelbase. However, the Honda model boasts a maximum ground clearance of 220mm. It has a boot space of 458-litre.
The Grand Vitara, on the other hand, has dimensions of 4,325mm in length, 1,795mm in width, 1,645mm in height, and 2,600mm in wheelbase. Moreover, it has 208mm of ground clearance and 373-litre of boot space.