With its newest offering, the Elevate, Honda has entered the battleground, aiming to make its mark in the mid-size segment. Recently the newly launched SUV was compared with the already well-established Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara and an in-depth comparison video was recently shared online. The detailed video analysis delves into every aspect, from design and features to performance and fuel economy, giving us a closer look at how these two giants stack up against each other.
The in-depth comparison of the Honda Elevate and Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara has been shared on Bunny Punia‘s YouTube channel. The presenter starts off the video by introducing the new Honda Elevate. He mentions that the mid-size SUV segment is currently one of the most competitive segments in India, and Honda has finally entered it with its newest offering, the Elevate. After the introduction, the presenter straightaway mentions that Honda has currently not announced the pricing of the Elevate. He adds that the company will be revealing the pricing in the first week of September.
Following this, the presenter mentions that currently, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara starts from under Rs 11 lakh, and unfortunately, Honda’s Elevate will not be able to match it. He adds that the company does not have a low enough base variant, and most likely its pricing will start from Rs 13 lakh onwards. He added that the Elevate will come in SV, V, VX, and ZX variants, and its base SV variant will also come adequately loaded with features, making it more expensive than the Grand Vitara.
After this, the presenter states that in terms of engines, the Honda Elevate will come only available with a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated petrol motor borrowed directly from Honda City, and this motor makes a healthy 120 bhp of power. He then adds that the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, on the other hand, also comes equipped with a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated motor, but it gets mild and strong hybrids. He added that the power in the Grand Vitara is a little less, but it makes up in the fuel economy department.
Moving on, the presenter then starts with the design comparison of both the SUVs and mentions that both SUVs look beautiful in their own sense. He added that the Honda has a more muscular and macho stance with a straight and massive front grille, meanwhile, the Grand Vitara offers a much sleeker and elegant design. He then added that both cars come equipped with LED headlights and LED DRLs. The difference is that the DRLs on the Grand Vitara are three pointers, which also act as the turn indicators, meanwhile, on the Elevate, the DRLs are long and sleek. He added that the Elevate gets an addition of LED fog lamps, which the Grand Vitara misses out on.
Following the front-end comparison, the presenter mentions that dimensionally both SUVs are very similar, and there is just a slight difference between the two. After this, he compares the side profiles of the SUVs and mentions that both SUVs get pseudo roof rails, which are non-functional, 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, and sunroofs. He elaborates that the Grand Vitara, however, gets a panoramic sunroof, meanwhile, the Elevate gets a single-pane smaller sunroof.
After the exterior, the presenter compares the interiors of both the cars and first takes a seat in the Honda Elevate. He mentions that the Elevate offers a much more plush and upscale feel with the use of soft-touch materials, fake wood trims, and tan leather. He adds that the seating position of the Elevate is also better, and the rear seats are also much roomier. Technologically, the Elevate gets most of the modern features, adds the presenter. After this, he takes a seat in the Grand Vitara and mentions that in terms of features, the car gets a few more features than the Elevate, but the seating position is a little compromised.
Lastly, the presenter then takes both the cars on a drive and mentions that the Elevate feels a lot punchier than the Grand Vitara, but the Grand Vitara is still a very smooth car to drive. He then talks about the fuel economies of both cars and mentions that the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara offers an ARAI claimed mileage of 20+ kmpl, meanwhile, the Elevate only offers around 17 kmpl according to the ARAI.