Honda HR-V Vs Hyundai Creta Vs Nissan Kicks Vs Renault Captur Vs Jeep Compass- Spec Comparison

by Harish Kumar | 02/07/2019
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Honda’s latest foray into the mid-size SUV segment, the Honda HR-V is all set to be launched in India towards the year-end of 2019. We’ve worked on the spec comparison of Honda HR-V with its rivals to see where the Japanese offering might be slotted in the competition.

Over the last year, Honda Cars India has been gaining much appreciation from car aficionados across the nation thanks to the introduction of popular models like Honda Amaze, CR-V or Civic. In a bid to keep up the good work, the Japanese auto manufacturer is planning to launch the HR-V by late 2019. This is entitled as an all-new mid-size SUV for India. 

The Honda HR-V, which has already gone on sale in many international markets for quite some time now, finally makes its way to India. The compact SUV will be slotted above the WR-V in the company’s product line-up and fill the blank between the WR-V and CR-V. At launch, the HR-V will stack up against some similar models like the best-selling Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur, Jeep Compass, Nissan Kicks, not to mention the recently-launched MG Hector and the upcoming Kia Seltos. So how well does the new Honda HR-V compete with these rivals in the hotly-contested mid-size SUV competition? IndianAuto.com will help you find out in this comparison.

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Honda HR-V Vs Hyundai Creta Vs Nissan Kicks Vs Renault Captur Vs Jeep Compass- Dimension Comparison

Honda HR-V Vs Rivals- Dimensions
   Honda HR-V  Hyundai Creta  Nissan Kicks  Renault Captur   Jeep Compass 
 Length  4,295 mm  4,270 mm  4,384 mm  4,329 mm  4,395 mm
 Width  1,770 mm  1,780 mm  1,813 mm  1,813 mm  1,818 mm
 Height  1,605 mm  1,665 mm  1,656 mm  1,619 mm  1,640 mm
 Wheelbase  2,610 mm  2,590 mm  2,673 mm  2,673 mm  2,636 mm
 Ground Clearance  180 mm  190 mm  210 mm  210 mm  208 mm 

Just like the Hyundai Creta counterpart, the all-new HR-V is not a sub-four-metre model. The compact size and fluid design of Honda’s SUV are a treat to look at. The HR-V’s curvy and swopping roofline make it look like a crossover rather than a typical upright SUV and the same goes for its dimensions. Generally, the Honda HR-V should be the most “compact” SUV in the lot.

honda hr-v red side angle

At the length of 4,295 mm and 2,160 mm in the wheelbase, the Honda HR-V is among the shortest models in the competition, along with the Hyundai Creta. Also, it is the narrowest with the 1,770 mm width which is, in fact, shorter than that of Hyundai Creta by 10 mm. The longest car of the group is the Jeep Compass which measures the length of 4,395 mm, followed by the Nissan Kicks and Renault Captur. The Compass is also the largest one with the overall width of 1,818 mm which is 48 mm wider than the new HR-V.

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Interestingly, the Renault Captur and Nissan Kicks share the same width, wheelbase and ground clearance of 1,813 mm, 2,673 mm and 210 mm, respectively. As you see, the upcoming Honda HR-V gets the most compact dimensions compared to other competitors in the segment but it would be counterbalanced by the improved agility and manoeuvrability on the city commutes.

Honda HR-V Vs Hyundai Creta Vs Nissan Kicks Vs Renault Captur Vs Jeep Compass- Powertrain Comparison

In late April, Honda displayed the new HR-V to the dealership principals in Delhi. Although the international-spec HR-V is available with a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol and 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engines, the India-spec model is expected to get a 1.8-litre gasoline engine and a 1.6-litre diesel burner, just like the Honda Civic.

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     Honda HR-V Vs Rivals Comparison- Petrol Engines
   Honda HR-V  Hyundai Creta  Nissan Kicks  Renault Captur  Jeep Compass 
 Displacement 1799 cc  1591 cc  1498 cc  1498 cc  1368 cc
 Engine  4-cylinder  4-cylinder  4-cylinder  4-cylinder  4-cylinder, turbo
 Max Power  141 HP  123 HP  106 HP  106 HP  163 HP
 Max Torque  172 Nm  151 Nm  142 Nm  142 Nm  250 Nm
 Transmission  7-speed CVT  6-speed MT/ 6-speed AT  5-speed MT  5-speed MT  6-speed MT/ 7-speed DCT
 Drivetrain  FWD/ AWD  FWD  FWD  FWD  FWD 

That said, the 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol motor will be the largest in the segment with a healthy power and torque output of 141 HP and 172 Nm, which are fair enough to defeat the likes of Jeep Compass’ 1.4-litre turbo-petrol unit. Unlike the Hyundai Creta and Jeep Compass which can be offered with both manual and automatic transmission, the HR-V will be available with a mere 7-speed automatic torque convertor. Particularly, the Honda HR-V petrol is the only one to get an AWD system (globally) while all other competitors boast an option of FWD system. However, it is yet to confirm whether this variant can make its way to the India-spec version.

renault captur red side angle

    Honda HR-V Vs Rivals Comparison- Diesel Engines
   Honda HR-V  Hyundai Creta  Nissan Kicks  Renault Captur  Jeep Compass 
 Displacement  1597 cc  1396 cc/ 1582 cc   1461 cc 1461 cc  1956 cc 
 Engine  4-cylinder, turbo  4-cylinder, turbo    4-cylinder, turbo  4-cylinder, turbo  4-cylinder, turbo
 Max Power  120 HP 90HP/ 128 HP   110 HP   110 HP   173 HP 
 Max Torque  300 Nm  220 Nm/ 260 Nm   240 Nm   240 Nm  350 Nm 
 Transmission  6-speed MT  6-speed MT/ 6-speed AT (1.6-litre)  6-speed MT  6-speed MT  6-speed MT 
 Drivetrain  FWD  FWD  FWD  FWD  FWD/ AWD

Considering the diesel configuration, the Jeep Compass undercuts all other rivals head-on by the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that churns out 173 HP of max power and 350 Nm of peak torque. Setting it aside, the 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine on the HR-V produces quite an adequate power of 120 HP and a whopping 300 Nm of torque.

nissan kicks front angle

Its 120 HP power is totally more powerful than that of the Renault Captur and Nissan Kicks by 10 HP but still, it is bested by the Hyundai Creta’s 1.6-litre diesel by 8 horsepower. However, the HR-V’s 300 Nm torque output manages to outshine all its enemies, barring the Jeep Compass.

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The diesel-powered Honda HR-V employs a standard 6-speed manual transmission along with an FWD drivetrain system. From this, the HR-V falls short of the Hyundai Creta (with an AT option) and the Jeep Compass which is available with an optional AWD system.

Honda HR-V Vs Hyundai Creta Vs Nissan Kicks Vs Renault Captur Vs Jeep Compass- Price Comparison

 Honda HR-V Vs Rivals- Prices (Ex-showroom)
   Honda HR-V   Hyundai Creta  Nissan Kicks  Renault Captur  Jeep Compass
 Price bracket  Rs 15 Lakh (estimated, onwards)  Rs 10 Lakh-15.65 Lakh  Rs 9.55 Lakh-14.65 Lakh  Rs 9.50 Lakh-13 Lakh  Rs 15.60 Lakh - 23.11 Lakh

Though the launch of the HR-V is still set for the end of 2019, various publications suggest that the price of Honda’s mid-size SUV will sit at around Rs 15 Lakh mark (ex-showroom). At this relatively premium price point, the Honda HR-V will be pitted against the top-end variants of Creta, Kicks and Captur and step into the Compass’s territory.

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