The New Honda Elevate has hit the markets with a ton of features and creature comforts – Do they justify the price? (Elevate Base Variant Vs Rivals)
Honda Car India Limited (HCIL) launching date of Elevate SUV in India yesterday, starting price from Rs. 11 lacs (ex-showroom) price. Top-spec VX model CVT priced appear at Rs.16 lacs VFM significantly in opposition to rivals in its sector. But how do things stand with the base configuration? Is Honda Elevate SV MT really VFM (Value for Money)? To find out, we compared it with the base variant of the rival compact SUV.
Honda Elevate Base Vs Rivals Base Variant We compare the Honda Elevate SV MT with the base petrol variants of Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, MG Astor, Skoda Kushaq and VW Taigun. At first glance, the Elevate SV MT appears to be quite a VFM. However, the Hyderabadi E MT, Grand Vitara Sigma MT and MG Astor Style MT also offer quite attractive offers. In this group, the Korean cousins Creta and Seltos come in at a significantly lower price, while the
European cousins Kushaq and Taigun seem more expensive. However, the Creta and Seltos pack in 6 airbags from the base variant, while the Kushaq and Taigun come with a turbo petrol powertrain and 6-speed transmission with a 5 star crash rating under the GNCAP updated crash test protocol.
So, the extra price with the Kushaq and Taigun seems justified due to the better powertrain and crash safety. More VFM offers include dual front airbags with base model and NA petrol powertrain. In the below table, we can see that the size quotient is almost comparable to each other. Rather than comparing each feature, it would be more logical to compile the strengths of each platform.
Hyundai Creta & Kia:
Seltos Even though the Renault Duster started this genre, the Creta and Seltos are the oldest players in this category. Both offer 6 airbags, 3 star crash rating, rear disc brakes and TPMS as standard. They both pack halogen projector headlights, manual AC, rear AC vents, manual Electric Outside Rear-view Mirror (ORVMs) 16” steel wheels. The base Kia Seltos hte gets rear sun shades, a fully digital instrument cluster, while the Creta gets rear armrests. The feature list looks pretty lackluster.
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara & Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder:
The Japanese duo have a lot more to offer than the Koreans. Right from the start, there are LED taillights, LED DRL, keyless entry, push-button start, automatic climate control with rear AC vents, 7-inch infotainment system with wired smartphone integration, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, LED turn indicators and rear Defoggers are major strengths. He is the only one to get 17” steel wheels.
Skoda Kushaq & Volkswagen Taigun:
Despite being priced higher than others, the Taigun and Kushaq lack a rear disc brake. But like the Japanese, the Europeans are also bundling the 7″ infotainment screen with wired smartphone integration. Elements like halogen reflector headlights, LED taillights, electrically adjustable ORVMs, 16” steel wheels are offered on the Elevate and Astor with their base model.
MG Astor: (Morris Garages)
If you want the most premium vehicle and the most feature-packed vehicle, this comparison ends with the MG Astor. It’s easily a league above the rest. Personally, I’m fond of soft-touch plastics and most of the Astor’s interiors feel soft to the touch and of quality. It gets automatic climate control, LED projectors, LED indicators and the largest 10.1” infotainment screen.
It is the only vehicle in this compero to get a rear washer and wiper. Also, the Astor packs in the biggest 488L boot space, which is even bigger than the Duster. Narrow brand recall and less extensive service network could be the primary reasons for the poor sales numbers.
If brand recall and a more extensive service network are priorities, the Honda Elevate appears to be a good choice. It has the boxiest proportions and highest (220 mm) ground clearance. The Elevate base variant gets niceties like keyless entry and push-button start, LED projector headlights with LED turn indicators, LED tail lights with front and rear armrest and more. The primary complaint with the Elevate is that it lacks an infotainment system. The MG Astor certainly feels a lot more feature rich. However, the features of Elevate are less discussed. Honda is offering an extended warranty of up to 10 years and the accessories list includes ventilated and massaging seat covers, DVR (same as dashcam) and TPMS. Yes! you read that right. Ventilated and massage seat covers as accessories.
There is no such thing as a perfect car. At least objectively. However, we can combine the features of a car and see which car fits one’s needs more optimally. That said, objectively, the MG Astor appears to be the most VFM compact SUV on this list. Especially considering that the prices of the Honda Elevate are introductory and are bound to increase in the future.
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FAQ: Elevate Base Variant Vs Rivals
Ans: Honda Elevate Alternatives
➡️Hyundai Creta New Arrival. Rs. 10.87 Lakh.
➡️2023 Maruti Brezza. Rs. 8.29 Lakh.
➡️Mahindra XUV700. Rs. 14.00 Lakh.
➡️Mahindra New Thar. Rs. 10.54 Lakh.
➡️Kia Seltos New Facelift. Rs. 10.89 Lakh.
Ans: As we know thats, The new Honda Elevate will be offered in four variants, namely Such As: ” SV, V, VX, and Also ZX model.
Ans: Yes, The Hyundai Creta is 4,300 mm long, 1,790 mm wide, 1,635 mm tall, and has a wheelbase of 2,610 mm. Therefore, the Honda Elevate is 12 mm longer, 15 mm taller. So, Elevate is bigger than Creta.