MANILA: Honda is planning to invade the territory of Toyota Avanza by setting its foothold in the country in the near future. Thailand has already received this trendsetter Honda BR-V after Indonesia. Now the Philippines auto market is also set to welcome the latest sensation of Honda in the compact SUV segment very soon. On hitting the showrooms across the country, the new Honda BR-V would have to rub its shoulders with the likes of heart-throb Toyota Avanza which is successfully running on the streets of the Philippines. While Honda BR-V has already created a fan club in compact SUV segment, Toyota Avanza has been leading the MPV segment since its launch in the country. Thus, it is pretty obvious that the customers might face a dilemma when it comes to preference.
Here, we have jotted down some in-depth details of these two utility vehicles to take you out of your dilemma and decide which of these two vehicles is apt for your requirements.
When it comes to the major aspect of any vehicle i.e Powertrain, then the vehicle to go for is obviously Honda BR-V. As it underpins a more efficient and bigger 1.5-litre four-cylinder i-VTEC SOHC engine that churns out a maximum power of 117 hp and 146 Nm peak torque which is quite above the Avanza's 1.3-litre engine rated at 90 hp and 121 Nm of peak torque. Considering the fuel efficiency front, the BR-V sprints way ahead of the Avanza as the engine incorporated in the BR-V is a derivative of Earth Dreams Technology which is potent enough to yield an excellent fuel economy of 17-18 kmpl. Whereas, Avanza disappoints with a fuel efficiency of 11-12 kmpl.
Both the utility vehicles are unique in their own way when it comes to styling. While the Toyota Avanza is inclined more on the side of an ideal family vehicle, Honda BR-V features an aggressive and bold front oozing out the sporty persona. Looking at the BR-V, one thing which instantly flashes in front of our eyes is the Honda Brio. The new Compact SUV has taken its styling cues from the peppy Honda Brio, especially its side profile. On the other hand, we can say that the outgoing Avanza in the country seems somewhat a mirror image of its elder sibling Toyota Innova but in a compact form.
So, it's more of a personal choice.
Both the BR-V and Avanza are available in the market in 5/7 seating options but if space and comfort are at the top of your mind, then definitely BR-V has the ball in its court this time. This all-new Honda compact SUV is dimensionally larger than the current Avanza, thus has a much spacious cabin despite having the same wheelbase. Moreover, if you are into luxury and style at the same time, then the Avanza with its bland interior is not for you. Honda has stepped above its contender ensuring that its latest compact SUV is a stunner from inside with all the premium materials and class-leading ergonomics.
So, with the new looks, performance, and high-class elegance, Honda BR-V is the new talk of the town. Now, if you are out to buy your dream car and a confusion is blinding your vision, make a list of your essentials as well as go through the above points.