In tandem with the current demand for SUVs in India, Honda is planning to introduce its HR-V model, which is already on sale in its native market under the Vezel nameplate. India is expected to get the facelift version of the SUV which will soon make its debut in the Japanese market. In Honda India’s line-up, the model will be slotted below CR-V and will take on the likes of Mahindra XUV500, which is set to receive a minor facelift soon. While there is still time for Honda HR-V India launch, we bring you a spec-based comparison between the upcoming model and one of its closest competitor, Mahindra XUV500.
Honda HR-V vs Mahindra XUV500 Exterior & Colours
In terms of styling, the Honda HR-V is expected to feature LED headlamps, a large grille with a bold chrome band in front and a sporty bumper. As for the colour options, in the international markets HR-V is available in White Orchard, Lunar Silver, Milano Red, etc. shades and we expect some of these colours to be available in India.
The XUV500 features a ‘Cheetah-Inspired’ design, with Mahindra’s signature grille in front, featuring chrome inserts and sharp creases on the flanks in line with its aggressive stance. Mahindra offers XUV500 in eight colour options including Sunset Orange, Pearl White and Valcono Red among others.
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Honda HR-V vs Mahindra XUV500 Interior & Features
On the inside, the Honda HR-V is likely to carry over the same features which are expected to be offered with its upcoming facelift. That said, the India-bound model could feature Honda’s new infotainment system with satellite navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The current XUV500 on the other hand, is a seven-seater model with a plethora of features packed inside such as power adjustable driver’s seat, automatic temperature control, electric sunroof and a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, etc. In addition, the SUV also comes with reverse parking camera with dynamic assist and cruise control.
Honda HR-V vs Mahindra XUV500 Engine, Transmission & Mileage
The India-spec Honda HR-V is expected to source get the 1.8-litre petrol engine and the 1.6-litre diesel engine. Transmission options are likely to include both manual and automatic units. As for the mileage, the petrol variants are expected to return 17-18km/l opposed to its diesel counterparts with 20-22km/l expected mileage.
The Mahindra XUV500 comes with the mHawk140 diesel engine and mHawk 4-cylinder, 2.2-litre petrol unit. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic unit. Mileage delivered by the diesel engine is around 16km/l whereas the G AT petrol variant is claimed to return 13.85km/l.
Honda’s five-seater premium HR-V will get a sporty styling and is expected to pack in advanced tech in line with the new-age models in the segment. Besides, expect Honda to equip prominent safety and connectivity bits to the model. In terms of pricing, the HR-V will be priced above the WR-V, with prices expected to start from Rs 15 lakh. While Mahindra XUV500 is a seven-seat model with a raft of features inside. The spacious cabin offers comfortable space to the occupants with multiple storage points.