Honda Elevate vs Maruti Grand Vitara: Non-Hybrid or Hybrid

You might be aware that the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara can either be had with a mild- or a strong-hybrid technology. On the other hand, the Honda Elevate will only have a Honda City-sourced 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine.
Apart from that, the deliveries of the Honda Elevate will commence from September, onwards. But, interested customers can make a booking via Honda India’s website or at the dealership.
In addition to that, the Honda Elevate’s price will be similar to its rivals- the Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, Volkswagen Taigun, MG Astor, Toyota Hyryder, Skoda Kushaq, and the MG Astor. It will also compete with the Citroen C3 Aicross.
So, let’s see how the Honda Elevate stacks up against the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara.


For starters, let’s talk about the platform that these vehicles are based on. The Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara is based on the Suzuki Global C platform. In contrast, the Honda Elevate is structured on Honda’s Global Small Car platform that underpins other Honda cars, such as the City (fifth-gen), Jazz (fourth-gen) (discontinued in India), and the HR-V (internationally sold).


Honda Elevate Front Three Quarter2


Furthermore, the mild hybrid version of the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara is powered by a K15C (1.5-litre), four-cylinder, naturally-aspirated petrol engine, which is tuned to churn out 102 bhp at 6000 rpm and 136.8 Nm of peak torque at 4400 rpm. It is also worth noting that the all-wheel-drive system is exclusive to the mild-hybrid version of the Grand Vitara, and it can only be had with a manual gearbox. However, the two-wheel-drive system is also offered with a six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.

In parallel, the strong hybrid iteration uses a Toyota-sourced 1.5-litre engine coupled with an electric motor that can pump out 91 bhp at 5500 rpm and 122 Nm of peak torque at 4400 rpm. In addition, the electric motor pumps out 79 bhp at 3995 rpm and 141 Nm of peak torque. Like other strong-hybrid cars, this variant is also exclusive to the e-CVT gearbox.


The Grand Vitara, however, is among the bestselling SUVs in the segment and the country. Check out the Grand Vitara price here.

Finally, we have the CNG version of the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara. It has the same K15C petrol engine with mild hybrid technology, coupled with a factory-fitted CNG kit, which pumps out 87 bhp at 5500 rpm and 121.5 Nm of peak torque at 4200 rpm. This CNG version is exclusive to a five-speed manual transmission.


Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara Rear Three Fourth Static2


On the other hand, the Honda Elevate will have a Honda City-sourced 1.5-litre, i-VTEC, four-cylinder, naturally-aspirated petrol engine, which is tuned to churn out 110 bhp at 6600 rpm and 145 Nm of peak torque at 4300 rpm. It will have a standard six-speed manual and an optional CVT gearbox.

As far as fuel efficiency is concerned, the Honda Elevate’s mileage ranges between 15.31 km/l and 16.92 km/l. In parallel, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara’s mileage ranges between 19.38 km/l and 27.97 km/l. Its CNG version has a mileage of 26.6 km/kg. Please note that these are ARAI-certified mileage figures. Moreover, the CNG and strong hybrid versions are extremely efficient. The CNG version commands a lesser price than the strong hybrid version. There is, however, a long list of Maruti Suzuki cars that cater to CNG-oriented buyers.
The real-world mileage figures, however, will vary with various factors, such as the engine and transmission combination, individuals’ driving styles, and local traffic conditions.

Suspension and Brake Setups

Let’s start with the Honda Elevate. It stands on a McPherson Strut with a coil spring at the front and a torsion beam with a coil spring at the rear. Similarly, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara stands on a MacPherson Strut at the front and a torsion beam at the rear. These suspension setups are cost-effective and they are suited for Indian roads.
Speaking of which, these vehicles are design keeping the conditions of Indian roads in mind. They can sail through the bumps from potholes and absorb the undulations with ease.
As for the braking duties, the Honda Elevate will have disc-drum brakes as standard, while the Maruti Suzuki boasts gets all-disc brakes as standard. The presence of all-disc brakes translates to a better braking performance than the disc-drum brakes. Assuming the Elevate’s price, it should have had all-disc brakes.
Let’s start with the exclusive features of the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara which are not offereing in the Honda Elevate. It includes a panoramic sunroof, a 360-degree camera, a branded audio system, a heads-up display (HUD), etc.


Other notable features of the Grand Vitara are a wireless charger, USB and auxiliary ports, voice command, tyre pressure monitoring system, child-seat anchorages, connected car technology, a nine-inch touchscreen infotainment unit, and front ventilated seats (cooled only). It also boasts a sunglass holder.
The Honda Elevate’s offerings include a one-touch up/down window (all), a single-pane sunroof, a semi-digital instrument cluster, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment unit, rain-sensing wipers, and a rear windshield blind (manual).
On the safety front, it is confirme that the Honda Elevate will have an ADAS suite, which will comprise features like high-beam assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure prevention, and adaptive cruise control. This ADAS suite can be found in the Honda City as well. To know the inside-the-cabin experience, check out the Honda Elevate review on autoX.
Moreover, both SUVs have six airbags, ABS with EBD, traction control, tyre pressure monitoring system, reverse camera with guidance, parking sensors, and hill hold control.

Prices and Variants

As you might have already get the idea that the Honda Elevate will directly compete with the Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, Citroen C3 Aircross, Toyota Hyryder, and the MG Astor, it will be price similar to them, as well. It will be offereing in four broad variants: SV, V, VX and ZX.
On the flip side, the Grand Vitara is available in six variants: Sigma, Delta, Zeta, Zeta+, Alpha and Alpha+. The plus (+) trims can be with the strong-hybrid powertrain option. The Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara’s price starts at Rs 10.70 lakh and goes up to Rs 19.95 lakh.
All are ex-showroom prices in Delhi, as of August 2023. Please note that these prices are subject to change without any prior notice to the customer. You can, however, visit the autoX website to access the latest location-based price list for your dream vehicle. For more, visit our website or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube. So, stay tuned!

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