The recent entry of the new Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara and Toyota Hyryder in the market has set the alarm bell ringing for the Honda City hybrid which is a credible name when it comes to mass hybrid cars in the Indian market. In this specification comparison review, we pit these three against each other to find out which one of them you should bet your money on.
Surprisingly when it comes to the price, Toyota Hyryder comes across as the most affordable offering in the hybrid segment. The entry-level variant of Hyryder is Rs 3 lakh and Rs 5 lakh cheaper than the corresponding variants of Maruti Suzuki and Honda respectively. Even when it comes to the top-end variant, Hyryder is again proven the most cost-effective name as it undercuts Grand Vitara and City Hybrid although the margin is not that substantive.
Models/Price range (ex-showroom)
Grand Vitara Strong Hybrid Rs 17.99 lakh to Rs 19.49 lakh
Hyryder Strong Hybrid: Rs 15.11 lakh to Rs 19 lakh
City Hybrid Rs 19.89 lakh
Engine, Transmission, and Mileage
There is parity in terms of the displacement capacity of engines as all three offerings here come with a 1.5-litre hybrid petrol motor. The single-speed CVT gearbox is also common to all these vehicles though Honda has the highest amount of torque on offer. However, it lags behind both Grand Vitara and Hyryder in terms of max power generated by the motor. All three offerings feature regenerative braking for self-charging the battery although both Maruti and Toyota have got dedicated EV modes. In terms of fuel efficiency, Maruti Grand Vitara leads the pack followed by Toyota Hyryder and Honda City.
Features and Equipment
In terms of features, Maruti and Toyota share the list of creature comforts and are more thoroughly equipped than Honda City Hybrid. These SUVs have got additional convenience of a panoramic sunroof, 360-degree camera, ventilated front seats, and heads-up display among others. That said, Honda puts up a good fight with its Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) offering adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, Alexa integration, single pane sunroof, automatic emergency braking system, and lane- keep assist to prospective buyers.
While both hybrid systems are different but Honda seems to be a bit superior in the way it works and delivers more fuel economy too, so it will be ideal for keen drivers as well to choose the same. However, with SUVs being competent and practical for everyday usage, it depends on what you look forward to. Driving them back to back will give us an idea, so stay tuned for that story.