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Proton X50 vs. Honda HR-V: What Proton offers at the competitive price?

Proton X50 vs. Honda HR-V: What Proton offers at the competitive price?
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After the success of the X70, Proton is once again getting all the attention and headlines for its upcoming X50. The automaker has already previewed the new compact SUV with some details and started its production at the Tanjung Malim plant. However, it is yet to open the cards on the X50 launch date that seems around the corner.

Based on Geely Binyue/Coolray, the compact SUV looks damn cool and hosts several advanced features. Although the arrival of X50 is not good news for some, yes, we are talking about its competitors, among which the name of Honda HR-V is on the top as a segment leader.

Proton X50 front

It is Honda SUV that single-handedly created the B-SUV segment in the Malaysian automotive space in 2015. And as a king, it continues to enjoy a tremendous sales success over the last years and has established its dominance. Well, as a strong contender, the X50 is ready to shake its throne.

While the Honda HR-V price starts at RM 104,000, the cost of X50 is not yet revealed. Based on the X70's competitive pricing strategy, which made it around RM 25,000 cheaper than its rivals, the market expects the X50 price to be started somewhere around RM 80,000 - RM 90,000. So, what we can get better with the X50 over its Japanese rival at this competitive price is all we will tell you in our Proton X50 and Honda HR-V comparison.

Proton X50 vs Honda HR-V

Proton X50 vs. Honda HR-V: Dimensions

Specifications

Proton X50

Honda HR-V

Length

4,330 mm

4,334 mm

Width

1,800 mm

1,772 mm

Height

1,609 mm

1,605 mm

Wheelbase

2,600 mm

2,610 mm

Boot space

330 litres

437 litres

Size-wise, the sleeker-looking Proton X50 is slightly longer, wider, and taller than the HR-V; also, the wheelbase of the two models is almost identical. But when it comes to boot space, the Japanese SUV is a clear winner; the X50 number is far behind it.

Proton X50 vs. Honda HR-V: Engine specs

Specifications

Proton X50

Honda HR-V

Engine

1.5-litre direct-injection (TGDI) 3-cylinder

1.8-litre SOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder

Maximum power

177 PS 

142 PS 

Peak torque

255 Nm 

172 Nm 

Transmission

7-speed DCT

G-Design Shift CVT

0-100 kmph

7.9 seconds

8.6 seconds

Fuel economy

6.1 litres per 100 km (expected)

6.6 litres per 100 km

In terms of powertrain, Proton will offer the X50 in two engine choices, both with the same capacity of 1.5-litres but differently tuned. In the above table, we have taken the TGDI engine that generates more power and torque. You can find the said engine under the hood of the Flagship trim. On the other hand, Honda HR-V houses the same mill under its three different versions. 

Proton X70 gear

By comparing the specs, we can conclude that the Proton X50 has higher power and torque, even though it is fitted with the smaller engine, thanks to the TGDI mill and X70's dual-clutch transmission. Not only this, but the X50 also outperforms the HR-V in fuel economy and acceleration numbers. 

Proton X50 vs. Honda HR-V: Design

Based on the Chinese Binyue, the X50 boasts a young design and "Racing through Time" aesthetics. The brand's exclusive touches include the signature infinite weave front grille and the Ethereal Bow with red accents. It also features red front and rear brake calipers, a sporty roof spoiler, and a blacked-out roof, which altogether completes the sporty look. And most impressive of all, the top-spec variant features a Panoramic sunroof. Inside, the X50 houses a modern and funky interior decked up in black and red with satin-finished silver accents. 

When it comes to HR-V exterior design, the Japanese SUV has sharp looks with equal amounts of curves to make it feel contemporary and modern. Upfront, there is a wide grille with the sizeable Y-shaped face engulfing a hexagonal grille. The SUV's overall profile looks muscular, more like a coupe, thanks to the curvy roofline. Inside, it brims an all-black cabin with an elegant unsymmetrical design.

Proton X50 vs Honda HR-V cabin

The styling comparison is purely a subjective matter, where everyone has its own take. But, if we have to choose one out of the two, the X50 looks more trendy inside and out.

Proton X50 vs. Honda HR-V: Features

Specifications

Proton X50

Honda HR-V

Headlamps 

LED

LED

Auto headlights

Yes

Yes

Fog lights

Front, LED

Front, LED

Taillamps

No info

LED

Wheels

18-inch

18-inch

Infotainment system

10.25-inch touchscreen with voice-command assistant

7-inch touchscreen 

Instrument cluster

7-inch digital 

Advanced Multi-Information Combination Meter

Air-con 

With rear vents

Without rear vents

Driver’s seat adjustability

Yes

Yes, 8‑Way 

Seat material

Leather seats

Leather seats

On the feature front also, the upcoming X50 looks more promising than the pricier HR-V. It gets several advanced features and might include a remote engine start. HR-V has many tech bits that need to be upgraded now.

Proton X50 vs. Honda HR-V: Safety

Honda HR-V and Proton X50 safety

In a price less than RM 100,000, the upcoming X50 houses full-fledged Level 2 semi-autonomous driving features, really impressive. However, the automaker has not revealed the full details; it is likely to include centering assist, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and autonomous emergency braking. Other than this, the Proton X50 specs sheet includes six airbags (four airbags as standard), ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, hill start assist, hill descent control, electric parking brake, and rear ISOFIX child seat anchors.

But all these do not mean that HR-V lags on this front, not at all. The Japenese rival is also packed with a bunch of advanced safety features including six airbags, vehicle stability control, hill start assist, ABS with EBD, automatic brake hold, rear ISOFIX, a multi-angle rearview camera, emergency stop signal, and Honda's LaneWatch blind-spot camera.

Both SUVs have a five-star Euro NCAP rating, but the X50 has the upper hand just because of its price.

Verdict

By comparing these SUVs head to head, we can conclude that the upcoming X50 looks better with all the latest tidbits. Well, this is yet to come, and HR-V is there for many years and proved its performance. But given the X50 estimated price and specifications list, its explosive entry could be a trouble for the segment leader. 

Also read: Proton X50: Features explained

Proton X50 vs Honda HR-V Comparison

Proton X50
  • RM 79,200 - RM 103,300
Honda HR-V
  • RM 104,000 - RM 120,800
X50 vs HR-V

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