Honda BR-V Features, Specifications & Test Drive

Honda BRV Overview

The Honda BR-V is an urban crossover/SUV meant to ferry rather large families. While the exterior looks alluring, the interior is a let down and the build quality is not what one would expect in such a segment. That said, the BR-V has a decent interior and a fairly large and comfortable cabin that can seat up to five adults save the third row restricted to children.Overall, the Honda BR-V can be best termed as a grown up Mobilio and competes with the likes of Renault Duster, Mahindra Scorpio, Tata Safari/Storme, Hyundai Creta and Nissan Terrano. And the SUV has the advantage of being a spacious 7-seater vehicle with efficient and reliable engines. Honda BR-V in Tryaldrive

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Honda BRV Exterior & Look

While from a few angles it looks like the Mobilio, there are subtle differences. The exterior design reflects some amount of toughness that you could associate with an SUV. There are projector headlamps and the grille design is different from the Mobilio’s. Silver-finish roof rails are available across variants. The rear gets a connected tail-light design, which makes the BR-V look wider than it is. Its 16-inch wheels and a high ground clearance (210mm) give it the much-needed SUV character.The Honda BR-V exteriors pose a bold and classy image on the road with a solid wing front face and projector headlamps with LED position lamps intelligently designed to give a premium look to the front. The sporty 16-inch alloy wheels, rear combination lamps with LED light guide, front and rear bumper lower garnish, and glossy metallic colour combinations for the body panels leave a long-lasting on-road image.

Honda BRV Interior & Comfort

Honda designers work on a philosophy called ‘Man Maximum, Machine Minimum’—they strive to minimise the size of a car’s mechanical components, while making space for occupants as large as possible. The BR-V is 4,456mm long, 1,735mm wide and 1,666mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,662mm, and an efficient use of space has been made. For example, the second-row seat is a 60:40 split with both slide and recline functions. By pressing a single button, second-row seats can be tumbled forward, making entry and exit for the third row convenient.

The third-row seat is a 50:50 spilt (folding type); it can both be reclined and tumbled forward. With third-row seats upright, the boot space is 223 litres; with seats folded, the boot space increases to a huge 691 litres. All three row seats get adjustable headrests.

The BR-V, unlike other SUVs, gets a roof-mounted rear AC. The cabin colour theme is all-black, there are silver accents at various places and piano-black gloss finish on the instrument panel. The BR-V shares its dashboard design with the City and the new Amaze; it looks upmarket. The white-lit 3D speedometer with multi-information display is bright and clear. The top-end VX grade gets leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather gear knob and leather door armrests. In the manual models, the gear knob, leather or not, is so plain-looking that it doesn’t appear to belong to a premium vehicle such as this. The CVT automatic gear-shift lever, however, looks and feels nice.

Honda BRV Engine & Gearbox

The Honda BR-V is offered with two engine options, both familiar motors – the 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol motor and the 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel motor – both of which are mated to six-speed manual transmissions. The petrol motor is also offered with a CVT and with paddle-shifters behind the steering wheel. For the geeks, the rated performance figures for the petrol motor are 117PS @ 6600rpm and 145Nm @ 4600rpm, while the diesel unit pumps out 99PS @ 3600rpm and 200Nm @ 1750rpm.

While the diesel motor here may seem like it has oodles of torque available, the reality is that it is not that fun to drive. Below 2000rpm, the engine speed rises slowly – the added weight of the diesel engine does not help acceleration – the turbo spools up as the revs climb just above 1700rpm and by 2000rpm you get this shove which restores your faith a bit. Now, from an enthusiast’s point of view – this motor is a no-no, but so is the case with a buyer who is going to use the BR-V in the city. The turbo-lag and the general lethargic nature of the engine at lower engine speeds mean that driving it in bumper to bumper traffic is going to give your left hand and foot a thorough workout. Where this engine shines is at higher speeds on the highways, where you can slot the gear in the sixth cog and enjoy the benefits of an engine that stays closer to idle – this is a motor tuned to deliver fuel-efficiency over anything else. The diesel motor has an ARAI-certified mileage of 21.9kmpl.

Honda BRV Ride & Handling

The drive quality of Honda BR-V is enhanced with electric power steering, and easy accessibility to control lever of acceleration, clutch and brake, assuring stress-free long drives. The strong build quality, tough suspension and the superior quality of interiors offer great comfort to the occupants.Both engines are torquey and, with the new gearbox, make the BR-V an able performer. The initial acceleration may not wow you, but the way it goes from, say, 40kph to 100kph—in the right gear, of course—is exciting. Even though it is a tall vehicle with a high ground clearance, body roll has been contained.

Honda BRV Safety & Security

The braking system of Honda BR-V features disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. The ABS with EBD is used as a standard in all variants except the petrol E variant.The body shell is made strong with ACE body structure and front dual airbags are introduced in all variants for complete safety of the occupants.The Honda BR-V is a great handler. Especially the petrol engine. Ride is not too supple and not too stiff and the steering offers right amount of feedback. Throw the BR-V petrol into a corner and you would come out at the other end gracefully. However, this car is in no way meant to do lap times. On the safety front, the BR-V gets ABS and dual front airbags as standard across all variants. This is a good move considering the car priced slightly higher.

Honda BRV Price in Mumbai

Honda Brv Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 9,08,953/- (BRV E Petrol) to 13,26,293/- (BRV VX Diesel). Get best offers for Honda Brv from Honda Dealers in Mumbai. Check for BRV price in Mumbai at Carzprice

Honda BRV Bottomline

Available from R8.75 lakh onwards (petrol), R9.99 lakh onwards (diesel) and R11.99 CVT, the BR-V has been smartly priced—neatly slotted between the Creta and the Duster. It has some features of an SUV, drives like a sedan and seats seven people like an MPV … essentially, the BR-V is as good as a crossover car can be. It arrives at a time when ever more buyers are seeking an affordable and good looking crossover. We hope it finds itself a sweet spot.

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