Honda BR-V 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
Honda BR-V Exterior & Style
The Honda BR-V looks good, but there are too many things that make it look too similar to the Mobilio MUV. This is not the case with any of the other cars based on the Brio platform – the Amaze and the Mobilio have their own identities. The BR-V on the other hand, at first glance at least, looks like a Mobilio which has been given a facelift and given some new accessories. That said, the BR-V has a handsome face with the sleek headlamps, a re-imagined Honda signature wing-like chrome grille, aggressive front bumper with a silver faux skid-plate and clam-shell bonnet. The side profile with the black lower-cladding, large 16-inch aggressive looking 5-spoke alloy wheels, large doors, stretched windows with a generously large rear quarter-glass, and the roof-rails is well proportioned. The chrome handles and the chrome strips at the bottom of the doors look quite nice for a change. Many other companies can learn a thing or two from the BR-V in this matter.
Move to the rear and you get to see the other important sector where designers from the company spent a lot of time. The new tail-lamps which stretch from side-to-side (the centre part consists of reflectors only, though) makes the BR-V look wider.However, the BR-V is not an SUV, and is at best a crossover. It does sit higher than the Mobilio though, with a ground clearance of more than 210mm the BR-V is at par with the Renault Duster AWD.
Honda BR-V Interior & Space
On the inside, the BR-V shares most of its bits with the previous generation Honda City as it gets a single DIN audio system with a simple white on black LED display. The BR-V’s all black theme does look premium, but put in comparison with the other cars in the segment the BR-V does look a bit dated. On the upside, the Honda City derived steering feels nice in the hand and is quite precise considering the BR-Vs dimensions, and the paddle shifters make coping with the CVT automatic a little easier. The HFT which is what the BR-Vs infotainment is called pairs quite easily with my phone and that’s something that doesn’t feel like a lot but it does make a huge difference in everyday use. In terms of space, the BR-V has that in oodles and even the third row of seats can fit my 6-foot frame which is really great considering no other car in its class really have this seating capacity. The third-row, however, isn’t comfortable for long durations and is best suited for short runs. What’s even better is that even with the third row of seats filled, the BR-V still has a place for a few suitcases and bags in the boot.
Honda BR-V Engine & Gearbox
The BR-V will be launched with both diesel and the petrol engines, the 1.5-litre 16-valve SOHC petrol engine that powers the City and the Mobilio and the 1.5-litre 16-valve DOHC diesel that powers the Jazz, Amaze, City and the Mobilio. The diesel engine will be available with only a manual transmission while the petrol will have both a manual as well as a CVT. We drove the petrol engine BR-V with a manual transmission and the first thing that one notices is that the BR-V gets a 6-speed gearbox, first for the Honda range. The 6-speed features a shorter first gear and a taller final gear, done to compensate the heavier wright of the BR-V and also to add some pep to initial acceleration and on the other side, to increase fuel efficiency.The BR-V itself is unlike any of the other cars in the Honda range here. It feels heavier and more planted and one can feel its size while driving. However a 210mm ground clearance meant that we were confident of taking the car over most of the broken roads on our drove around Udaipur. The 16-inch 195 tyres means there is plenty of grip and straight line stability is perhaps the best of the Honda range made in India.
Honda BR-V Ride & Handling
Now drive and dynamics is another place the BR-V really scores big. Because everything from the magically large insides from a fair outer shell, and the really low seating with the suspension mounted high, allows for good ground clearance without adding in the body roll that you would expect in a three-row seven-seater. It stays planted at high speeds, and it changes direction and goes around corners with quite some ease if you consider it’s size and length. And despite this, it has a considerable amount of ground clearance and does go off-road considerably well.In terms of handing and ride quality, our impression was quite positive but then keeping in mind we barely drove it for only two laps on flat levelled surface, it wasn’t much of a challenge for BR-V. We’ll have to wait and put it in real world driving conditions to actually know how the SUV actually fares.
Honda BR-V Safety & Security
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 BR-V Cost in Bangalore
Honda Brv Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 9,07,725/- (BRV E Petrol) to 13,27,736/- (BRV VX Diesel). Get best offers for Honda Brv from Honda Dealers in Bangalore. Check for BRV price in Bangalore at Carzprice
Honda BR-V Conclusion
Honda BR-V is a compact SUV from the brand Honda making a grand entry into the premium compact SUV segment. The Honda BR-V price ranging from Rs. 7.9 to 12.9 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) encourages the customers in choosing from a wide range of options.Honda has and is still considered as an aspirational brand for the middle class and with BR-V Honda will definitely make its presence felt sometime next year, this could be the big break they have been waiting for in a long time.