Honda BR V Test Drive

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. Check for HDFC car loan.

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 Style

Based on the Brio platform, the SUV looks quite similar to Mobilio MPV, although the front end and rear profile bear no resemblance to the MPV. The SUV is low and has a van like stance which takes away the SUVish appeal from it. Front gets bold dual chrome slats set on the backdrop of honeycomb grille. The headlamps long and swept back head lamps go well with the two-part chrome grille, giving edge to the square-like bonnet. Lower side of the bumper features rounded fog lamps accentuated by chrome surrounds and there is a silver skid plate placed under the bumper.

When you view the SUV from side, it is then that you realise how strongly it resembles with the Mobilio. The sharp character lines on the flanks and similar looking window glass reminds of the MPV. Atop BR-V gets roof rails which lend it height, else the SUV appears a tad short amid rivals. To give it a SUV like flair, black plastic cladding is seen all around the body. As you get to the back, you cannot help noticing the single unit wrap-around tail lamps running across the boot lid. Besides, the rear gets an integrated spoiler, chrome garnish above the license plate and a skid plate under the bumper.

Honda BR V Space

Though there is considerable legroom in all the three rows, with the third of course being a bit lesser, the shoulder room is lesser than the other compact SUVs due to the narrower design of Brio platform vehicles. But, surprisingly, the third row manages to seat two adults in a fairly comfortable position The second row seats also get reclinable backrests. Boot volume is a low 233 litres with all seats in use, but a huge 691 litres with the third row folded.

The seats themselves are not too narrow or thin, but they don’t offer generous amounts of space or support either. The squabs are also a bit soft – maybe appreciated by drivers and occupants in the cities, but could be a bit tiring during long drives.Compared to the Mobilio, the new BR-V’s cabin is a step up in perceived quality. The dashboard layout is simple, but clean. The test mule we test drove was the top trim and so some of the inserts and elements may not be available in the lower trim variants. Check for Honda BR V in Ieso2013

Honda BR V Engine

The diesel SUV gets the 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine from the City. The unit is quiet at idling, but gets noisy post 2,000rpm and stays that way to its 4,000rpm redline. But, according to Honda, the NVH has improved compared to the Mobilio. And one can tell both at idle and when driving. The engine makes 99bhp of max power and 200Nm of peak torque. In the real world this means good pulling power even from lower revs. Only catch is to avoid slipping under 1500rpm to avoid the lag. Power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox which is a little notchy but the light clutch makes easy work of driving in traffic.

The petrol BR-V is powered by a 1.5-litre i-VTEC mill that belts out 118bhp of power and 145Nm of torque. This comes mated to a six-speed manual as well. But, additionally, there’s the option of an automatic, a CVT to be precise. This one too uses a front-wheel-drive layout. The petrol is quieter and more refined compared to the diesel. It revs well too and is best enjoyed when given the stick.

Honda BR V Driving

The drive on the flat profiled track was done in the 1.5-litre CVT variant. It did feel sluggish at lower engine speeds but once the engine enters the lower range, the motor feels livelier. The transmission has a low ratio high torque mode for the initial push while climbing hilly sections. The motor revs smoothly across the power band and the shifts too are smooth.

However, as we drove around corners at speeds of 70 km/hr, there was no body roll as such since the overall exterior profile has been designed to offer lesser resistance. The suspensions have been tuned to offer a more rigid ride compared to that of the MPV. The steering lacked direct response but seemed to gain weight at higher speeds which will make it convenient on highways. The brakes too offered decent levels of bite to stop the vehicle at any given speed without any hassle.

Honda BR V Safety

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

Honda BR V Cost in Ahmedabad 

Honda Brv On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 5,29,467 to 16,47,586 for variants BRV E Petrol and BRV VX Diesel respectively. Honda Brv is available in 8 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Honda Brv variants price in Ahmedabad. Check for BR Vprice in Ahmedabad at Autozhop.

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.

 

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