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Honda BR V Overview

When Honda India unveiled their budget crossover, the BR-V, at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo, it marked the Japanese automaker’s entry into a segment that has been facing competition from a various spectrum of brands. But with Honda’s reliability and refinement, and the famous Crossover architecture, can the BR-V open the doors of Honda’s success in this segment? Well, we try to answer just that!

Compact SUVs and crossovers are a very popular trend in the Indian market and thus, this segment has become one of the most lucrative market spaces. In recent past we have seen almost every other auto maker launching their models in the segment, with each one of them getting positive response from the market. The Indian crossover market was fueled with the launch of the Renault Duster in India, which provided a tasteful combination of car like ride and SUV like presence. Then, a few years later, Hyundai launched the Creta, which was instantly deemed a big hit. The Japanese auto makers like Mitsubishi and Toyota are all set to bring their own models in the near future. But there is one more Japanese auto giant, which was highly awaited to join the Crossover party.Check for car loan interest calculator.

Honda has been in the Indian market for quite a long time, but they didn’t actually try their hands in the compact SUV or Crossover segment. The Honda CR-V, though a crossover, has never been a popular model among Indian customers, especially due to the fact that Honda never gave it a diesel mill, and it was priced exorbitantly.

Honda BR V Look

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 Comfort

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.

Again shared parts were visible, but there is still a lot of newness to the cabin, with a variation in layout and specific elements. The centre stack features a new media and com interface, and new auto aircon controls. Check for Honda BR V  in Bigintmedia

Switches and knobs feel good to use and are neatly integrated. The fact that Honda has learnt from its previous vehicles is evident in the way some of the elements like the shiny black cladding on the centre stack have changed for the better. Some premium features like auto headlamp and rear parking assistance are still missing.

Honda BR V 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.

The BR-V petrol mated to the CVT is best used as a city runabout. One needs to be light footed for best results in terms of efficiency and comfort. There is absolutely no use going pedal to the metal as the only result is a rise in noise. The paddle shifts help shift to a higher ‘gear’ faster and reduce the noise, but that’s it. The petrol i-VTEC motor mated to the CVT has an ARAI-certified mileage of 16kmpl. Honda has missed an opportunity here by not offering an automatic diesel variant of the BR-V, the combination of a diesel-automatic SUV has gained a lot of popularity across price points. For the manual transmission, the throws are short and slick. Honda has been known to make cars that are effortless to drive.

The diesel on the other hand is more frugal. However, if your commute does not involve travelling a lot in the city, it is best to stick to the motor as initial cost, maintenance would be lesser.

Honda BR V Riding

The Honda BR-V gets rack and pinion electric power steering with tilt facility. The front wheels are equipped with ventilated disc brakes, while the rear wheels get drum brakes. This braking arrangement provides enough bite to stop the Honda crossover in a respectable distance. The car is further equipped with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) which optimizes braking conditions during emergency braking maneuvers. The suspension job is done by MacPherson strut at the front and H shape torsion beam at the rear. Request Honda BR-V  Test drive.

Honda BR V Safety

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 Price

Honda Brv On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 5,66,939 to 16,58,020 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 Hyderabad. Check for BR V price in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Honda BR V Bottomline

Originally unveiled in India at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo, the Honda BR-V will surely grab some attention with its bigger size, fresh butch look, and spacious interior. The car is expected to appeal to the urban customers. As of now, we can say, BR-V is nothing but a baby Honda CR-V and it will perform well if Honda manages to hit the sweet spot with the pricing.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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