Honda BR V Hatchback First Drive Review

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 at Fincarz.

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

The BR-V looks best from the front three quarter. That huge chrome grille, the big headlamps, the chunky bumper complete with a pseudo skid plate, does give the BR-V SUV overtones. The tall roof rails helps too.

It’s not the best looking SUV when viewed from the rear, though. But, it does look distinct, even if a tad busy with those large wrap around tail lamps and reflectors running across the width of the tail gate. It is in profile, that the BR-V fails to mask its Mobilio roots. It runs larger 16-inch wheels (which strangely still look under-tyred), has 30mm higher ground clearance at 210mm, and runs the mandatory black cladding (mandatory for city cars posing as SUVs, Duster and Creta included). But, the doors, the roof line and even the rear quarter panel screams Mobilio.

Now, if you haven’t heard or seen a Mobilio, which is possible given the MPV didn’t do too well, you might not be able to draw comparisons. And if you can’t, then you will end up liking the overall presence of the BR-V.

Honda BR V Space

Familiar. Familiar, because the interior is similar to the refreshed Amaze and has some bits from the Jazz and the City. And, that only makes it good, as the all-black theme is inviting. But look closer and the quality of plastic and fit and isn’t class leading. In fact, it is a step down compared to the Creta. It isn’t as well equipped either. So, there’s no touch-screen or reversing camera. It does however get automatic climate control, a three-pod instrument cluster with a built-in trim computer, leather, height-adjustable driver’s seat and aircon vents for second row of passengers.

It also has a lot of space, especially for knee and head room. And, of course, it is the only car in its class with three rows of seating. The seats all round aren’t just well-cushioned and supportive, these recline as well. And the second row can slide fore and aft giving more flexibility to occupants to be able to utilise the space in the best way possible. Furthermore, it is easy to access the third row too. The middle seat with 60:40 split function tumbles down quickly creating easy access. And once in the third row, it feels decently airy too.

Honda BR V Engine

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. Check for Honda BR V in

Honda BR V Driving

The Honda BR-V, for all its SUV posturing, still doesn’t lend high seating. Which isn’t bad given it is more comfortable as a result and because the visibility, particularly over the hood, is good, it never feels difficult to drive or manoeuvre. It is easy to live within the city helped by a relatively tight 5.3m turning radius. The steering is light and responsive and it also weighs up nicely at speeds. The ride is sorted too. It is firm but is absorbent at speed and doesn’t thud too much over poor roads either. And it manages unseen speed bumps and undulations well too. Straight-line stability again is commendable and the BR-V feels confident and completely home handling the fast sweeping corners too. To top it all, the brakes have good bite and progression and there’s ABS in this top of the line VX version for added reassurance.

With ARAI claimed fuel efficiencies of 15.4kmpl for the petrol and 21.9kmpl for the diesel, the car boasts of the best-in-segment fuel economy. Pretty impressive on paper. The figures in real world conditions will be clear when we do a thorough road test soon. First impressions suggest- it won’t be a tough task.

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 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 V price in Ahmedabad at Autozhop.

Honda BR V Conclusion

The Honda BR-V might be many things, but as of now it must seem like a great buying proposition to both upgraders, and first time young car buyers. The BR-V has the dynamics, the flexibility, the economy and the brand to do it. But, it can’t match the likes of the Creta in terms of upmarket appeal and desirability. It’s also not exactly SUV material with long overhangs and no all- wheel drive option

And therefore, it must be priced very aggressively. Rs 8.5- Rs 10.5 lakh for the petrol and Rs 9.5 lakh to just under Rs 11.5 lakh for the diesel could work wonders here. If the BR-V hits these numbers, it’s a thumbs up from our end.

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