Honda BR-V Review & First Drive

Honda BR-V Overview

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.

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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 price range in India is between 9,73,597 to 16,19,097 , check for detail pricing of Honda BR-V in Carzprice

As the scenario has changed in the last couple of years, Honda is trying to grab a larger share of the Indian automobile market. At the recent 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo, we saw the Japanese auto maker unveil their highly anticipated budget crossover, the Honda BR-V, which has been launched already in several countries in South East Asia. Honda has managed to rope in exceptional sales from the BR-V in neighboring ASEAN countries, and the Japanese giant is expecting to carry forward this success in India as well.

Honda BR-V Design

The design of 2016 Honda BR-V is based on the new Active-Solid Motion language which brings a sense of flow to make it look premium as well as add the necessary tough elements by giving it a bold exterior. The same is vindicated when the front profile is considered which is reminiscent of the Honda CR-V. This particular trait will work in favor of the BR-V for the target customer to strike an instant connect.The sleek headlights along with the macho and solid chrome band flowing along the width consist of the upper half of the profile. A closer look also reveals the additional details connected to the grille like the smaller section underneath as well as the wire mesh between the front grille and the bumper. The headlights feature projectors without daytime running lamps. We feel the same shall be added in the final production top end variant.

The front bumper gets a taller central area with larger central air intake section. Fog lamps come with a chrome surround and there are characteristic arches on the bumper. There are bash plates, finished in brushed aluminum, under both the front and rear bumpers. The bonnet placement is also taller and features power lines along its edges. To the silhouette, there are flared wheel arches with rugged matte cladding running over the wheel arches and along the rocker moulds flowing throughout the lower profile.

There are wedge lines on the side to make sure the length does not get a bland look and the larger sheet metal area gets covered smartly. Again interestingly, the window line rises from the front wheel arches before dipping down under the B-Pillar and then again rising towards the rear profile giving both the front and rear windows greater visibility. The window outline is blackened while the ORVMs come in a two-tone finish with turn indicators embedded in it. There are bright aluminum finished roof rails as well. The ground clearance of the Honda BR-V is 201mm and it runs on 196/60 R16 tyres with machined alloys.

The rear quarter view too continues to look as inspiring as the front with a solid D-Pillar wrapped around the tail section. Even the subtle flair on the rear wheels is carried to the tail lid. It has to be the rear which earns more points for this one seeks inspiration directly from Honda Odyssey making it look totally international. Even the tail gate looks well proportionate to the overall design and has uniquely styled joint taillamps. The larger rear windshield makes it easy to maneuver the car in reverse. The registration display area is positioned at the lower section with a chrome garnish.

Honda BR-V Cabin

The Honda BR-V shares some components with its siblings such as the new dashboard that we saw first on the Amaze facelift. The three-spoke steering wheel is borrowed from the outgoing Jazz that feels good to hold and offers controls for the audio system as well as paddle shifts for the CVT variant. The instrument cluster is 3D, which is borrowed from the new City and it looks quite nice to read having a sizeable MID display showing trip meter, range, average fuel consumption, instant fuel consumption, time and ambient temperature. Sadly the BR-V comes with a tiny screen and there is no touch screen infotainment system, no rear parking camera and no rear parking sensors as well, which is quite shocking for a car this big. However, the good thing is that the Bluetooth audio system with telephony comes standard across all the variants except the base trim.

The Honda BR-V is offered with an automatic climate control system, which we didn’t see in the Mobilio. It works quite well along with the rear AC vents, both of which are standard on offer excluding the E variant that comes with a manual AC. There are generous amount of cubby holes to keep the cabin neat and tidy. It comes with two cup holders for the front passengers, bottle holders on all door pockets and cupholders for the third row passengers as well. The BR-V offers an all-black leatherette upholstery which feels quite good and is comfortable. The seats are supportive up front and there is great legroom for the second row passengers including good headroom but shoulder room is a bit tight since the BR-V is narrow.

The second row of seats can be slided forward and backward and are reclinable too. The third row is best used for two kids but average sized adults can also fit in since there is decent amount of legroom but under-thigh support is lacking. The best part about the Honda BR-V is its flexible seating and storage capacity. The second row seats offer one touch tumble along with 60:40 split. The third row seats can be fully tumbled and offer 50:50 split and still you have enough room for cargo even if all rows are up. The BR-V offers 223 litres of boot space when all three rows are up and 691 litres when third row is folded. Some of the key features include projector headlights, heat absorbing windshield, keyless entry with push button start, power foldable ORVMs, auto AC and more. For more info on Honda BR-V visit iftr2015hyd.in

Honda BR-V Performance

Honda will offer the BR-V in two engine trims of petrol and diesel. The diesel will be the 1.5-litre motor that is also seen in the Honda Jazz and the Honda City. Similarly, it will produce 98 bhp of power and 200 Nm of torque. It will come with a six-speed manual transmission. The diesel typically will serve well for the highway mongers but then for the city commuters, it will be the petrol doing rounds.We got a chance to test drive the Honda BR-V under a controlled environment at a specified speed on a special track. The duration was too less for us to form definite judgements about the riding dynamics and the overall performance but based on our brief experience with the car, we concluded the following.

Firstly, the 1.5-litre iVTEC engine will power the petrol variants and will come with a six-speed manual transmission. In addition, Honda will also offer the same engine with a seven-speed CVT transmission. This 1497cc motor makes 118 bhp of power at 6000 rpm and generates an impressive 145Nm of torque at 4600 rpm. The power delivery has been deliberately tuned in such a way to order more push in the lower range.

Honda also claims to have made the engine smoother than before and has been tweaked according to the body type. Even the efficiency has been increased by usage of low friction rings along with piston stroke noise reduction. Also, tackling criticism against this transmission, Honda has developed a new CVT unit for small sized engines. This has helped in reducing the lag by quicker acceleration from standstill as well as reduced overall weight of the unit increasing the mileage.

Honda BR-V Rideing

The BR-V has higher ground clearance and this has rendered it some amount of body roll, but it is well within the limits. On the other hand, higher ground clearance makes it apt for our road conditions. Bad, broken roads and those usually high speed humps don’t intimidate the BR-V at all. The steering feel is good and it weighs up well with very predictable handling, the diesel feeling better than the petrol. Ride quality is quite mature but it gets a little bouncy on bad roads, especially at low speeds. At high speeds, the ride is more sorted. We did take the BR-V off tarmac on many occasions and it felt upto the task most of the times. Brake bite is quite good and the Michelin tyres on our test car did the job quite well.

Honda BR-V Safety

Honda BR-V is based on G-CON+ACE body frame, which makes it a tough vehicle. The side impact beam makes the car safe for the occupants inside the car, as it minimizes cabin intrusion in case of any mishap. This indeed is good news for those who are thinking about buying this car, and believe in putting safety on a higher priority. The BR-V is equipped with safety features like dual front SRS airbags, Anti-lock Braking system (ABS) and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD). Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), front 3 point load limiters with pre-tensioner ELR seat belt and ISOFIX further enhance the Honda BR-V’s safety rating.

Honda BR-V Price

Honda Brv On-Road Price in India ranges from 9,73,597 to 16,19,097 for variants BRV E Petrol and BRV VX Diesel respectively. Honda Brv is available in 9 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Honda Brv variants price in India. View offers on Honda Cars from Honda dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Honda BR-V Verdict

The first comment that would come in your mind is about the pricing of the Honda BR-V and rightly that shall be a crucial decision making point for Indian audiences. From our first impression, we are sure that Honda looks all geared up to enter the segment with a great bang and will make other crossovers worry of their existence. The exterior design will find many takers as it has an enthusiastic yet premium approach. Inside, the interiors will be even more premium and Honda will fill the cabin with multiple and highly relevant features.

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