Honda BR V Facelift First Look Review

Honda Brv Test Drive in Chennai

Honda BR V Overview

The Honda BR-V is here, and let’s get the main thing out of the way — it is not an SUV. Other crossover products from rival companies aren’t any good to flaunt the true ‘SUV’ tag either, but most of them at least fit the description on appearance. The BR-V looks every bit a mature MPV than a pseudo SUV. It’ll be fitting to say that the Mobilio is conspicuous by its absence here. The broad shape of the Mobilio is incontestably apparent and the Honda BR-V’s profile doesn’t do anything to hide its roots.

Looks are subjective and I don’t much like to voice my displeasure or excitement on the way a car is styled in a very elaborate way, but I must point out that the BR-V’s bold and chromed front has a sense of incoherence to the rest of the design. And, while the BR-V has gained a bit of height, it has also gained a fair amount of length which negates the impression of vertical dimensional advantage of the car. But, in its entirety, as a package, the Honda BRV makes good sense.

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

The Honda BR-V gets black-and-grey interior across all variants of the crossover. The top-of-the-line VX variant gets a leather pack – the seats, armrests on the doors, and the steering-wheel wrap are all leather. The steering wheel with the multimedia control buttons, the ‘3D’ instrument cluster, a slab-like face for the centre-console with piano black trim, rectangular A/C vents, silver highlights, the integrated multimedia console and the climate control system – everything looks familiar, in a good way. The piano black trim on the centre console is a dust and fingerprint magnet, and can disrupt easy viewing of the multimedia screen or the climate control display. However, the manual-adjust lever for cliimate control re-circulation button stands out like an eyesore.

The seats are comfortable enough for short to medium duration drives, but can be painful if used for long inter-city journeys. That said, there is no dearth of legroom, knee room, head room or shoulder room in the front two rows but short seat bases and thinner than usual seats mean that your thighs and bottom will be uncomfortable if you sit on these seats for hours on end. While some passengers may feel the heat, thanks to the uncomfortable seating, the climate control system can keep things cool in the cabin. As the BR-V is a big crossover, it gets roof-mounted A/C vents to keep the second and third-row seats cool.

You can slide and recline the front two rows to get the best seating position, captain seats in the second row would have been more appealing though – Honda is not offering captain seats on any of the variants of the BR-V, but accessories dealers around the country should be able to offer you alternatives soon after the crossover is launched. The third row of seats, as was the case with the Mobilio, should be used to seat children for longer journeys . Getting into the third row is easy as the second-row seats fold forward with ease with a use of a single lever. Even with the third deployed, the BR-V has a decent luggage space of 223-litres. This can also be improved if you fold forward the third-row seats, which frees up 691-litres of space.Check for Honda BR V price in Hyderabad at CarBing.

Features is a section where the BR-V is most disappointing. For a crossover that is going to cost you more than Rs. 10 Lakh, ex-showroom, it does not offer a touchscreen infotainment system, rear-view camera, auto-folding mirrors, auto-dimming IRVM, auto-headlamps, cruise control etc. Some of these features could have been overlooked if the cost cutting around the car wasn’t so obvious. The metal and the plastics flex on touch, the plastics on the inside feel rough and belong to a segment much lower, the sound deadening material used is inadequate, especially in the diesel variants.

Honda BR V Performance

Honda’s petrol engines have always been praised for the way they sound and work. The Brio’s 1.2-litre is my favourite in the modern-day Hondas that we have — get it north of 3,000 and the sound from that little mouse of a car is genuinely pleasing! The 1.5 that the Honda BRV gets is the same motor that drives the City. 118bhp and 145Nm don’t make for heart-stoping numbers but they are adequate. The BR-V isn’t about great 0-100 time, but the mid-range is strong. While the basic architecture of the gearbox is the same as the Mobilio’s 5-speed unit, the BR-V gets a 6-speed manual transmission. The initial gears have been shortened and the first gear is as much as 12 percent down on ratio, while the 6th is 7 percent higher. The Mobilio felt slightly more flexible in the 3rd and the 4th gears while the BR-V feels that from 4th gear on. The shift quality is quite notchy, however, and there’s a sense of reluctance from the gearbox in flowing through the gate smoothly.

The Honda BRV petrol also comes with an option of a CVT gearbox which has 7 steps compared to 5 in the City. The automatic variant is more about convenience and it does quite fine in city driving limits — owing to the 7 steps as there are more set points for the engine — but if you open the throttle, the typical rubber band effect of the CVT gets very evident.

The diesel Honda BR-V shares its 6-speed manual gearbox with the City but it runs a shorter final drive ratio to aid performance. The engine is, by now, quite a familiar one as it powers every product in Honda’s diesel portfolio. It’s a quick spinning 99bhp, 200Nm motor that gives good mid-range poke, but you’ll need to keep it over 1800 revs to get any reward from it. We were driving around in a slightly uphill section and decided to see how cleanly the torque pulls the car. We literally didn’t move until we’d given a heavy dose of throttle and crossed 2,200 on the rev counter. The shift quality, as with the petrol-engined car, is not as good as that of Hondas of the past — which is weird because you’d expect things to only improve with better manufacturing processes and R&D outputs.

Honda BR V Riding

The chassis is bland but you cant complain the way the Honda BRV drives — it’s quite flat, even quick to dart into corners and there’s barely any load shift that will scare you. One note of caution — while the brakes are sharp and bite well, the ABS system on our test car acted up a couple of times and we experienced tyres getting locked on one occasion. Also, you’re best advised to avoid turning into corners riding the brakes as it can unsettle the car and the rear may hop a little. Straight-line high-speed stability otherwise is quite good and the suspension, too, shows maturity going at speed, soaking in mostly everything without complaint.To know more info on Honda BR V check Iftr2015hyd

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 Hyderabad

Honda Brv BRV E Petrol Ex-showroom Price is 4,80,194/- and On Road Price is 5,66,939/-. Honda Brv BRV E Petrol comes in 6 colours, namely Carnelian Red Pearl,Taffeta White,Urban Titanium,Golden Brown,Orchid White Pearl,Alabaster Silver. Honda Brv BRV E Petrol comes with 1.5-Litre IVTEC with 1497 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 119 bhp@6600 rpm and Peak Torque 145 Nm@4600 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 15.40 Kmpl . Honda Brv BRV E Petrol comes with Manual Transmission with FWD.

Honda BR V Conclusion

The Honda BRV has the updated look from Honda’s stable for its core business-end of things — the cabin. The Amaze was given a refresh recently and the BR-V borrows the cabin from it. It’s got a simplistic undertone to it and there’re no fussy details anywhere. It’s not drab, but it’s not stylish either — there’s actually an evolved Jazz/City look about the interior. It gets mostly all the usual gubbins like music playback through multiple sources, single-zone climate control, rear AC vents, electrically folding outside mirrors etc. Dual airbags are offered standard across the trims but there’s no parking sensors or reversing camera — which is desperately missed as this is a reasonably long car.

The Honda BR-V scores big points on flexibility and practicality. The seats recline, slide and fold flat, plus there’s enough room for two above-average or tallish people in the first two rows. If, however, you’re any taller than Lady Gaga, you’ll find the third row a bit difficult to be in if the clock ticks over a couple of hours on the road. The front seats are designed well and support you nicely in mostly all crucial places. The rear ones though are thinly padded and lack under-thigh comfort and the cabin is a bit on the tighter side to allow three to be seated next to each other. Even the lower back feels tired as the seat-back design is flat and there’s literally no fixed lumbar support. The luggage space even with the third row up in position is quite decent for a couple of medium sized bags.

Honda has been coming late to the parties. It came late to the diesel gig, and it’s entered the SUV game late as well. That said, the Honda BRV is a smartly packaged car — it’s spacious (though not as wide as other cars in the segment), and has got mostly every feature that’s a norm in the market (other than the omission of parking sensors and reversing camera). It’s got an unfussy automatic that will serve well in city traffic and the platform is sorted with a good ride-and-handling balance for a car of its size. It may not have the maturity and quality of the Hyundai Creta or the rugged appeal of the Renault Duster, but look at it not as an SUV, but more like an MPV, and the BR-V would suddenly rise in appeal. It’s what the Mobilio should’ve been.

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