Honda BR V Facelift First Drive Review

Honda BR V Facelift First Drive Review

Honda Brv On Road Price In Pune

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 Exteriors

The Honda BR-V exteriors pose a bold and classy image on the road with a solid wing front face and projector headlamps with LED position lamps intelligently designed to give a premium look to the front.The sporty 16-inch alloy wheels, rear combination lamps with LED light guide, front and rear bumper lower garnish, and glossy metallic colour combinations for the body panels leave a long-lasting on-road image.Book A Test Drive For Honda Brv In Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

Honda BR V Interiors

The BR-V measures 4,456mm from end-to- end which makes it the longest of the small SUVs in India, and by quite a margin. And Honda has made full use of the length to give the BR-V its defining feature – a third row of seats, something none of its direct competitors offer. The good thing is that the last row is properly useable, access to the back is decent and leg space can be freed up by sliding the middle row forward and the large windows help this section of the cabin feel reasonably airy too.

The recline-adjustable middle-row seats are also quite comfortable and there’s plenty of knee-room. However, the narrow cabin makes seating three adults a squeeze. From the well-padded front seats, you’ll notice that the Honda BR-V’s dashboard comes from the recently updated Amaze compact sedan, and that’s actually no bad thing. All the important controls are within reach, however, the finish is still not quite at Hyundai Creta levels.

What could be a deal breaker for many is the absence of a touchscreen infotainment system which is something we’ve come to expect in all new cars. Surprisingly enough, for a vehicle so long, there are no rear parking sensors either, let alone a reverse camera. The car’s infotainment system does feature Bluetooth for telephony and audio streaming though. Leather seats, automatic climate control, steering-mounted audio buttons, push-button start, electrically foldable outside rear-view mirrors and rear air-con vents are offered on the top-spec VX versions. Dual airbags are standard across the range as is ABS (except for the base petrol trim). The BR-V automatic is available in only V trim and misses out on the VX’s leather seats.

Honda BR V Transmission

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.

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 information on Honda BR V check Painpeters

Honda BR V Riding

Drive aggressively in the automatic petrol BR-V and you’ll get a lot of noise from the engine without the corresponding build in speed. It’s the rubber-band effect CVTs are notorious for. For their part, the paddle shifters work without any delay and let you shuffle between the gearbox’s seven ‘steps’. The BR-V automatic is at its best when driven in a relaxed manner. Initial responses are good and this makes it well-suited to the urban grind.

The BR-V’s suspension is absorbent at low speeds and contains undue body movements at high speeds. What adds to the feeling of confidence is that the steering has little slack and also has a nice weight to it. But the BR-V is a long vehicle and you can always feel its length from behind the wheel, especially around tighter bends.

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 Bangalore

Honda BRV On Road Price is 5,75,582/- and Ex-showroom Price is 4,81,097/- in Bangalore. Honda BRV comes in 6 colours, namely Carnelian Red Pearl,Taffeta White,Urban Titanium,Golden Brown,Orchid White Pearl,Alabaster Silver. Honda BRV comes with FWD 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 100 KMPH at N/A . Honda BRV comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Honda BR V Conclusion

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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