HONDA BRV: BOLD AND VERSATILEPosted On: September 28, 2016 By : ANKIT TULADHAR
Compact SUVs have not been around for sometime now, but soon after its arrival its popularity sky rocketed. Things started with the Ford EcoSport, which quickly became the star child for Ford in Nepal. Soon after, the Hyundai Creta upped the ante and steamrolled over competition with their immensely popular Compact SUV. Preparing to take its place in the mix is another juggernaut, Honda Cars. In a segment that already has a couple of big brand names butting heads, Honda has its work cut out for itself. But knowing the strength behind the Japanese moniker, you cannot rule out their success.
Honda’s champion in this competition is the BRV. A much awaited product in the Nepali market, we are glad the Honda BRV is finally here. Will it be able to knock off the reigning compact SUV off its throne? We find out in this review.
The BR-V uses the same platform as the Brio, Amaze, and Mobilio, sharing more resemblance with the Mobilio. You will find that the Honda BR-V strikes a balance between contemporary subtlety and edginess in terms of design. It does get the urban compact SUV elements like roof rails and cladding.
From the front the BRV looks menacing with the big grill but as lines flow to the back, the look of the car changes from a SUV to more off a MPV (Multi- Purpose Vehicle). With that, it brings into competition something its direct competitors don’t, additional seats that turn it into a 7 seater.
The build quality is up to the Honda standards and doesn’t look or feel cheap in anyway. The job of illuminating the roads in done by a projector at each side paired with a reflector light. The top end model gets LED Position lamps and it drives on 16 inch allow wheels.
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I (and the team) have always been a sucker for paddle shifters, so we were excited to get into the VCVT(Continuous Variable Transmission) which had those.
Although the absence of a touch screen infotainment system was noticeable, there were many things that the BRV got right. Infotainment duties are undertaken by a primitive monochrome display with Bluetooth for music and telephony.
The seats were very comfortable with great support, since we were testing the V and not the VX model the leather seats, leather gear shift knob and other leather elements were missing but if you opt for the VX model you will get a host of premium leather goodies.
The main attraction of the BRV is the fact that it is a 7 seater SUV. The additional seats at the back can come in handy when transporting a lot of people but will have to compromise the seating space as the space is smaller than the seat in front.It however will be perfect for children as they don’t occupy a lot of space and since there aren’t any windows in the 3rd row the risk of your child sticking their heads or hands out of the window is reduced as well.But with the inclusion of a third row there is another compromise as well, when the 3rd row is up the luggage space is very small at 223L only.This can be solved when the 3rd row of seats are folded away which increases the storage space to 691L. A smart inclusion was the rear ac vents which has a separate switch to control its settings which is different from the one in the front. Another neat feature were the inclusion of an electronically foldable mirror, which will come in handy when you have to squeeze into a tight space or park the car. With a press of a button both the Rear view mirrors fold.
Honda BR-V Features Explained
The BRV is powered by a 1.5L 4 cylinder SOHC i-VTEC engine producing 119PS @6600 RPM and 145NM of torque @ 4600 RPM. The BRV has enough punch to get by the everyday commuting with ease and the claimed mileage by the company is very respectable at 15.4 KMPL for the manual and 16KMPL for the automatic version.
The car features keyless entry so all you have to do is have the keys in your pocket and leave it there, the car also has a push to start/stop button so there is no need to be fumbling with the keys. The automatic makes driving in packed traffic effortless but when you put it into the Semi manual mode is when you get to experience its true performance.
You will have control over the gear shifting through the paddle shifter which will allow you to test the limits of the car. The suspension on the BRV held up pretty well with the conditions of the roads that were thrown its way and had minimal body roll.
The BRV is a Fantastic Car in its segment with a lot to offer, but does it have what it takes to take over the crown? Well that depends on what you’re looking for. If you are in the market for a compact SUV make sure to have the BRV in your list of cars.
The BRV starts at the price of 39, 99,000 for the base variant and tops of at 53,00,000 for the VCVT model. If you want more features and you are willing to go for the manual transmission than look for the BRV VXMT at Rs 52,25,000, which has the leather and other goodies expect for the auto transmission.
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