Honda has been present on the Indian roads long enough to know exactly what the Indian customer wants. But that is in the sedan segment. Their SUV portfolio in India has only boasted of the CR-V, and it did not exactly disappoint. However, with other manufacturers hitting the road with Compact SUV’s, Honda was getting left behind. The launch of their new vehicle in this segment, the BR-V had been garnering a lot of interest. Considering that Honda is following other car makers, it should have done its homework and learnt from others’ mistakes, but have they? Let’s find out.
It is currently priced between Rs 8.75 L and Rs 12.90 L (Ex-Showroom Price, New Delhi) but the price will vary according to the place.
The new Honda BR-V is a 7 Seater Compact SUV but undercuts a few of its 5 Seater rivals and this is reflected in Honda managing over 9000 bookings within about a month of its launch. It is the longest car in this segment by quite a margin. The BR-V has been given a unique look and from the front, it does not look like any other Honda car. From the side, you can see shades of the Mobilio, but then it is a 7 Seater as well. The BR-V’s cabin is smart and plastic quality is decent. The dash has a good feel and overall, the car scores more on practical reasons than aesthetic sense.
The BR-V has been launched with two engine options. The 1.5 litre i=DTEC diesel with fuel efficiency figures of 21.9 kmpl. The 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol engine churns out 119 bhp at an economy of 15.4 kmpl. The petrol variant also gets a CVT which provides 16 kmpl. The diesel only comes with manual transmission.
Honda has added features like keyless entry, automatic climate control, push button start and rear air-conditioning vents on the top end model. Dual airbags will be standard. The car is easy to get in and get out off and the seats are well cushioned. Second row legroom is good, though, three people might find it a bit tight sitting abreast. Overall headroom is ample.
Specifications (BR-V VX Petrol)
|Dimensions & Weight|
|Ground Clearance||210 mm|
|Kerb Weight||1235 kg|
|Seating Capacity||7 Person|
|No of Seating Rows||3 Rows|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||42 litres|
|Engine & Transmission|
|Engine Type||1.5L i-VTEC|
|Valve/Cylinder (Configuration)||4, SOHC|
|Mileage (ARAI)||15.4 kmpl|
|Drivetrain||Front Wheel Drive|
|Alternate Fuel||Not Applicable|
|Max Power (bhp@rpm)||117 bhp @ 6600 RPM|
|Max Torque (Nm@rpm)||145 Nm @ 4600 RPM|
|Turbocharger Type||Not Sure|
|No of gears||6 Gears|
|Manual Shifting for Automatic||No|
|Engine Start-Stop Function||No|
|Suspensions, Brakes & Steering|
|Suspension Front||McPherson Strut Coil Spring|
|Suspension Rear||Torsion Beam Coil Spring|
|Front Brake Type||Disc|
|Rear Brake Type||Drum|
|Minimum Turning Radius||5.3 metres|
|Wheels & Tyres|
|Front Tyres||195 / 60 R16|
|Rear Tyres||195 / 60 R16|