5 May 2016 Honda Cars India Limited today launched its much awaited BR-V SUV at starting price of Rs 8.75 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). And so the Honda BR-V enters the market. While it will compete with Maruti S Cross, apart from Renault Duster and Hyundai Creta, the model has actually been referred as a crossover utility vehicle by Honda. The makers chose the name BR-V as an acronym for Bold Runabout Vehicle.
Honda BR-V gives you a choice of 2 engines – petrol and diesel
- 1.5 litre, 4 cylinder i-VTEC petrol engine generates 119 bhp and 14.78 kgm of torque
- 1.5 litre, 4 cylinder i–DTEC diesel engine generates 98 bhp and 20.40 kgm of torque
Both the engines are mated to 6 speed manual gearbox and exclusively the ‘V’ trim of the petrol model also comes with CVT option.
The make of BR-V is based on what the Japanese car maker calls ‘Active Solid Motion’ principle. Its design however seems to be largely inspired from the Mobilio. From the front some similarities with the CR-V may also be noticed.
The features that give it a separate identity include the squared out hood, angular headlamps and two-part grille with loads of chrome. Ridges on the hood and scuff plates on the front bumper add to its SUV’s credentials.
It is from the side that the similarity to Mobilio gets noticed. The rising shoulder line and the distinctly angled window line are quite like what its sibling has. The length of 4456 mm makes BR-V the longest compact SUV in the market till date. In comparison to this, while the S Cross measures 4300 mm in length, Hyundai Creta is 4270 mm from end to end.
If an onlooker compares BR-V to the Mobilio in its profile look, it’s apparent that it does not have a characteristic SUV stance. The roof is not very high (total height being 1666 mm) and the body appears narrow in proportion to the length. The long rear overhang is also more suggestive of an MPV than SUV. BR-V’s wheelbase is 2660 mm and the area beyond the rear wheels has been utilised for a third row of seats. This car has 16 inch wheels that look too small for the bulky body. They have 195/60 R16 tyres. And the ground clearance measures 210 mm.
Towards the rear, the styling is rather garish. There is a thick belt of chrome above the number plate and a reflector between the tail lamps runs across the width of the hatch gate. But the rear windscreen has large glass area and this should offer a good view. Another practical feature of its design is that loading and unloading luggage is easy. When the third row seat is tumbled forward and flipped, it creates as much as 691 litres of boot space.
What’s good about the height of BR-V is that it makes ingress and egress easy. Cabin feels familiar as the dashboard is a replica of the one used in Honda Amaze. It has an all black theme and plastic quality is also fine.
It’s odd to see in a vehicle of this class that the infotainment system is not touchscreen based. The top-specs have steering mounted controls, push-button start, power foldable outside rear view mirrors (ORVMs) and automatic climate control with rear AC vents.
The seating position is not very high but visibility offered is nice and seats are comfortable and there is fair amount of legroom. Even the middle row seats get adjustable backrests although thigh support is somewhat inadequate for taller people. There is plenty of legroom (as seats can be moved back) and headroom too is sufficient. BR-V’s cabin is not wide enough for three adults to sit abreast on the middle row and that’s when the third row of seats needs to be used –it’s however better suited for short people. With big glass area, the rear part of cabin feels reasonably airy.
Honda BR-V has four variants – E, S, V and VX. Starting from the petrol version of the base variant priced at Rs. 8.75 lakhs, the price goes up to Rs. 12.95 lakhs for the VX (top end) diesel version. (Prices ex showroom, Delhi)
There are 6 colours on offer - Taffeta White, White Orchid Pearl, Carnelian Red Pearl, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Urban Titanium Metallic, and Golden Brown Metallic.
In terms of looks, BR-V may not have rugged charisma of an SUV and its similarity with MUV Mobilio may not to be the liking of hard-core SUV fans but Honda has priced it well for the competition and that can work in its favour.