Honda BRV

` 8.84 - 12.98 Lakh*
*Ex-showroom Price New Delhi
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Mileage21.9 kmpl
Service Cost ` 5,730 /yr
Performance
Engine1498 cc 
BHP98.6
Comfort
AutomaticNo
Rear AC VentsYes
Safety
ABSYes
Driver AirbagYes
EMI
Duration 5 years
EMI` 25,115
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Highlights

June 02, 2016: Almost a month into the launch of the BR-V, the SUV has managed to gather 9,000 bookings. As a result of this, the waiting period of the car has been extended up to two months. The BR-V was launched in the country with prices starting at Rs. 8.75 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the base trim and going up to Rs.12.90 lakh for the top-end variant. The SUV rivals the Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster, however, unlike the other two, it is a 7-seater and that may come across as an attractive proposition to large families. The BR-V is available with Honda’s existing 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines mated to 6-speed manual gearboxes, with the petrol offered with an automatic (CVT) option as well. The features list includes keyless entry and go, automatic climate control and an integrated music system with steering-mounted controls. The car has been well received in the market with initial reports indicating over 4,000 bookings since sales began on April 16th.

Honda BRV price list (Variants)

Variant Ex-Showroom Price   Compare
i-DTEC E MT
1498 cc,  Manual, Diesel, 21.9 kmpl
`9.98 Lakh*
i-DTEC S MT
1498 cc,  Manual, Diesel, 21.9 kmpl
`11.08 Lakh*
i-DTEC V MT
1498 cc,  Manual, Diesel, 21.9 kmpl
`11.94 Lakh*
i-DTEC VX MT
1498 cc,  Manual, Diesel, 21.9 kmpl
`12.98 Lakh*
i-VTEC E MT
1497 cc,  Manual, Petrol, 15.4 kmpl
`8.84 Lakh*
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i-VTEC S MT
1497 cc,  Manual, Petrol, 15.4 kmpl
`9.98 Lakh*
i-VTEC V MT
1497 cc,  Manual, Petrol, 15.4 kmpl
`10.98 Lakh*
i-VTEC VX MT
1497 cc,  Manual, Petrol, 15.4 kmpl
`11.92 Lakh*
i-VTEC V CVT
1497 cc,  Automatic, Petrol, 16.0 kmpl
`12.08 Lakh*

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Specifications

Variants Fuel Type Mileage (kmpl) Transmission Engine Description Power
City Highway
i-DTEC E MT Diesel 18.4  21.9  Manual 1498cc 
98.6bhp @ 3600rpm
i-DTEC S MT 18.4  21.9  Manual 1498cc 
98.6bhp @ 3600rpm
i-DTEC V MT 18.4  21.9  Manual 1498cc 
98.6bhp @ 3600rpm
i-DTEC VX MT 18.4  21.9  Manual 1498cc 
98.6bhp @ 3600rpm
i-VTEC E MT Petrol 11.9  15.4  Manual 1497cc 
117.3bhp @ 6600rpm
i-VTEC S MT 11.9  15.4  Manual 1497cc 
117.3bhp @ 6600rpm
i-VTEC V MT 11.9  15.4  Manual 1497cc 
117.3bhp @ 6600rpm
i-VTEC VX MT 11.9  15.4  Manual 1497cc 
117.3bhp @ 6600rpm
i-VTEC V CVT 12.0  16.0  Automatic 1497cc 
117.3bhp @ 6600rpm

Honda BRV review

The compact SUV segment has been buzzing of late, with a plethora of launches and updates flooding the market. The segment that was kickstarted by the Renault Duster now has an entrant from the Land of the Rising Sun. Honda has jumped into the fray with the BR-V, a seven-seater crossover SUV. The Hyundai Creta and the Renault Duster lie squarely in its crosshairs.

What does it offer? Let's take a look! 

Pros

Leather upholstery on the top-spec variant adds a premium touch to the cabin.

An extra row of seats. Can accommodate the in-laws for the occasional weekend trip.

Petrol motor is very refined. Optional CVT automatic available as well.

The diesel engine is amongst the most fuel-efficient engines of the lot. The ARAI-rated mileage stands at 21.9km/l.

Cons

No diesel automatic variant on offer. The Creta and the Duster offer the same.

Build quality isn't the best. Sheet metal seems thin and the quality of interior plastics is a let-down as well.

Woefully under-equipped vis-a-vis rivals such as the Creta and the Duster. No touchscreen audio system, reverse camera or parking sensors.

Stand Out Features

  • 210mm of ground clearance is on par with segment best Renault Duster AWD.

    210mm of ground clearance is on par with segment best Renault Duster AWD.

  • Paddle shifters on the petrol automatic are exclusive to the BR-V.

    Paddle shifters on the petrol automatic are exclusive to the BR-V.

  • Roof mounted AC vents for the 2nd row ensure good flow to the 3rd row as well.

    Roof mounted AC vents for the 2nd row ensure good flow to the 3rd row as well.

CarDekho Verdict

With the BR-V, Honda has done just about enough to keep up with the competition, but little to beat it. It has seven seats, offers a compliant ride, and has engines that have proven themselves in other cars from the Japanese automaker’s stable. However, everything else is lukewarm at best, with nothing to make you exclaim in appreciation. In a market that has buyers who are hungry for features, loading the BR-V to the gills should have been a no-brainer. Hyundai did it with the Creta and the results are here for us to see.

"The only advantage the BR-V offers over its rivals is the 7 seats."

The two deal makers for the BR-V will be the fact that it has seven seats and Honda’s hassle-free ownership experience. Honda had an opportunity to more than one up the slow-selling Mobilio, but may have played it too safe in a highly-competitive market. Honda has priced the BR-V petrol between Rs. 8.75 – 11.99 lakh and the diesel between Rs. 9.90 – 12.90 lakh. This puts it around the same range as the Duster and Creta and will make it tempting for buyers with large families. We just wish it came with more kit to drive the deal home.

Exterior

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The BR-V combines the design traits of a utilitarian MPV with the flamboyance of an SUV. The design can be a hit or a miss with varied audiences, but on the whole, it is pretty likeable. We like the looks of the BR-V from the front three-quarters. The angry, Accord inspired face looks nice. Elements such as the large projector headlamps with LED light guides, chunky chrome grille and the aggressive creases make it stand out. 

The side and the rear are relatively run of the mill. That said, we do like the funky 16-inch alloy wheels, the dab of chrome on the doors and the matte silver roof rails. From the side, the BR-V does resemble the Mobilio a fair bit, thanks to the kink in the window line. The rear is plain-jane, housing just the large connected tail lamps and a garnish of chrome above the numberplate area. Boot space is adequate at 223-litres with all three rows in place, and 691-litres with the last row tucked away. Lest we forget, the BR-V gets the mandatory matte-black cladding and silver faux skid plates as well. 

Interior

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If you have been inside the new Honda Amaze, you have been inside the BR-V. The design is similar to the compact sedan, with the only difference being the all-black color scheme. The dashboard is a busy place, with lots of cuts and creases thrown in. The piano black finish on the centre console and the dull silver accents liven up the place a bit. 

The top-spec BR-V gets goodies such as leather upholstery, automatic climate control, rear air-conditioning, integrated music system with Bluetooth, and steering mounted controls. We have to say that the BR-V is sparsely equipped compared to its competition. It misses out on touchscreen infotainment, navigation, reverse camera to list a few. 

Legroom and headroom are generous in the BR-V. While Honda bills it as a seven-seater, we think it is best used to seat six. There just isn't enough shoulder room for three occupants in the second row. The S-Cross fares much better in this regard. 

Performance

The BR-V gets a heart transplant from the popular Honda City. It sports the same 1.5-litre i-VTEC and i-DTEC motors in a similar state of tune. The petrol motor now gets a new six-speed manual transmission, instead of the old five-speed unit and an optional CVT automatic as well. Unlike the Duster or the Creta, there's no diesel automatic BR-V — just a six-speed manual. 

1.5-litre i-VTEC

The petrol motor is amongst the most refined petrol engines in its class. The BR-V petrol picks up pace swiftly and can be a good city runabout. The clutch is light and the six-speed gearbox is a gem to use as well. The optional CVT makes light of city traffic, and is heavily recommended in case you spend most of your commute time stuck in bumper to bumper traffic. 

1.5-litre i-DTEC

Noise levels are thankfully at acceptable levels here. It isn't as noisy as the Honda Amaze. There is considerable turbo-lag upto 1700rpm, post which the BR-V pulls clean. The lag can be an irritant in traffic and requires frequent downshifts to keep the engine in the powerband. Out on the highway, the BR-V is a relaxed cruiser that can clock triple digit speeds all day long. That said, how we wish there was a diesel automatic variant!

Ride and Handling 

Ground Clearance is rated at 210mm, that is on par with the segment best (Duster AWD). You can take the BR-V over broken roads and undulations and it does take it in its stride rather well. The suspension is well-tuned for our roads and ride quality is appreciable at city speeds. For the highway runs, it is stiff enough to not induce vertical movements. 

Show the BR-V a set of twisties and it will surprise you. We have to say the steering is amongst the most neutral, well-behaved units out there. The weight, feel and feeback is just right that lets you know what the front wheels are upto! Of course, there is considerable amount of body roll thanks to the height of the car — but nothing that is off-putting. 

Safety

The BRV is at par with the competition in terms of safety. The BRV scored 5 stars in the Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) and 4 stars in the Child Occupant Protection (COP) tests conducted by the New Car Assessment Programme for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP). 

In terms of safety features, the car gets dual front airbags as standard while ABS is available in all the variants except the base trim.Other safety features that are spread across the variants include a driver seatbelt reminder, security alarm and impact sensing door unlock. 

Variants

Dual front airbags come as standard across the range which is a welcome addition and while ABS with EBD is offered as standard with the base diesel, the petrol only gets it in the S-variant. Our favourite is the mid spec S variant that gets the 2DIN entertainment system with multi-media support and steering mounted audio controls.

You also get automatic climate control and chauffeur driven owners get a sliding 2nd row seat and rear AC vents. A height-adjustable seat for the driver, along with the rear defogger, wiper and washer are also offered, making this the most value for money variant in the range. 

 

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  • EXCELLENT CAR
    By Romeofrancis| August 25, 2016 | 1266 Views
    Actually it is an amazing car ..the perfect blend of the i-VTEC engine & and 7 seat makes it among the top of its class.. moreover you should also look forward to the on road price of the BRV which is absolutely a superb prize....it is also a perfect family car and it would also fit for a city drive car too ...The high ground clearance makes it... Read Full Review
  • THE HUNT BEGINS WITH THE ALL NEW HONDA BRV -CVT
    By Shabnam Mansuri| August 19, 2016 | 3964 Views
    The latest entrant in the Honda family is The ALL NEW HONDA BRV - an SUV with a class in itself. Hmmm! A review? Who? Me? Well… let me tell you something. I ain’t an Auto Guru like Tutu Dhawan Sir or Sorabjee, the Auto Journalist who, even the BBC envies, neither a blogger, nor an engineer, but Yes, I love cars and anything on four wheels w... Read Full Review
  • Extremely Comfortable
    By Nitin| August 12, 2016 | 1395 Views
    I am planning to buy a SUV for my family and therefore I went to Honda dealership yesterday to test-drive the BR-V. The car has enormous length was able to impress me in first look though it had to compromise on SUV character because of it. I would have liked it more if Honda had increased the height of the car and kept this length constant. Nevert... Read Full Review
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    Posted On | May 12, 2016 | 53289 Views
    The bookings started in April, 2016 and the response can be termed as encouraging. Read Full News
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