Honda BR-V Achieves 5-star Rating in ASEAN NCAP Crash Test
The Honda BR-V has fared well in the New Car Assessment Programme for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) crash test by scoring five stars in the Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) and four stars in the Child Occupant Protection (COP) tests.
The compact crossover was tested for frontal offset impact and side impact. The overall score of the car was 14.79 out of 16.00 in AOP and 72 per cent safety in COP. These scores are for the BR-V equipped with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Seatbelt Reminder System (SBR) for occupants on the front.
Mr. Khairil Anwar, ASEAN NCAP secretary-general, expressed his skepticism over the rating as the safety features vary from market to market: “It should be noted that only the BR-V’s higher variants are equipped with ESC and SBR for dual frontal occupants. Nevertheless, we are aiming for the lowest variant to be equipped with similar technologies in order for everyone to benefit from these safety features.” It is to be noted that a BR-V equipped only with a standard safety kit can get a rating as low as two stars.
The BR-V scored better than the Subaru XV and the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport which scored 14.31 and 12.08 (on 16), respectively. The car has been launched in Thailand in January and was recently showcased at the Bangkok Motor Show 2016. It is likely to arrive in India in May 2016. The BR-V will borrow its engines from the Honda City and will compete with the likes of the Creta and the Duster in the domestic market (check our comparison). It is yet to be seen which safety features the Japanese carmaker will offer in the Indian version of the car.
Watch Showcase Video of Honda BR-V at Auto Expo 2016