Honda is just about to release the BR-V in the compact SUV segment sending shivers down rival spines. And why not, this car looks cool, has ample space and conveniences for seven, comes with excellent engine options and has Honda’s trusted brand name backing it. Frequently termed as a mini CR-V, this sub-4 metre SUV will definitely be priced in the sweet spot of the compact SUV segment making the BR-V completely irresistible. Here are a few pointers to entice you.
- Glamorous urban SUV comes loaded with features
Modern times have pulled in a wave of styling and convenient attributes to cars. The front end is a great blend of rugged strength and elegant appeal. From the sides those cool looking alloys and roof rails add to its adventurous spirit. Because the company wants customers to spend longer hours travelling with their friends and families, the BR-Vs cabin comes loaded with ingredients from its siblings, Amaze and Mobilio. Features like touch-screen navigation and infotainment system, climate control, second row air conditioning and steering mounted are just a few to name.
- Versatile 7-seater for the family
Unlike other compact SUVs in the segment, the BR-V edges ahead with its 7-seat layout. As the BR-Vis a wide car, the second row easily accommodates three and even the last row of seating is comfortable for passengers. We already have spent some time with the BR-V and can tell that seat cushioning for the front two rows is generous with ample lower back support.
- Fuel efficient engines
Honda’s trusted diesel and petrol engines have proven their abilities already, and will continue to shine in the BR-V. The chirpy 1.5 i-VTEC from the City sedan will perform duties paired with a 6-speed manual or the 7-step CVT gearbox. Honda’s frugal i-DTEC 1.5 litre diesel will be the most popular as it offers drivability with outstanding fuel efficiency figures. Apart from efficiency Honda engines are quiet advanced making them kinder to the environment.
- Advanced safety
Safety is a crucial concern, especially when you have six of your dear ones along. Expect Honda to equip the BR-V with multiple airbags, strengthening beams and ABS with EBD. Honda BR-V has already received 5-star safety rating in ASEAN NCAP test for the Indonesian model; expect the Indian version to perform similar.
- Great to drive
Any Honda car you drive instantly wins you over with a responsive steering, crisp throttle response and cornering stability. We drove the car on a test track and realised how good the handling was for this substantial SUV. That hint of body roll in evident, but still pretty impressive for a car that seats 7 people. For customers looking for a relaxed drive, the CVT option will work like a charm. Slot it in ‘D’ and just let the car do the gear changes. If you fancy a peppy engine with quick performance, not many can match that 1.5 i-VTEC engine. Else people spending long hours and distances will be extremely content with the beefy and frugal i-DTEC diesel engine.
Add all this to Honda’s impeccable reliability and classy brand image and you one complete family car. Honda already has strong presence across the country with a wide service network, which now is connected via your Honda Connect mobile application for any time support. Our recommendation, hold that check!