Honda has launched BR-V today, and with it has entered the hotly contested compact SUV space. It is the Japanese manufacturer’s rival to the popular Hyundai Creta and the Renault Duster and will have four trims to choose from namely: E, S, V and VX.
The crossover is based on the same platform as the Mobilio MPV. From the front, the BR-V has a bold and imposing look that is characterised by the chunky single-slat chrome grille. Coming to the flanks, there is quite a similarity to the Mobilio with the sharp up swept character lines, but it also gets lower body cladding in an attempt to make it look more muscular. The rear is in contrast to the front with sleek and angular styling of the taillights, a sporty bent is also added thanks to the tailgate-mounted spoiler. The SUV factor is given another boost with the inclusion of skid plates at both ends and a high ground clearance of 210mm.
Step inside and an all-black interior greets you. Honda has tried to spruce up the cabin by garnishing the steering wheel, dashboard and door trims with silver accents and also by adding a gloss black finish to the centre console. The layout of the dashboard leaves something to be desired though, as it lacks a cohesive feel and proper flow. The bit where the BR-V excels over its competition is spaciousness. Before this crossover, no other manufacturer has succeeded in packing three row of seats in a length of 4.5 Meter . The space in the third row is good enough even for adults, with enough comfort even for long trips. The second row seats bear a 60:40 split with easy access to third row
There is not much equipment to talk about in the BR-V as features such as touchscreen infotainment system, satellite navigation and rear view camera has been given a miss. However, depending on the trim level features such as 2 DIN audio player with Bluetooth connectivity, automatic climate control, electrically-powered side mirrors, keyless entry with push-button start and LED DRLs are available. As far as safety goes, all variants of the BR-V are equipped with dual front airbags as standard with the diesel models featuring ABS and EBD too.
Under the hood there are two engines, a petrol and a diesel, both 1.5-litre four-cylinder units. Petrol engine pumps out 118bhp and 145Nm of peak torque and can be mated to either a standard six-speed manual or a CVT automatic gearbox. The turbocharged diesel on the other hand belts out 99bhp and 200Nm of twisting force, with only a six-speed manual transmission sending power to the front wheels.
The Honda BR-V also comes with a 3-years Unlimited Km warranty and 2 years of optional extended warranty. The price. Honda has priced the BR-V in between the Duster and the Creta. The base petrol model starts at Rs 8.75 lakh, while the base diesel variant can be yours for 9.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
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Here’s the complete pricing (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the entire range.
E – Rs 8.75 lakh
S – Rs 9.90 lakh
V – Rs 10.90 lakh
VX – Rs 11.84 lakh
C CVT (auto) – Rs 11.99 lakh
E – Rs 9.90 lakh
S – Rs 10.99 lakh
V – Rs 11.85 lakh
VX – Rs 12.90 lakh