Honda Car India has launched the Honda BR-V, its sports utility
vehicle, at a starting price of Rs 8.75 lakh onward (ex showroom Delhi). The
prices of the BR-V variants are as follows:
Click here for the review of BR-V
The Honda BR-V is powered by Honda's proven i-VTEC and i-DTEC
technology. Both petrol and diesel engines have a cubic capacity of 1.5 litres.
The petrol motor, however, produces 117.4bhp at 6600rpm and the diesel produces
98.6bhp at 3600rpm. The BR-V also comes with a ground clearance of 210mm which
is quite good when compared to industry standards. The diesel mill produces
200Nm of torque at 1750rpm while the petrol motor produces 145Nm at 4600rpm. Both
the diesel and petrol motors have a manual 6-speed transmission while the
petrol version also gets a CVT automatic version. The vehicle has reasonably
long legs on highways and the option of 6 gears with short throws gives one
their fair share of fun. My personal favorite was the CVT which comes with
paddle shifts. The power delivery is progressive and if you throw the lever
into sports mode (S) the 1.5L petrol motor comes to life with all the flair it
can muster. The paddle shifts make it easier to shift gears instantly and the
racer inside you begins to emerge. But when you do have a lot of fun at this
point, don’t complain of the fuel average.
The suspension on the BR-V is facilitated by a McPherson Strut with
coil spring in the front and a Torsion Beam with coil spring in the rear. The
suspension has been tuned to be stiffer than what we see on traditional Honda
vehicles. The fuel efficiency mark on the diesel stands at 21.9kmpl while the
petrol manual version delivers 15.4kmpl and the CVT automatic returns 16kms to
The BR-V is a 7 seater. It has been based on the Brio platform and
has a lot of characteristics of the Mobilio. The cabin is quite large and roomy
and 7 people can actually fit in with ease. The rear has a trunk volume of 223
litres with a 50:50 split for the 3rd row and a 60:40 split for the 2nd row.
The 2nd row also comes with a sliding and folding option making the BR-V one of
the most practical and well thought out compact SUVs. The BR-V features
interiors which are quite contemporary and resemble the Honda Jazz. The BR-V
features an infotainment system which is USB, Bluetooth and AUX enabled with
steering mounted controls, push button start/ stop, keyless entry, automatic
air-conditioning, power adjustable and foldable ORVMs. The BR-V has a multi-info display to show
average and instant fuel economy, trip meter, ambient temperature, time, fuel
level, etc. The BR-V also comes with safety features such as ABS and dual front
1498cc iDTEC Diesel /1497cc i-VTEC Petrol
6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Manual or CVT
Front: McPherson Strut Coil Spring
Rear: Torsion Beam Coil Spring
Fuel Tank Capacity
223 Litres (Expandable-691L-3rd row folded)
21.9kmpl/ 15.4kmpl(MT)/ 16kmpl(CVT)
Rs. 8.75 lakh (ex showroom
Delhi) for petrol
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