January 31, 2019

Honda BR-V Review & Transmission

Honda BR-V Overview

The Honda BR-V is an urban crossover/SUV meant to ferry rather large families. While the exterior looks alluring, the interior is a let down and the build quality is not what one would expect in such a segment. That said, the BR-V has a decent interior and a fairly large and comfortable cabin that can seat up to five adults save the third row restricted to children.Overall, the Honda BR-V can be best termed as a grown up Mobilio and competes with the likes of Renault Duster, Mahindra Scorpio, Tata Safari/Storme, Hyundai Creta and Nissan Terrano. And the SUV has the advantage of being a spacious 7-seater vehicle with efficient and reliable engines. Honda BR-V price range in India is between 9,11,068/- to 13,28,293/- check for detail pricing of Honda BR-V in Carzprice

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Honda BR-V Design

The Honda BR-V looks good, but there are too many things that make it look too similar to the Mobilio MUV. This is not the case with any of the other cars based on the Brio platform – the Amaze and the Mobilio have their own identities. The BR-V on the other hand, at first glance at least, looks like a Mobilio which has been given a facelift and given some new accessories. That said, the BR-V has a handsome face with the sleek headlamps, a re-imagined Honda signature wing-like chrome grille, aggressive front bumper with a silver faux skid-plate and clam-shell bonnet.

The side profile with the black lower-cladding, large 16-inch aggressive looking 5-spoke alloy wheels, large doors, stretched windows with a generously large rear quarter-glass, and the roof-rails is well proportioned. The chrome handles and the chrome strips at the bottom of the doors look quite nice for a change. Many other companies can learn a thing or two from the BR-V in this matter. Move to the rear and you get to see the other important sector where designers from the company spent a lot of time. The new tail-lamps which stretch from side-to-side (the centre part consists of reflectors only, though) makes the BR-V look wider.

However, the BR-V is not an SUV, and is at best a crossover. It does sit higher than the Mobilio though, with a ground clearance of more than 210mm the BR-V is at par with the Renault Duster AWD.

BR-V Interiors Cabin

On the inside, the BR-V shares most of its bits with the previous generation Honda City as it gets a single DIN audio system with a simple white on black LED display. The BR-V’s all black theme does look premium, but put in comparison with the other cars in the segment the BR-V does look a bit dated. On the upside, the Honda City derived steering feels nice in the hand and is quite precise considering the BR-Vs dimensions, and the paddle shifters make coping with the CVT automatic a little easier.

The HFT which is what the BR-Vs infotainment is called pairs quite easily with my phone and that’s something that doesn’t feel like a lot but it does make a huge difference in everyday use. In terms of space, the BR-V has that in oodles and even the third row of seats can fit my 6-foot frame which is really great considering no other car in its class really have this seating capacity. The third-row, however, isn’t comfortable for long durations and is best suited for short runs. What’s even better is that even with the third row of seats filled, the BR-V still has a place for a few suitcases and bags in the boot. Check for Honda BR-V in trauma2011.in

Honda BR-V Performance

Honda BR-V specifications feature a petrol 1497 cc i-VTEC engine delivering the power of 119 PS at 6600 rpm and torque of 145 Nm at 4600 rpm. The diesel engine version features a 1498 cc i-DTEC engine delivering the power of 100 PS at 3600 rpm and torque of 200 Nm at 1750 rpm.The 6-speed manual transmission is used in both petrol and diesel versions, and the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) is available only in the petrol variant.

The Honda BR-V is offered with two engine options, both familiar motors – the 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol motor and the 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel motor – both of which are mated to six-speed manual transmissions. The petrol motor is also offered with a CVT and with paddle-shifters behind the steering wheel. For the geeks, the rated performance figures for the petrol motor are 117PS @ 6600rpm and 145Nm @ 4600rpm, while the diesel unit pumps out 99PS @ 3600rpm and 200Nm @ 1750rpm.

While the diesel motor here may seem like it has oodles of torque available, the reality is that it is not that fun to drive. Below 2000rpm, the engine speed rises slowly – the added weight of the diesel engine does not help acceleration – the turbo spools up as the revs climb just above 1700rpm and by 2000rpm you get this shove which restores your faith a bit. Now, from an enthusiast’s point of view – this motor is a no-no, but so is the case with a buyer who is going to use the BR-V in the city. The turbo-lag and the general lethargic nature of the engine at lower engine speeds mean that driving it in bumper to bumper traffic is going to give your left hand and foot a thorough workout. Where this engine shines is at higher speeds on the highways, where you can slot the gear in the sixth cog and enjoy the benefits of an engine that stays closer to idle – this is a motor tuned to deliver fuel-efficiency over anything else. The diesel motor has an ARAI-certified mileage of 21.9kmpl.

Honda BR-V Rideing

The drive quality of Honda BR-V is enhanced with electric power steering, and easy accessibility to control lever of acceleration, clutch and brake, assuring stress-free long drives. The strong build quality, tough suspension and the superior quality of interiors offer great comfort to the occupants.Now drive and dynamics is another place the BR-V really scores big. Because everything from the magically large insides from a fair outer shell, and the really low seating with the suspension mounted high, allows for good ground clearance without adding in the body roll that you would expect in a three-row seven-seater. It stays planted at high speeds, and it changes direction and goes around corners with quite some ease if you consider it’s size and length. And despite this, it has a considerable amount of ground clearance and does go off-road considerably well.

Honda BR-V Safety

The braking system of Honda BR-V features disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. The ABS with EBD is used as a standard in all variants except the petrol E variant.The body shell is made strong with ACE body structure and front dual airbags are introduced in all variants for complete safety of the occupants.The Honda BR-V is a great handler. Especially the petrol engine. Ride is not too supple and not too stiff and the steering offers right amount of feedback. Throw the BR-V petrol into a corner and you would come out at the other end gracefully. However, this car is in no way meant to do lap times. On the safety front, the BR-V gets ABS and dual front airbags as standard across all variants. This is a good move considering the car priced slightly higher. View offers on Honda Cars from Honda dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Honda BR-V Price

Honda Brv Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 9,11,068/- (BRV E Petrol) to 13,28,293/- (BRV VX Diesel). Get best offers for Honda Brv from Honda Dealers in India

Honda BR-V Verdict

Honda BR-V is a compact SUV from the brand Honda making a grand entry into the premium compact SUV segment. The Honda BR-V price ranging from Rs. 7.9 to 12.9 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) encourages the customers in choosing from a wide range of options.After using it for three months, using it on my daily commute through rush hour. Here’s what I think of the BR-V, it’s a comfortable convenient to use 7-seater that is pretty decent to drive. It makes sense if you’re looking for a practical, refined seven seater for family/friends and road trips, and because it’s a Honda you know that it will get a really reliable engine. Although, we would definitely advise the manual for those who want a slightly more spirited drive. And the shortcomings I pointed out in the BR-V in this long-term review, I’m sad to see it go.

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