A mini-me Honda CR-V? Well, the Honda BR-V is much more than that. And not without a reason! It might be based on the same platform as the Honda Brio, but it’s got up to seven seats, a choice of powerful and refined engines, and a bit of crossover styling. To top it all, it’s not bad to drive and has a wider appeal than the Mobilio. Which means Honda must have done something right. In terms of sales, it hasn’t set the charts ablaze, which means if you’re looking for, discounts won’t be too far.
It’s essentially a Honda Mobilio but with refreshed styling, both in and out. The front-end design, for instance, is miles ahead of the MPV. The large chrome grille gives it an unmistakable identity, while the headlamps add a bit of premium touch to the look. The chiselled bumper, coupled with plastic cladding for the wheel arches, and skid plates together add some muscle to the aesthetics. The rear isn’t the most inspirational, or even great to look at. But on the bright side, the large tailgate ensures easy access to the loading bay. The design of the alloy wheels is worth a mention. And the roof rails do set the adventure tone right for the BR-V.
The Honda BR-V sits close to the Honda City in terms of pricing, so a low-grade cabin was never going to cut it. And its cabin is far from low-grade. It’s well-made, and decently specced, too. The BR-V can seat seven and comes with the ability to fold and recline all rows of seats. Some notable features include leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto AC with rear vents, push start/stop button, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The latter also gets an onboard storage and the ability to connect HDMI.
The Honda BR-V (or Be-Ready Vehicle, according to the company) is available in two engine options. There’s a 1.5-litre 100 PS diesel, which is more popular because of its frugal nature. The company claims an average of 21.9 km for the same. It comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The petrol engine is the one for Honda lovers and car enthusiasts. It’s essentially the same engine that you’d find in the City. It makes 119 PS and can be mated to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a CVT. The latter is surprisingly more frugal at 16 kmpl claimed (in comparison to the Petrol MT’s 15.4 km) and will be a boon in the city.
The Honda BR-V is available in a couple of trim levels, starting with the base ‘E’ and going all the way up to the top-spec ‘VX’. In the petrol-powered guise, the Honda BR-V costs Rs 9.45 lakh onwards. The top-end variant, called Honda BR-V VX Petrol costs Rs 12.63 lakh. The CVT-equipped version is priced at 12.77 lakh and is available only in the ‘V’ trim.
The Honda BR-V Diesel’s range begins only with the S trim. It’s priced at Rs 11.27 lakh. Like in case of the petrol version, there are quite a few trims and even a special Style Edition. The top-spec Honda BR-V VX Diesel costs Rs 13.74 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi.
In terms of comparison, while there are no seven-seater SUVs in the vicinity other than the Mahindra XUV500. The list of SUV rivals includes the Renault Duster, Renault Captur, and Hyundai Creta. But owing to its design and seating capacity, vehicles like the Maruti Ertiga and Mahindra Marazzo are a few of the alternatives.