BR-V. The latest contender from Honda in the compact SUV space. Not only does it bring a seven-seater option in the pool of five-seater off-roaders, the BRV made Honda debut at one of the fastest-growing auto segments in India. So, how has Honda equipped the BR-V to take on the Creta, largest-selling SUV of India? Let’s find out. Exteriors
The Honda BRV looks like it has been forced to look like an SUV. The front, courtesy the bold chrome slat and the muscular bumper with two-part air-dam, looks like an SUV. But moving to the side, one cannot deny the resemblance to the Mobilio, though things like the new sixteen-inch alloy wheels under the sturdy wheel arches and the cladding all around the car do give it an SUV-ish look.
The rear spoiler adds to the sportiness of the car whereas the chrome door handles add a bit of class to the overall profile. The rear, in all fairness, looks like an MPV with the wide windscreen and the connected tail lamps. The skid plate and the bold chrome bar over the number plate do try and make it look bold. Interiors
It is a fact that the BR-V is not as well equipped as its counterparts. It misses out on a touchscreen media system, navigation, and even a colour display. Also, the BR-V doesn't even have a rear proximity sensor in an age in which rear cameras have become common.
But what you do get inside the BR-V is a lot of space. The dash is reminiscent of the Jazz and looks good. The music system features USB, aux and Bluetooth connectivity, and can be paired to a phone. The steering wheel is nice and small and fits right into one’s hands. It comes with mounted audio controls for driver’s assistance and can be adjusted for tilt but not for reach. The driver’s-side door panel holds the standard controls for the power windows, door lock, window locks and ORVM adjustment.
Turn 180 degrees and you spot two more rows of seating. The second row gets overhead AC vents and a 60:40 split. It also gets a centre armrest which does not feature cup holders. The third row has ample space for children and average-sized teenagers. The split is 50:50 to make more space in the boot, not that you will need it in short journeys, since the boot is ample. The second-row seat folds in a one-touch collapse system, which makes it really easy for the third-row passengers to get in.
We do like the BR-V for the fact that bigger families now have an option in the compact SUV space. Honda has come late to this party but has come with plenty. We do feel that the BR-V should have had a better feature list and the carmaker should have made a better effort to make it look different from the Mobilio but, other than that, it is a good product. Watch the Honda BR-V first-drive review to know all about the car.
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Source : CarDekho