Tuesday, 22 November 2016


Honda BRV : The One Of Its Kind 7-Seater

The Honda BRV is the latest SUV introduced from the Japanese automobile major. However, they have it now. After years of contemplating with prospective products, the company has finally come up with the Honda BRV, and it’s a brand new car.

For those of you who want to know more about the new small SUV from Honda, here’s our in-depth review of the car.

Honda BRV Overview

The demand for SUVs in the market has been growing steadily for the past few years, courtesy the introduction of small and compact SUVs. In fact, there’s almost an infinite demand for economically priced crossovers. The Honda BRV was almost ready to be released to rival some of its more established peers. The car was slated to be unveiled in the second quarter of 2016.

With a 4,456m length, the Honda BRV is easily the longest car among small SUVs. It isn’t immediately identifiable as a Brio, Mobilio and Amaze platform mate if viewed from the front. That’s surely good. The BRV’s angular headlamps, square-out bonnet, and the two-part chrome-rich grille give the car a bespoke face. It looks better with all of them. But when seen in profile, the car looks deceptively similar to the Mobilio. The distinctive kinked window and shoulder lines are common with the Mobilio.

The BRV doesn’t have the typical stance of a SUV. Its roof is of average height and the body looks narrow compared to its length. It looks more of a MPV than SUV, courtesy the long overhang at the back. The cabin area is well past the rear wheels to accommodate a third row of seats, which makes the Honda BRV the only 7-seater car in its segment.

There are the usual roof rails, scuff plates on bumpers, and cladding on doors and wheel arches. The 16-inch wheels stand out, largely because of their attractive design, as well as how they look small on the BRV’s large body.

The styling of the tail is attractive with a touch of flamboyance. The number plate mount is solid chrome and a reflector runs the whole width of the tail, linking the smart tail lamps. The tail, in fact, is more on the practical side than for aesthetics. The oversized back windscreen gives good visibility. The Honda BRV’s tailgate extends far down, making loading and unloading luggage easy. Even with all the seven seats occupied, there’s enough room for luggage. The last row of seats can be flipped to free 691 litres boot space, which is among the major Honda BRV specs.

Honda BRV Specifications

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The Honda BRV specs are as follows:

Engine                              Transmission                             Power                                    Torque

1.5-litre petrol                   6-speed MT                             118bhp                                   145Nm

0-100 kmph                       Top Speed                             Body Style                               Mileage

NA                                      190kmph                                  MPV                                  
Ingress and egress to the Honda BRV is a breeze. There’s a feeling of familiarity inside. The BRV has the same dashboard like the updated Amaze, which in turn, is derived from the Jazz. The BRV cabin looks small and the full black theme enhances the impression. The quality of plastics is impressive.

The infotainment system in the Honda BRV interior has Bluetooth for audio streaming and telephony. The steering mounted audio controls, automatic climate control, electrically foldable ORVMs are part of the high-end versions.

The feel of sitting behind the smartly finished steering is awesome. It offers good visibility of the road ahead. The front seats are comfortable and nicely cushioned. The middle row has adjustable backrests and is equally nice. The legroom is spacious and the seats can move backwards to extract more space if required. That’s a plus point of the Honda BRV interior. There’s plenty of headroom as well. The last row comes in handy if you want to take your full family out for a weekend trip. There’s decent accessibility to the back, and again, space here is adequate. The large windows make this part of the BRV’s cabin reasonably airy.

The Honda BRV is fitted with some basic equipment that includes keyless engine start and stop, three rows of seats, digital AC control and second row AC vents, ABS with EBD, and automatic climate control. The other common features across variants include projector headlamps, dual airbags, rear chrome garnish, and the chrome front grille. The body coloured door mirror ups the style quotient of the car. Besides, there are adjustable headrests, and the tilt steering. The second and third row of seats can be split with a 60:40 and 50:50 recline respectively.

Honda BRV Safety Features

Anti-lock brakes are standard in the diesel version of the BRV. In the petrol version, they’ll be available only in the higher and middle versions. The car is equipped with front disc and rear drum brakes that are sharp and bite well.

While Honda is yet to clarify the exact specifications of each variant, it has confirmed that dual airbags will be a standard safety feature across all models.

Honda BRV Competitors

The Honda BRV will have to match up against rivals like the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, and the Mahindra Scorpio. The last named is of course a popular favourite with the Creta and Duster matching up well. The Maruti Vitara Brezza too has recently entered the segment.

Honda BRV Verdict

The Honda BRV is the only car in the class that has seven seats. Buyers, particularly with large families, will enjoy this and are expected to be attracted towards the vehicle. The seat is more than comfortable in the third row which is usually cramped in most other cars. The space inside the cabin has been really well utilized. Besides the seating flexibility, the car offers a stable driving experience, and pleasant manoeuvrability. The Honda BRV specs make the car a clear winner. The petrol option of the BRV would appeal to customers for the exhaustive range of abilities, while the diesel variant will cater to those hunting for the best in-class fuel efficiency.