Honda entered into the compact SUV segment, a highly lucrative segment by launching its latest offering BRV with a price tag of INR 8.75 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Honda Car India is highly banking on its compact SUV for accomplishing double digit growth figures for the FY17. The company also seems to be very optimistic with the BRV, as it has already cross over 4000 booking mark since its launch earlier this month.
Honda BRV compact SUV shares resemblance with its sibling, Mobilio MPV and seems to have borrowed designs from City and Amaze sedans. BRV looks more like a heavier version of Mobilio MPV but is larger in terms of every dimension. Talking about the front end, it is comes with squarish front facia augmented with chrome laden grille as well as all-new headlights with projector beams accentuated by chrome accents. Moreover, the extensive look of the profile is further enhanced by all-new front bumper, dual chrome-ringed fog lamps and broader air-dam. Coming to the sides, it comes with black plastic cladding that offers a rugged look to the profile along with roof rails and character lines adds up the sporty character. The wheel arches comes fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels but only for top end variants. The rear end gets an appealing look with the addition of merged tail lamps that runs across the tailgate. In terms of dimensions, Honda BR-V rides on 2660mm wheelbase and gets a length of 4455mm, width of 1735mm and height of 1650mm. The 200mm of ground clearance is sufficient enough to tackle typical Indian terrains. Honda BR-V is offered in six colour tones - Lunar Silver Metallic, Passion Red Pearl, Misty Green Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic and Taffeta White.
On the inside, Honda BR-V is the first SUV in the segment that offers 7-seat configuration in its league. This exacting aspect is definitely a main advantage over its rivals which comes with 5-seating option. Honda BR-V is designed to proffer spacious cabin for ample amount of headroom and legroom in the all the rows as it is based on "Man Maximum Machine Minimum" philosophy. The cabin seems to be inspired from City sedan and Jazz premium hatch. Feature wise, it gets automatic climate control, multi-functional 3-spoke steering wheel with audio and telephony control functions, keyless entry, Digital AC controls, front and rear power windows, Front power window Auto down (driver only), dual airbags, ABS with EBD, VSA and HSA. Moreover, it also offers 223-litre of luggage space of 223-litres that can be increased further to 691-litres.
Talking about the powerhouses, the Honda BR-V comes is offered in both petrol and diesel options - 1.5 litre I-VTEC and 1.5 litre i-DTEC engines. The petrol variant is equipped with a 1.5 litre i-VTEC engine that can develops 117bhp of power output @ 6600rpm along with peak torque of 145Nm @ 4600 rpm where as the diesel variant comes equipped with a 1.5-litre i-DTEC motor that develops maximum power of 99bhp @ 3600rpm and peak torque of 200Nm @ 1750rpm. Both petrol and diesel engines comes mated to 6-speed manual gearbox as standard but the petrol engine also comes with a 6-speed CVT automatic. The petrol manual variant returns mileage of 15.4kmpl whereas the CVT automatic variant offers 16kmpl. The diesel version is the most economical of the lot which delivers mileage of 21.9kmpl.
Price & Competition
As far as the price point is concerned, Honda BRV gets an introductory price of INR 8.75 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) which goes up to 12.90 (ex-showroom Delhi) as per the variant. The Honda BR-V heats up the segment by competing against competitors such as Hyundai Creta, Nissan Terrano, Renault Duste and Maruti S-Cross.