Honda BR-V : A Knockout Punch For Honda's Rivals?

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Honda unveiled its first ever sub 4-metre called the BR-V at the 2016 Auto Expo.

The BR-V is based on the same platform as the Amaze sedan and the Mobilio MPV and is Honda's answer to the explosion of the compact SUV segment which is currently dominated by the Hyundai Creta and the Ford Ecosport.

So let's take a look at the newly unveiled BR-V and find out if it has got what it takes to make the compact SUV segment its own.

Honda BR-V Exterior And Interior Design

The Honda BR-V looks like a shrunken down version of Honda's premium suv the CR-V. The front features a a large chrome strip connecting the angular headlamps with the Honda badge front and centre.

The rear of the car is quite flat and fratures some rather sharp looking taillamps which are connected together. They also provide an element of contrast compared to the rest of the back of the BR-V.

To give the BR-V a more rugged look Honda has fitted the SUV with skid plates on both ends and some plastic cladding on the sides. Also included are roof rails.

The interiors of the car feature a lot of elements borrowed from other Honda models. The instrument binnacle as well as the centre console and the HVAC controls have been borrowed from the Honda City sedan.

The steering wheels with the mounted controls is the same one found in the Mobilio MPV and the Amaze. Also featured on the new SUV are 7 seats.

Performance & Mileage of The Honda BR-V

Honda looks set to use the 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines from the Mobilio in the BR-V.

The petrol 1.5-litre powerplant produces 117bhp@6,600 rpm while peak torque of 145Nm comes in at 3,600 prm. The engine loves to go hunting for higher revvs and can be a lot of fun for tose looking to have a bit of fun.

The diesel engine on the other hand produces 98bhp@ 3600 rpm and  200 Nm of peak torque at just 1750 rpm and can be quite a joy to use in bumper to bumper traffic.

Honda will be slotting both the manual and automatic transmissions into their new SUV and while the manual may attract the purist, the automatic gearbox is the transmission we feel that most customers will go for.


The compact SUV segment sure is heating up and Honda do seem to have found the best formula to compete with the rest of the crowd in this segment.

However, Honda will have to be aggressive with their pricing if they do want to win over the compact SUV buyer. If they do get their pricing right ie; somewhere close to the 8 lakh barrier, then we feel that Honda has the package to knock out the competion.  

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Story first published: Monday, February 8, 2016, 13:57 [IST]
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