The current Honda BR-V is reaching its two-year mark, having been launched in South Africa around the end of 2016. The very capable crossover has settled well locally, appealing to a rather niche market of buyers. For those shying away from the sedan but not ready for a full-blown SUV, the Honda BR-V is an excellent option. This reliable vehicle is wholly uncomplicated and delivers as promised. And with a Honda badge on its body, we would expect nothing less. See below for a more detailed breakdown of the vehicle.
The Honda BR-V is available in three different variants. These include the entry-level Trend, the mid-range Comfort, and the class topping Elegance. Specifications and features are dependent on the variant.
How does it look?
Distinctively Mobilio-like, the BR-V has the airs and graces of an SUV albeit a slightly smaller one. The seven-seater vehicle is pleasing to the eye, sporting the typically ‘bulky’ look that SUV-enthusiasts seek. On the inside, the cabin is refreshingly simple and still quite modern. The center control is super easy to use, a feature most cars these days seem to lack. The cabin is spacious, for adults and children alike. The boot is also roomy and can offer up to 690l if the back seats are folded.
How does it drive?
The BR-V offers a rather comfortable drive, particularly when venturing through the city. Take it on the long road though and you will find that its 1.5l petrol engine finds higher speeds challenging. Efficiency is a high point though, with the vehicle faring quite close to the 6.3l/100km claimed by Honda.
What else is on offer?
Across the range, you can expect USB and Aux connectivity, AC, front airbags, electric windows, Bluetooth and ABS. If you happen to opt for the mid-range Comfort (which most people will tend to go for), you will find electric mirrors as well as an automatic function for climate control. The top of the range Elegance trim has leather seats (versus fabric in the lower trims) as well as keyless entry and start function and a sophisticated speaker system.
While it may not be the flashiest crossover around, the Honda BR-V does well at what is required of it. At an affordable price tag, it is easy to see why it has many people overlooking its downsides. It’s practical, reliable and offers a whole of lot of space for the family!