BR-V: Can Honda’s new SUV make it big?

Call it compact SUV, call it crossover or call it utility, the BR-V, at first instance, comes across as a practical vehicle which can be used either as a five-seater or seven

By: | Updated: April 30, 2016 9:52 AM
Call it compact SUV, call it crossover or call it utility, the BR-V, at first instance, comes across as a practical vehicle which can be used either as a five-seater or seven Call it compact SUV, call it crossover or call it utility, the BR-V, at first instance, comes across as a practical vehicle which can be used either as a five-seater or seven

On May 5, Honda will launch its compact SUV, the BR-V, in India. It will compete with Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, Renault Duster and Hyundai Creta, among others. The BR-V shares its platform with the Brio, the Amaze and the Mobilio MPV. However, that’s where the similarity ends. While from a distance it looks more or less identical to the Mobilio MPV, get closer and you realise it’s unlike most cars you’ve seen in India.

At over 4.3 metres in length, the BR-V is longer than all compact SUVs currently available in the country. Its wheelbase, at 2,662mm, is also among the longest. Like the Mobilio, the BR-V is a seven-seater vehicle, but with even better space management.

The BR-V is powered by Honda’s trusted 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines (i-VTEC and i-DTEC, respectively). There are two transmission options: a new 6-speed manual and CVT automatic with first-in-segment paddle shifters. The claimed fuel-efficiency of the manual petrol is 15.4kpl, that of CVT petrol is 16kpl and that of the diesel is 21.9kpl. Its fuel tank capacity is 42 litres.

The BR-V measures 4,456mm in length, 1,735mm in width and 1,666mm in height. Its ground clearance is a high 210mm.

Call it compact SUV, call it crossover or call it utility, the BR-V, at first instance, comes across as a very practical vehicle which can be used either as a five-seater or seven.

What makes it different
* High ground clearance
* Prominent roof rails
* Spacious cabin (7-seater)
* Roof-mounted AC vents
* 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol
* Petrol mileage 16kpl
* 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel
* Diesel mileage 21.9kpl
* CVT in petrol variant
* 42-litre fuel tank

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