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Honda BRV Review - Sporty Crossover, Family Friendly ( 2017-10-15 )

As you may have previously saw Honda BRV was introduced in the video of Top 5 Most Anticipated Cars of 2016, we finally have Honda BRV debut in Malaysia. Being branded as Versatile For All in Malaysia, Honda BRV is an intuitive seven seater SUV which is designed to fit the need of ASEAN market. The car was first shown in Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show 2015 (GIIAS 2015), and instantly received positive feedback from the netizen. The car shares the same platform with Mobilio MPV, both cars serve the purpose for being affordable runabout vehicle.

Exterior

In terms of design, BRV front grille looks like a facelift version of HRV, with the signature eagle eye design headlamp. In the centre, we can spot Honda signature remark, a lifted and bigger size front chrome grille. The ventilation grille is separated from the upper grille by a huge bumper surface, which brings sturdy and hefty look to the BRV. We can all agree that the front design is well done for its sporty style. Looking at the rear design, both rear lamps are combi designed likewise what we have seen on the Honda Civic. Both rear lamps are seen as if connected. However the red plastic in the center is non illuminable. Both variants come with LED daytime running light, side mirrors with turning lights and roof rails. BRV V gets additional equipment like front fog lamps, chrome door handles, chrome side protector and lower bumper anti - scratch garnish.  It comes with 5 body colors which are Taffeta White, Golden Brown Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic and Dark Ruby Red Pearl.

Interior

Looking inside the BRV, the interior design gives a breath of fresh air, however due to the price affordability, the front panel is mostly made up of plastic. E variant comes with shiny dark metallic instrument panel, manual air conditioning, fabric seat, urethane steering wheel and gear knob as well as air conditioning vent on the second row seat. E variant also comes with 12V power outlet and a standard audio system and four speakers. In term of space practicality, BRV cargo space is up to 223 litres capacity. It is expandable to 539 litres with the third row seats folded down with 50:50 split. The second row seats is flexible, it is movable forward and backward and folded to 60: 40 split. The second row seat is simply easy to be folded with one touch tumble. Not to forget, the whole car comes with 11 cup holders to put in all the coffee cups and tupperwares. V variant gets an upgrade of water print matte finish instrument panel, leather seat, leather steering, gear knob and leather door holder garnish. Apart from that, V variant also comes with automatic air-conditioning system, 6.1 inch touch screen infotainment audio system with HDMI input and reverse camera display.

Driving

Driving the BR-V feels a lot like driving a sedan car rather than a SUV. Despite its sporty look, the BR-V is likely to fit the urban landscape. With that being said, the cabin is quiet and well-built. Many will ask is the BR-V underpowered? The answer is yes and no, consider taking the BR-V on a leisure drive in the city, the BR-V offers top class comfort and performance, but it struggle slightly going up on the hill just like any other vehicle at this category will do. Stomping on the throttle might not be a good idea, the BR-V will release low howl as the CVT is struggling to work with the instant change of speed in order to accelerate reactively. Nonetheless, the BR-V is responsive with nimble handling, high speed driving is great with minimal wind noise. At the end of the day, the BR-V is well composed as what expected from a Honda.

Performance

Honda BRV is available in two variants, E and V. Both variant are powered by 1.5 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine and able to produce 120PS at 6600 rpm and maximum torque of 145Nm at 4600 rpm. BRV comes with MacPherson Strut suspension system and front ventilated disc brake. Both models come with 16 inch alloy wheel with tyre size 195/60R16. They look exactly the same on the outside measured 4,453mm long, 1,735mm wide and 1,666mm tall with a 2,662 mm long wheelbase.  However, BRV V variant is measured at 3mm longer than E variant. With 201mm ground clearance, BRV is able to provide better viewing angle on the road.

Safety

BRV comes with only dual front airbags, 3 point seatbelts for second and third row, ISOFIX for second row seat. To compensate the lack of airbags, BRV comes with VSA, ABS, EBD, HSA and reverse sensors. With that, BRV is being rated 5 star in ASEAN NCAP with its safety standard. BRV is robust and spacious, we think it is value for money. To enjoy better discount, keep your head up to MyCarsearch latest promotion and feel free to send in your request.

Value

To sum up all the hype for Honda BRV, MyCarsearch will give 4 out of 5 star for this 7 seater crossover. Where is the missing 1 star you might ask, it is for you to decide whether it is suitable for your need. Even with the lack of 4WD option, BRV is still adequate for your day to day ride. Honda BRV stands head to head with Toyota Sienta and Proton Ertiga. With its sophisticated design, functional seating arrangement and huge cargo space, BRV is definitely a great choice for young families and young executives to go out for weekend getaway or a stroll into the wilderness for sports activities. Check out the latest deal for Honda BR-V V

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