Best in class cabin space 7 seater sub-compact SUV with superb comfort and connectivity
The Western Cape has immense potential for adventure, with the opportunity to explore the region’s hidden treasures and take on the long road with the family. The ideal companion for a trip of this nature would need to be attractive, reliable and most importantly, spacious. Sometimes the mere thought of a crowded car and having to decide between taking the portable TV or the hair dryer is enough to discourage a trip altogether. With enough space on your side however, planning and executing that perfect family break is a treat. The Honda BR-V might just be that ideal companion for the long road.
The Honda BR-V first emerged as something of an upgrade to the 7-seater Honda Mobilio. Honda has made concerted efforts to ensure the BR-V has its own identity with notable differences besides the otherwise uncanny resemblance. Honda has ensured the BR-V is true in its classification as a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV).
Aesthetics are a big deal in the motor industry and the BR-V does not disappoint. It boasts a bold and sturdy exterior, with a noteworthy high ground clearance. There are three variants in the range, the Trend, Comfort and Elegance. The BR-V is offered in four colour options, the White Orchid, Urban Titanium, Alabaster Silver and Carnelian Red It displays a sport-like allure as a result of its LED taillights and pronounced body lines. The 16-inch alloy wheels contribute further to its beefed up look.
In terms of dimensions, measures at around 4,453 mm in length and 166 mm in height. In fact, the BR-V is one of the longer subcompact SUV’s in its class.
The interior shows off leather upholstery for a premium feel. The 7-seater cabin is accompanied by impressive amounts of leg and head room for two out of the three rows of seating. Though the last row might be a bit of a squeeze for adults, it works well to round up the kids. Adjustments can be made according to seating and luggage requirements as the already roomy boot can be extended thanks to the split seat option in the BR-V. The third row of seats can be tumbled forward or back to provide extra space of around 460l.
It is also worth mentioning that the BR-V hosts several connectivity functions which vary by range. These include its multi-information display unit, Bluetooth connection, automatic climate control as well as push-button start. Safety is also paramount with the anti-lock braking system, electronic brake distribution, dual airbags in the front as well a hill-start assist.
All variations of the BR-V come standard with a 1.5l four-cylinder engine, allowing for a reasonable output of 88kW/145Nm. Honda has increased its gear ratio range whilst reducing frame weight and friction in order to achieve great fuel efficiency.
The Honda BR-V has proved to be excellent value for money and a great option for those seeking comfort, reliability and functionality without breaking the bank.