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The clever balance of performance and fuel efficiency is impressive

The price tag matters a lot in our market and the BR-V tilts a little towards the expensive side with Rs. 13.43 lakhs (ex-showroom) sticker price for the range topping VX diesel variant. However, if you factor in the overall package it offers, you won’t find any other car in that price range. A well spaced out 7-seater having decent amount of equipment list, efficient engine and SUV styling. Don’t forget, you also have the option of an automatic transmission with the petrol engine. Yes, cruise control is missing out and NVH could have been better but if you are looking for a sub Rs. 15 lakh car with 7-seater requirement, the Honda BR-V is the only sensible choice.

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Honda has heard its customers and is now offering stylish alloys

What’s Cool

* A compact SUV with the practicality of an MPV is a rare combination
* Very spacious and airy cabin for seven passengers
* Fuel efficient diesel engine that is responsive too
* The BR-V is a multi-purpose car that you can drive to work daily

What’s Not So Cool

* Cruise control and rear parking sensors are missing
* The diesel engine clatter can be heard inside the cabin

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The styling of the BR-V really grows on you with time

Testers’ Note:

“The Honda BR-V is a practical 7-seater which drives like a car. Every time I went to Delhi, the trusted Honda long-termer was there to explore the capital. With its good ground clearance and high seating position, the BR-V does give a good view of what’s around without you having to worry about taking it over bad roads. The lack of reverse parking camera on our test car did come as a challenge but now Honda has started to offer it which makes the BR-V a compelling people mover.” – Faisal Khan, Editor, MotorBeam.
“The Honda BR-V has grown on me with time, initially I wasn’t expecting much with the car. This 7-seater looks presentable on the road and offers comfortable interiors. Such fuel efficiency figures from a car this size made my pocket happy over the long run. It turned out to be a great workhorse for my highway stints and during the Auto Expo madness carrying equipment and our team without any fuss.” – Aariz Rizvi, Assistant Editor, MotorBeam.
“I drove this BR-V regularly whenever I went to Delhi, which is quite often, and I loved its comfortable seats and the large windows. The engine has good low-end punch and turbo lag isn’t much, which makes the car easy to drive in cities. On the highways too, this car just shines delivering good performance and fuel efficiency. The audio system sounds just about decent though, but what I really missed on our test car was a rear parking camera. ” – Parth Gohil, Senior Road Tester, MotorBeam.
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It is a practical MPV in SUV clothes

Further Reading

Honda BR-V Video Review
Honda BR-V Review
Honda BR-V Travelogue
Honda BR-V Long Term Review – First Report