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The Honda BR-V has been my com­pan­ion for city com­mutes and a few long drives for the past few months, with its ef­fi­cient 1.5-litre oil-burner re­turn­ing close to 17 km/litre on av­er­age. It con­tin­ues to be the favourite for our pho­tog­ra­phy team, mak­ing it the ve­hi­cle of choice for al­most all our photo-shoots. The 200 Nm of torque en­ables the car to ne­go­ti­ate road un­du­la­tions and reach some spec­tac­u­lar off-beat lo­ca­tions. If it wasn’t for the gov­ern­ment norms for diesel en­gines, I feel this car would have been more po­tent with a slightly big­ger en­gine.

Cur­rently one of the most fre­quently used cars in our fleet, it has been driven over poor roads reg­u­larly, some­times even ven­tur­ing off road. The ro­bust build of this Honda took it all in its stride bravely and nary a squeak or rat­tle yet.

When it comes to park­ing it in a dimly lit base­ment or a crowded park­ing lot, the nearly 4.5-me­tre-long BR-V is a hand­ful due to its lack of park­ing as­sis­tance. Thank­fully, Honda have equipped its most re­cent it­er­a­tion with a rear-park­ing cam­era and sen­sors along with a seven-inch touch­screen, thus rem­e­dy­ing one of the BR-V’s long-stand­ing flaws.

The rear seats, with ded­i­cated a-c vents and am­ple leg-room, are a nice place t o be in. From drop­ping col­leagues to the air­port to buy­ing a month’s worth of gro­cery sup­plies, this seven-seater does it all with élan.

Honda BR-V Vari­ant: i-DTEC VX Kilo­me­tres driven: 16,249 Like: Cabin re­fine­ment, com­fort­able seats, and space Dis­like: No park­ing as­sis­tance

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