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