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South Africans look­ing to buy a light cross­over/ SUV are spoilt for choice … and Honda SA has just made that de­ci­sion-mak­ing process even more dif­fi­cult. The Mo­bilio-based BR-V is the third SUV on of­fer from the Ja­panese maker and it shares the de­sign cues seen on sib­lings CR-V and HR-V.

All BR-V mod­els are pow­ered by Honda’s fa­mil­iar 1,5-litre petrol en­gine. The four-cylin­der unit pro­duces 88 kw, with a torque peak of 145 N.m at 4 600 r/min. BR-V buy­ers can choose be­tween a six-speed man­ual gear­box and a CVT.

The new­comer has a wheel­base that is longer than that of the CR-V, which al­lows for the fit­ment of a third row of seats, pro­vid­ing oc­cu­pancy for seven. The mid­dle and rear rows can be stowed for added ver­sa­til­ity.

BR-V mod­els are well specced, with the en­trylevel Trend of­fer­ing air-con­di­tion­ing, elec­tric win­dows, re­mote key­less en­try, power-as­sisted steer­ing and a four-speaker au­dio sys­tem with ipod/usb/blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity. The more up­mar­ket Com­fort and El­e­gance mod­els add even more lux­ury and con­ve­nience fea­tures.

Ac­tive and pas­sive safety con­cerns are ad­dressed with ABS, dual front airbags, in­er­tia­reel seat belts for all but the sec­ond-row cen­tre seat­ing po­si­tion, which has a lap belt, and head re­straints for all oc­cu­pants.

All BR-V mod­els come with a five-year/ 200 000 km war­ranty and a two-year/30 000 km ser­vice plan.

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