Teacher’s pet from Honda
BR-V is perfect to ferry pupils around
It comes with a comprehensive equipment list, with premium materials and finishes that gives it a smart, upmarket ambience.
Active and passive safety features include ABS anti-lock brakes, dual front airbags, and inertia reel seat belts for all seating positions, except the centre seat in the middle row (which gets a two-point lap belt).
Creature comforts include air-conditioning, front and rear electric windows and remote keyless entry.
And most important for the young passengers, a four-speaker audio system, a classy centre stack, with silver accents and piano black surfaces, where a USB slot or easy Bluetooth pairing will allow the teacher to also listen to the latest inspiring songs from the hard-working Kazi star Cassper Nyovest.
The dashboard has a digital multifunction information display that offers information on average fuel consumption, remaining range, current fuel level, odometer, a trip meter and temperature.
At the launch, a short drive around the outskirts of Cape Town suggested the BR-V is one capable vehicle, rugged, lively and at least as economical as Fourie reported.
The cargo area is much reduced with the third row of seats in place; but tumbled forward in 50:50 style reasonable stowage space is possible.
The prices below also include a standard Honda five-year/200 000 km warranty and three-year AA Roadside Assistance. (Comfort and Elegance models include a two-year/30 000 km service plan.) Servicing is required every 15 000 km.
Honda BR-V prices:
1.5l Trend manual R238 900 1.5l Comfort manual R252 900 1.5l Comfort CVT R268 300 1.5l Elegance manual R272 900 1.5l Elegance CVT R288 300.
The new BR-V seven-seater promises to be as economical a transporter as its Mobilio predecessor.
Access to the BR-V’s sixth and seventh seats is through a wide door.