Teacher’s pet from Honda

BR-V is per­fect to ferry pupils around

The Witness - Wheels - - TRANSPORT -

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.

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The new BR-V seven-seater prom­ises to be as eco­nom­i­cal a trans­porter as its Mo­bilio pre­de­ces­sor.

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Ac­cess to the BR-V’s sixth and sev­enth seats is through a wide door.

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