Honda BR-V facelift review

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Honda has afforded its 7-seater BR-V compact SUV with mild updates for the year 2020. We get to spend some time with the BR-V, with a sole aim of confirming how it fairs against potential rivals within its fast growing and unforgiving segment.

The Honda BR-V has always faired quite well on the looks department when compared to its rivals, with the addition of minor exterior improvements upping the ante for 2020. These include LED daytime running lights that have been added to the already appealing look. Our test unit came in the COMFORT spec, which benefits from stylish 16inch alloy wheels and much needed rear parking sensors. Although it is definitely no head turner but the spec definitely allows for a decent appeal.

The minimalistic interior design comes in black cloth seats with enough room for 7-occupants seated. We were partially impressed with the last row seats as they hinder a fully grown individual from accessing them. Nonetheless, the BR-V managed to cover the basics in terms of standard comfort and convenience features that include Bluetooth radio, central locking, air-conditioning with roof-mounted vents between the front and centre rows.

Underneath the bonnet sits a rev-happy 88kW/145Nm I-VTEC 1.5litre 4-cylinder engine that drives the front wheels via a standard 6-speed manual transmission with nice and short gear shift ratios.

Driving comfort has been confirmed to be significantly improved through the addition of extra soundproofing insulation material. This was however not the case with our test unit as we witnessed excessive wind noise through the front driver and passenger windows. Comfort and ride quality are exceptional with the punchy engine providing sufficient power through all six gears. We also managed to achieve at least 12.9l/100km throughout the test period, which is more or less on par with segment rivals such as the Toyota Rush, Suzuki Vitara and the Hyundai Kona.





BR-V 1.5 Trend Manual R258 800
BR-V 1.5 Comfort Manual R291 500
BR-V 1.5 Comfort CVT R310 300
BR-V 1.5 Elegance Manual R314 400
BR-V 1.5 Elegance CVT R333 000

All models come standard with a five-year/200 000 km warranty, and three-year AA Roadside Assist. A new four-year/60 000 km extended service plan is included on the Honda BR-V Comfort and Elegance models, and is available as an option on the Trend. Service intervals are every 15 000 km.