Honda BRV

Garwin Beukes - Literally my first impression, “Dammit look at this seven-seater!”.

Honda has upped the game and set a bar which will be pretty hard to beat. Its 1.5-litre produces 88kW/145Nm, carries the Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV) along pretty well and for such a bulky ride its quite easy to drive.

The specs are endless and quite impressive compared to it’s price. Here’s a short list from the Elegance model:

  • 1.5 i-VTEC
  • 6-Speed Manual Transmission & CVT
  • Smart Entry Engine Start/Stop button
  • Leather interior
  • Power folding exterior mirrors
  • Intergraded indicators on exterior mirrors
  • Steering mounted audio controls
  • Chrome door handles
  • Chrome side door protectors
  • LED position lights
  • Front fog lights
  • 2 Tweeters & 4 Speakers
  • Front & rear bumper garnish

So what does Honda say about its driving? The BR-V uses a McPherson strut, anti-roll bar for its front suspension, while the rear is setup with a torsion beam axle. This results in super soft ride. The wheel size is a 16" with 195 / 60R16 tyre size (front and rear). A full-size spare wheel is hidden in the boot. For a family car it certainly offers a comfortable ride and the suspension does a good job of soaking-up irregular road surfaces.

Still, what I loved about this MPV is how they gave the car's external features a more aggressive look, as supposed to the family vans back from the olden days.

Having sat in all three rows adjusting it to my comfort (taking into consideration my long legs), I’d say it’s really purpose built. Eight people inclusive of the driver will fit in comfortably.