The moment the BR-V stepped onto the country’s shore in 2016, it instantly stirred up the crossover segment in Philippine market – it’s a “game changer” from what they say it. Well, why it would not be? It’s a seven-seater; making it a Filipino family’s favorite, plus it looks way better than MPVs.
Just recently, the newly-formed BR-V Philippines Owners Club (BOPC) had a blast at its first Grand Eyeball at the Honda Kalookan dealership, where they gathered to meet, bond, and share common interests with their fellow BR-V owners. During the event, we had the chance to ask the founder of the club, Jonathan Luteria, to share what’s there to like about the Honda BR-V.
Styled to move
Above anything else, the design of the car is the first thing that will catch your attention because of its tough appearance. No doubt, it’s the more muscular version of its sibling, Mobilio. This compact crossover is great on the go, thanks to its 16-inch alloy wheels and 201mm ground clearance.
Packed with features
The BR-V’s interior doesn’t scream that much; it’s rather simple yet loaded with the things you really need. There’s a seven-inch touchscreen head unit with four speakers that can put you in a good mood whenever you’re stuck in heavy traffic - and you can find your way with its Navi if you opt for the top-of-the-line variant. If your gadget ran out of battery, a 12V outlet and a USB port are there to back you up.
Aside from that, the BR-V is also generous with safety features to ensure the safety of both drivers and its occupants. It’s integrated with dual front airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Assist, (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), and of course, an ideal family car should have an ISOFIX child seat anchors.
Comfortable ride and spacious cabin
With a seven-seater vehicle like this, it always calls for family getaways, right? To keep its occupant at ease all throughout the ride, the BR-V comes with manual or automatic air conditioning (depends on the variant), as well as rear air conditioning system coupled with independent controls.
Space? It’s one less thing you need to worry about. Proven by BR-V owners themselves, this compact SUV offers spacious legroom, ample headroom, and maximum cargo of 521mm, which they consider as one of the strengths of the BR-V. Ingress and egress would also be easy thanks to the 60:40 sliding and reclining function in the second row as well as the 50:50 reclining seats in the last row.
Reliable and efficient
As the Luteria puts it, this compact SUV is fuel efficient yet comes with power. Under its hood, it’s fitted with a 1.5L gasoline engine, partnered with a Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT). Its powertrain can deliver up to 120 hp and 145 Nm of torque.
“I’ve been using BR-V for more than a year now and so far the journey has been excellent. With the BR-V’s performance and variety of features it offer, I can say that I am highly satisfied. When it comes to maintenance, here in Honda Kalookan, they give 15% discount for unit owners that have stickers, so maintenance cost is not that costly. If you’re eyeing for a brand new car, I highly recommend BR-V, especially for those who have family because it’s spacious, tag price is reasonable, and you really get what you pay for.”
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