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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

MEGA REVIEW: Honda BR-V Crossover

In this blog entry, I'm reviewing the NEW Honda BR-V Crossover.   I'll kick off with my own words review, Launching Photos, YOUTUBE Playlists and reviews and Brochure scans...

Lastly, I'll finish it off with my MEGA 200+ Photo gallery.

The Honda BR-V was launched back in 5 January 2017, it is priced to sell at RM85,800 for E spec and RM92,800 for V spec.  Price OTR with Insurance and GST.  So far, Honda Malaysia received 40,000+ bookings in 1st month of its launch,


The Honda BR-V is a mini SUV/MPV or a crossover that was introduced by Honda through the development of Honda Research and Development (R and D) Asia Pacific Co. Ltd. (HRAP), Thailand as well as PT. Honda R&D Indonesia. The Honda BR-V stands for Bold Runabout Vehicle. This vehicle is a derivation of the Mobilio MPV which based it's platform from off a Honda Brio hatchback and the Amaze saloon. The BR-V sits between the City and the HR-V range. (source Honda Malaysia Press release).

Colour Choices are as below:

(Below is Sourced from
From Carlist:

Standard features of the BR-V

Type E

1.5-litre i-VTEC naturally aspirated Honda City engine
CVT Gearbox
LED Daytime Running Lights
Projector halogen headlights
Side mirrors with turn signals
Roof rails
Pole type antenna
Shiny dark metallic finished instrument panel
Manual air-conditioning
Fabric upholstery
Urethane steering wheel and gearknob
11 cupholders
Standard audio system with Bluetooth, USB, AUX and Hands-Free connectivity, 4 speaker audio
16-inch alloy wheels
Two airbags
ISOFIX (Second row)
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)
ABS with EBD
Hill-Start Assist (HSA)
Reverse sensors
Security alarm with Immobiliser

Type V

Chrome door handles
Bumper lower garnish and side protector
Electrical tailgate lock
Steering wheel audio control
Water print matt finished instrument panel
Auto air-conditioning
Leather upholstery
Leather steering wheel and gearknob
Leather 'door lining' armrest
6.0 inch display audio
HDMI input port
Reverse camera

End of source.

My (Jefferson Lim) test drive experience.

I only have 5km test drive.  But it's a good mix of routes (Except Uphill).  During the 5km drive, I noticed a commendable NVH and Just right amount of damping.  Soundproofing's MUCH MUCH better than Thai spec (which my relative tested in Hatyai).  

It's Quite nippy too...  AS Powerful as Honda City with 4 on board.  We hit 110km/h briefly at that speed, RPM only hovering at 2200rpm.  Due to the 201mm high ground clearence, driving over speed-breakers and potholes were a breeze.   I also noticed the theatre like Seating positions.  

This is where the 2nd row's slightly higher than 1st row (to accomodate the Fuel tank) and 3rd row higher than 2nd row (to fit the rear suspension and spare tyre - photo below).

Another welcome addition's the Ceiling mounted Rear Air-cond vents with individual compressor.  

As for the seats, the 1st row and 2nd row were quite comfortable and came with high quality FULL leather seats (in the test car).  As for the 3rd row, unfortunately, it's Thinly padded (but still comfortable in terms of Head and legroom - I am 175cm tall).  
 Above and below: 3rd row.

 Above and below: 2nd row.

Saving grace's the 2nd row can slide forward and 1 touch double-flip tumble down for easier 3rd row access.

Top speed was 170km/h according to a Thai Journalist while 0-100km/h in mid-12 seconds.  A check in Lowyat forum BR-V owner's club shows Mixed driving 13.9km/l.  Best 18km/h and worst 11km/l city driving.  

Oh! Check out the Boot space with 3rd row seats up, a WHOOPING 223 litres.  

Note this is AS Spacious as a Hyundai i10.  It rises to 539 litres

 with 3rd row seats folded up (make sure you hook the seats to the 2nd row headrest bar, (see photo below) else the whole bench will Come tumbling down.

My only complaints were "Outside smell" such as Diesel fumes, durian stalls seeping into the cabin.  A check with Honda Indonesia and India revealed "NO Air-cond Cabin filter fitted".  

2nd complaint are Exposed screws at door panels and boots and light-ish Door (compared to Honda City).  See photos below:

And lastly, no front armrest and a bit tight in 2nd row for 3 adults.  This is more to 6+1 seaters.  

END OF MY Driving review...  Without further ado let's proceed to Youtube playlist...

END OF Youtube playlist...

Let's proceed to brochure and pricelist scan


Let's proceed to My original Photo gallery:

Rating: 8/10 for E-spec and 8.8/10 for V-spec.  Highly recommended...

If you want to buy this car, please  call this 2 fellas from Tiong Nam motors, Setia Alam.

Edward Lee - 018-761-5877


HIM - Owen Wong (lost his Phone No).

OR IN Petaling Jaya, Setapak, Penang OR Bangi, me...

Jeff Lim: 012-6852-718.

Before I sign off, I'd like to present "INTERACTIVE" Forum and discussion, Lowyat Forum:
Link as below:
Official Honda BR-V Owners' LYN Forum

They are generally helpful and sincere in Helping you answering questions, doubts and ultimately, Brainwashing you to buy this value for money BR-V.

That's all folks, thanks for having the time and patience to read this blog entry.  Partially original work.  Copy like a man, please state the Source like me, don't plagiarize.

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