2020 Honda BR-V Facelift – New vs old, what has changed?

Eric · Jun 19, 2020 05:41 PM

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A couple of weeks ago, Honda Malaysia launched the 2020 Honda BR-V facelift, three months after bookings were opened.

Exterior – Mild styling updates to keep the BR-V fresh

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The updated 2020 Honda BR-V gets a restyled front grille with two smaller horizontal slats, replacing the pre-facelift model’s single horizontal slat.

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Apart from that, it also gains a new front bumper with a redesigned lower air intake and front fog light surrounds.

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Towards the sides, the BR-V facelift gains new 16-inch alloy wheels.

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New rear bumpers with vertical rear reflectors and a new shark fin antenna complete the exterior of the BR-V facelift.

It also gains a new colour – Marine Purple Pearl, a first for Honda Malaysia.

Interior – Improving upon an already-excellent recipe

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The interior of the Honda BR-V is among the best in the segment, as it encompasses the Honda “Man Maximum, Machine Minimum” philosophy.

 

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As such, the interior of the updated BR-V remains largely identical to the pre-facelift model, with changes limited to the new red stitching and the addition of two tweeter speakers, bringing the total speaker count to six.

The updated Honda BR-V also gains new steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, while the gear lever omits L mode.

Crucially, the new BR-V facelifted finally adds a cabin filter – something that was curiously missing on the pre-facelift model.

Safety – Good, but rivals have caught up

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As before, the updated Honda BR-V offers dual airbags and stability control across the range.

While this configuration was fine when the BR-V was launched 2017, rivals such as the Perodua Aruz/Toyota Rush upped the ante by a fair bit, offering 6 airbags and ADAS features.

Powertrain – Still the segment best

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Being a facelifted model, the updated Honda BR-V’s powertrain remains unchanged. The 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that does 120 PS at 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm at 4,600 rpm is carried over. Similarly, the CVT-type automatic is also brought over from the predecessor model.

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With 120 PS and 145 Nm on tap, the BR-V’s output figures are segment-leading. Rivals such as the Toyota Rush/Perodua Aruz are capable of delivering 105 PS and 136 Nm, less than the Honda.

Prices – Increase across the board

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Compared to the pre-facelift mode, prices of the Honda BR-V facelift have increased by a fair bit. The Honda BR-V 1.5 E now has a starting price of RM 89,900 (up RM 8,911), while the 1.5 V is priced from RM 96,900 (up RM 9,199).

Eric

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Started from the IT industry but somehow managed to find his way into the automotive industry. If he’s not gaming, he’s constantly tinkering with his daily/weekend car.

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