Driving Performance – 32/50 pts, car-like driving experience
|2020 Honda BR-V 1.5L V - Facts and Figures|
|Engine||1.5L 4-cylinder NA|
|Power||120 PS @ 6,600 rpm|
|Torque||145 Nm @ 4,600 rpm|
|0-100 km/h||11.6 seconds|
|100-0 km/h||40.8 metres|
Braking distance is not as impressive as the Aruz, but par for the course nonetheless at 40.8 metres from 100-0 km/h.
Steering is light with decent feel and is quicker to respond than the Aruz. Couple that with the lower ride height, the BR-V feels more car-like to drive.
The CVT responds relatively quick to throttle inputs, making the BR-V feel light on its feet. Jab the throttle from standstill and the BR-V lurches forward accordingly. Smooth inputs will be translated to smooth progress.
|2020 Honda BR-V 1.5L V - Driving Performance Breakdown|
|Engine||Acceleration||3.5 / 5|
|In-gear Acceleration||3 / 5|
|Throttle Response||3.5 / 5|
|Transmission||Shift Logic||2 / 3|
|Smoothness||4 / 5|
|Sport/Manual Mode||3 / 3|
|Steering||Accuracy||1.5 / 3|
|Response||2 / 3|
|Weight & Feel||2 / 3|
|Braking||Distance||1.5 / 3|
|Feel||2 / 3|
|Handling||Chassis Balance||1 / 3|
|Grip||1.5 / 3|
|Load Reaction||1.5 / 3|
|Total||32 / 50 pts|
Ride Comfort – 33/50 pts, poor cabin insulation
The suspension is calibrated with a full-load (7 passengers) in mind, so the BR-V doesn't ride quite as smoothly when it is unloaded. Sharp bumps are more intrusive than in the Aruz. But large undulations are well managed.
The front seats have good thigh support from its lengthy seat base, and side support is decent as well. Rear seats are mounted a little low, so thigh support isn't that great. But upside is the generous amount of headroom.
|2020 Honda BR-V 1.5L V - Noise Level|
|60 km/h||63 dB|
|90 km/h||69 dB|
|110 km/h||71 dB|
|2020 Honda BR-V 1.5L V - Ride Comfort Breakdown|
|Sound Proofing||5 / 10|
|Suspension||6 / 10|
|Passenger Comfort||7 / 10|
|Seat Support||4 / 5|
|Ergonomics||4 / 5|
|Engine Refinement||7 / 10|
|Total points||33 / 50 pts|
Quality and Features – 23/50 pts, only 2 airbags
|2020 Honda BR-V 1.5L V - Exterior Material Use|
|Front Fenders||Soundproofing Material||Yes|
|Doors||Front Windows||Single Glazed|
|Rear Windows||Single Glazed|
Panel gaps deviated by no more than 1.0 mm deviation at the rear quarter panels. Paint thickness consistency averaged in the 110s of µm.
|2020 Honda BR-V 1.5L V - Panel Gaps (mm)|
|Location||Driver Side||Passenger Side||Difference|
|Front to Rear Door||4.5||4.5||0|
|Rear Door to Quarter Panel||5.0||4.0||1.0|
|2020 Honda BR-V 1.5L V - Paint Thickness (µm)|
|Location||Driver Side||Passenger Side|
|Average paint thickness: 110|
Interior build and material quality is par for the course, with hard plastics used on most surfaces and a splash of leather here and there like the door armrest.
In the facelift exercise, there are red accents throughout the interior such as the stitching on the steering wheel and red leather on the door armrest.
|2020 Honda BR-V 1.5L V - Cabin Material Use|
|Dashboard||Upper Section||Hard Plastic|
|Lower Section||Hard Plastic|
|Front Doors||Upper Section||Hard Plastic|
|Lower Section||Hard Plastic|
The facelift also brought speaker count to six in total, with 2 additonal tweeters. Although the infotainment system is unchanged. Operation isn't the slickest and the user interface is rather bland.
|2020 Honda BR-V 1.5L V - Quality & Features Breakdown|
|Exterior||Paint Finish||3 / 4|
|Panel Gaps||3 / 4|
|Assembly Quality||1 / 2|
|Interior||Build Quality||3 / 5|
|Materials Used||3 / 5|
|Features||Safety||5 / 10|
|ADAS||0 / 5|
|Luxury||2 / 5|
|Convenience||2 / 5|
|Infotainment||1 / 5|
|Total||23 / 50 pts|
Space and Practicality – 39/50 pts, more spacious than rivals
Space in the second row is generous. There's more than 2 knuckles (roughly about 3 tennis balls) kneeroom, with about 2 tennis balls of headroom for a 175 cm tall adult.
Space in the third row is rather decent by 7-seater standards. There's about one tennis ball of kneeroom and headroom.
Cubby spaces are aplenty with a pocket below the driver side air vent and compartment below the climate control switches. Boot space is rated at 223 litres with the 3rd-row seats up. It's also worthy to note that the boot floor height is rather low at 59 cm.
|2020 Honda BR-V 1.5L V - Interior Space Breakdown|
|Front Row||8 / 10|
|Middle/Back Row||8 / 10|
|Third Row||4 / 5|
|Boot Space||3 / 5|
|Practicality||4 / 5|
|Storage Space||4 / 5|
|Visibility||4 / 5|
|Storage Flexibility||4 / 5|
|Total||39 / 50 pts|
Fuel consumption – 15.5/20 pts, relatively efficient
After completing a 136.4 km journey broken down to 60% highway and 40% city driving, the amount of fuel required to brim the tank is 10.48 litres. This gives a calculated figure of 7.7-litre/100 km.
|2020 Honda BR-V 1.5L V - Fuel Consumption Test Breakdown|
|Fuel Consumption||12 / 15|
|Eco Mode||2 / 2|
|Indicator Accuracy||1.5 / 3|
|Total points||15.5 / 20 pts|
Purchase and Cost – 19.5/30 pts, good value proposition
The 2020 Honda BR-V 1.5L V is priced at RM 96,900 (with SST). Price without SST is RM 93,420, valid until 31 December 2020.
|2020 Honda BR-V 1.5L V Service Costs|
|Month||Mileage (km)||Cost (RM)|
Considering its price hike over the pre-facelift model with no increase in safety features such as higher airbag count and ADAS, the Honda BR-V doesn't offer quite as much value as the Perodua Aruz.
|2020 Honda BR-V 1.5L V - Purchase & Cost|
|Purchase||Car Price||8 / 15|
|Warranty||4 / 5|
|Cost||Maintenance||3.5 / 5|
|Fuel Cost||4 / 5|
|Total||19.5 / 30 pts|
Conclusion – 162/250 pts overall
The 2020 Honda BR-V 1.5L V offers a car-like driving experience, supremely spacious interior, and relatively good fuel economy. But downsides are the safety aspect with only 2 airbags and the price hike without significant value-added features.
If you're looking for a 7-seater that drives almost akin to a hatchback and space is a priority, then the Honda BR-V fits your bill.