Honda SA has refreshed its compact BR-V SUV for 2020 by introducing subtle changes to the interior and exterior design which are aimed at enhancing its styling and functionality. Improvements have also been made to on-road drivability and comfort through the addition of new features and added noise insulation.
“The BR-V remains one of our core models in the local line-up, and is currently the only seven-seater sport utility vehicle (SUV) in its price class,” says Dinesh Govender, General Manager of Automobiles at Honda Motor Southern Africa. “This affords the BR-V a significant advantage over its competitors, and consistently makes it one of our top two best-sellers in South Africa along with the Honda Amaze compact sedan.
“The updates for 2020 build on the BR-V’s admired reputation for eye-catching style, along with outstanding comfort and driving convenience,” Govender adds. “Several new technologies have been introduced, including LED daytime running lights, rear parking sensors on the Comfort and Elegance models, as well as an attractive and easy-to-use touchscreen Audio Display for the flagship derivatives. This enhances the value proposition of the BR-V and makes it an even more competitive offering in its segment.”
Exterior wise, the BR-V has new LED lighting technology, including distinctive LED daytime running lights.
On the practical side, it’s now equipped with rear parking sensors on the mid-range Comfort and top-spec Elegance models to make parking manoeuvres significantly easier. The BR-V Elegance also now features a seven-inch Display Audio touchscreen system with an integrated reverse parking camera. To add an extra layer of luxury, Honda has also added soundproofing insulation material.
The 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine continues to power the range, delivering 88kW and 145Nm of torque. The BR-V Trend is offered with a six-speed manual gearbox only, while Comfort and Elegance models are available with a CVT transmission.
All models come standard with a five-year/200 000 km warranty, and three-year AA Roadside Assist. A new four-year/60 000 km extended service plan is included on the Honda BR-V Comfort and Elegance models, and is available as an option on the Trend. Service intervals are every 15 000 km.
BR-V 1.5 Trend Manual R258 800
BR-V 1.5 Comfort Manual R291 500
BR-V 1.5 Comfort CVT R310 300
BR-V 1.5 Elegance Manual R314 400
BR-V 1.5 Elegance CVT R333 000