Top 5 problems with new Honda BR-V launched in Pakistan

Honda BR-V Cars

The much awaited Honda BR-V was officially launched in Pakistan yesterday. The company started pre-booking of the first locally manufactured midsize seven-seater SUV at the end of February.

In a country dominated by people with sedan’s it surely does put a unique taste in the auto world. While the Honda BR-V has many impressive specifications but many of its shady features can easily put you off from buying this compact SUV.

Let’s review all the lacking we could see in the new Honda BR-V:

Single SRS Airbag

Honda BR-V dashboard

Pakistan is a unique country with amazing automobile standards, where people never get an airbag in their vehicles, unless they are buying from brands like BMW, Audi etc. But in Honda BR-V we do get this feature, but only for a single person.

The new safety feature in the midsize SUV can save the life of the driver in the case of head-on collision, but if you’re sitting in the passenger seat; you’re screwed.

Out of the six countries where Honda BR-V is now present, only Pakistanis don’t get the dual airbag system

Meaning the BR-V riders in India, Malaysia, Philipines, Indonesia and South Africa can survive a car crash while Pakistanis can get ready for a fun-filled funeral.

Lack of Manual Transmission

Honda BR-V gear stick

Anyone who owns a car and has driven on a Pakistani terrain can attest to the fact that with our never ending development projects, we still have pretty pathetic roads in the country. And if you’re traveling to the Northern areas you cannot rely on an automatic system.

Unluckily for Pakistanis, the new Honda BR-V is only available in CVT and doesn’t offer a manual transmission. The same model introduced in our neighboring country, India offers 6-speed manual transmission. Apart from Philipines and Malaysia, different variants of Honda BR-V offers a Manual transmission instead of CVT.

Congested

Honda BR-V interior

The top priority for anyone who is looking to buy a seven seater SUV would be a comfortable experience. Whether a person is going for inter or intra-city experience, they would not want to be pushed together with the other passenger like some chickens.

The new Honda BR-V doesn’t disappoint us when it comes to comfort but it gets congested with seven people in the car. The front seats of the vehicle are actually quite comfortable, the second row can be folded 60:40 and the 50:50 splitting option for the last row can actually provide ample options for the owner.

But the last row seat can specifically get congested with three people, especially while undertaking a long trip. So, through its a seven seater compact SUV, we truly think its 5-6 seater, if you’re looking for a comfortable experience.

Push Button Start

Honda-BR-V Push button start

Though this new amenity is not a new feature for all the people who do not reside in Pakistan, but for us, it’s still a pretty big deal (we’re always introduced late to the good technology).

Honda BR-V in Pakistan doesn’t offer push button start, meaning we’re still being forced to become un-cool with the same old key. In the rest of the countries, various variants of BV-R offers this feature, but cannot be seen in the standard or S model of the vehicle.

Price of Honda BR-V

Honda BR-V despite being manufactured in Pakistan is priced quite high given the lack of safety and security features and some other problems that we’ve mentioned above. In Pakistan, the *price of the standard i-VTEC model is Rs. 2,229,000. Let’s review the prices in other countries:

  • In India, the starting price of BR-V is ₹ 899,350 (equal to Rs. 1,461,278)
  • In Malaysia, the price of BR-V is RM 85,800 (equal to Rs. 2,044,552)
  • In Indonesia, i-VTEC S variant was available priced at IDR 233,000,000 (equal to Rs. 1,858,629)
  • In South Africa, the starting price of BR-V is ZAR 239900 (equal to Rs. 1,932,123)
  • In Philipines,  the starting price of BR-V is ₱ 989,000 (equal to Rs. 2,081,139)

*The prices mentioned here are mostly the starting prices.

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  1. I have driven this car on motorway at 120Km P/Hr. I am disappointed to see performance. Besides 5 missing things as in the blog, I have experienced noise inside the Cabin due to air thurst that creates discomfort. On top of it I have felt its sudden movement due to air thrust that makes driver feel loss of road grip that is serious safety issue while driving at speed of 120Km. I have highlighted these issues to Honda Pakistan but not heard from them yet.

  2. I have tried the automatic transmission in hilly areas. It works like a charm using S and L Gear options. No problem faced at all. Performance was not bad either on D.
    Similarly although the car is slightly lesser in width than normal cars but it does provide you enough space for 7 people and even more if you have kids. I used it with 3 elders, 2 teenagers and 3 kids and no space problem at all. Even the boot space proved to be enough to adjust luggage for all of us.

    • What about it’s weight as compare to 1.5 power.. is it compatible or gives problem?
      What about it’s milage and inertor exterior items quality??

      • The model has flopped. It’s basically an under power car that promises to load 7 people but the power is too low for that. So no use…

        • If you have experience it than the feedback is acceptable. But If its a layman feedback or if you are a typical Pakistani mechanic than its not acceptable at all. Normally driving pleasure comes after the first tuneup of any car after 5000 KM. To early to judge or challenge Japanese/Honda Expertise.

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