Top 5 problems with new Honda BR-V in Pakistan

The much awaited Honda BR-V was officially launched in Pakistan in 2017. 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 sedans, it certainly 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 or say a cross-over.

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 or a used Japanese imported car 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 ride to hospital.

Under Powered

BR-V has been given a familiar treatment of a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine found in the Honda City Aspire. Now you have to understand the designs of both vehicles, Honda City is much compact sedan and is made for a maximum of 4 to 5 adults. Honda BR-V is an MUV for seven persons and is larger in weight and size than Honda City. City also produces more horsepower than BR-V and has single AC instead of dual.  All these facts speak themselves that this is an underpowered vehicle.

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. Although, it’s 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 a 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 BR-V offer 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 launch price of the base model i-VTEC 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.

11 thoughts on “Top 5 problems with new Honda BR-V in Pakistan”

  1. I have been using BRV for the last 15 months. I have a question on fuel consumption. Inside city or driving +/- 90 km/hr speed the fuel economy is ~12 km/litre (with A/c, 4 persons). However, on motorway at a speed of 110-120 km/hr. the fuel consumption is very high; at less than 10 km/litre. Is this due to high air resistance or some engine performance issue?

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    • Zahid, Fuel consumption depends upon various things from pressure in tires to the size of alloy rims. Have you done any modifications in your car? Check out our car guides for more info.

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  2. I have been using BRV since October and found that initially suspension was a bit hard. But now after using it for around 7 months I feel that it is getting better gradually. Talking about Fuel economy, last week I got 17.4kmpl at a speed around 80kmph on National highway. In local it is giving 12kmpl. Seats are hard so I installed leatherite covers with 1 inch foam underneath, and feel considerable difference.
    Engine noise is more because of CVT. Cooling is perfect while using sun shades even at 48 degree outside in sukkur.

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  3. This car is not sold in Japan because it’s a failure. Honda simply getting rid of this model and selling in countries including Indonesia, Thailand, Pakistan, India, Malaysia and the Philippines as long as certain number of people being fooled in these countries (not everyone). Not an international standard car.

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    • I’m so curious to see where you got the information how this car was a failure in the Japanese market when I wasn’t even intended to be sold there. Don’t tell me the Toyota Vios was also an epic failure when it is not even sold in japan?

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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.

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    • 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??

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      • 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…

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        • 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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        • Its an Excellent SUV completed 10000Kms on it better than any car in Pakistan with such capacity,option and Prize.I saw big names like Audi,BMW,Mercedes,Corolla,Civic and rest of the latest Japanese models struggling to cross Pakistani Non Standard Road Jumps while driving beside my SUV.Road Clearance ,performance Excellent .I suggest Honda to launch 9 inch Better Multimedia ,Push Start, More Air Bags,Full Sun Roof,Full 360 Camera View with Auto Braking in Emergency and Lane departure,Better Seat Options for all seats which are very common nowadays.

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