Gettin’ dirty with the Honda BR-V

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Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) recently unveiled the updated version of the Honda BR-V. Seeing the overall updates of the BR-V, everything is fitting and appropriate. It looks more dynamic and it definitely appears to be a better deal than its predecessor.

Further proving the 7-seater’s worth, HCPI came up with a media test drive event going to the serene Anvaya Cove in Morong, Bataan with the new Honda BR-V. Coming into this drive event, I initially thought that it would just be one of those highway drives that eventually leads to winding roads. But HCPI thought of something more.

Honda BR-VThe initial part of the drive was spent braving the Monday morning traffic of EDSA. Keeping us entertained while we crawl towards the expressway is the 7-inch touchscreen entertainment system of the BR-V connected via Bluetooth to a smartphone which comforted us with Spotify’s 90’s grunge playlist.

The superb highway driving capabilities of the BR-V is no surprise. It drives as smooth on open highways as easy as it drives in urban setting. A successful Honda model that has been out in the market for years now, no wonder the BR-V is a strong contender in its class.

After the smooth cruise on the expressway we then hit the old Bataan road after exiting in Dinalupihan. From the busy highway of Bataan Road, we soon traversed the twisties of Bagac-Mariveles Road.

As a passenger, the ride of the BR-V is a bit on the stiff side but nothing harsh. The spacious and comfortable cabin absolutely makes up for it. As a driver though, this translated to a fun drive on the mountain road with consecutive turns and corners. The BR-V is easy to control and steering feedback is on point making it a pleasurable drive.

As for the power, the proven tandem of the 1.5-liter i-VTEC and the Honda Earth Dreams CVT works wonder. An engine that is designed for fuel economy, the BR-V’s mill is quite predictable power-wise making it easier to squeeze power.

(photo by HCPI)

Corner after corner on the winding road, we soon hit portions of the route that are under construction. These sections are covered on thick red mud caused by the wet weather condition. This part of the drive, which was the best part, put the SUV characteristics of the BR-V to test.

(photo by HCPI)

The terrain that we took is no joke. We traversed over slippery mud and uneven gravel portions of the road construction. Going through the off-road section of the drive did not require any extra effort though, the BR-V is equipped with Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) which worked wonderfully and gave extra boost of confidence.

In this drive, the BR-V proved that its body cladding was more than for show. We survived mud-covered slippery roads without hassle, that must be something. The 7-seater Honda can keep up with an active lifestyle like most SUVs.

The BR-V is worlds apart from being an off-road rig but the versatility it offers from being an everyday family driver to an active weekend tourer is enough reason to be worthy of any car buyer’s attention. With the Honda BR-V unveiling its rugged capabilities, this surely makes the segment more exciting.

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