While the BR-V tries hard to be a crossover, in reality, it’s a glorified MPV. In our case, that was a boon, as the BR-V proved to be a great companion throughout our Gurugram-Jaipur-Pushkar trip.
Having driven it for almost 900km on the trip alone, I can report that the BR-V is a comfortable car to travel in. Its supple ride quality is perhaps its standout feature – we encountered some pretty nasty roads on the outskirts of Pushkar, and the car glided through them without breaking a sweat. The icing on the cake is obviously the car’s comfortable seats. Furthermore, the legroom, both in the first and the second rows, is ample. The last row remained folded throughout our trip resulting in an extremely voluminous trunk which can easily swallow the luggage of four to six people.
Caveats? Well, it’s a familiar one to begin with – the engine clatter. It makes its noisy presence felt every time you crank it to life. Adding to that are the car’s unimpressive NVH levels – engine, tyre and wind noises – all seep in considerably. Cruising at around 120km/h in sixth gear, you definitely have to amp up the stereo’s volume and perhaps even your own – if you want your voice to be heard, that is.
The BR-V, then, is a very practical road trip car, just not the most sophisticated one.