Size comparo: How big is the all-new Honda BR-V?

We believe the latest generation of Honda’s seven-seater is landing soon
by Andrew Guerrero | 4 days ago
Front view of the Honda BR-V 2023 and the Toyota Veloz
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Last year, the all-new Honda BR-V made its global debut in Indonesia, and recently, the small seven-seater was also launched in Thailand. We think this could be a sign that the latest iteration of the BR-V could be headed our way soon.

For this size comparison, we’re going to pit the latest BR-V with the Toyota Veloz and another Honda offering, the HR-V. Let’s see how these cars compare.

Honda BR-V vs Toyota Veloz

Side view of the Honda BR-V 2023 and the Toyota Veloz

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As a refresher, the Veloz is a more premium-crossover-ized version of the new front-drive Avanza. Unlike the Toyota, Honda’s small seven-seat crossover is not partnered with a lower-priced MPV, at least for now.

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The all-new BR-V measures 4,490mm long, 1,780mm wide, and 1,685mm tall, making it 15mm longer, 5mm wider, and 15mm lower than the Veloz. The Honda rides on a 2,700mm wheelbase, which is 50mm less than its Toyota counterpart. Its 209mm ground clearance gives it a 19mm advantage over the Veloz.

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The Honda seven-seater is available with 17-inch alloys and 215/55 R17 tires, while all Philippine-spec Veloz variants roll on 17-inch alloys shod with 205/50 R17 rubber. The BR-V’s 26.3-inch diameter tires are 1.2 inches larger than the ones on the Veloz. In Indonesia and Thailand, the BR-V’s lower variants come with smaller 16-inch wheels, just like the Veloz in those markets. Both are equipped with 1.5-liter  naturally aspirated gasoline engines driving the front wheels.

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Does the BR-V compete with the Veloz? Toyota’s small seven-seater is marketed elsewhere as the more premium MPV sibling of the Avanza, but in the Philippines, it’s billed as subcompact seven-seat SUV. The most obvious difference with the local-spec Veloz is its standard overfenders. So, depending on which country you’re in, it’s either a direct competitor or indirect competitor.

Honda BR-V vs Honda HR-V

Side view of the Honda BR-V 2023 and the Honda HR-V

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Here, we’re comparing the high trim BR-V to the lower trim HR-V 1.5 S, the two variants that we assume would be priced closest to each other.

The all-new BR-V is 160mm longer, 10mm narrower, and 95mm taller than the HR-V. The height difference shrinks to 61mm when you compare the BR-V without roof rails to the HR-V, which does not come with roof rails. The BR-V rides on a 90mm longer wheelbase than the HR-V, the added length of course being an obvious requirement to accommodate third row seats.

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Despite the two-row Honda’s smaller size, it rolls on larger-diameter 215/60 R17 tires. While we don’t have much details regarding the all-new BR-V’s architecture, I did notice that its dashboard is almost identical to the one in the new Honda Amaze. For those curious, the Indian-market Amaze sedan was completely redesigned, unlike the Brio hatchback. The BR-V and HR-V are both powered by Honda’s 119hp 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC mill.

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If priced competitively would you consider the BR-V over the Veloz? Let us know in the comments.

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