If you’re holding out for the arrival of the Honda BR-V, here’s an important update about the crossover in regards to its safety. Today, the ASEAN NCAP has released its testing results for the BR-V, and it’s good news for prospective buyers.
That’s right, the crossover, which comes in seven- and five-seater configurations (depending on markets), managed to obtain a five-star rating, scoring 14.79 points out of a possible 16 in the Adult Occupant Protection (AOP). Meanwhile, the BR-V managed a 72% compliance in Child Occupant Protection (COP).
However, due to the ASEAN NCAP five-star requirements, where Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is required to receive said rating, the crossover will receive two ratings depending on the variant specified.
For BR-Vs that come without ESC and a seat belt reminder for the front passenger, a four-star AOP rating is assigned to it (score still remains at 14.79). Higher BR-V variants equipped with those technologies get a five-star AOP rating. Dual frontal airbags, Isofix and top tethers are standard across all variants.
According to ASEAN NCAP, the BR-V scored much higher compared to other SUVs tested – Subaru XV (14.31, five-star), Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (12.08, four-star), Toyota Rush (12.47, four-star) and Haval M4 (9.64, three-star).
Of the models listed here, only the Rush and M4 managed to better the BR-V in the COP category with 82% and 79% compliance, respectively.
The Honda BR-V is bound to make its way to Malaysia soon. We’ve already had a go in the crossover in Japan, which you can read about here. We have no doubt many of you will opt for the higher-spec variant with all the safety goodies. The only question is, when will the crossover be launched, and for how much.
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