A refreshed version of the Honda BR-V has arrived in South Africa sporting “subtle changes” to its interior and exterior design, new features and a tweaked service plan.

The Japanese firm’s local arm furthermore claims improvements have been made to the seven-seater’s “on-road drivability and comfort”, with extra sound insulation added, too.

The range again comprises five variants, each powered by Honda’s familiar naturally aspirated 1,5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, delivering 88 kW and 145 N.m to the front axle via either a six-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission.

While the price of the base Trend model is unchanged at R258 800, the four other derivatives are slightly more expensive than before, with the flagship Elegance CVT now coming in at R333 000.

As before, a five-year/200 000 km warranty ships standard, although the previous two-year/30 0000 km service plan (for Comfort and Elegance models) has been upgraded to a four-year/60 000 km arrangement. The plan is again available as an option for the Trend.

So, what’s new? Well, the biggest change up front is that LED daytime running lights have been incorporated into the lower portion of the redesigned headlamps. The mid-spec Comfort and range-topping Elegance derivatives, meanwhile, gain rear parking sensors, with the latter model also now featuring a seven-inch touchscreen system with an integrated reversing camera.

The base Trend variant again rides on 16-inch steel wheels (wrapped in 195/65 R16 rubber), while the Comfort and Elegance upgrade to alloy items of the same diameter.

Pricing:
Honda BR-V 1,5 Trend: R258 800
Honda BR-V 1,5 Comfort: R291 500
Honda BR-V 1,5 Comfort CVT: R310 300
Honda BR-V 1,5 Elegance: R314 400
Honda BR-V 1,5 Elegance CVT: R333 000