2023 Honda BR-V Old vs New: Spot the differences 

Updated Nov 22, 2022 | Same topic: Old vs New: Spot the Differences

In a nutshell, the new BR-V flat-out has more tech. 

Honda Cars Philippines has launched the all-new 2022 BR-V. This is the second-generation version of the said model, and a lot of exterior and interior improvements have been made. That said, it has catapulted Honda's MPV model as a more potent contender against its contemporaries.

A picture of the old BR-V on top of the old BR-V.

The Honda BR-V: Old vs New

So, how does the newly launched 2023 Honda BR-V compare to the older, first-generation Honda BR-V?  

2022 Honda BR-V Old vs New: Exterior 

The first thing many of you will probably notice in comparing these two is the stark difference in design. Sure, the newer BR-V is still very much a family car, but it has gained a more macho and modern look.  

The old Honda BR-V has halogen headlamps, and 16-inch wheels, whereas the new one now comes with LED headlamps and 17-inch wheels. The rear portion of the car now looks more elegant with its clean and uncluttered design, though it also received a faux rear skid plate to round-up that SUV look. 

A picture of the Old Honda BR-V first-generationA picture of the new Honda BR-V

Compare the old BR-V (left) with the new BR-V (right) using the slider

As for dimensions, the older model is 4,456mm long, 1,735mm wide, and 1,677mm in height. It also has a ground clearance of 201mm. 

In comparison, the newer version has a length of 4,490mm, a width of 1,780mm, and a height of 1,685mm. Its ground clearance then clocks in at 220mm. 

To sum it up, the all-new 2023 Honda BR-V is not only more modern looking, but it is also a bit larger than the first-generation model. 

2022 Honda BR-V Old vs New: Interior 

As with the older model, the new 2022 BR-V retains the seven-seater seating arrangement. It also gets a seven-inch headunit, which despite being similar to the old one, is new according to Honda. All trims of the new BR-V also come with automatic climate control, whereas the old one’s lower-spec models had manual air-conditioning.

A picture of the old Honda BR-V's front cabin.

The old BR-V's cockpit 

The gauge cluster is also new as the new rectangular 4.2-inch TFT screen digital trip computer and notification system is now positioned in-between the two larger gauges. In the old model, the said screen is circular and is positioned to the left of the speedometer. 

The biggest change on the new BR-V however, is the presence of Honda Sensing. This means that the new model is now kitted out with autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane keep assist, among others. These were not present on the older BR-V. 

A picture of the new Honda BR-V's interior

A peek into the new Honda BR-V's cockpit

And lastly, the new model is also equipped with smart entry, walk-away automatic door locks, remote engine starting, and power-folding side mirrors. The old model had a more conventional push-button start and door locking system, and manual-folding side mirrors. 

2022 Honda BR-V Old vs New: Engine 

Under the hood, the older BR-V uses a 1.5-liter L15Z1 inline-4 gasoline mill. It can make up to 118 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque. The old model's variants came with continuously variable transmission (CVT), which had a paddle-shifter manual-mode on the top-spec BR-V V top-spec trim. 

In comparison, the new 2023 BR-V is powered by a 1.5-liter L15ZF inline-4 gasoline engine. It makes 119 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque. It makes 1 horsepower more than the older engine, and it also gets a CVT for the S, V, and VX variants. Then again, the locally available model also has a version of the S trim with a five-speed manual gearbox. 

A picture of the rear of the new and old Honda BR-V models

The new (left) and the old (right) Honda BR-V models from the rear

For those seriously considering it as their next big purchase, you might want to read our 2023 Honda BR-V first impressions review first. Do be aware also, that it has a total of four variants to choose from. The S MT is the most affordable with its Php 1,090,000 price tag, followed by the BR-V S CVT at Php 1,150,000. The midspec BR-V V CVT meanwhile, can be had for Php 1,295,000. Lastly, the top-spec BR-V VX Honda Sensing is priced at Php 1,390,000.

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Know more about Honda BR-V 2024

Honda BR-V

The 2023 Honda BR-V is a seven-seater compact MPV. It is now in its 2nd-gen version, and it has four different variants in the local market. There’s the top-spec VX honda Sensing priced at 1,390,000, V CVT priced at Php 1,300,000, the S CVT which has a price tag of Php 1,190,000, and the entry-level S MT priced at Php 1,100,000. 

Under the hood of the Honda BR-V is a 1.5-liter gasoline inline-4 engine that’s capable of making up to 119 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque. Sending power to its front wheels is a continuously variable transmission (CVT). 

Size-wise, the all-new BR-V is 4,490mm long, 1,780mm wide, and 1,685mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,700mm, and a ground clearance of 207mm.                  

In the local market, the Honda BR-V competes against the Toyota Avanza, Hyundai Staria, Nissan Livina, Mitsubishi Xpander, among others.  

₱ 1,058,000 - ₱ 1,390,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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