Honda’s new HR-V is a genre-defying new vehicle that boasts the imposing road presence and height of an SUV, the manoeuvrability of a supermini, and the visual elegance of a coupé.
The generous equipment levels and eager performance of this new model are other reasons why it was voted the most eagerly-awaited car launch of 2015 by a survey of 10,000 What Car? readers. Contact any of the Jardine Honda dealerships throughout Berkshire for further information about the new HR-V, or to book a test drive.
A high-tensile steel structure and multiple airbags keep the occupants of the HR-V safe from harm in the event of a collision, along with anti-whiplash head restraints.
All models come with the manufacturer’s City-Brake Active, which automatically senses a collision and depresses the brake pedal to bring you to a halt and prevent low-speed accidents. Sport and Executive specifications add Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning and Traffic Light Recognition systems to ensure that no potentially dangerous errors occur if the driver is fatigued or distracted.
The HR-V’s front profile, comprised of a majestic fascia and wide front grille bisected by a thick chrome bar and flanked with aggressive wraparound headlights, gives it the requisite assertive yet graceful look.
The rakish roofline and rising strakes of its side panels, as well as its two-tone alloy wheels, underline the athleticism of the exterior design.
Seven metallic or pearlescent paint schemes –
“Brilliant Sporty Blue”, “Alabaster Silver”, “Modern Steel”, “Ruse Black”, “Morpho Blue”, “Crystal Black”, and “White Orchid”) allows the HR-V to cut even more of a dash.
The advanced aerodynamic structure of the vehicle also reduces drag, improving performance, stability and refinement.
A notable design feature is the centrally-mounted fuel tank, which (along with Honda’s acclaimed “Magic Seats”, which can be folded flush into the floor of the vehicle) result in ample interior loadspace of 453 litres (or up to 1,026 litres with the rear seats folded flat).
The front-wheel drive HR-V is available with a vigorous 1.6 litre 130PS i-VTEC petrol unit or an economical 120PS i-DTEC diesel motor. A smooth six-speed manual transmission is standard to both models, but the petrol edition can be fitted with a CVT automatic gearbox.
Both engines also offer excellent refinement, resulting in minimal noise, vibration and harshness, along with capable performance; the diesel unit can achieve 0-62mph acceleration in just 10.1 seconds, combined fuel economy of 70.6mpg, and 104g/km of carbon emissions.
The Honda Connect app-based infotainment system, meanwhile, uses the same touchscreen functionality as a smartphone, permitting users to gain access to the internet – meaning that traffic and weather information is immediately available as long as a limitless variety of online radio stations.
Honda’s App Centre enables you to gain the use of a large number of other functions, such as its integrated Garmin satellite navigation system.
|Vehicle Length||4294mm / 169 in|
|Vehicle Width||2019mm / 79.5 in|
|Vehicle Height||(unladen) 1605 mm / 63.2 in|
|Wheelbase||2610 mm / 102.6 in|
|Unladen Weight (DIN)||1324 kg / 2919 lbs|
|Combined Cycle||70.6 mpg|
|Urban Cycle||67.3 mpg|
|CO2||104 / km|
|Engine / Cylinders||1.6 litre i-DTEC|
|Engine Capacity||1597 CC|
|Max Torque||300 nm @ 2000 rpm|
|Max Power||88 kW @ 4000 rpm|
|Top Speed||119 mph|
|Acceleration||0-62 mph / 10.1 sec|