The Honda HR-V is certainly an option to consider by those looking for a subcompact SUV.
The Honda HR-V is certainly an option to consider by those looking for a subcompact SUV. Even though the basic price is quite high, the level of gear is consistent from the basic version, and the 1.5-liter petrol engine that produces 130 hp without overcharging fits nicely with a manual transmission.
The HR-V received a facelift at the end of last year and this means that now the headlights are equipped with standard LED headlamps and daytime running lights, and the front bar also has small design changes. At the rear, the changes are more discreet and consist of a chrome stripe connecting the hinges, while their lights are projected through a darker glass. The top variants feature full LED headlights and headlights, chrome exhaust and new 17-inch wheels.
Medium size, large interior space
With dimensions of 4,294 mm in length, 1,772 mm in width and 1,605 mm in height, the Honda offers a wheelbase of 2,610 mm – quite generous.
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The driver and the front passenger do not feel cramped, and only the very tall people in the back could have the lower roof down the hatch. The 470-liter luggage compartment is spacious enough for a family. The edge is not raised, so it’s easy to load, and the paddle seats can fold almost horizontally to carry large objects and reach a volume of more than 1,500 liters. The Honda HR-V also comes with the Magic Seat system, where the rear seats can be folded vertically, and this allows the bulky objects to be transported.
Visibility is good, and here higher ground clearance contributes. The driver’s seat was adjustable in height but not in the passenger seat. The tested model had both rear-end parking sensors but also the reverse camera, but the HR-V is fairly easy to park and without them, not being a large model.
An engine without supercharger, but capable
The 1.5-liter petrol engine produces 130 horsepower (155 Nm) and is sucked in, but very enjoyable to drive. What I liked was the manual engine torque box. At first, the trend is to over-engine the engine, but once you get used to their way of working together, excessive noise disappears.
The 6-speed manual transmission fits nicely, even if the first ratio is a bit short. Timoneria is precise and the steps are long. Because the engine does not have a turbine, it has to be well shaken to get the maximum power, but the driver will not make very frequent changes.
In the city, we used the first four steps, the next two being useful only for long journeys, for speeding down and reducing fuel consumption. The ECON mode can also be useful here, but we did not use it too much because it cuts off the engine’s engine and in the absence of the turbine you will simply drive more power if needed. However, in a relaxed driving style, the ECON button deserves a push.
For those who prefer automatic transmissions, the HR-V is also available with a CVT transmission.
Consumption for 1.5 liters (130 hp) in a 80% urban route – 20% extra-urban was 9%, reasonably in my opinion for a 130 hp petrol engine.
From April, Honda will also launch the 1.5-liter Turbo 182 hp on HR-V on the new Sports equipment, so whoever wants more power will have it.
Stylish interior with lots of storage space
The materials used in the interior are of good quality and the finishes are good. The air conditioning system controls are very well integrated using only the capacitive buttons. Ergonomics are good and you do not have too much to look for a button. A special mention deserves the design of the hand lever short, with a cylindrical shape and very easy to use. The handbrake is electric.
At the center of the dashboard, we find the touch screen of the Honda CONNECT infotainment system. It has 7 inches, is well integrated into the board and has a brightness button at your fingertips. The operating system needs a facelift at the graphics level, but as options and features are up to date. The navigation system is Garmin, it offers a Bluetooth function for connecting the mobile phone and various functions like internet radio, but it needs a connection.
In terms of connectivity, Honda stands out well: USB sockets, cigarette lighter sockets, and HDMI socket that lets you run mobile files on your car’s display with a cable.
The interior has many storage spaces, interestingly arranged. In addition to those in the door and the armrest, the center console provides a two-level compartment, and the socket area hidden under the switch offers a safe area for the passers-by.
Consistent safety package
In the safety chapter, Honda HR-V is fine. 5 star EuroNCAP and a consistent package of driver assistance systems. In the standard, front collision warning system, belt lane warning system, active city braking system and traffic sign recognition system, as well as others, are provided.
I liked the Honda HR-V I. Easy to drive, quite spacious and well-equipped. The basic engine is the best choice, in my opinion, along with the manual transmission.