- New urban crossover links innovative design to practical versatility
- Spacious interior equipped with Magic Seats for ultimate flexibility
- Comprehensive standard features across two-model range
- Choice of 1,5-litre (R299 900) and 1,8-litre (R354 900) petrol engines both with CVT gearboxes
- To be introduced end of July 2015
Honda is set to tackle the hotly contested compact SUV/Crossover market segment in South Africa with all-new HR-V. Due on showroom floors at the end of this month.
A favourite among soft road enthusiasts and growing families, the CR-V has until now been the sole SUV in the Honda range, however with a the booming Crossover and Compact SUV market, this â€˜babyâ€™ CR-V is smart move by the Japanese manufacturer.
Honda claims the HR-V combines the aesthetics of a coupÃ©, rugged attitude of a sports utility vehicle and space and versatility of an MPV.
Some of that press release speak might be a little flattering, but the HR-V is a smart looking thing, and with that roofline which drops off dramatically towards the rear, and the rear door handle hidden up by the window, there is a hint of coupÃ© in profile. Perhaps even X6-ish?
As with most of the Honda range, one of the core focuses of the HR-V’s interior, is practicality, and like the Jazz, the HR-V features Honda’s clever Magic Seat system allowing for a huge range of flexibility inside the car.
Boot space is 393-litres with rear backrests left upright and increases to 1002-litres when the split folding seats folded flat.
Upfront for driver and passenger, the HR-V employs a similar dashboard setup to the new Jazz. Depending on trim level, infotainment is controlled via either a 5-inch or 7-inch colour touchscreen display. Both feature Bluetooth handsfree with audio streaming and USB connectivity as well CD/radio/MP3 capabilities.
Standard spec is decent and electrically operated windows and mirrors, remote central locking, air-conditioning, cruise control, a multi-function steering wheel, multi-information trip computer and electric parking brake are all standard fare.
Passive measures include six airbags, head restraints, inertia-reel seatbelts for all seating positions, and Hondaâ€™s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure.
Powering the new HR-V are two petrol engines familiar to the Honda range. A 1.5-litre as seen in the Jazz and Ballade drives the 1.5 Comfort model while those seeking a little more power and refinement can opt for the 1.8-litre fitted to the 1.8 Elegance.
Outputs are 88kW and 145Nm, and 105kW and 172Nm respectively, and both models feature start/stop technology to aid in reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Surprisingly, and perhaps disappointing, depending on your persuasion, Honda has chosen to deploy a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) for both models. Why disappointing? Well, CVT gearboxes are known to be dull and uninspiring, nevermind drone-like in operation as the engine spins through the rev range, without changing gear. But, Honda has tried to make their version more like a normal automatic with seven virtual gears with manual override (and flappy paddles).
HR-V 1.5 Comfort CVT – R299 900
HR-V 1.8 Elegance CVT – R354 900
Included is a three-year/100 000 km warranty, a four-year /60 000 km service plan, and a one-year AA roadside assistance package. Services are pegged at 15 000 km intervals.
For more information check out this interesting first look video at the HR-V by UK-based What Car?