Honda HR-V

Visually more present, bigger and more electric: the Honda HR-V has developed a lot.  

Honda wants to benefit more from the boom in small SUVs in the future. The Japanese have given the HR-V a comprehensive redesign. The second edition, now presented for the first time in the European version, clearly differs from its predecessor in terms of appearance and drive technology. The mini crossover will hit the German market towards the end of the year.  

The design of the HR-V is much more mature and self-confident than before, even if the model platform remains the same. The hallmarks are a steep grille in the same color as the car, more ground clearance, a sloping, slightly coupé-like rear window and the significantly more straightforward body compared to the previous model. Inside, the Honda appears decidedly modern and very tidy, largely dispensing with switches and buttons in favor of a large touchscreen.  

The dimensions of the crossover remain almost the same: with a length of 4,29 meters and a width of around 1,80 meters, it is a bit larger than its main competitors Renault Captur, VW T-Roc and Opel Crossland. Honda also promises an airy feeling of space with increased legroom compared to its predecessor and a higher seating position. The so-called “Magic Seats” with their fold-up seats in the rear were adopted.  

When it comes to propulsion, Honda is eliminating the conventional diesel and gasoline engines of its predecessor and concentrating on a single hybrid. The centerpiece is a 1,5-liter petrol engine which, while driving, serves as a power generator for the 96 kW / 131 hp electric motor on the front axle for most of the time. The combustion engine only functions as a direct drive when the load is high, for example on the motorway. Honda is already familiar with the concept from the Jazz compact car and the larger CR-V SUV model. The Japanese have not yet mentioned consumption and CO2 values ​​for the HR-V, but if you take the somewhat weaker Jazz as an example, they should be in the range of four liters.  

Prices for the HR-V are also not yet known. The current model starts at 22.000 euros, the new edition should settle above this. The Honda does not qualify for the e-car bonus due to the lack of a charging connection. 

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