Driving Report: Honda HR-V

Honda HR-V - stylishly chic crossover

Chic, modern and comfortable, the HR-V is at the start. Already introduced in December 2013 in Japan under the name VEZEL crossover shares a vehicle platform with the Honda Jazz. The newcomer from Japan is supposed to help the recently less visible brand gain more publicity. What he also promises with his chic exterior, because with his front end, he fits very well with the brand image. This leads him optically in line with the Jazz, Civic and CR-V. However, not only as a chic car, but also as a crossover with high utility. The carmakers from Nippon start the price list at 19.990 Euro.

Honda HR-V Executive 1.5 i-VTEC

A little bit of magic
Honda HR-V - the newest Honda in the crossover segment
Honda HR-V - newest Honda in the crossover segment

Launched in Europe since 2015

The HR-V comes purely from its dimensions as a crossover therefore. Its very chic and contemporary appearance shows the exclusively five-door model available vehicle in the sporty look of the Honda family. The front of the Japanese stamp wide aprons pulled up to the sides. The "H-Mark" is prominently framed by the radiator grille and the side flares of the headlights continued in a virtual line over the entire length of the vehicle, before briefly pulling upwards in an arc in front of the tail lights. At the rear, the headlights provide a dynamic appearance.

Another engine for the Earth Dreams Technology line
Another engine for the Earth Dreams Technology line

dynamics

With the chassis known from Honda (a McPherson suspension at the front and a twist beam axle at the rear) and the very direct steering, the crossover offers a generally sovereign driving experience. The HR-V achieves improved aerodynamics thanks to the roof rails that are firmly attached to the roof. At just under 1,78 meters wide and 1,60 meters high, the car is also narrower and lower than its competitors. Its optimized wind slippage has a positive effect on fuel consumption (5,7 liters in the standard test) and exhaust emissions (134 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer). We do not always achieve the specified values, but this is due to the laboratory conditions of the NEDC standard.

The Nippon Crossover is on the road as a city dweller as well as an urban SUV. In the city narrow lanes, but also fast lane changes are no problem for the HR-V. Its steering is designed extremely spur-stable, so that in the city just with the small turning circle a very relaxed driving and parking is possible. In rural areas, he even masters unpaved roads. A considerable amount of driving pleasure is the 130-PS petrol engine we tested. Especially with its nominal maximum torque of 155 Newton meters at 4.600 revolutions, the unit can refill at any time intensively. Combined with the six-speed manual transmission, the Japanese crossover can be efficiently controlled by urban and urban traffic, yet every gear change is a bit hakelig. Only motorway routes make the 1,5 liter of petrol strained, which is also reflected in the consumption.

Comfort and space

Inside, with a vehicle length of 4,29 meters up to five people comfortably. The HR-V impresses with its good material and workmanship. The clearly structured cockpit with the Honda Connect navigation system as an eye-catcher and control center as well as the panoramic glass roof ensure a generous sense of space. The seating system Magic Seats®, which has already been used in jazz, not only gives the vehicle great flexibility in loading. It provides just the passengers in the rear large legroom. Laying the tank under the front seats, the rear seats can be folded up to the cinema seating or they form a straight cargo area. With this folding mechanism, the cargo space volume of 393 liters grows to more than generous 1456 liters.

Large panoramic roof allows a great sense of space
Large panoramic roof allows a great sense of space

Equipment

The HR-V already has a rich set of equipment ex factory. The basic version "Comfort" has an ECON mode, collision warning system, front seat heating for driver and front passenger, a speed control system with speed limiter, on-board computer and a very useful coming / coming home monitoring function. The "Elegance" mid-range trim features two-zone automatic climate control and the Honda Connect infotainment system with Bluetooth® interface and USB port. In addition, there are fog lights, steering wheel and gear lever knob in leather and 16-inch alloy wheels. In the field of driver assistance systems, Honda has always been a manufacturer focused on innovation and functionality. Accordingly, in our test car, the Executive variant, an adaptive electric power steering, hill start assist, City Emergency Brake Assist, driving light assistant, lane departure warning and an intelligent speed limiter coupled with the traffic sign recognition system included as standard.

Price list

The HR-V, which gives it exclusively as a front-wheel drive, is available from a price of 19.990 Euro. But Honda offers the third engine of the Eath-Dreams-Technology Aggregate, an 1.5-liter i-VTEC® with 96 kW (130 PS). This engine can be combined with both a six-speed manual transmission and a CVT automatic transmission. The surcharge for the CVT transmission is 1.300 Euro. The diesel engine, on the other hand, comes with the 1.6 i-DTEC® with the 88 kW power output (120 PS) only in conjunction with a six-speed manual gearbox. The base price here is 22.490 Euro. The price differences between the three equipment lines Comfort, Elegance and Executive are kept moderate.

Crossover with good price / performance ratio
Crossover with good price / performance ratio
At the end...

With the HR-V Honda works very well in the segment of crossover. In addition, the combination of space and utility as well as a contemporary lifestyle look is very well done.

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Honda

HR-V Executive 1.5 iVTEC

EngineR4, super, direct injection
capacity1.498 ccm³
Performance130 hp @ 6.600 rpm
Kraft155 Nm @ 4.600 rpm
gear6-speed manual transmission
drive axlefront-wheel drive
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Length Width Height4.294, 1.772, 1.605 mm
wheelbase2.610 mm
Tare1.312 kg
turning circle11,40 m
top speed192 km / h
Acceleration 0-100 km / h10,7 sec
standard consumption5.7 l / 100 km
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everyday driver6.6 l / 100 km (Diesel)
Eco-expert5.5 l / 100 km
Field service mode6.9 l / 100km

Text and photos: Stefan Beckmann

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