Honda enters the booming mini-SUV segment in summer with the HR-V. Drawn for adults and with high variability, the almost 4,30 meter long Japanese is said to make up ground in the segment with established competitors such as Opel Mokka and Nissan Juke.
The HR-V is based on the same platform as the Honda Jazz, from which the practical rear seat with the variable rear seats was also adopted: the seats can be folded up like in cinema seats, so that storage space is created from the rear footwell to the roof if necessary. The rear seats can also be folded down so that a flat loading area is created, with a maximum of 1.026 liters of space. If the back seat is occupied, there is room for 453 liters of luggage.
The design of the mini SUV is based on the stature of the larger CR-V. Chrome elements set accents on the inside, a wide center tunnel separates the driver and front passenger. Together with the seven-inch touchscreen, an Android-based infotainment system is supplied as standard from the Sport equipment variant, into which a smartphone can be integrated. Internet browsers, Facebook and Twitter messages or music streaming services can be used in this way. A city emergency brake assistant is always on board. Starting with the Comfort equipment line, Lane Keeping Assist and traffic sign recognition are standard.
The HR-V is powered either by a new 1,5-liter petrol engine with 96 kW / 130 PS for Europe or a 1,6-liter diesel with 88 kW / 120 PS, which is also used in the compact Civic. Both engines are combined with a six-speed manual transmission, and a continuously variable transmission is also available for the petrol engine. Hybrid and all-wheel drive - to have both for the Japanese counterpart - will probably not be available in this country.
There is no information about the prices yet, but they should start just under 20.000 euros. The new mini SUV has been available in Japan since 2013 under the name Vezel. Between 1999 and 2005, a Honda HR-V was offered here in Germany, at that time as a four-meter-long SUV station wagon.
Author: Hanne Lübbehüsen / SP-X