Since September 2015, the Japanese automaker has also arrived in the world of crossover, it is said. Fallacy! Because Honda offered with the HR-V of the first generation already 1999 a mini SUV, which is considered the legitimate predecessor of the December 2013 offered in Japan VEZEL. At that time as High Rider Vehivle (HR-V). Based on the same platform as the Honda Jazz, the HR-V now faces its competitors in the highly competitive crossover market. With a chic exterior, efficient engines and driver assistance systems, the new one should help the recently less present brand to regain more standing. What it promises with its fresh front section, because it goes very well with the brand image. Visually, it brings him into line with the Jazz, Civic and CR-V. The Japanese start the price list with diesel engines at 23.190 euros.
Review: Honda HR-V Elegance 1.6 i-DTEC
Revived crossover with diesel power
Its contemporary appearance shows the exclusively five-door model available vehicle in the sporty appearance of the Honda family. Purely of its dimensions, it fits right into the segment of crossover. Among other things, the front of the Japanese shape wide aprons pulled up to the sides. Outstanding is the "H-Mark" from the radiator grille includes, in addition, the lateral curves of the headlights continue in a virtual line over the entire vehicle length. She ends arcuately in front of the taillights, where she pulls up briefly. Striking at the rear are its headlights, which give the HR-V a dynamically sporty appearance. Thanks to the roof rail fixed to the roof, the crossover improves by a few points on the subject of aerodynamics. With just under 1,78 meter width and 1,60 meter height, the car is also narrower and lower in comparison to its competitors. Its optimized wind-slipperiness has a positive effect on fuel consumption (4,0 liters in the standard test) and exhaust emissions (104 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer). We were unable to reach the values in the laboratory during our test phase. Reasons are the high traffic volume of the Rhine / Main area and the generally self-confident driving feeling, which gives us the HR-V in combination with the Honda known suspension (a strut suspension front and a torsion beam rear) and its quite direct steering.
With a vehicle length of 4,29 meters, there is comfortably space for up to five people. Unfortunately, hard plastic finds its way into one or the other surface, but this goes hand in hand with good workmanship. The Honda Connect navigation system is an eye-catcher and control center in the clearly structured cockpit. A good all-round view also ensures a generous feeling of space. The Magic Seats® seating system, already used in the Jazz and Civic, not only gives the vehicle great loading flexibility. It gives the passengers in the rear a lot of legroom. By moving the tank under the front seats, the rear seats can be folded up for cinema seating or they form a straight loading area. Thanks to this folding mechanism, the load space volume increases from 470 liters to more than a generous 1.533 liters, if we include the cleverly hidden lower compartment.
Power Diesel with 1.6 liter displacement
As an urban vehicle and vehicle for rural traffic alike, the Japanese crossover is very fast on the road. Narrow passages in the city, but also fast lane changes are never a challenge for the HR-V. Its steering is designed extremely spur-proof, so that in the city thanks to its small turning circle a very relaxed driving and parking is possible. Coping with unpaved roads is also no problem for the crossover. The tested by us 120-PS diesel drives a lot of driving pleasure again and again a smile in our faces. With a maximum torque of 300 Newtonmeter at 2.000 revolutions, the engine can easily reload at any time and without difficulty. However, we notice the loud growling unit at "cold phases" uncomfortable, once driven "warm", it impresses on highway driving with a certain smoothness. Combined with the six-speed manual transmission, the Japanese crossover can be efficiently controlled by urban traffic, yet every gear change is a bit hakelig.
Driver assistance in the trend
The HR-V comes with a comprehensive standard equipment ex works. For the "Comfort" basis, Honda lists: an ECON mode, collision warning system, front and rear seat heating for the driver and front passenger, a cruise control with speed limiter, on-board computer and a useful coming / coming home monitoring function. In the medium equipment "Elegance" driven by us are a climate control automatic with two-zone control and the Infotainment system Honda Connect with Bluetooth® interface and USB connection on board. In addition, there are fog lights, steering wheel and gear lever knob in leather and 16-inch alloy wheels. As a manufacturer that relies on innovation and functionality, Honda scores points in the area of driver assistance systems. Accordingly, in our test car "Elegance" an adaptive electric power steering, hill start assist, city emergency brake assist, driving light assistant, lane departure warning, intelligent speed limiter coupled with the traffic sign recognition system included as standard.
The HR-V, which gives it exclusively as a front-wheel drive, is available from a price of 23.190 Euro. For this, Honda offers an engine of the Eath-Dreams-Technology Aggregate, the 1.6-liter i-DTEC® with 88 kW (120 PS). This engine can only be combined with a six-speed manual transmission. Gasoline engines, on the other hand, are available with the 1.5 i-VTEC® with 96 kW power output (130 PS), with a six-speed manual transmission or with a CVT automatic transmission at a surcharge. The price for this is 1.300 Euro. The base price is 20.490 Euro. The price differences between the three equipment lines Comfort, Elegance and Executive with 2.450 Euro and 3.750 Euro are moderate.
At the end... With the combination of space and supply, the HR-V is working very well in the crossover segment. Its contemporary design and diesel engine, however, are the better option compared to gasoline.[toggle title = ”Engine and Gearbox”]
HR-V 1.6 i-DTEC
|Performance||120 hp @ 4.000 rpm|
|Kraft||300 Nm @ 2.000 rpm|
|gear||Six-speed manual transmission|
|drive axle||front-wheel drive|
|Length Width Height||4.294, 1.772, 1.605 mm|
|turning circle||11,4 m|
|top speed||192 km / h|
|Acceleration 0-100 km / h||10,1 sec|
|standard consumption||4.0 l / 100 km|
|everyday driver||5.2 l / 100 km|
|Eco-expert||4.2 l / 100 km|
|Field service mode||5.8 l / 100km|