Honda HR-V Road Test 2016

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OH THE JOY


Originally referred to as the Joy Machine, Honda’s HR-V was the company’s cool option when it came to a compact SUV. When the first HR-V or Hi-Rider Revolutionary Vehicle hit the roads back in 1998 there really wasn’t anything else like it either by definition, purpose or style. Unusual in the way the vehicle reveled in it’s deliberately boxy styling, whilst the badging didn’t make much of it, savvy buyers could easily differentiate between the 2WD and AWD versions by the number of tailpipes. A single pipe and it was front wheel drive, a pair of them and it was the 4X4.


With a break in production from 2006, whilst the original wasn’t a prolific seller in the UK compared to the rest of the world, the new HR-V still has quite a lot to live up to. Where the new model differs is in the fact that to date this sub-compact SUV coupe is 2WD only, the options being petrol or diesel, manual or CVT transmission and four trim levels. If there is to be an AWD version, Honda is currently remaining tight lipped about it although drive to all four wheels would potentially increase the appeal of the new HR-V’s.


Compact is size, style and physical dimensions, the HR-V’s coupe lines are emphasized by the rounded bonnet, the incorporation of Honda’s now universal grille and LED head and running lighting design along with the dual tapering of the roofline and waistlines, the three culminating just behind the rear doors. Add in the frenched rear door handles into the extended window surround and visually at least the HR-V hints at the possibility it’s actually two-door not four. The fully depth tailgate adds to the new Honda’s practicality whilst deep sill and arch protection along with 17” alloys and 215/55 Michelin rubber increase the car’s slightly stubby and chunky looks.

Inside the cabin in EX trim, leather and quality soft touch abound. A thick multifunction sports steering wheel sits in front of large, clear instruments, the centrally located touch reactive controls supplemented by the 7” infotainment, Garmin based satnav screen, DAB tuner and CD port. The system also incorporates Honda’s CONNECT systems although the AUX, USB and HDMI jacks are rather inconveniently located beneath the central console. If you need to use any of them, plug in before you drive away otherwise you’ll struggle to locate the exact one you need.


Contrary to the HR-V’s external appearance interior space is plentiful enough for five adults along with 470 litres of cargo space. Drop the 60:40 split rear seats and the available spaces more than doubles, the Honda capable of swallowing 1,533 litres of luggage along with a passable amount of braked towing ability.


Beneath the bonnet the two options are the 130hp 1.5 litre i-VTC petrol or the 1.6 litre 120hp i-DTEC diesel delivering 155Nm and 300Nm of torque respectively with the choice of 6-speed manual of CVT transmission. Whilst both engines utilise Honda’s Earth Dream Technology and the short-throw, slick 6-speed gearbox is quick, precise to use and the one to insist upon, the CVT auto however must be avoided at nearly all costs. The describe the automatic gearing as indecisive is to give it more credit than it deserves as it hunts endlessly for whatever ratio it sees fit which is usually the wrong one.


If your motoring is minimal consisting of shorter, local journeys the petrol is the one to go for. The HR-V on test was powered by the diesel and is the engine choice for those covering greater distances. Set in Eco mode under mixed motoring the HR-V returned an average consumption of 58.6 mpg with a motorway best of 65.4 mpg which in turn equates to just short of 600 miles per tank of standard diesel.


Featuring Honda’s comprehensive list of driver aids including Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Speed Limiter, Lane Departure Warning, Highbeam Support System, Traffic Sign Recognition, Hill Start Assist and Stop/Start, the HR-V is continuously on the lookout for potential hazards as it is on emitting minimal emissions. The benefit is to all this is that the Honda is even keener than you are to avoid a potential accident whilst if these aids annoy you, most of them can be disengaged.


Radar scanning and self awareness aside the HR-V is nimble and reactive to drive, the ride compliant and reasonably soft, the electric power steering well weighted, turning from lock to lock and effortless two and three quarter turns. The overall attitude of the new HR-V is remarkably vice free, the balance and dynamics perfectly attuned to the car’s safety systems, the view from behind the wheel unobstructed the atmosphere within undemanding and relaxing, the sub-compact coupe design around which the new HR-V is based giving both driver and passengers the feel of a car with a marginally increased ride height instead of the more familiar SUV sensation. Equally, the small diesel is willing and responsive, delivering power and acceleration when required, third and fourth gear work around the B-roads a rewarding experience.


Embodying the very essence that has make Honda as popular as they are, the HR-V feels a quality motor. Everything fits and functions as it was intended to whilst activating each and every operation, control or mechanical demand is carried out within seconds of the driver or passenger making the request.


Price wise the petrol models start at £18,495 for the entry level S rising to £25,425 for the EX CVT. Similarly, the S diesel currently comes in at £20,245, the top specification EX Manual as tested costing £26,580 inclusive of metallic paint. As with all of Honda’s prices, various cash back and contribution incentives are in place to sweeten the deal along with lease and personal contract schemes.


As is becoming increasing popular, the majority of SUV sales now ere towards the 2WD models, the SUV body style and practicality the aspect that attracts many buyers, the family friendliness of the crossover now paramount, AWD no longer a priority especially for more urban based drivers, in theory Honda’s HR-V sitting within neatly in this segment. But whilst the new HR-V is everything a Honda should be where it will suffer is in the fact that apart from the Civic and the recently reintroduced NSX, many younger buyers won’t consider this new Honda sufficiently trendy when compared to the car’s immediate competition. There will however always be those who place quality, reliability and longevity over immediate fashion and it is to those the new HR-V will automatically appeal and quite rightly so.     


                

By; Mark Stone






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