Facelift for HR-V

The cross-over seg­ment just got even more com­pet­i­tive

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - — Wheels Re­porter.

THE pop­u­lar Honda HR-V has re­ceived a sig­nif­i­cant up­grade.

The facelift in­cludes the usual all-new front and rear styling, but the in­te­rior fea­tures now have the HR-V’s full-fea­tured 6,8-inch in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem as stan­dard equip­ment across the range.

Honda’s clever Magic Seat Sys­tem re­mains in place while six airbags, ve­hi­cle sta­bil­ity, hill start as­sist as well as emer­gency brak­ing in­di­ca­tors all aid safer driv­ing. The Magic Seat sys­tem is made pos­si­ble by the HR-V’s cen­trally lo­cated fuel tank, which al­lows a flat rear cabin floor. The split rear bench seat can be folded for­ward con­ven­tion­ally to ex­tend the 393-litre lug­gage com­part­ment to a ca­pa­cious 1 002 litres.

The up­dated HR-V model range still of­fers a choice of Com­fort and El­e­gance trim lev­els, as well as 1,5-litre and 1,8-litre driv­e­trains fea­tur­ing Honda’s i-VTEC tech­nol­ogy and Con­tin­u­ously Vari­able Trans­mis­sion (CVT) gear­boxes.

While the 1,5 Com­fort model re­tains its pop­u­lar 16-inch al­loy wheels, the 1,8 El­e­gance is now fit­ted with new, head­turn­ing 17-inch wheels sport­ing a con­tem­po­rary de­sign in line with its flag­ship sta­tus.

Toshi­aki Kusakari, head of au­to­mo­biles at Honda Mo­tor South­ern Africa, said the HR-V’s global pop­u­lar­ity is also re­flected here in South Africa, where it slots be­tween the larger CR-V and the more com­pact BR-V.

“We’re con­vinced that these lat­est up­dates will fur­ther en­trench the ur­ban cross­over as one of our top sell­ers lo­cally,” Kusakari said in a state­ment.

In­te­rior

In­side, Honda still fea­tures piano-gloss black de­tail­ing new ma­te­ri­als and stitch­ing, while noise and vi­bra­tion damp­en­ing has been up­graded. Elec­tri­cally op­er­ated win­dows and mir­rors, re­mote cen­tral lock­ing, air-con­di­tion­ing, cruise con­trol, a multi-func­tion steer­ing wheel and a multi-in­for­ma­tion trip com­puter are stan­dard across the board.

In the case of the 1.8 El­e­gance model, a rear-view park­ing cam­era is linked to the park­ing sen­sors to make re­verse park­ing more con­ve­nient. Prices in­clude a five-year or 200 000 km war­ranty, a four-year/60 000 km ser­vice plan, and a three-year AA Road­side As­sis­tance pack­age. Ser­vices re­main at 15 000 km in­ter­vals.

Com­peti­tors

The crossovers seg­ment is very com­pet­i­tive and the two au­to­matic HR-V mod­els square up against the likes of Ford’s Ecosport, Hyundai’s Creta, Nis­san’s Juke and Qashqai, the Opel Mocca and Cross­land, Re­nault’s San­dero and Duster, the Subaru XV, Suzuki Vi­tara and VW’s Tiguan, to name just a few ri­vals.

Prices

HR-V 1.5 Com­fort CVT R354 900 HR-V 1.8 El­e­gance CVT R419 900

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

Honda has given the HR-V cross­over a sleeker look and in­te­rior up­grades.

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