Facelift for HR-V
The cross-over segment just got even more competitive
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.
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.
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.
HR-V 1.5 Comfort CVT R354 900 HR-V 1.8 Elegance CVT R419 900
Honda has given the HR-V crossover a sleeker look and interior upgrades.