Honda has retuned to the compact SUV sector in style with a new HR-V that’s one of the best-looking compact SUVs on the market.
Here is an all-new crossover car blending coupe-like styling with the tough, solid stance of a robust SUV and it’s dramatically different to the original HR-V, on sale in the UK from 1999 to 2005.
The heat is certainly on Renault, Nissan and Vauxhall who have driven into the supermini SUV sector since the demise of the first-generation HR-V because the new
Honda doesn’t simply represent very stylish transport but also offers class-leading boot space. What’s more, it shares Honda’s highly practical Magic Seats system with the Jazz supermini so owners enjoy numerous loading configurations.
Carrying capacity is 453 litres with the rear seats up and 1,026 litres when they’re folded. Take your pick from S, SE, SENav and EX versions priced from £18,495 and available in Nottingham through Vertu Honda at Lenton Lane.
They are powered by either an all-new 130 PS 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol engine or a 120 PS 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel. CO2 emissions are as low as 104 g/ km. For drivers seeking an easier life at the wheel there are CVT, petrol-engined cars with a newly developed automatic transmission using software which simulates seven speeds and provides optimised gear change mapping.
Climate control, cruise control and dusk-sensing automatic headlamps are fitted as standard even on S-grade cars while extra features of SE versions include rain-sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors and a six-speaker audio upgrade.
Top-grade EX examples further have a full leather interior, smart entry and start, and a rearview camera. They are also distinguished by a unique-in-class, tilt-and-slide opening panoramic glass sunroof, plus 17-inch alloy wheels.
The Honda Connect in-car infotainment system of SE and EX cars is an Android-based system featuring an app-based ‘pinch, swipe and tap‘ interface accessed on a seven-inch touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard. Preinstalled apps give rapid access to internet-based services such as web browsing, real-time traffic information, news and weather, social media, and internet music stations.
A maximum, five-star Euro NCAP safety rating has followed Honda’s decision to equip every new HR-V sold in Europe with the brand’s City-Brake Active System. SE and EX models also have Honda’s Advanced Driver Assist System, which uses radar sensors, plus forward- and rear-facing cameras in giving owners a comprehensive suite of active safety technologies including forward collision warning, traffic sign recognition, an intelligent speed limiter, a lane departure warning system, an a high-beam support system.