Honda HR-V Review
Honda Motor Co Ltd. is a Japanese automaker which established itself in the year 1959. In 2001 Honda became the second largest Japanese automobile manufacturer and eighth largest automobile manufacturer in the world. Honda HR-V is a mini crossover SUV with 5-door body style and being produced since 1999. Currently it is in its second generation and made its debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show as a concept car while the production model was unveiled later at the 2014 LA Auto Show. It also shares its platform with the third generation Honda Fit.
This mean machine is powered by a robust 1.8 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine which is mated with a six speed manual transmission gearbox. This powerful engine generates a maximum power of 141 PS at 6500 rpm to provide you an effortless cruising along with a commanding torque of 172 Nm at 4300 rpm to deliver fast acceleration and a good pulling power. Further it can zoom to an acceleration of 100 kmph from a position of halt in just 11.4 seconds while the top speed which it is able to attain clocks at 201 kmph.
Talking about its exterior, the sharp sculpted character lines depicts its unique styling language. Its aerodynamic, coupe like design not only enhances the on-road efficiency but also makes it look more classy. The huge radiator grille along with chrome accents give it a rugged look. The automaker has not left any stone unturned to give it an unparalleled image. With such great exteriors, the interior also doesn't lag behind. Every inch of the cabin has been used practically to provide you with maximum comfort. Its spacious boot of 1665 litres allows you to carry with yourself, whatever you want while on a ride.
Honda has also not compromised on its safety and braking features. It is equipped with an airbag mechanism which consist of front airbags, side airbags along with the curtain airbags that reduces the severity of an injury caused to the occupants. Other safety features includes seat belts, ISOFIX child seat anchors, ACE body, immobilizer and a security alarm. Regarding the braking mechanism, the front wheels are equipped with a set of ventilated disc brakes while the rear wheels are equipped with solid disc brakes which are further assisted by anti lock braking system (ABS).
Mileage and fuel economy
The engine of this SUV is incorporated with a programmed fuel injection (PGM-FI) system which allows it to deliver an impressive fuel economy. On bigger roads it can deliver 14.45 kmpl while in city traffic it is able to churn out 10.63 kmpl. The combined fuel economy of this car comes to 11.9 kmpl.
Its 1.8 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine generates 141 PS of power at 6500 rpm for an effortless cruising and delivers 172 Nm of torque at 4300 rpm for a rapid acceleration and pulling power.
Acceleration and pickup
With the help of its six speed manual transmission gearbox, this vehicle can zoom towards a top speed of 201 kmph. It can break the mark of 100 kmph from a position of standstill in just 11.4 seconds.
The designers have made this car with much precision to give it a captivating and alluring look. The EL trim and E trim has got a high gloss black grille with chrome accents while the S trim has a grained finish black grille. Talking about its illumination, the EL trim is integrated with dual projector LED headlights with LED daytime running lights (DRL) with an auto levelling adjustment while the other variants have multi reflector halogen headlights. The fog lamps and LED tail lamps are present in all the variants. The power adjustable and folding door mirrors are given the body colour that makes them blend in the side profile. Regarding the door handles, the EL trim is designed with chrome door handles while the other trims have body coloured door handles. The rear end of the car is beautifully designed with LED tail lamps and a tailgate spoiler that is adorned with LED high mounted stop lamp. A wiper and a windshield defogger is also provided at the back for the convenience of the driver. The sharp and sculptured character lines which are engraved on this car express a unique styling language. The HR-V makes a commanding road presence with its aerodynamic design and finely crafted body.
The automaker has designed this car with a decent length of 4294 mm along with a height of 1605 mm. The total width of this vehicle is about 1772 mm with a wheelbase measuring 2610 mm that makes the cabin huge and spacious.
No road trip would be too long with HR-V's spacious and comfortable interior. The manual driver seat is designed with height adjusting feature while the rear seats have a ULT (utility, long and tall) mode with a 60:40 split. Further the seats are wrapped up in leather for the EL trim while the other trims have a black fabric. It is fitted with a leather wrapped shift knob along side a leather wrapped electric power steering with tilt and telescopic adjustment to deliver a perfect driving position to the driver. The instrument cluster has all the information placed neatly along with an illumination for a better view. The rear seats have a sliding and reclining function which helps to increase the boot space.
Honda has blessed this vehicle with a number of comfort aspects that will allow the passengers to enjoy a comfortable riding experience. The S trim has got a manual air-conditioning system with rotary controls while other trims have an automatic air-conditioning system with touch panel control which cools the cockpit instantly to create a favourable climate. To help you store your essentials, the company has bestowed this car with a number of storage features like centre pocket, front and rear door pockets, 3 cup holders and 4 bottle holders. To protect your eyes from harsh raises of sun, the sun visors are provided for driver and front passenger which also have vanity mirrors and illumination in them.
The HR-V has got a spacious internal cabin which provides an ample of leg room and head room for all the passengers. With the rear seats up, it provides a boot space of 393 litres which can be further extended to a gigantic 1665 litres by folding the rear seats.
Engine and performance
All the variants of Honda HR-V are fitted with 1.8 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine which comes with the programmed fuel injection system (PGM-FI). It is also mated with a six speed manual transmission gear box which sends the engine power to its four wheels. This power plant can churn out a maximum power of 141 PS at 6500 rpm along with a peak torque of 172 Nm at 4300 rpm. This machine is also blessed with a transmission of Earth Dreams Technology Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
Stereo and accessories
For the best in-car entertainment, HR-V is blessed with a dynamic audio system which features CD/MP3 player along with AM/FM radio tuner and comes with 4 speakers and 2 tweeters to distribute the sound throughout the cabin. The EL trim and E trim is also integrated with an HDMI port for smartphone mirroring. Further, its connectivity features include Bluetooth, USB port, AUX-in, iPod and iPhone connectivity. All these features help you to personalize the audio system and listen to your favourite playlist.
Wheels are an important part of the car as it is responsible for providing a good hold on the road. That is why this car is fitted with 17 inch alloy wheels which are covered with 215/55/R17 sized tires.
Braking and handling
The front wheels are equipped with a set of ventilated disc brakes while the rear wheels are equipped with solid disc brakes to provide you a hassle free braking experience. It is further assisted with anti lock braking system (ABS) to avoid wheel locking in case of an emergency braking. Its rack and pinion based electric power steering makes it easy to handle the car. Moreover, it is fitted with a front suspension of MacPherson with stabilizer and a rear suspension of axle type.
Safety and security
HR-V is bestowed with a full airbag mechanism consisting of driver and front passenger airbag, side airbag along with the curtain airbags to reduce the impact of a crash and save the occupants from an injury. Further it is assisted with hill start assist (HSA) that prevents you from rolling backwards while on a hill and the emergency stop signal (ESS) flashes the brake lights rapidly as a message of panic and emergency stop to the drivers behind you. The vehicle stability assist (VSA) helps the driver to stabilize the car and regain full command when the system detects over-steer or under-steer during the event of traction loss. Other safety features employed in this car includes seat belts, ISOFIX child seat anchors, ACE body, immobilizer and a security alarm.
- Impressive boot space
- Stylish design
- An array of safety features
- Lack of engine options
- Expensive against rivals
- Base trim lacks features