The Honda HR-V is the crossover vehicle from the Japanese conglomerate which uses a small car's platform with distinct identity in terms of usability. This car incorporates the frugality and practicality of a small hatch while the robust appeal is shared from any big sports utility vehicle. It was under operation from year 1998 to 2006 with 3 doors and 5 doors versions when it looks to be suitable for a particular group of audience because of its unusual looks and design. The current generation HR-V was introduced in year 2013 in Japanese market where the name alloted to it was Honda Vezel. The Hi-Rider revolutionary Vehicle, as the full form suggests for the vehicle's name has an upright position which looks brilliant and robust. The car is designed to the best looker in segment while competing with the most appropriate rival Hyundai Tucson. Their is a powerful engine under hood which is taken from the Honda Civic sedan; this engine has a good proficiency in performance and results to be well functioning on city streets and highways. The power output through all the three trim levels of HR-V that are 1.8L S, 1.8L E and 1.8L V measures the same clocking 142 PS at 6500 rpm alongside a maximum torque output measuring 172 Nm at 4300 rpm. The family car abbreviation suits perfectly with the HR-V which adds few bits of intensity and eagerness. As per the looks, it has a lot of details on the front carrying a sharp headlights and modern looking radiator grill which has huge garnishing traits. The coupe alike rear houses a small wind shield and puffed tail gate with angular lights mounted over it. Inside the car, the practicality has been poured over a number of places from where the user can use the car to its maximum. With multiple folding seats and highly equipped dashboard, the HR-V becomes an appropriate choice for people with dreams of having a easy to maneuver car with SUV style and presence. In terms of safety aspects, the Honda has taken care of each possible feature from head to toe which should have made its way in the alleged car.
Mileage and Fuel economy
HR-V has a 1.8 liter i-VTEC petrol engine, which is a proven machine and is shared with the Civic. In city limits, the car returns 10.6 kmpl of mileage while on highways, it makes it to 14.5 kmpl which makes it to an average of 12 kmpl.
The 1.8 liter i-VTEC engine is a great machine which resolves rough terrains into a smoother drive experience. It churns out 142 PS of power at 6500 rpm with maximum torque worth 172 Nm at 4300 rpm.
Acceleration & Pickup
The Honda HR-V has the same engine which is their in its sedan sibling and it is potentially fit enough to get the 100 kmph speed in just 9.1 seconds while it can attain the top speed close to 200 kmph.
The Honda HR-V was introduced in year 1996 for the first time, and that time model was a dull looking deal with inappropriate dimensions and sluggish design, but this perspective is said as per the current trait of Honda's designing. This car was one of the true crossovers which exist during that time and rafted a new class for the vehicles with a roomier cabin while retaining the compact nature of a small car. The current version of the same is a completely revamped version of the older car and it borrows almost nothing from the gone generation model. However, th elder sibling CR-V has given a lot to make it look like a potentially strong machine from looks. With the strong yet bunched dimensions, the HR-V becomes a strong player in the league. Their are ample detailing embossed on the body like the crease lines that has become a guideline to identify a Japanese car. Other things which were attractive in this car are the front grill which has massively dynamic patterns with thin and thick lines. The HRV is way smaller than the CRV, but owns a significant amount of space inside thanks to the longer wheelbase and this also helped Honda to make it look balanced in terms of dimensions.
The HRV counts its compact dimensions with 4294 mm of length, 1772 mm of width and 1605 mm of height. The 2610 mm of wheelbase makes it good to hold things intact while making it spacious at same time.
The Honda's innovations and technologies are famous all over the automotive industry, and the treatment carried over the HR-V is no exception. The comfortable seats, plush and bold dashboard, and the points concerning the reasonable traits are efficient enough to finalize your car buying decision. The front seats are supportive and they hold the occupant firmly from all three sides, making it suitable to drive for longer durations. The dashboard is provided a rather extraordinary designing with elongated air-vents, on the side of which is a big touchscreen with smartphone like interface. At the rear, the people with more than 6 foot of height can also sit well without getting disturbed from the head room and leg room. The incorporation of magic seats at the rear is a well planned approach; user can fold up the bottom of the seat to place taller articles, while they can push down the back of the same to store flat luggage. While making the seats down, it gets completely flat in proportion with the trunk's floor to store more luggage.
The comfort level given to the HR-V is borrowed from a class above. The reasonable amount of holes and pockets are planted inside the cabin which can store a lot of minor stuff like the charger, phone, glasses, etc. the AC vents placed in sequential order over the dashboard looks great but it may chill down the front passenger completely, arising cold issues for the same. The assembly of touch screen infotainment system , push button start, steering design and controls mounted over it have become signature style of the Honda's new generation vehicle which have made their way here also. At the rear, the magic seats have given a good chance to expand the luggage capacity.
The Honda HR-V has clarified the issues of cargo area ingeniously with its magic seats that have also made their way in the Honda Jazz. It accommodates 690 liters of luggage area with seats up and 1666 liters of boot space with seats down.
Engine and Performance
This car is available with Honda's iVTEC series valve technology boasted into the 1.8 liter SOHC, 4 cylinder-16 valve petrol engine with electronic fuel injection. It has made milestones in the earlier cars and has been on the top of list of petrol engines available in the category. This engine churns out 142 PS of power at 6500 rpm and 172 Nm of torque at 4300 rpm. It is mated to Continuous Variable Transmission and obeys the Euro 3 pollution norms.
Stereo and Accessories
The music player installed in the stated car follows the designing traits of Honda's new sculpture; it has a nice looking touch screen panel which looks to be a plane surface when key is out of ignition, but when lighted, it displays a vivid menu and number of options to deal with. The touch screen has many options to play with the options but using them on drive could turn out to be a hassle, but for this audio controls are planted on the steering wheel itself alongside Bluetooth handsfree calling and cruise control functionalities. This music player supports input from CD/DVD, USB, Aux, FM radio receiver and Bluetooth. The speakers are mounted over the doors, but it may feel a bit underpowered due to Honda's low noise insulation terms and driver may find it switching the volume rocker up and down.
The robustness of a tall SUV gets highlighted with the way of designing its wheels. The HRV runs over 16 inch alloy wheel which are wrapped with 215/60 R16 tyres for optimum road grip.
Braking and Handling
The brakes in this car are additionally attached with various safety aspects including antilock braking systems and electronic brake force distribution. Primarily, the front wheels are running over the ventilated disk brakes and the rear are comfortable with solid disks. The ride quality and stability are good and fits best for the highways and cities.
Safety and Security
Honda's strategy of employing all the safety aspects for the complete fleet of the vehicles including all variants and models is tremendously exciting and it has a good purpose too. The brand is known for the quality of products and same is found to be kept intact in the HR-V as well. The six airbags protect the passengers on the front seats from the front and sides; at the rear, curtain airbags perform their duties to keep the travelers safe. The electric parking brake is a new thing for the category which holds the vehicle stand still with single push of a button. Along with this the auto brake holds the vehicle in stop position once the brake pedal is applied and taken off. It starts accelerating as the respective pedal is pressed. The rear parking sensor commands for the precise distance behind the car and matches with the warning accordingly. Other safety features include G-CON chassis design, hill start assist,vehicle stability assist and child security with ISO FIX.
- The engine is very responsive
- Good set of interior features
- Easy to maintain and run
- No option for Diesel Engine
- Uncomfortable if second row has 3 passengers
- Low noise insulation in cabin