Honda HRV

The Honda HRV (High-Rider Revolutionary Vehicle) is a small SUV / compact crossover call it what you will, basically it’s a car that fits four adults and their luggage offering the benefit of a higher position to enhance the view out.  The first thing you notice is that the HRV is a great looking car, the long nose and hidden rear door handles give it an almost coupe look, it’s compact exterior  dimensions are instantly forgotten when you sit inside, it’s comfortable, airy and offers great views. The rear passenger space is excellent for four, not for five, the HRV is quite a narrow car, the boot is an excellent 470 litres.

 

 

The HRV, to Mobility customers, is available only is the entry level ‘Elegance’ that is very well equipped complete with heated front seats, 9 inch touch screen, keyless entry and start, front and rear parking sensors with rear view camera. All cars come with the rear ‘magic seats’ where the seats flip up like cinema seats to give additional room, perfect for the trip home from IKEA where you have inadvertently purchased a pot plant or even better a folded wheelchair, they are a really nice touch and systematic of the thought of design that has gone into the HRV, it is a car that is incredibly easy to like. Sport cars have dual-zone climate control, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors. LED headlights and a reversing camera, twin exhaust pipes and uprated suspension.

 

 

The 1.5 litre petrol engine is paired to two electric motors connected to a 0.86kWh lithium ion battery which lives under the rear floor, the HRV is a new hybrid, Honda call it e:HEV, where the petrol engine drives a generator that in turn powers the batteries that drive the motor to turn the front wheels all controlled by a electronic (CVT) gearbox. It is a complicated system but it works well, electric power can be used solely for low speeds, at higher speeds the batteries are bypassed and the petrol engine powers the second motor that drives the car. With a total of 129bhp and 253Nm of torque, the HRV can get from 0-62mph in 10.6 seconds and the official economy is quoted at up to 52.3 mpg.

Spring Best Buy – Honda HRV ‘SE’ 1.5 129 bhp e:HEV ECVT Auto ‘Elegance’  –  £3599 Advance Payment (£2293 wpms)