Honda HRV

The Honda HRV (High-Rider Revolutionary Vehicle) is the car that everyone wants at the moment, 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. Honda have made the HRV with this in mind and have not gone to the extremes of adding an all wheel drive option or even some clever trickery to kid anyone into thinking it will ‘green lane’. It’s an approach that has paid dividends, the HRV has sold over 1.5 million units worldwide making it the most popular choice in its class. 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 at 470 litres is 40 litres up on on the larger Nissan Qashqai and a whopping 118 litres bigger than the similar sized Nissan Juke.

 

 

The HRV, to Mobility customers, is available in either ‘S’ ‘SE’, EX or the high powered only ‘Sport’ Trim. The base trim is very well equipped: 16 inch alloy wheels, heated door mirrors, CD player, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, audio controls on the steering wheel, climate control for the air-con, cruise control, dusk sensing lights, all-round electric windows and a full complement of airbags. The SE adds 17 inch alloys, HONDA Connect with Garmin navigation, parking sensors front and rear, rear view camera, privacy glass, automatic wipers, seven-inch colour touchscreen, dual-zone climate control, leather wrapping for the steering wheel and gear knob and the Driver Assistance Safety Pack which comprises Collision Warning, intelligent Speed Assist which reads road signs and alters your speed accordingly and Lane Departure Warning. EX adds keyless entry and start, heated front seats, LED headlights and an opening panoramic glass roof. 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.

 

There are two variants of the  1.5 litre petrol, one that produces 128bhp, but peak torque is only 155Nm meaning you have to work the engine hard to access it, as it’s not at ‘peak’ until 4,600rpm. If you need a sudden burst of forward motion, you’ll be regularly swapping ratios on the standard six-speed manual gearbox to extract the performance (0-62mph in 10.2 seconds) and if you opt for the CVT automatic the revs go right up and the car catches up later. Shame. The 179 bhp 1.5 litre is taken from the Civic sport and it really does shift, the addition of a turbo transforms the engine, 0-62 mph in a very brisk 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 134 mph, economy is a claimed 40.4 mpg as a 6 speed manual or 39.2 mpg as a 7 speed CVT automatic.

Autumn Best Buy – Honda HRV ‘S’ 1.5 128bhp Petrol Manual  –  £499 Advance Payment (£66.86 wpms) or £749 (£68.51 wpms) in SE trim or £1999 (£871 wpms) in EX trim

 Autumn Best Buy – Honda HRV ‘SE’ 1.5 128 bhp Petrol Automatic  –  £999 Advance Payment (£69.50 +£100 wpms) or £1499 (£371 wpms) in EX trim

 Autumn Best Buy – Honda HRV ‘Sport’ 1.5 179bhp Petrol Manual  –  £1999 Advance Payment (£871 wpms) or £2499 (£1371 wpms) as a CVT Automatic