The 1.8 Honda HR-V provides the style and versatility that takes you on a journey of wide-open possibilities. Its looks aren’t just for show as its detailing gives it superb aerodynamics, while melding coupe aesthetics to a versatile SUV.
It’s the kind of crossover SUV that accommodates a small family, a couple starting out or even a single person comfortably. It’s one of the Honda models that are not on the list of some crossover buyers, but your mind might just change after unpacking this beauty.
In my opinion, it took me a while to get used to the look of the Honda HR-V, however, the basic sporty coupe crossover look eventually had me falling in love. It looks meaner with more purpose when compared to its previous derivatives with a new bonnet design and chrome finish on the front-end grille. The bold Honda logo, redesigned headlights and of course, its unique 17-inch blade-designed alloy wheels are a sight to behold.
I am a sucker for dark colours on vehicles and we received the HR-V in a feisty Metallic Modern Steel.
The interior of the HR-V boasts an all-black dashboard, leather seats and a leather steering wheel. Its infotainment system now accommodates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the centre console is split and creates a hidden compartment where your phone can be stored or any other small items.
The front passenger seats as well as the rear of this crossover SUV are super comfortable – allowing any road trip to feel like a breeze. The rear seats are also able to fold forward, enabling more room for bigger items if your boot already happens to be filled to its capacity.
The drive and performance
The 1.8-litre Elegance model boasts 105 kW in power with 172 Nm of torque. For a front-wheel drive, it’s quite nippy when you put your foot down. This model’s engine is mated to a CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission) transmission that provides smooth changing and the most remarkable drive on bumpy roads.
The sporty crossover makes bends around mountains feel like a walk in the park, and its ground clearance proves that it can take on a dirt road on the way to a camping site.
When it comes to safety, the HR-V has Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Automatic brake hold, Hill Start Assist (HSA), Emergency stop light system, Seatbelt warning and so much more to give you peace of mind.
Model tested: Honda HR-V 1.8 Elegance CVT
Price: R517 900
Warranty: 5-years/200 000km
Service Plan: 4-years / 60 000km
Service: 15 000km service plan and a 3-year road assistance plan.
Picture/s: Leigh-Ann Londt