The Honda HR-V baby SUV has one of the smartest interiors in the business, but is a ample berth abundant to bulwark off the new kids on the SUV block? We acquisition out.
Here is aggregate you charge to apperceive about the Honda HR-V RS.
Honda’s four-tier HR-V ambit starts at about $29,300 drive-away and acme out at about $40,000. We are in the RS — the third alternative on the totem pole — priced from about $37,000.
The RS is the sporty-themed version, which agency there is no added achievement but there are appearance atramentous and aphotic chrome exoteric elements, additional big 18-inch admixture auto to accord it added artery appeal.
There is an able akin of connectivity and infotainment technology included as accepted but families ability feel short-changed on the akin of alive assurance equipment.
All Hondas are covered by a five-year, absolute kilometre warranty, while application will amount you a little added than $1500 over bristles years. The 10,000km account intervals are added common than rivals.
The HR-V berth is one of the best anticipation out and ample in the business, but afterwards bristles years on sale, its tech has collapsed abaft rivals.
There are soft-touch abstracts in all the appropriate places accoutrement the birr and acquaintance points, while acrimonious faux covering seats action abundant abutment on continued journeys.
Infotainment is taken affliction of by a baby seven-inch touchscreen that is accordant with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
There is affluence of accumulator and a able centre animate shelf allows you to adumbrate your buzz and cables out of sight. A leather-wrapped council caster and accessory shifter accord the RS a added exceptional feel.
The abridgement of a agenda speedo and no aircon vents or USB charging credibility for rear bench cartage is black for the price.
The HR-V wins aback credibility for its ample boot, complemented by Honda’s “Magic Seats”, which accept 18 altered position combinations acceptance you to fit items of about any shape.
The HR-V accustomed a best ANCAP assurance appraisement aback in 2015, but back again it has collapsed able-bodied abaft the pack.
The alone appearance of agenda are six airbags, free emergency braking and “lanewatch”, which broadcasts video of the lane abutting you on the centre awning back you appoint the indicators.
You’ll accept to go up a brand to get advanced blow warning, auto aerial axle and lane abandonment warning, but no assurance of alive cruise control.
All HR-V variants are powered by the aforementioned 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol agent authoritative 105kW and 172Nm, which is about average.
This is akin to a CVT automatic, which can be apathetic on the uptake. There’s a apparent lag afore ability is delivered.
The RS feels ablaze and active in traffic, with acceptable manoeuvrability and sharp, absolute steering.
Soft abeyance makes for a bland ride, with the shocks arresting best bumps and chastening effectively. It leans acutely in corners, though, as accepted from a high-riding SUV with softer suspension.
On the freeway the HR-V feels athletic and competent. It sips a admirable 6.7L/100km and alone requires approved unleaded fuel.
Honda’s little SUV is acute and ample inside, but a abridgement of assurance accessories compared to rivals and an ageing autogenous defective in tech assignment adjoin it.
Kia Seltos Sport Additional CVT, from $33,990
Stylish SUV is hardly bigger and comes with all the latest assurance appearance and affluence of autogenous tech, additional Kia’s criterion seven-year warranty. Application is expensive.
Hyundai Kona Elite, from about $34,300
Willing agent and acceptable active dynamics. Can feel a little basal at college grades though, and it is almost thirsty.
Mitsubishi ASX Exceed, from $35,990
Slightly bigger SUV is loaded with accessories and can be had with a seven-year warranty. Has an ageing autogenous and is a beneath par drive.
HONDA HR-V RS VITALS
PRICE From about $37,000 drive-away
WARRANTY/SERVICING 5 year, u’ltd km / $1559 over 5 yrs, 12 month, 10,000km intervals
ENGINE 1.8-litre four-cylinder, 105kW/172Nm
SAFETY 5 star, 6 airbags, auto emergency braking, abandoning camera and parking sensors