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We know – everyone wants an SUV/Crossover! The segment’s sales show it – it is one of only two categories in the South African car market that is growing – fast! More and more car buyers are moving out of sedans and hatches - replacing them with trendy, raised and versatile options like Honda’s new HR-V.
The HR-V harks back to 2001 where it was originally launched. Brought back to fruition, the 2015 HR-V sits below its highly acclaimed bigger brother, the CR-V.
Designed to attract a youthfully-orientated customer – the HR-V is sculpturally sexy. The new Honda on the block is a hybrid of personalities: coupe-like sport utility vehicle (SUV) and multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) in one. The HR-V leads with its ‘solid wing face’ nose design – indicative of that strong Honda family line. As a result of its handsome lines, it offers class-leading smooth aerodynamics. From any angle but particularly its side detailing lines, the HR-V looks “ready for action” – a stance that commands attention.
Now refreshed, the good-looking HR-V has a new front bumper design, headlights and reprofiled bonnet. Not forgetting its derrière, the rear light cluster now features smoked taillights and redesign of the number plate holder placement. The aesthetic improvements carry through onto new sassy rims and two new colours Passion Red and Brilliant Sporty Blue.
It is tough being a motor manufacturer these days – needing to create cars that look like supermodels and use all but a cup of fuel with impressive storage capabilities.
Good thing Honda haven’t given up the fight. True to their payoff line, “The Power of Dreams” – the dream of creating a good-looking, compact and highly practical crossover is a reality.
Keeping things simple, the HR-V is available in two options: 1.5 Comfort 88 kW/145 NM and 1.8 Elegance 105 kW/172 NM both fitted with a continually variable transmission (CVT). Don’t expect to leave your racing buddy in the dust with either of these engines. They are more adequate performers with decent fuel consumption.
The interior of the HR-V is surprisingly spacious, beguiling its compact proportions. The contemporary dashboard is crowned by a high-tech borderless - infotainment screen. Now upgraded from a 5-inch screen to a 6.8-inch version. The screen runs the car’s myriad of functions. In the Comfort model, you’ll find USB, AUX inputs, trip computer and FM/AM tuner. There is also a Bluetooth interface for hands-free telephony and audio streaming, which is linked to the multi-function steering wheel. Its modern interior is given a boost of sophistication with high-quality soft-touch materials that have now been upgraded adding to the HR-V’s appeal. The 1.8 Elegance model is fitted with soft-touch leather seats.
Due to its raised height, drivers will enjoy a more confident feeling over the road. Roomy comfort is not only reserved for the driver; back seat passengers also get to enjoy the comfort that extra headroom and leg space bring. To top it off: Honda’s signature 60:40 split Magic Seat system that allows for the rear seats to be flattened and folded, creating cavernous space and a variety of storage options. The standard boot is a spacious 393-litres that increases to 1002-litres with the seats flattened.
A nicety featured on the HR-V is an Automatic Brake Hold that is designed to make driving in stop and go traffic more convenient and reduce fatigue. The feature is engaged by pushing the button on the centre console located behind the Electric Parking Brake switch. Automatic Brake Hold is released when pressure is applied to the accelerator.
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Service and warranty
All models are standard with a 4-year / 60 000km service plan, 3-year / 100 000km warranty and one-year roadside assistance.
HR-V 1.5 Comfort R362 000
HR-V 1.8 Elegance R428 300
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