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Currently SUV’s are all the rage – in fact the compact SUV/Crossover segment is one of only two categories in the South African car market that is growing – fact! 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.
It is tough being a motor manufacturer these day – 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 and 1.8 Elegance both fitted with a continually variable transmission (CVT).
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. The screen runs the cars 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 add to the HR-V’s appeal.
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.
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.
All models are standard with a four-year 60 000 km service plan, three-year 100 000 km warranty and one-year road side assistance. The HR-V is priced from R299 900 for entry level 1.5 Comfort and R354 900 for the 1.8 Elegance.
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