In a nutshell, the Honda HR-V introduces a new segment to the domestic automotive market – the Compact SUV. Also regarded as a Crossover, the HR-V has similar exterior motifs seen on the CR-V. Prior to the HR-V’s debut, Honda Malaysia introduced the 2015 CR-V in its updated guise, with refreshed elements on the inside and out.
At glance at the Honda HR-V entails the familiar signature front grille and LED headlights with DRLs. To the side, the deep-etched slanting shoulder lines take on a Coupe-like precedence, while the 16-inch wheels fit the Crossover rather nicely. The rear door handle is positioned at the edge of the rear window to represent sleekness of a Coupe. Additionally, the door handles on the driver and front passenger’s side come in either body color or chrome. From the rear, the LED combination lights and a shark fin antenna bring out the HR-V’s youthful characterization.
Honda HR-V: Interior innovations do plenty of good
Honda has put loads of innovations on the inside of the HR-V to match its youthful exterior. Depending on versions, interior equipment differ according to the three grades available; Honda HR-V S, E and V. For the HR-V S and E grades, standard audio system and 5-inch monitor audio are included; both systems come with 4 speakers and AUX/USB/HDMI connectivity. Go up to the V grade, standard equipment include a 7-inch touchscreen with auto air-conditioning, Ambient speedometer with 7 colors (V-grade), and the hands-free Voice-recognition steering switches. Notable equipment list of the HR-V comprises keyless smart entry, push start, ECON mode, Eco Assist and Cruise control. Upholstery consists of either fabric seats or half-leather for the HR-V V grade, while steering is decked in either Urethane or leather (V grade). The HR-V also provides ample boot space in three desired modes; Utility, Tall and Long.
A 1.8-liter SOHC i-VTEC engine with a CVT transmission powers the HR-V up to 142 PS @ 6.500 rpm and 172 Nm @ 4,300 rpm. The HR-V’s brakes consist of ventilated disc at the front and solid disc at the rear. In the suspension department, the HR-V incorporates front MacPherson struts and rear torsion beam.
For the first time in a Japanese compact SUV, the HR-V features an Electric Parking Brake and Auto Brake Hold function. Electric parking brake works like a handbrake, with a simple push of a switch. On the other hand, the auto brake hold is activated once the driver steps on the brake pedal to stop the car. Even when the driver releases the brake pedal, the car remains idle thus assuring no sudden jerk to the front. The driver has to just step on the accelerate pedal to move the car. Safety features relevant for the HR-V include Multi-view rear view camera, 6 airbags (V grade only), ISOFIX, Hill Start Assist and VSA.
Five colors are valid for the new Honda HR-V: Ruse Black Metallic (new), Alabaster Silver, Modern Steel Metallic, Taffeta White and Crystal Black Pearl. The HR-V S grade is priced at RM99,800, HR-V E grade is RM108,800 and HR-V V grade is RM118,800. All prices are on-the-road with insurance, including 5-year warranty and a 10,000km service interval.
For customization of the HR-V, Honda Malaysia has made available special-for-HR-V Modulo packages. The HR-V Modulo packages are offered for the exterior (2) and interior (2), with prices ranging from RM 1,550 till RM 3,950.