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HONDA HR-V HATCHBACK

1.5 i-VTEC EX CVT 5dr

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Honda's second generation HR-V lifestyle crossover SUV revived an idea that was originally ahead of the game. Jonathan Crouch looks at the improved model.

Background

The original Honda HR-V, launched in 1999, was the model that should have started the current seemingly insatiable craze for small Crossovers. But it didn't have either the marketing, the peppy handling or the visual pizzazz that would characterise the segment-defining Nissan Juke, launched eleven years later. That original HR-V - marketing as 'the Joy Machine' - was withdrawn from Honda's range in 2006 and, amazingly, not replaced. It was a wasted opportunity. Still, the brand learnt from it, with proof of that delivered a decade later with the launch of this second generation HR-V in the Summer of 2015. This MK2 model has proved to be quite a rare sight on our roads, with numbers limited by the Mexican factory's priority to satisfy the American market. It's based on much more sophisticated underpinnings this time round, those of Honda's third generation Jazz. Unlike that supermini, there's the option of diesel power too - though not 4WD. So will this revised model make more of an impact? Let's take a look.

Driving Experience

The engine range is as it was, though Honda has improved the interior quietness and refinement of the HR-V by adding greater levels of insulating material around the car. Plus certain grades have Active Noise Cancellation which reduces low-frequency noise in the interior by monitoring for such noises using two in-cabin microphones, and then cancelling them out with precisely-timed 'reverse phase' audio signals through the speakers. As before, this model's available only in front-wheel drive guise. There's a choice of either petrol or diesel power, the former being a 130PS 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol, with the black pump-fuelled variant getting a 120PS 1.6 i-DTEC unit. Each drives through a six-speed manual transmission, although the petrol powerplant can be optioned with a CVT automatic, with a paddle-shift on some trims. As for performance, the 1.5-litre petrol model makes 62mph from rest in 10.2s (or 10.9s in CVT auto form). If that's not fast enough, you can also talk to your dealer about a perkier 182PS version of this engine with 220Nm of torque. Go for the 1.6 i-DTEC diesel and the 62mph sprint occupies 10.1s. The HR-V features a low centre of gravity, with the driver's hip point more akin to a conventional hatch than an SUV. The body is extremely rigid due to a high percentage of high-tensile steel, and this in turn helps isolate the suspension to do its job properly.

Design and Build

Honda reckons the MK2 model HR-V combines the 'personality of a coupe with the solid stance of an SUV' and they're not too far wrong. Think of it as a shrunken BMW X6 in appeal and you're not too far off the mark. The design is neat and interesting, with hidden rear door handles, deeply sculpted lower body panels and has been smartened up in this revised form. At the front, there's a sleeker interpretation of Honda's 'Solid Wing Face' graphic, with a re-styled high-gloss dark chrome panel and a revised front bumper with deeper air intake sections that house circular fog lights. The headlights now have projector lenses with re-designed LED daytime running lights. At the rear, a dark chrome garnish across the tailgate mirrors the trim at the front, and the rear lights sit within darker lens casings. Inside, there are no real changes, apart from higher grade fabrics and re-shaped seats. As before, the cabin's more spacious than cheaper Juke and Captur models in this sector. And more usable too, thanks to the brilliant Honda 'Magic Seat' seat folding system. As well as splitting 60/40, the rear bench seat backs can fold forward as the seat base lowers to create a long, flat floor. The front and rear passenger seat backs can also fold forward to a horizontal position to accommodate longer items. A lower-profile fuel tank mounted under the front seats frees up under-floor space beneath the rear seats too. The boot holds 453-litres with the rear seats in use, and 1,026-litres to the window line with the rear seats folded away.

Market and Model

Pricing-wise, this HR-V is pitched at the higher end of the small Crossover sector - so against cars like the Mazda CX-3 and the Jeep Renegade rather than at models like the Nissan Juke and the Renault Captur. Prices start at around £20,000 for the entry-level 'S'-spec variant, rising to around £27,000 for the flagship 'EX' diesel model. There's an £1,800 premium to pay if you choose the 1.6 i-DTEC diesel rather than the 1.5 i-VTEC petrol unit. Buyers opting for the base-grade 'S' variant are well catered for, with convenience features such as climate control, cruise control and dusk-sensing automatic headlamps fitted as standard. The mid-grade 'SE' level adds rain sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors and a six-speaker audio upgrade. A 'Smart Touch' interior includes touch panel controls for the upgraded dual-zone climate control. Customers choosing the top-grade 'EX' model get a full leather interior, smart entry and start, plus a rear-view camera. There's also a unique-in-class, tilt-and-slide opening panoramic glass sunroof and 17-inch alloy wheels. Customers opting for the 'SE' or 'EX' models will also benefit from the Honda Connect in-car infotainment system as standard. This Android-based system features an app-based 'pinch, swipe and tap' interface accessed on a seven-inch touchscreen in the centre of the dash. As for safety, well comprehensive active safety systems combine data from radar sensors and forward and rear facing cameras. You wouldn't expect the entry-level variant to get this kind of kit, but it's unfortunate that it also misses out on Honda's Advanced Driver Assist System. This suite of safety technologies includes Intelligent Speed Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition system and a High-beam Support System. Still, at least a 'City-Brake Active' system (that scans the road ahead for hazards as you drive at urban speeds) is fitted as standard across the range.

Cost of Ownership

The i-VTEC engine has been enhanced by 'advanced plateau honing', that lowers the friction level between the pistons and the cylinder bores by creating an ultra-smooth surface. Its timing chain guides also feature a new friction-reducing coating, which further helps to reduce long-term wear and boost engine efficiency. Petrol buyers selecting this 130PS 1.5 litre i-VTEC powerplant can expect combined fuel economy of up to 42.8mpg and CO2 emissions from 148g/km. The 182PS 1.5-litre petrol model manages up to 42.2mpg and up to 151g/km of CO2. As for the 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel variant, well the combined cycle figure is up to 56.5mpg, with CO2 returns of up to 132mpg. All the figures quoted are WLTP-rated.

Summary

We like the HR-V. It's a touch more spacious than other cars in this class, with superior practicality you can really make the most of thanks to the brilliantly flexible 'Magic Seat' system that offers MPV-style interior flexibility. Alongside sophisticated design and class-leading safety, this set-up aims to justify premium pricing and if for you it does, then there's plenty else to like about this Honda. The brand won't import enough for it to become a mainstream choice but then this was never going to be a high volume model. It will instead appeal to those in search of the cleverest and classiest car of this kind. For these people, this car will, in Honda's own words, be 'precisely, pleasingly perfect'.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency53.30mpg
Emissions
Emissions156.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed116mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Adaptive motion for electric power steering
  • Bluetooth hands free telephone connection
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Economy mode
  • Electric power steering
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Forward collision warning
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Honda CONNECT with GARMIN Navigation + 7" touchscreen, DAB Digital radio, AM/FM/CD/MP3, Aha app integration and internet browsing
  • Idle stop
  • Intelligent speed assist
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Multi function display
  • Rear view camera with Wide View and Dynamic Guideline
  • Service interval indicator
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Trip computer

Entertainment

  • 'Shark fin' mobile antenna
  • 6 speakers
  • Steering wheel mounted remote controls

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic coming/leaving home lighting function
  • Automatic headlights with dusk sensor
  • Automatic rain sensing wipers
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body coloured exterior sport garnish in front/side/wheel arch
  • Door mirrors tilt when reversing
  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Electric front windows/one touch facility
  • Electric rear windows + one touch facility
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • High beam assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED front fog lights
  • LED Headlights
  • LED high level brake lights
  • LED indicator lights
  • LED Rear comb light turn case gray effect with black inner bar
  • Panoramic opening glass roof
  • Premium satin chrome exterior door handles
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rear wiper with intermittent and reverse linked
  • Remote window closing
  • Roof rails

Interior Features

  • 3 rear headrests
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Accessory socket in luggage area
  • Accessory sockets
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Centre console accessory socket
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Courtesy lights
  • Driver seat back pocket
  • Driver's seat height adjustment
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Dual climate control air conditioning system
  • Front and rear map reading lights
  • Front centre armrest
  • Front head restraints
  • Front passenger seat height adjust
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Heated front seats
  • Isofix child seat preparation
  • Isofix points
  • Leather steering wheel and gear knob
  • Leather upholstery
  • Magic seat flexibility system
  • Paddle shift controls
  • Passenger seat back pocket
  • Pocket light
  • Rear centre armrest
  • Sub trunk compartment with lid
  • Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel
  • Tonneau cover
  • Trunk light

Safety

  • 15" solid rear disc brakes
  • 16" Vented front disk brakes
  • 3 rear three point seatbelts
  • ABS+EBD+Brake assist
  • Anti-whiplash front headrests
  • City safety braking system
  • Deflation detection system
  • Dual front SRS airbags
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Front and rear safety belts with Emergency Locking Retractor
  • Front side airbags
  • Hill start assist
  • Passenger SRS airbag cut-off device
  • Seatbelt warning

Security

  • Honda super locks
  • Immobiliser
  • Security alarm
  • Smart entry + Smart start
  • Ultrasonic security sensor

Technical

  • Vehicle stability assist

Wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    121
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    65
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    156
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    171
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    131
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    198
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    141

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1498
  • Compression Ratio
    11.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    73
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    89.5
  • Fuel Delivery
    INJECTION
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    53.3
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    58.9
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    46.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    8.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    6.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    32.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    45.6

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.5
  • Badge Power
    130
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    i-VTEC
  • Coin Series
    EX
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    20E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    10
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    90000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    11.4
  • Engine Power - BHP
    130
  • Engine Power - KW
    96
  • Engine Power - RPM
    6600
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    114
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    15.8
  • Engine Torque - NM
    155
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    4600
  • Top Speed
    116

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    225/50 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear
    225/50 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type
    18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1605
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4346
  • Wheelbase
    2610
  • Width
    1790
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2019

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    50
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1790
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1026
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    393
  • Max. Loading Weight
    541
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    650
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1249
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.4
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Customer Reviews

   
Sean Annells

Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

"a week ago"

Alun Davies

Alun Davies

"When I started looking to get a new (personal) lease car I contacted a number of leasing companies. Silverstone were by far the most responsive and helpful. They were able to order exactly the model of car I wanted at an excellent price. Every aspect of their service from setting up the lease contract to overseeing the delivery of the car was exemplary. They were attentive and responsive but never 'pushy'. Thouroughly recommended. A big thank you to all the Silverstone team, especially Holly who dealt with all my enquiries quickly and efficiently."

"2 months ago"

Dan Jones

Dan Jones

"Superb service. After having been really let down by another leasing company, Silverstone saved the day. Really professional, quick and pleasant staff. Clear communication and quality service from start to finish. I was so pleased with the service I leased another car from them! Thanks especially to Aby, who was a superstar. I leased a Tesla Model 3 (and now a Fiat 500 too!)"

"3 months ago"

Susan Frampton

Susan Frampton

"I cannot fault the service received from Silverstone Fleet Management, for Start to finish it was seamless. I was regularly kept in the loop with information and what was required from myself to proceed. Holly Palmer who is one of the SFM Sales Support Executive was very prompt in responding to my emails and sending me anything that I needed to complete for the process and acknowledging anything that I returned. Tom Bailey who is one of the SFM Account Managers was very prompt at sending me the original quotes and adapting them to suit my needs and alongside Holly keeping me informed at every point during the start to end process. The whole process took at the most 3 weeks from quoting, ordering to the delivery/collection. although I appreciate this was a stock vehicle and not ordered purposely for my requirements. I had to go and collect the vehicle in the end as there were no available drivers to deliver for the date that I needed the vehicle, but this was not a fault of SFM, who tried their best to get the vehicle to me for the requested date, but had I not needed the vehicle to go on holiday then I would only have had to wait a couple more days for delivery. I would totally recommend SFM to my family and friends and hopefully I will be able to put people/business their way. When my lease is up I would not hesitate to use SFM again and hopefully this review will persuade others to take a leap of faith in SFM as they really do deliver the fantastic service that they advertise"

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Madeline Biggs

Madeline Biggs

"Received my car this week and I cannot recommend this company enough!! They helped me find my perfect car and then helped every step of the way till it's delivery. Even after that they checked to see if I was happy. They went above and beyond and I have already been recommending them to my family and friends. Thanks to all the the team at Silverstone Fleet Management - car leasing in Northampton"

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